Phil Spalding is an English bass player who has played and appeared with performing artists such as Mick Jagger, Seal, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Elton John and Randy Crawford.
Spalding started out as a computer operator for a High Street bank, before he joined rock artist Bernie Tormé in 1976. Later he joined Original Mirrors before beginning a collaboration with Toyah Wilcox, in December 1980. Whilst with The Toyah Band he recorded and co-wrote songs for their studio albums and toured with the band, until 1983. Since then he has been a member of GTR and Mike Oldfield’s band. More recently he has appeared on albums by Michel Polnareff, Suggs, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.
Spalding also recorded all bass tracks on the Lion King sound track studio album.
In addition, Matt has composed music featured in hit television series such as NCIS, Law and Order and Date My Mom, films like Domino and Horton Hears A Who, and adverts for household brands including Carlsberg, McDonaldʼs and Chrysler.
Matt’s debut solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles.
His second solo album, Idle Hands, earned him Favourite International Artist at the Independent Music Network Awards 2013.
Matt’s latest Blues album Get Backer is produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope).