John Howard recorded his debut album, Kid In A Big World in 1974, produced by Tony Meehan and Paul Phillips at Abbey Road and Apple Studios. It was released by CBS in 1975 and though two follow-up albums, Technicolour Biography and Can You Hear Me OK? were recorded in the mid-‘70s, they weren’t released until 2004 and 2005.
During the ‘70s and early ‘80s Howard released singles produced by Trevor Horn and Steve Levine, but in the mid-‘80s he decided to give up recording and move into A&R and Marketing for various record companies, including EMI and MCA/Universal.
After retiring with his husband, actor Neil France, to Pembrokeshire in 2001, Howard enjoyed a sudden comeback to recording and performing when RPM Records reissued Kid In A Big World to rave reviews, followed by the previously unreleased albums Technicolour Biography and Can You Hear Me OK? which received similarly enthusiastic receptions.
There followed a series of new studio albums, including As I Was Saying for Cherry Red in 2005 and Barefoot With Angels for Spanish label Hanky Panky in 2007, as well as several high profile performances in London and Manchester. However, apart from concerts in Bilbao, Valencia and Rouen, live appearances basically ceased once John had settled in Southern Spain in 2007, where he still resides.
John continued to write and record, releasing albums on his own imprint, such as Navigate Home in 2009, Exhibiting Tendencies in 2011, and his project involving revisiting some of his 1970s songs, You Shall Go To The Ball!, in 2012.
In 2013, following the release of his acclaimed twelfth studio album, Storeys, Howard was persuaded to return to live performance in a one-off London gig backed by guitarist Robert Rotifer, drummer Ian Button and Paul Weller’s bass player Andy Lewis, which resulted in the album Live at The Servant Jazz Quarters in Spring 2014.
During 2014 Howard, Rotifer, Lewis and Button collaborated on a new album, John Howard & The Night Mail, featuring brand new songs co-written by the band, which was released by Hamburg-based record label Tapete in August 2015. In December, Metacritic named it one of the Top 20 best-reviewed albums of 2015.
After a concert at London’s Phoenix Artist Club, John Howard & The Night Mail undertook a mini-tour of Germany and Austria in the Spring of 2016.
In the Summer of 2016, John signed with Occultation Recordings and his first album with the label, Across The Door Sill will be released in November.
His first album for Occultation, Across The Door Sill, was recorded over a twelve-month period and features many-layered pianos and vocals. You'll find more details on the album's own page. We are also planning a new album to be recorded in 2017 as well as a number of other projects.
Below is a YouTube video playlist of highlights across the years.