Despite his undeniable talent, instant likeability and an infectious fighting spirit, Alistair Griffin has always felt like the underdog.
For the past few years, the York based singer-songwriter has had new songs burning a hole in his pocket, waiting for an opportunity. Then it came, thanks to Just Drive, a song which sound-tracked the BBC's Formula 1 end of season montage.
It struck a major chord with viewers who wanted to know who had written and performed the song. Chris Evans declared himself a major fan and played it on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show the morning after he heard it. It got people talking about Alistair yet again. As a result of this great support and very little in the way of other promotion, the single charted in the Top 40.
Then in March 2012 ‘Just Drive’ was revealed as the title music for Formula 1 2012. Now signed to UK based independent label Dramatico (home of Katie Melua, Gurrumul and Caro Emerald) Alistair is looking forward to the release of both ‘Just Drive’ and his long awaited album ‘Albion Sky’.
At the centre of every track on ‘Albion Sky’ is Alistair’s clear ability to write deeply heartfelt songs with an astute lyrical prowess that remains packed full of emotion. It is underpinned by intricate melodies, soaring choruses and a direct lyrical approach. ‘Blinding Lights’, for example, breezes in on a towering keyboard riff, driving guitars and a hugely memorable chorus.