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Craig "Vinnie" Whitehead is a singer songwriter and acoustic artist renowned for his charismatic stage presence and engaging live performance. He is also the front man and driving force of the band Vinnie & The Stars. Active on the UK music scene since the release of the single Gone in 2007, Vinnie & The Stars built up a reputation around Yorkshire as one of most dynamic and entertaining bands on the music scene.
In 2009 Vinnie & The Stars released their debut album Swings & Roundabouts which contained Gone and their 2008 single Spaceship Blues. Since 2009 Vinnie has performed with Vinnie & The Stars and as a solo artist at venues and festivals across the UK, including Beverley Folk Festival, Beat-Herder, Staxtonbury Festival, Trib Festival and the Fake Festivals. With a wide range of experiences gained also supporting acts including Goldie Lookin Chain, Billy Bragg, Ed Tudor Pole, Alistair Griffin, The Martin Harley Band, and Henry Cluney (Stiff Little Fingers).
Front man of Philadelphia's pioneering Hip-Hop Blues band G. Love & Special Sauce - Garrett Dutton aka G. Love says:
“ Vinnie Whitehead has a distinctly original vocal style, the production is raw and I'm feeling it! ”
More success has followed since the release of the third single I'm not from America... I'm from Hull tapping into a loyal following of Hull City AFC fans playing at supporters club nights alongside talks from Hull City football legends Dean Windass and Ian Ashbee.
Vinnie & The Stars have been featured on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC Radio 6 Music and The BBC 6 Music Introducing Mixtape. Vinnie has performed live studio sessions for The David Burns Show on BBC Radio Humberside. The band also have regular airplay and live sessions on the BBC Introducing shows on Radio Humberside and Radio York & North Yorkshire, which has attracted attention across the region. His relaxed and informative style has also made him a popular guest presenter and live performer on Vixen 101's The Fox's Den Show.
“ I fell deeply and instantly in love with I'm Not From America, I'm From Hull on first hearing.
John Peel would have adored this. ”
— Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
2013 has seen Vinnie & The Stars release their highly acclaimed second album Punkological Business. Recorded at LOOM Studio Yorkshire featuring the singles with music videos I'm not from America... I'm from Hull and 4 or 5 Canner.
Vinnie Whitehead is an all round entertainer who acknowledges and interacts with his audience. He writes music in a punky acoustic style and with a self deprecating sense of humour his lyrics take a wry look at real life events and experiences that audiences soon identify with. The result is great story telling over a musical soup incorporating Funk, Blues and Country with a Hip Hop thread binding it all together. The music carries a certain, energetic pop edge and Vinnie is renowned for his live stage presence and crowd banter that has been likened to that of a stand up comedian.
Vinnie is an independent artist and is available for UK tour and Festival bookings with the full band Vinnie & The Stars and as a solo acoustic performer. For bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org