English singer-songwriter John Waite has been a force in the music world for over forty years. He first caught the attention of the public in 1977 as the lead singer of The Babys. That was the year their first hit “Isn’t It Time” went to Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. They gained fame again in 1979 with their second hit, also Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Everytime I think Of You“. The band continued to enjoy success until they broke up in 1980.
In 1982 Waite started a solo career and had minimal success with his debut solo album, Ignition. His next album would be what made him a household name as a solo artist. No Brakes was released in 1984 and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. This is the album that brought us “Missing You“, which shot to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and it knocked Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” off the top spot. In fact, Turner saw a piece of that success when she covered the song in 1996. Waite’s hit also went to Number 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks Chart and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Waite saw success as a solo artist for a few more years with hit singles like “Every Step Of The Way” and “If Anybody Had A Heart” as well as a few soundtrack hits.
In 1988 Waite rejoined forces with two of his former Babys bandmates, Ricky Phillips and Johnathan Cain. Together with Journey legends Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo, they formed Bad English. The musical supergroup saw major success with their hit single “When I See You Smile” which went to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a gold certification. The band released two more albums before they broke up in 1992.
It was then John Waite went back to being a solo artist. He’s made countless albums as a soloist and earlier this year he graced us with an EP. Titled Anything, it includes five new songs.