Emerging British songwriter Joe Hammill recently landed his first number one record after Alice On The Roof’s debut album “Higher” (Sony), which Joe co-wrote, topped the album chart in Alice’s native Belgium. The album has since been certified Gold in Belgium. Likewise, Alice’s single “Easy Come Easy Go”, which Joe also co-wrote, topped the Ultrapop singles chart.
Since then, Joe has continued to write for other Belgian pop acts including Blanche, Noemie Wolfs and Tessa Dixson:
At home in the UK, Joe co-wrote two tracks on Lucy Spraggan‘s latest album “I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing” (CTRL02), including the single “Modern Day Frankenstein”. The album debuted at number 12 in the Official UK Album Chart.
Joe has previously attended the NSAI UK/USA song-writing camp in Nashville, where he wrote alongside the likes of Andy Love (X Factor/Paloma Faith) and Mark Hill (Artful Dodger). More recently, Joe attended the Spinning Records’ workshop in Holland and one of the tracks he worked on over there with Childsplay was recently released through Powerhouse:
Having begun writing songs when he just was 15, Joe signed a publishing deal in 2011 with Sentric Music and Strictly Confidential. He won the prestigious Alan Hull Award (for North East song-writing) in 2011 and was then awarded the respected Graeme Miles Bursary in 2014. Following in the footsteps of these great North Eastern storytellers, Joe released his debut solo single on Friday 15th June 2018:
The lyrics from the song will appear on the Middlesbrough FC home shirts in the 2018-2019 season: https://www.mfc.co.uk/news/infant-hercules-takes-pride-of-place-on-new-boro-shirts
On Friday 18th September 2015, Joe’s own band Cattle & Cane released their debut album ‘Home’ and celebrated with their biggest headline show to date – a sold out 1,000 capacity gig at Teesside University in Middlesbrough.
‘Home’ signalled a clear statement of intent and saw the band gatecrash the Official UK Independent Album Chart; finishing the week sandwiched between Adele and Arctic Monkeys no less. Joe is joined in Cattle & Cane by his siblings Helen, Fran and Vin, with family friend Tom Chapman on percussion. The band’s perfectly crafted indie-pop songs showcase the kind of soaring harmonies that are synonymous with family.
As heard on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Cattle & Cane have been heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team and performed at T In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park before they’d even released their debut single, I Will Rise – which received over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. A live session on BBC Radio 2 for Dermot O’Leary resulted in Cattle & Cane featuring on Dermot’s Saturday Sessions compilation, alongside such luminaries as Keane, The Stereophonics and The XX.
Joe’s music has been featured on a variety of TV shows including Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex and MTV’s Catfish, as well as on popular Brazilian soap-opera Avenida Brasil, where a Cattle & Cane track was included on the show’s official soundtrack alongside Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Paul McCartney. Additionally, Joe’s work has appeared on advertisements for trains (Scotrail), cars (Ford) and bicycles (Wiggle), as well as Italian film Nemiche Per La Pelle and French TV show Rendez-vous en Terre Inconnue.