Internationally acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter JJ Gilmour made his recording debut in 1989 with The Silencers, one of Scotland's top bands who enjoyed huge success throughout Europe. A naturally gifted musician, (in his youth, JJ came very close to a career in classical music as a tenor) he first joined the band as a backing vocalist though later in the bands career JJ progressed seamlessly to lead vocalist.
Seven action-packed years of gigging and recording ensued during which The Silencers had gold albums, sold over half a million records for BMG/RCA, headlined major rock festivals and were regulars on hit TV shows across Europe. However, all good things must come to an end and after this successful period with the band, JJ decided he needed to take on new challenges and embarked upon a solo career.
After an initial period of prolific song-writing in 2001 at his home in Jersey (Channel Islands), JJ left for New York to record his critically acclaimed debut solo album 'Sunnyside P.A.L' Produced by Dan Wise (Scissor sisters) and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay) the album was inspired by the memory of a childhood friend Paul Anthony Lennon and was released in February 2002. The album became the catalyst for establishing his now fiercely loyal fan base and gained wide spread acclaim from his peers as an 'outstanding debut album'.
In between the release of his first solo album and the long awaited equally successful second album 'The Boy Who Didn't Fall' (released in 2009), JJ's desire to write a musical began to take shape in 2006. This was where he began to sow the early creative musical seeds and formulate ideas for the show 'Dancing Shoes', based upon the life of footballer George Best. After an impromptu meeting with Pat Gribben from the Irish group The Adventures, JJ and Pat joined forces to write additional songs for the musical, teaming up further with great Irish playwrights Marie Jones and Martin Lynch to create a remarkable show which has been well received by audiences and critics alike.
JJ is currently living in Ireland where he is writing and recording his third album alongside compiling a songbook of his works as a solo artist. He has also started work writing songs for a new musical stage production.