Romeo’s Daughter is fronted by vocalist Leigh Matty, with Craig Joiner (guitarist, songwriter and producer), Ed Poole (bass player and co-producer) and Andy Wells on drums. Together they deliver that unique Romeo’s Daughter sound.
‘Spin’ , the critically acclaimed 4th studio album produced by Craig Joiner and Ed Poole takes the much loved Romeo’s Daughter sound to new levels, full of intricate song writing that shares loves, life and worldly insights with the listener.
After a break of 15 years, Romeo’s Daughter returned to the studio following a set of successful live performances during 2009. ‘Rapture’ was released in 2012 to worldwide praise for its astounding song writing, performance and production. The first single from the album, 'Bittersweet', made it into Classic Rock Magazine’s 'Top songs of 2012' chart along with Leigh achieving Number 5 in their ‘Lady Rock Singer of all time’ list.
Not everyone starts off a recording career with their debut album being produced by music industry heavy weights such as ‘Mutt’ Lange or John Parr. But in 1988 Romeo’s Daughter did exactly that with their self-titled debut album produced by both ‘Mutt’ Lange and John Parr. The debut album delivered a US Billboard Hot 100 with “Don’t Break my Heart” charting at #73 on during a promotional trip to the U.S.A. “Heaven in the Backseat" also from the debut featured as the opening track of 1990 film “Nightmare on Elm Street 5” The calibre of their songs attracted many established artists; Heart covered the single ‘Wild Child’ on their 3 million selling album ‘Brigade’, achieving No. 2 on the Billboard Rock All Play chart. Eddie Money, Bonnie Tyler and the recently reformed Steps too, have had recording successes with other Romeos’ titles.
Romeo’s Daughter initially started with Craig Joiner (guitar and vocals), Tony Mitman (keyboards), and Paul King (drums), before Leigh Matty joined them after responding to an advert in Melody Maker.
Signing to Jive Records in 1987, with a line up now of Leigh, Craig and Tony, Robert John "Mutt" Lange heard one of the band's tracks, "Stay with Me Tonight" and agreed to produce six tracks on the band's first album with the remainder being produced by John Parr, resulting in the self-titled debut album being released in 1988. The band was then completed with the addition of Ed Poole on bass and Andy Wells on drums.
‘Delectable’ the second studio album was released in 1993 on Music for Nations and was much more like a live album in its feel. It was produced and recorded by the band and Andy Reilly, and was later mixed by Steve Brown (The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and Wham). Again another critically acclaimed album; Delectable is considered one of the most revered albums of the time. After Delectable the band took the decision to split to pursue their own individual projects.
With a fan base that never gave up on the band, Romeo’s Daughter were tempted to reform for what was originally going to be one off performance at the Firefest festival in 2009. Encouraged by the rapturous reception they received, the band decided to continue their journey where they left off in the 1990s. They continue to tour, consistently preforming to sell out audiences at such events as HRHAOR and Cropredy in the UK, HEAT festival in Germany, whilst performing their own shows at venues across the UK and Europe.
“Rapture” their self-produced third album was released in 2012 to worldwide praise for its astounding song writing, performance and production, with the first single from the album, 'Bittersweet', making it to Classic Rock Magazine’s 'Top songs of 2012' chart.
During 2012,Tony, the band’s keyboard player decided that living in Cornwall was making it too difficult to commit to the band and he reluctantly left.
Following more successful tours and a live DVD recorded in Derby, the band returned to the studio to record “Spin”, their much anticipated fourth album which was released in 2015, again to critical acclaim. “Romeo's Daughter separate themselves from the herd simply through delivering quality songs…
Spin is another winner” – Classic Rock Magazine