Breathe - Taken straight from thier AutoBiography
Success seems to have amazingly wafted in Breathe's direction. But it has been far from an overnight occurrence for David Glapser - lead vocals; Marcus Lillington - guitars and Ian Spice - drums, as they'll only too readily admit. Says David Glasper, "It's taken us three years to grow up from schoolboys playing in a band for fun to the musicians we are now."
Consolidating their line-up in 1984, the three piece London-based band began writing and recording demo tapes and were soon signed up by Siren. Playing venues up and down the country Breathe gained a great live reputation, with stars of the likes of Boy George, Mick Hucknall and Paul Young turning up at the London gig to check them out. George Michael has even whispered that he rates Glasper as the finest white voice to emerge since Simply Red's Hucknall went overground.
Breathe's music has a maturity unusual for a band of their age, but it doesn't detract from the vitality and enthusiasm for the group's material. 'HANDS TO HEAVEN' is a prime example of a perfectly crafted love song that has all the makings of a classic. When released in the U.S. earlier this year the single sailed into the Top 10 - peaking at No. 2 in July '88. Following the Stateside success, the original band composition was re-released in the UK. Reaching the No. 4 spot 'HANDS TO HEAVEN' eventually delivered Breathe's first UK hit.
Whilst learning that they are capable of writing hit records, Breathe can also utter a sigh of relief knowing that their memorable melodies are unashamedly reaching all ages, tastes, and record collections. The band extended their following still further with the release of their debut album 'ALL THAT JAZZ' in September and appearing as Belinda Carlisle's special guests on her UK tour.
Taken from their versatile debut LP 'ALL THAT JAZZ', 'JONAH' was chosen as the follow-up single to their Top 5 hit 'HANDS TO HEAVEN'. An uptempo mix of powerful pop and laid-back charm, 'JONAH' effotlessly displays the strong vocal talents of lead singer David Glasper and the band's solid musical structuring. With plans already afoot to play America, Breathe contine to champion a mature approach to songwriting and a responsible attitude towards fame and fortune. Breathe are busy blowing some life back into pop music as we know and love it.
(Here is some additional info I recently found out about) Let's go back even further than that. At one time Breathe was called "Catch 22". The 6-person band played a mix of covers and original songs, such as "Breathe," "In All Honesty," "The Guilt Inside," "On Your Own," and "Stay." After the guys finished school they slimmed down to 5 band members and played in a "London Showcase Week" and were discovered by many record companies. They signed on as a four-piece band and a year later, ATJ was released. It was released again later a few times with changes in the members of the group and the songs and lineup of the album. ~ Phillip Ewing, 80s Retro Music