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Earl TuTu

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Earl started playing guitar at his father’s Baptist Church in West Yorkshire at the the age of 15 in 1976.
Within 2 years, during the summer of 1978 some young members of the church formed a band called “Freedom”. During this time EMI reps from London came to the church to hear the band as they had been made aware of the band via Gospel Concerts they had performed at. Pastor Dawkins and Brother King an elder at the church turned the reps from EMI away saying the children would not be playing the devils music! As you can guess Earl hid his passion for playing guitar from his father, sneaking out of the house to play gigs and record. Coming home from a gig one night he was welcomed by the sight of his belongings in black bin bags – He had been found out!
Hisfirst experience of studio environment came about from a friendship with a truly gifted musician by the name of Richard Dover who as a young man took Earl under his wing and taught him that music did not have to be put in specific boxes, that you can be inspired by all genres and to express the feelings from your heart.
Music then had to take a back seat as Earl became a dad at the age of 19 and worked within the social care arena.
The untimely passing of his beautiful daughter Natasha at the age of 5 months brought Earl back to his guitar, a welcome release from the heartbreak and pain he was experiencing.
Earl commuted to London on a regular basis and built contacts which opened up avenues for him in the music industry. Earl toured in Europe with Lonnie Liston-Smith who was a former keyboard player with Miles Davis – and his passion for playing was well and truly ignited.

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