“The real luck was that it was looking for someone exactly like us.
Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return in 2018 with a special UK tour, celebrating 10 years together.The show features songs from their brand-new 10th anniversary album including Elgar's 'Nimrod', the Beatles' 'Here There and Everywhere', 'Somewhere' from West Side Story & the classic 'Caruso', along with all the band's popular anthems in powerful three-part harmony.They named themselves after the English poet William Blake, “because we wanted a cool name which was one syllable” and they also count Blake as another “crossover artist” as he was a painter and visionary as well as poet.Their rendition of William Blake’s Jerusalem is on their debut album. “He used to dine naked with his wife in the conservatory and we certainly don’t do that.” “It’s not as if we’re sat at home reading poetry every night either,” adds Jules.“Il Divo and G4 paved the way for us and G4’s split certainly helped us with the record deal,” says Dom.
“They’d been massively successful and suddenly didn’t exist any more.” “They made people aware that four guys singing a fusion of pop and classical can be huge,” adds Jules.Says Jules: “Ollie and I were choristers at Winchester Cathedral and we’d kept in contact.Ollie was studying at Guildhall School Of Music and I was trying to be an actor but we both carried on singing and thought it would be a good idea to put a group together.Jules, 26, studied history of art at St Andrews University alongside Prince William, while Ollie, 25, was a regular at Wills and Harry’s Highgrove parties, growing up in nearby Little Somerford, Wiltshire. Former actor Dom, 25, has connections with Kevin Spacey, having performed an award-winning role at the Old Vic theatre where Spacey is artistic director. “You wouldn’t remain friends for long if you used those connections.“I’m the only one who isn’t well-connected,” says Stephen, 27. It’s a different matter with anyone else we meet now.” What did help was a canny piece of timing which saw the boys meet, perform together for the first time and land a £1million, five-album, record deal with Universal all in the space of 48 hours.We managed to get a manager just by sending a cheeky e-mail.” The manager was Daniel Glatman, whose bands have included Blue.