Alistair Griffin, the Yorkshireman from a village near Whitby is developing a growing reputation as songwriter for the nation’s big moments. The BBC agrees
Performing all over the UK and beyond, Alistair delivers brilliant music, from intimate appearances to large arenas featuring his poignant and heartfelt original material.
Recording at his studio on a farm just outside York where he now lives, he's come a long way since he first ventured into the world of music busking on the streets of York and then London where he was spotted by Trevor Horn and given a publishing deal by his company.
Alistair first came to prominence on the BBC's Fame Academy where he was championed by Bee Gee Robin Gibb who described him as a "unique talent”. The two had a top 10 hit together and Alistair went on to tour with Robin in Europe as well as writing together. Having lived in London for a few years Alistair moved back to his native Yorkshire where he built a recording studio on a farm and continued to write for himself and other people including dance act Cascada with whom he scored a No.1 album.
He re-emerged with a new album 'Albion Sky' shortly after his song ‘Just Drive’ entered the Top 40 after the BBC used it to close their coverage of an exciting F1 season. The song became an instant hit with F1 fans, going viral championed by both Jake Humphrey and Chris Evans. ‘Just Drive’ has had over 3 million YouTube hits to date and is the current F1 theme tune on Sky Sports F1. In 2016 he played for thousands of F1 fans at Silverstone and Spa. Just Drive video
Alistair's star rose again when his song 'What If' was used by the BBC to soundtrack Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon win. With a huge TV audience on the edge of their seats BBC Sport received huge numbers of emails and texts asking where they could find "that song" that had captured the moment so perfectly. Twitter fingers pointed to Alistair Griffin once again and the song became another unexpected hit. What If Video
In a busy year Alistair was then approached to write a song for Prince Harry's charity 'Walking with the Wounded' to soundtrack both Harry and injured servicemen's journey to the South Pole. With vocals from the band 'Blake' Alistair obliged by writing ‘To The Sun’. It's rumoured Prince Harry had the song on his iPod as inspiration whilst walking to the pole. Alistair's proudest moment arrived as the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014 as he penned and performed the Official Anthem for Yorkshire's Grand Depart alongside Kimberley Walsh. He said "as a Yorkshire man, a cycling fan and songwriter it was just perfect to be asked to do this". ‘The Road’ perfectly soundtracked the epic cycle ride as Yorkshire was showcased to the world. The Road official video
Away from music Alistair has become part of local folklore in his village for his lemon curd making skills and his attempts to defeat the Women's Institute at the now infamous Danby Show, a local agricultural and produce show. And last year he triumphed winning the coveted Lemon Curd Cup after 10 years of trying. Philip Schofield has become a fan of the curd but in what's been dubbed the 'curd wars' Mary Berry is yet to acknowledge Alistair's Lemon curd prowess. Alistair claims she's "running scared." This has now grown into his very own Lemon Curd Gin!!!!! Buy a bottle here....
Alistair, while being passionate about what he does, doesn't take himself too seriously. He's written and performed comedy for Radio 4's the Now Show, has recorded with Grimethorpe Colliery Band famous for Brassed Off, as well as working with the Games Makers of London 2012. In 2013 he created The Foodbank Tour where he criss crossed the country playing gigs where people paid with food instead of money. "Bring a tin to get in" raised over a ton of food for the Trussell Trust and Foodbanks across the country.
A lateral thinker Alistair will regularly be found awake at 4 a.m writing a song, cooking up a new idea for a musical, a film or new project.