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Mama's Gun
Origin London
Genres Pop, funk, soul
Years active 2008–present
Labels Candelion
Associated acts Beverley Knight, Corinne Bailey Rae, Guillemots, Erykah Badu
Andy Platts
'Professor' Rex Horan
Dave 'Eighties' Burnell
Terry 'Spiller' Lewis
'Union' Jack Pollitt

Mamas Gun

Mamas Gun are a five piece soul funk band based in London and released their debut album 'Routes To Riches' in 2009. They have promoted, toured and released material from this album in over 9 countries achieving considerable exposure and support. In late 2009 the band became an overnight success in Japan where they became the most played international artist in Japan.




The band was formed by Andy Platts, the lead singer/composer/producer in 2007 and was joined by bassist 'Professor' Rex Horan, keyboardist Dave 'Eighties' Burnell, Terry 'Spiller' Lewis and drummer 'Union' Jack Pollitt after scanning the internet for inspiring and talented musicians.

Andy Platts was born in a military hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong, to a nomadic father who had landed in the Far East as a police recruit in their battles with underground triad organisations, Platts soaked up the musical ether that surrounded him (which included the Beatles, the Doors and ELO from his father, and a Filipino mother who played Spanish-influenced guitar), attending countless schools in the process before winning a place at Liverpool’s LIPA institute. Subsequently, Platts played on Corinne Bailey Rae’s hugely successful debut album and then, in 2006, landed his own publishing deal with Zomba Music. This led to collaborations with an extraordinary song-writing A-list that included Rod ‘Thriller’ Temperton, John Oates, Jed Leiber (son of hit-making legend Jerry) and former Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson. [1]

The band is named after Erykah Badu album Mama's Gun [2].


UK Releases

Mamas Gun first single, "Pots of Gold", was released in August 2008 on Candlion Records and was playlisted on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans championing the track. Following it's success, Mamas Gun recorded their debut album and released their next single "Let's Find A Way" in June 2009. In September 2009, Mamas Gun released their third single "You Are The Music" and their debut album "Routes To Riches" followed in October 2009. Routes To Riches was coproduced by Julian Simmons (Guillemots), mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (Black Eyed Peas, U2, the Rolling Stones) and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

On February 28th 2010 Mamas Gun released "Wishing, which was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, Jazz Fm and Smooth Radio.

Japan Releases

Routes To Riches was released in Novemeber 2009 and achieved a number 3 sales slot on the Japanese Billboard charts [3].


"Masterclass in blue-eyed bubblegum soul, as heart-warmingly catchy as anything from Stevie Wonder's '70s purple patch" - UNCUT ****

"gorgeous, melting soft rock” and “redolent of Young Disciples' long-lost 90s Brit-soul classic Apparently Nothin'" - THE GUARDIAN

"a kaleidoscope of a record that travels through genres” - BILLBOARD

“energetic – beatastic – Funk with a hint of strong soul thrown in” – BLUES AND SOUL [4]

“The songs are given texture and strength by groovy funk guitar, strings, Stevie Wonder-esque keys, great backing and lead vocals… everything here just oozes self-assurance and laid-back cool. Ultimately, Routes to Riches is an excellent pop album, a surfeit of riches in itself.” - LINE OF BEST FIT [5]


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