Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Selected performance:
Saturday 31st July

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Line-up: LUKE SMITH keys; MCKNASTY drums; DAVID MRAKPOR bass; CHARLIE ALLEN guitar; RICHIE GARRISON saxophone; SID GAULD trumpet


LUKE SMITH For over 25 years Luke has been delivering a musical experience that touches every generation regardless of background or culture; allowing them to embrace hope, joy, inspiration, emotional and spiritual uplifting. All of this was birthed out of a gospel heritage in the metropolitan city of Manchester, England. Luke is one of the best international session/recording musicians to come out of the UK in the last 20 years. He is a well respected and sought after keyboardist and is among some of the best in the business.

In 2006 Luke began his long-standing role as keyboardist in George Michaels band. He was front and centre at Michaels “come back” world tour, the ‘25 Live’ tour which entertained over 650,000 ecstatic fans over the course of a 49 date tour in 11 different countries. This was followed by George Michael creating history as the first artist to play a concert at the then new Wembley Stadium on 9 June 2007.

As a songwriter he co-wrote with the late Amy Winehouse on the Frank LP (“Take The Box” and “What it is About Men”), The Sugarbabes “One Foot In the One foot out” and Liberty X “Greed”. 


MCKNASTY As dynamic a personality as he is musician, Joshua ‘MckNasty’ McKenzie is one of the most exciting creative figures working in music today.  After landing his first professional drumming gig at 16 years old with Daniel Bedingfield, MckNasty went on to play drums with some of pop’s biggest stars Natasha Bedingfield, Lilly Allen, Jamelia, Tinie Tempah, the list goes on.  He was hired next to be Tinie Tempah’s Musical Director, he talked to Tinie about totally changing the traditional live set-up expected from a Hip Hop artist. As well as taking Tinie’s songs from CD to the live arena and directing their execution via a full band, MckNasty wanted the drums to be as integral a part of the show as the DJ, guitar or even the artist.  His younger brother Tim AKA Labrinth, a musician, he notes with a laugh, who is “doing pretty well.” On Britain’s Got Talent, Josh saw an opportunity to take his DJing and drumming to the masses. Mcknasty is also developing a TV show, he wants to be the Jools Holland for his generation, and show how integral real musicians are to the industry.“I think people are hungry for good music, and I’m here to feed them.”


DAVID MRAKPOR (bass) London-based multi-instrumentalist David Mrakpor takes on the role as bassist in Luke Smith's band. He can be heard playing the vibraphone on Luke's tune 'New Dawn' too. As well being widely recognised as one half of the Jazztronica duo Blue Lab Beats, David also leads his own jazz trio and plays keys in JD3. 


CHARLIE ALLEN (guitar) Charlie is a Bristolian session guitarist and artist based in London, as well as playing in company with artists such as McKnasty, Charlie has made a name for himself for his ultra precise, groovy and all-round silky playing.



Richie Garrison (sax) Versatile Birmingham born saxophonist Richie Garrison has worked and preformed with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, and a host of pop stars such as Katy Perry, Rudimental, Harry Connick Jr, UB40, The Saturdays, Jermaine Jackson, James Arthur, and has just finished touring with Grammy Award Winning singer Macy Gray Jazz  performances have included playing with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Robert Glasper, and Incognito.


SID GOULD (trumpet) is currently a member of Incognito, Snowboy and the Latin Section, Funkestra, Roberto Pla Latin Jazz Ensemble, and Push. He regularly deputise on the West-End Production of Wicked and Dreamgirls.




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