Eurythmics star Dave Stewart honoured with music industry achievement award

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EURYTHMICS star Dave Stewart is being honoured by the music industry for a glittering career which has seen him hit the high note with acts such as Mick Jagger, Bono and Katy Perry.

The Barnes-raised musician will be presented with the Music Producers Guild’s Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award at a ceremony in London in February.

He’s been praised for his creativity as a musician, producer and director.

Dave’s career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the ground-breaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics.

Behind the scenes, he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Sinead O’Connor, Joss Stone, and many more, garnering numerous producer, songwriter, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards along the way.

Speaking to the Echo, Dave said: “I love discovering new talent and nurturing them, giving them a chance by working with them and giving them the tools to experiment.

“Teaching young artists about the joy of recording is very rewarding and I never get tired of it.

“Always working on different albums with legendary and unknown artists inspires me with my own recordings too.”

Most recently, Dave has announced he will be producing Sunderland act The Lake Poet’s album.

Martin Longstaff from East Herrington, the singer songwriter behind the folk act, will fly to Nashville, USA, next month to work with Dave.

Dave, a former Bede Grammar School pupil, is often fondly remembered for his time spent as one half of the Eurythmics and he says that partnership is still one of his career highlights.

“Playing with and recording Stevie Wonder, producing Al Green’s vocals and recording Mick Jagger’s vocals and writing and recording with him, Bryan Ferry and Stevie Nick’s etc are all amazing musical memories,” he said.

“But writing with Annie and producing every Eurythmics album, I must say was a mind-blowing experience that is hard to describe.”

Over the years, Dave has racked up many accolades and has been hailed by Bob Dylan as “a fearless innovator, a visionary of high order.”

Music Producers Guild Awards director Tony Platt said: “Dave Stewart embodies all the qualities of a modern music producer, embracing all forms of media including music, film, TV and photography.

“His various roles from musician to producer, director and co-founder of a highly successful creative member’s club, The Hospital Club, underpin his collaborative attitude towards creativity.”

Dave Stewart Entertainment has offices in Los Angeles and Nashville overseeing the careers of young artists while acting as brand manager to established artists.

He has recently expanded the management and production divisions of his company, producing videos for Deadmau5, Lionel Richie and many more.

His film work includes working with Mick Jagger to write and produce the score for Alfie, starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.