Front-man and driving force behind Manchester rock band Hanky Park James ‘Shinny’ Davenport is now working on material for his début solo album due for release in 2013.
A former professional boxer who fought on a Joe Calzaghe world title fight undercard at the MEN Arena as well as scoring a record number of tries from his days as a rugby player Shinny was living the rock n roll lifestyle before he was a rock n roller.
In fact his life style left many rockers looking like they should be in the Pussycat Dolls and he was touted as the next big thing – if he could control his lifestyle – by the late, great Tony Wilson and he could spot something special.
Now, aged 34 he has put his demons behind him and is concentrating on the music for his first solo project . “I’ll leave the naughty stuff behind with the band” he winks.
Freed for the conventional rock band format Shinny is promising some surprises in his new material. “I’ve stuck a bit of opera into one track and addressed some pretty tough social issues in another…I’ve never followed the crowd.” he says.
Being entirely self-written the new songs show a more personal, introspective and thoughtful side to Shinny’s song writing. “It’s a life in music…the new material is inspired by what drives me as a writer, as a singer…as a person.”
His new sound isn’t a total departure from Hanky Park though – underneath still lurks a gritty indie rock sound that has been mixed and spliced at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth.
Other bands who have signed the visitor’s book include Queen, the Stone Roses, Oasis and Kasabian and Kingsley, the owner, reckons Shinny has a “massive future.” as a solo performer.
He is tipping the song “Runaway” to be an instant hit but Shinny’s cover of Joy Division classic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is also blowing away live audiences in his native Manchester.
In July 2011 Shinny launched his solo project by opening the fight extravaganza ‘Rumble at the Reebok’ at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000 people and millions worldwide as the event was screened by Sky throughout Europe and North America.
“If ever there was British rock singer tailor-made for the USA Shinny is that singer.”