(Cover picture: My picture of a close up, live screen shot of Brian May playing guitar at the O2 Arena London, January 2015 when Queen appeared with Adam Lambert).
I run my own editing business One Voice Literary Agency, but in my other life, I am a lyricist/songwriter.
I started writing lyrics in 1980 at the age of 17 and had my first songs recorded, produced and performed live at the age of 19.
In 1995 my poem 'Precious Child' was published in the 'Best Book of Life and Love'.
In 2001 I won an Outstanding award for my song 'Everything Seems Different In The Dark', which I wrote with Richard Tanner and a Merit award for my song 'A Beautiful Lady - Titanic', which I wrote with Mick Cooper, both at different music festivals. A Beautiful Lady - Titanic was recorded onto a piece of film about Titanic and was played at a Titanic exhibition. I wrote this song in memory of my Great Grandfather and all those who died when Titanic sank on April 15th 1912.
I created brand new lyrics for 'The Wizard of Oz' for a major school production and the finale song, 'Together As One' was specially recorded and produced as a solo piece. I also wrote lyrics for a new original play called 'Nation of Imagi', for a primary school production.
I produced and published a book on amazon, 'Poetic Wonders', which is an anthology of poems written by myself and five other very talented authors that I gathered together for the project. The book contains 90 beautiful poems, plus a full length story, written in rhyme called The Bear On Lonely like, written by one of the featured authors. I had the pleasure of recording an audio version of this story a few years ago. Poetic Wonders was five years in the making, I am so proud of the result and I am more than delighted that Enoch Anderson, a prevalent lyricist endorsed the book and wrote an amazing foreword for it.
I recently wrote a song with my co-writer AJ Clarke called 'One Day Soon', which is a song for our time during the COVID-19 crisis. We had written, produced and recorded the song and produced the video, all in under a week, it was an amazing experience to write the lyric for this song. AJ and myself hope the song will bring some joy to everyone who hears it. We used the song to raise much needed funds for the NHS.
My song - 'Hug Inside An Envelope' has just been released as a single by Jeff Pike 15/7/2020. The music was written by my collaborator and friend Robert Benson, we are so proud of this song and it is available to download and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer and Jeffpike.com. All the links to the song are here jeffpike.hearnow.com. A portion of the lyric will be featured in the book Finding Strength In The Dark by Annette Pearson and parts of the song will be used for the trailer for the book, which is due to be released in January 2021.
In September 2020, Mick Cooper and I resurrected a musical we started writing in 2005, that we worked on intermitently through the years. We adapted the idea as a brand new story, worked on the songs we already had and wrote brand new songs for it as well. We now have a completed synopsis and script and 13 amazing songs, which are currently waiting to be arranged and produced professionally. The musical is called ARNIE'S GYM and you can read the synopsis on my ARNIE'S GYM page on this website.
In interim years, I have collaborated on many songs, including songs for potential musical theater shows and I have an extensive catalogue spanning 38 years of writing.
I have written lyrics in many styles including: Power Ballad, rock, 3/4 time, big band swing, jazz and musical theater. I have worked with very talented composers, musicians and vocalists who do an incredIible job bringing my lyrics to life. Spending time in a recording studio is always an amazing experience for me.
For any lyric/song writing queries, please email me for further details. email@example.com
Here are some videos representing some of the songs I've worked on over the years.