One of the most successful UK bands ever, Coldplay have achieved the unachievable. Over 100 major awards including nine BritAwards and seven Grammys, over 100 million copies sold across their seven number one albums and countless hit singles, the 4 piece have now reached the 20th anniversary of their second album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’.
To celebrate the anniversary, Kent based singer-songwriter Siimon has put together a unique tribute album ‘A Rush Of Strings To The Head’ – A euphonious retake of the entire Coldplay album arranged for string quartet and piano, with SIIMON providing the lead vocal. Recorded live at Ash church in Kent towards the end of 2021, the album was produced by acclaimed producer Paddy Byrne, known best for his work with the likes of Tom Grennan, Paloma Faith, Will Young and Olly Murs. The lead track, Siimons’ rendition of the track ‘In My Place’ is melodically uplifting and beautifully composed, giving the track a unique twist whilst paying homage to the original. The album was recorded with top string quartet Solas Strings who have worked with top acts including Duran Duran, So Solid Crew, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Rick Wakeman and Rebecca Ferguson.
Over his career, as well as being a tribute to Chris Martin (in the first UK Coldplay tribute band Coolplay), Siimon has also celebrated a number of successes for his own music including appearances on Channel 4 and BBC radio, performing at the London O2 Arena, as well as reaching number 2 in the singer/songwriter iTunes charts, January 2021. With over 750,000 streams on Spotify, Siimon has also emmassed over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.
Ultimately being a fan of Coldplay’s work, Siimon has covered much of their disocgraphy, however ‘In My Place’ is a stand out to him. This idea of unreciprocated love is expressed throughout the track and the use of the violins really help to convey that feeling of sorrow and sadness. Siimons musical talent doesn’t stop at being a tribute to Chris Martin, he is the co-founder of The Songwriting Academy which is incredibly successful helping aspiring songwriters as well as working with already established artists. The faculty of musical mentors at The Songwriting Academy have sold over 1 billion records between them.