Richard Ashcroft Biography
Richard Ashcroft was born on September 11, 1971 in Billinge, a suburb of Wigan, ENGLAND and is best known for his work with the Alternative-Rock band The Verve, which he founded in 1989 while attending the college. In 1997 the group's third LP, "Urban Hymns", elevated them to the superstar status selling 7 million copies and spawning a clutch of global hits, notably "Bittersweet Symphony", "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Lucky Man"; however, tension mounted between the band members and the group finally called it quits.
Ashcroft then began his solo career, releasing "Alone With Everybody"
in July 2000, the record went straight to #1 in the U.K. and reached the
#127 spot on the American Billboard 200 Albums chart; the first single,
"A Song For The Lovers", hit the top 3 in Britain and was followed
by the top 20 hit "Money To Burn".
Released in November 2002, his second solo LP, "Human Conditions", was a moderate success in the U.K. reaching the #3 on the Official Sales chart and produced two minor hit singles in "Check The Meaning" and "Science Of Silence"; this album was practically ignored in the United States.
However, Ashcroft was feted as a Rock giant: Noel Gallagher of Oasis mythologised him in "Casts No Shadow" and at Live8, by way of introducing Richard Ashcroft, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin described The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" as “the best song ever written, sung by the best singer in the world”.
In the gap since his last release, Ashcroft and his wife Kate Radley had a second child. Ashcroft also signed to Parlophone following the disintegration of Hut, the label he'd been with since making his recording debut in 1992. His third album, "Keys To The World", was issued in January 2006, the first single, "Break The Night With Colour", entered the U.K. Singles chart at #3.