Britain’s first group of serving soldiers to enter the pop charts are launching their latest summer UK tour in Fleetwood.
Sgt Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sgt Richie Maddocks and Lce Cpl Ryan Idzi will be performing an evening of uplifting music at the Marine Hall on August 16.
Through the release of The Soldiers’ three albums and their subsequent tours they have raised more than £500,000 for Armed Forces charities including Help For Heroes, The Royal British Legion and the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
The Soldiers’ story began when Ryan Idzi made it through to the bootcamp stages of 2007’s X Factor. Following his appearance music entrepreneur Jeff Chegwin and partner Nick Patrick, a Grammy-nominated producer, contacted Ryan with a life changing opportunity.
They already had their eye on two serving sergeants from the Corps of Army Music, who they planned to approach with the idea of recording an album. When they spotted Ryan on The X Factor, they knew they had a band.
With Gary and Richie on board alongside Ryan, The Soldiers were formed. Their debut album Coming Home was released in 2009 going Top 5 and has since been certified double platinum.
2010’s follow up album Letters Home and The Soldiers latest album Message To You have both been released to similar success.
Message To You included the official 2011 Poppy Appeal single I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You recorded with the late Robin Gibb who joined The Soldiers on stage for the final night of their winter tour at the London Palladium for a special performance of the song.
Speaking ahead of the tour Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks said: “We are very excited about our summer tour, and as always it is so nice to meet our fans, whose support is so important. We’re really looking forward to seeing you all.”
Sgt Major Gary Chilton added: “As always our armed forces continue to represent us overseas in Afghanistan and other regions. It goes without saying that it remains a huge privilege for us to raise awareness of what a fantastic job they do on our behalf.”
Ticket details from www.marinehall.co.uk or the box office on (01253) 887693