Starsailor are an English rock band who formed in Wigan in 2000. They have had a number of Top 10 hits and 4 charting albums. The band consisted of singer James Walsh, bassist James Stelfox, drummer Ben Byrne and guitarist Barry Westhead. Walsh’s singing style was influenced by Jeff Buckley and his 1994 album 'Grace'.
The band received a glowing review from an NME journalist at a gig in 2000 and their performance at Glastonbury in 2000 led to a bidding war amongst record companies before the band signed for EMI in 2000. Their first single, 'Fever' was released in 2001 and featured on their debut album, 'Love Is Here' which went to No. 2 in the UK chart. In March 2001 the band embarked on a sellout UK tour. Their second single, 'Good Souls' was released in April and featured a cover of Van Morrison’s, “The Way Young Lovers Do” as a B-Side. Their third single from the album was 'Alcoholic' which reached No. 10 and their fourth single 'Lullaby' made No.36.
For their second album, 'Silence is Easy' they teamed up with Phil Spector but things proved difficult with him and he only produced 2 of the tracks on the album. The title track from the album was the bands highest ever single placing reaching No.9 in the UK. The album had limited success and dropped out of the Top 40 quite quickly. In autumn 2003 the band commence a full UK tour culminating at London’s Brixton Academy.
They released their third album, 'On the Outside' in 2005 which was claimed to be a return to form and charted at No. 13 in the UK. The album yielded 3 singles, 'In the Crossfire', 'This Time' and 'Keep Us Together'.
Their fourth album, 'All the Plans' was released in March 2009 and charted at No. 26.
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