song king Eliot Kennedy - who is set to play for the Queen next week - today vowed to continue recording pop royalty in Sheffield after turning down global offers to move out of the city, writes Graham Walker.
Los Angeles, New York and London music industry bosses have tried to tempt him away.
But the proud Sheffield music icon said he will not be turning his back on the city he loves.
Instead, he has announced major expansion plans and will open his private Steelworks studio to the general public for the first time, to help local bands to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Take That, Bryan Adams and The Spice Girls.
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Eliot, aged 43, is working closely with Sheffield Council and Sheffield Hallam University.
He said he is expanding his base to include the adjoining former Axis Studio, to be called The Foundry at The Steelworks.
It gives him an additional huge recording space - as big as a basketball court - where he can record up to full orchestras, for film scores and such, without leaving Sheffield. It will double as a film sound-set, a rehearsal space and be used for corporate events, live web streaming broadcasts and more.
It is actually the room where he started out, recording three tracks for Take That’s Everything Changes album, including Relight My Fire.
Eliot, who with songwriting partner Gary Barlow has just been around the world to record and co-produce the official Diamond Jubilee song, Sing, will perform it on a star-studded line-up on the Diamond Jubilee show outside Buckingham Palace on Monday. A documentary about making the song will be on BBC1 on Sunday, at 7.30pm.
He said: “Regardless of where I go and the offers I get, Sheffield is home - that’s why I’m not selling up and moving out.
“The Steelworks, for the past 15 years, has been a private facility. I’ve made all my hits here. Some incredible artistes have come through this building.
“I developed the Spice Girls here. Bryan Adams has worked here. We’ve done stuff for Celine Dion in this studio, Five, SClub7, Delta Goodrem, Blue and Billie Piper.
“Now, for the first time ever, I’m opening the doors so local bands, companies and anyone can access this world class facility for The Steelworks sound.
“We’ve got brilliant, world class engineers with all kinds of packages. I’m also available. I’ve started a new publishing company through Sony, called Steeltown Songs. It’s all about Sheffield for me.”
* For more details and prices, or to book The Steelworks, visit steelworksstudios.com.