Songwriter, Music producer, Musician, Educator.
Co-wrote, produced and performed on 5 globally successful albums with Soul II Soul ( including 2 Grammy award winning songs, Back to Life and African Dance) ASCAP & Ivor Novello awards.
Signed publishing and recording contracts with EMI, Chrysalis, London and Defected Records.
Co produced South African artist Lucky Dube’s Victims album in South Africa
Produced and co wrote global hits for Chante Moore, Shabba Ranks, Johnny Gill, Maxi Priest, JT Taylor (Kool and the Gang) , Joanna Law (my sister) ....and many others
Wrote, produced and directed an original musical at Jackman Avenue Public school in Toronto
Trinidad - Hereford cathedral - London clubland - Toronto
From his early childhood days in Trinidad, to head chorister at Hereford Cathedral in England to London clubland and to the present day in Toronto, Simon’s diverse influences have always shone through in his music.
His songs and productions have sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.
He was originally signed as an artist with his sister Joanna Law to Chrysalis Records in 1988 in the UK as City Heat….
He was an influential UK house music pioneer as The Funky Ginger with ‘Slaughterhouse’ (on NYC’s influential Easy Street records) and did one of the first groundbreaking dance music session at the BBC for the legendary DJ John Peel.
All this, and being a regular clubber and dancer at the Africa Centre in London for Soul II Soul’s legendary Sunday night sessions led to the lifelong friendship and collaboration with Jazzie B OBE and the creation of Soul II Soul’s long career.
He has been involved in all of their 7 album releases. In particular co-writing the Global #1 and Grammy winning Back to Life and also Keep On Movin’ from the 5 million selling Club Classics Vol 1.
This worldwide multi-platinum album, including the Grammy Award winning instrumental African Dance were all co written by Simon.
He has co-writing and production credits for grammy nominated artist Chante Moore of MCA records in the US on her 2 US gold albums Precious and A Love Supreme, with the US r&b top 10 single Loves Taken Over.
He has remixed for Eric B and Rakim and Duran Duran and production writer credits with Chicago’s highly respected Ten City and Kool & the Gang’s JT Taylor.
In 1990 he produced his sister Joanna Law’s seminal cover and uber sampled #1 UK dance tune The First Time Ever I saw Your Face on Beggars Banquet.
He traveled to Jamaica to write with Shabba Ranks on Slow and Sexy , a US top 10 tune and worked again with legends Sly and Robbie on Maxi Priest’s albums Bona Fide and Man with The Fun, writing and producing. In the mid 90s, he visited South Africa, where he produced Africa’s own reggae superstar Lucky Dube’s Victims album.
Back in the UK he co wrote and produced many great acts like Polydor Record’s Nu colours, Atlantic’s D’influence and London records Brand New Heavies
Having always been a lover of fine soulful disco he started his own artist project High steppers (on London records UK) and Una Mas with partner Lee Hamblin (Defected records UK)…they enjoyed a # 2 UK dance single in 2002.
He has also written themes for the BBC, notably the Travel show.
As an educator this year he wrote, produced and directed Jackman Avenue: The Musical - an original musical at Jackman Public school in Toronto ( written in collaboration with the children using cutting edge multimedia and traditional theatre arts) featuring cast of 100 children with 4 sellout performances!
He writes and records class songs in schools in Toronto.
Other writer/producer/remix credits include Guru’s Jazzamatazz, Rebel MC, EWF, Ronnie Jordan, Jazz Warriors, Caron Wheeler, Oleta Adams, Vivienne Mckone, Attica Blues, Kathy Brown and Fiona Prince + many others.
Soul II Soul : new material, TV show with Jamie Oliver
School Musicals, class songs in Toronto
DJ Andy Smith (formerly of Portishead) solo project,
Joanna Law : new material,
Toronto singer songwriter Jen Schaffer & The Shiners
His own project, Slowmain ( using the psalms as lyrical inspiration)