The Lighthouse Family

The Lighthouse Family

The Lighthouse Family

Lighthouse Family is a British musical duo that rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and remained active until the early 2000s. Vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboard player Paul Tucker formed the act in 1993 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK after meeting while studying at university. Their 1995 debut album ‘Ocean Drive’ sold more than 1.8 million copies in the UK alone and established them as a popular easy listening duo throughout Europe.

 

They are best known for their songs: 'Lifted', 'Ocean Drive', 'Raincloud' and 'High', which also reached number one on the Australian Singles Chart.

Both Baiyewu and Tucker were working in bars when they first met; together they recorded demos of a number of songs Tucker had written during the late 1980s. Among these, a demo of 'Ocean Drive' attracted the attention of Polydor Records A&R director Colin Barlow who, in 1993, signed the band to a six-month development deal.

The lead single 'Lifted' received airplay on BBC Radio One as well as a number of BBC Local Radio stations, and The Chart Show aired its music video but it wasn't until 'Lifted' was re-released in 1996 that it reached the top five on the UK Singles Chart. ‘Ocean Drive’ which had been deleted, rebounded and was certified six-times platinum by the end of 1997, spending 154 weeks in the UK Album Chart.  Its follow-up ‘Postcards from Heaven’ achieved similar sales in 1998.

Lighthouse Family scaled down their appearances in early 2003 because of what they called a "heavy promotional schedule" following the release of ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Day’ in 2001. This led to both men pursuing individual projects. Baiyewu became a solo artist, while Tucker joined a rock band, The Orange Lights.

In November 2010, the duo announced they were reforming the Lighthouse Family and set off on a full UK & Ireland tour in 2011, the first performance of the Lighthouse Family for eight years.

 

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