Guy Chambers is one of the UK’s most successful living songwriters having worked with artists and writers including Tina Turner, Kyle Minogue, Will Young, Scissor Sisters, Busted, Melanie C, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, James Blunt, Marlon Roudette, Rufus Wainwright, Mark Ronson and many more. Guy is perhaps best known for his work with Robbie Williams, co-writing some of Williams’ most iconic hits including ‘Angels’, ‘Millennium’, ‘Feel’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘Rock DJ’.
Guy is consistently seeking new creative endeavors and in 2019, Guy and Robbie Williams teamed up with Chris Heath to compose the music and lyrics for the RSC’s musical adaptation of David Walliams’ ‘The Boy in the Dress’. The show opened to five-star reviews (The Independent, What’s On Stage) at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon. This builds on the success of Guy’s children’s folk opera based on the Oscar Wilde short story ‘The Selfish Giant’ - which he dedicated to his late mother, Pat. The show premiered at The Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End in 2018.
Guy’s life as a musician began from an early age and at 16 his first band, Hambi and The Dance, were signed to Virgin Records, but it was at the Guildhall School of Music where he studied piano and composition that his love affair with the recording studio really began. After graduating, Guy worked as a session musician: playing piano at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair, touring Europe with the Waterboys, or adding fills to Aztec Camera’s ‘lounge’ cover of Van Halen’s ‘Jump’, before joining Karl Wallinger’s World Party. Guy left to form his own band The Lemon Trees and their first album ‘Open Book’ released in 1992 was critically well-received and all of its five singles entered the UK Top 100. However, the band never released a second album as they explored other musical ventures.
For Guy, his next collaboration would bring a new level of success as he teamed up with teen pop sensation Robbie Williams from Take That. Their first work together, ‘Life Thru A Lens’, was released in 1997, with singles ‘Angels’ and ‘Let Me Entertained You’ propelling the album into the UK No.1 spot. The pair co-wrote and released 5 UK no.1 albums in 5 years: ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’, ‘Sing When You’re Winning’, ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ and ‘Escapology’. All topped the UK album charts, and each variously scored number one spots in Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
Guy was musical director for the multiple world stadium tours that accompanied their global chart success and this era saw Williams become not only the best-selling British born solo artist of all time in the UK, but also the best-selling, non-Latino solo artist of all time in Latin America. Guy has produced Robbie Williams’ most recent three albums, all of which became UK No. 1s including The Christmas Present in 2019 on which Guy also co-wrote the single ‘Time For Change’. To date, this brings the total of UK No.1 albums that Guy has produced for Robbie Williams to eight making their partnership one of the most successful collaborations in UK pop history.
As a songwriting polymath, Guy has turned his hand to collaborations that span the 21st Century pop canon throughout Europe. These co-writes include: Marlon Roudette’s single ‘New Age’ that went straight to No.1 in Germany and held the spot for 9 weeks whilst topping charts in Austria, Russia and Switzerland in 2011; ‘Tears in Rain’ with James Blunt that appears on Blunt’s iconic 2003 album ‘Back to Bedlam’ (which to date is the 18th best-selling album in UK chart history); ‘First Day of my Life’ by Spice Girl Melanie C which topped charts in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland and was covered by world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli; to name a few.
In 2019 Guy released his debut solo piano album, ‘Go Gentle Into the Light’ - a collection of some of the best-loved songs that he and Robbie Williams have written together reimagined for solo piano, with the single ‘The Road To Mandalay’ reaching over 6 million streams. Guy is currently working on his 2nd solo album.
He has curated the Orgasmatron, presented TV series and gives his time to charities, including Save the Children. In 2019, Guy created and produced the BBC Children in Need album ‘Got it Covered’ featuring stars such as Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker and Helena Bonham Carter and reached Number 1 in the UK Charts. In 2012 he produced The Justice Collective’s cover of The Hollies hit ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ to raise funds for the Hillsborough families’ campaign for justice.
He lives with his wife Emma and their four children in Camden and in Sussex where he enjoys “good wine, good food, cinema and pretty much everything French”.
“And writing songs, of course”.