After two successful solo albums, British vocalist/songwriter Gary Hughes was making the preparations to begin recording what was to be his next two solo albums. 28 songs that were to be divided into two albums - one Rockers and one Ballads. After other musicians were brought in to play on the material, the music became more band orientated and thus Ten was born. Yay!
Mike Stone (Asia, Journey, Whitesnake) was assigned to mix the initial albums, marking the first official incarnation of Ten. The debut “X” was released in May 1996, becoming an instant success. The second album “The Name of the Rose” ( a storming piece of work) came out next, and hot on its heel in ’97 came another belter “The Robe”. Subsequent albums followed quickly. “Never Say Goodbye” (a double live album), “Spellbound” with well-known producer Rafe Mckenna (Giant, Bad Company). “Babylon”, which was released in August 2000 and featured renowned keyboard player Don Airey (Ozzy, Rainbow, Deep Purple) in the lineup. During this time Gary Hughes also wrote three very popular solo albums for ‘Pointy’ Bob Catley (Magnum) a solo album in a more melodic direction for himself that included “Precious Ones” and the two part critically acclaimed rock opera project named “Once and Future King” which saw the participation of such special guests as Damian Wilson, Bob Catley, Dougie White, Sean Harris, Danny Vaughn, Lana Lane, Irene Jansen, DC Cooper, Sabine Edelbacher and Harry Hess. He’s one busy bloke.
In August 2006 the band released “The Twilight Chronicles”, before taking some sabbatical years. Ten reappeared with 'Stormwarning' in early 2011, and proved he could still cut the mustard. And has seen a renaissance for Ten.
Songwriter Gary Hughes worked hard to live up to the expectations surrounding Ten’s new album, and aptly is their tenth studio album.Not just an Arabian title, Hughes goes for the full Arabian effect on the intro and 'Arabian Knights' (unfortunately he doesn’t shout ‘Size of an elephant’ at any point during the song. Bugger!).
Gary Hughes - Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Dan Mitchel - Guitars
John Halliwell - Guitars
Steve McKenna - Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch - Keyboards
Max Yates - Drums And Percussion
Produced By : Dennis Ward And Gary Hughes