Nik Kershaw









Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw

was born as Nicholas David Kershaw on March 1, 1958, in Bristol, England. He is an English singer and songwriter who was very popular in the 1980's. Nik left school in 1976 he went to work as a shop assistant for the Department of Employment, and worked for the for several years. While working there, he was also playing the guitar and singing in some of the underground Ipswich bands. When the last of these bands (Fusion) split up, he went on to pursue a career in singing and song-writing. He signed on with MCA Records in 1983. He released his first single, I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me. In 1984, Nik released a breakthrough song called, Wouldn’t It Be Good. The song featured a video of him as a chroma key suited alien. The song soared to number 4 on the U. K. Charts and got him worldwide attention. He then released 3 more Top 20 hits from his debut album called, Human Racing. Nik’s second album called, The Riddle, was released shortly after his debut album. From it came the hit, The Riddle, and also two other hit singles, Wide Boy, and Don Quixote. The singles reached the Top 10 hits charts and the album went platinum. Nik toured extensively to promote his music along with his backing band, The Krew. Members of his band were Keith Airey, Tim Moore, Mark Price, Sheri Kershaw (Nik’s wife), and Dennis Smith. Nik appeared in the Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium, in July 1985. Shortly after that his fame began to fade and he released only one more Top 40 U. K. Hit after that. His last album was released in 1989 and called, The Works, and it did not get much commercial or critical attention.

Nik wrote the song, The One and Only, which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie called, Buddy’s Song, which was a British film. The song was also used in the American movie, Doc Hollywood. Nik continued to write songs for others in the 1990's. He has also collaborated with other artists such as, Elton John, Bonnie Tyler, Tony Banks, Les Rythmes Digitales, Michael W. Smith, and Imogen Heap. Nik and his wife split up after 20 years of marriage in 2003. Sheri was credited with backing vocals on several of Nik’s albums and was the was the lead singer for the B side of the Don Quixote, Don’t Lie, for which she did not receive credit for it.

In 2005, Nik released a collection of his earlier material plus 4 new tracks and called it, Then and Now. In 2006 he released another solo album called, You’ve Got To Laugh. The album is available only from his website or digitally through, iTunes. Nik has released a total of 12 albums, 14 singles, and had 6 collaborations during his career and may not be done yet.