Paul Heaton is a singer and songwriter, who has performed in bands such as The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, before performing as both a solo artist, and as part of a duo with Jacqui Abbott.
Originally from Bromborough on the Wirral Peninsula, his family located to Sheffield, and then to Surrey, where he started to perform in his first band, Tools Down. After leaving school, he travelled around Europe, before settling in Hull in the early 1980’s.
It was during his time in Hull, that he formed The Housemartins in 1983 as the lead singer and Stan Cullimore on Guitar.
Throughout the bands active period, 1985-1988, there were various other members of the group, including Chris Lang, Ted Key, and Norman Cook, the latter going on to have chart success as a solo artist, performing as Fat Boy Slim.
After the breakup of The Housemartins, two band members, Paul Heaton, and David Hemingway got together with Dave Rotheray and David Stead to form the Beautiful South in 1988. They had 34 singles, and 15 albums, before splitting up in 2007.
During his time with the bands, he released albums under his own name, and also his alternative persona “Biscuit Boy”, but not achieving the commercial success of before.
Heaton is known for his political views, either in his lyrics, or as an activist, with lyrics including subjects sich as feminism, globalisation and climate change.