Having been a promising soul singer back in the 70s and worked alongside a number of industry greats, Les Kirsh is making a comeback with three of his tracks, which have been re-mastered for the modern day.
Just as Les’ career was really picking up, it almost ground to a halt when in 1974, a severe car crash left him in a coma for eight days with serious injuries.
It took almost two years for Les to fully recover, but he refused to give up on his passion of music, picking up the guitar and trying to remember the songs he had written before the accident. This re-learning and rifling through his memories acted as therapeutic mental activity for Les, undoubtedly contributing to his recovery.
After forming a band at Art College in his early days before the crash, Les instantly became the singer (due to him not playing an instrument at the time) and the group found success supporting major artists such as The Moody Blues, Amen Corner and Jimmy Ruffin. Afterwards, Les developed a strong musical relationship with Harry Vander and George Young of the Easy Beats, taking tracks he had written to them and the pair managed to find Les a deal with Phillips Records who helped him release ‘When Will The Rains Come?’ to good reviews. However, it was the height of the punk era and finding a place for good soul and pop songs was a difficult task.
Les’ career in music had seemingly faded away and it wasn’t until his son was listening to the music recently that he urged his Dad to get back on the ‘soul-train’. He persuaded Les to take up music again and so father and son took the music to Andy Whitmore of Greystoke studios who reworked, re-mastered and modernised Les’ tracks. The outcome of their work with Whitmore has produced three of Les’ tracks: ‘La la la’, ‘Tell Me To My Face’ and ‘Say’.
Les’ vocal talents have allowed him to explore a number of genres during his time including rock, country and even reggae, but he is a soul-man at heart, being influenced primarily by Otis Redding and R&B legends, Sam and Dave. Consequently, Les labels his style ‘modern soul’.
In 2007, Les suffered once again, this time from a severe viral infection that caused paralysis, requiring him to be put on a life support machine. Despite this, Les fought through for a second time and is now picking up his music career where he left off all those years ago.