Oliver Wakeman is an award winning keyboardist and composer.
He was born into a musical family and is the eldest son of rock musician Rick Wakeman. He has written and appeared on various albums, all of which have been released to critical acclaim.
1997 saw the release of Oliver's first solo album "Heaven's Isle". "Heaven's Isle" was written at the request of the Landmark Trust to promote their 1997 season of Lundy Island. Music from this album has been used by BBC 1 & Independent Television for various programmes.
His second album 'Jabberwocky' (a collaboration with London based musician Clive Nolan) was released in early 1999 and featured an all star cast, including Peter Banks (Yes), Tony Fernandez (Strawbs), Rick Wakeman, Tracy Hitchings (Landmarq) & Bob Catley (Magnum).
Oliver's 3rd album, "The 3 Ages of Magick" (2001), an instrumental work, was recorded with Steve Howe (Yes, Asia), who contributed guitars and executive production duties.
Oliver and Clive followed up 1999's 'Jabberwocky' album with "The Hound of the Baskervilles" which was released in early 2002. The album featured a similar cast plus Arjen Lucassen (Aryeon), Ashley Holt (Rick Wakeman Band), Karl Groom (Threshold) as well asRobert Powell, the world renowned actor, narrating as Dr Watson.
A commissioned new age album, "Chakras", was released in early 2002 and a further commissioned work 'Spiritual Enlightenment' was released in early 2003. His album 'Purification by Sound' was released by President Records in May 2003. Oliver was also commissioned to write a variety of incidental music for six poetry CD's featuring, amongst others, the voice of actor Derek Jacobi
Oliver has written music for various corporate companies to launch or promote their products including the pro-audio company Allen & Heath. Oliver also composed the jingle for the CD version of the TV show 'Name That Tune'.
2004 saw an appearance on Ayreon's "The Human Equation" album as well as appearing on the 'ProgAID' charity single (alongside Neal Morse, Arjen Lucassen and others), which raised funds for the Asian Tsunami disaster relief fund, he also appeared on Steve Howe's CD 'Spectrum' (2005).
During 2006 Oliver took to the road with his new band performing songs from his 'Mother's Ruin' album (2005) as well as songs from his back catalogue. He also appeared as a member of Bob Catley's touring band in the UK and Europe.
2008 saw Oliver join Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan Whitefor the 'In the Present' world tour. At the beginning of 2009 Oliver was announced as the keyboard player for theStrawbstours of Canada, Europe and the UK. He also performed as a member of the band on the 2009 release,'Dancing to the Devil's Beat' for which Oliver co-wrote a track with Dave Cousins.
With the Howe/Squire/White line up now called YES, Oliver embarked on tours throughout 2009, 2010 and into the first half of 2011, performing over 150 shows as a member of the band. In 2010 Oliver appeared on the Strawbs 40th anniversary live double CD, 'Strawberry Fayre'.
In 2011 Oliver was credited as a performer and writer on the Yes studio release 'Fly From Here'. He also appears on the latest Yes CD and DVD release 'In the Present - Live from Lyon' handling all thekeyboard duties. Oliver also appears in the documentary film which accompanies this release.
Oliver has been nominated for the Classic Rock Society's 'Best Keyboard Player' award on many occasions and in 2006 he won. 2007 saw Oliver win the award for a second time and in 2008 he was fortunate to win the award for the third year in a row.
His latest project ‘Ravens & Lullabies’, a collaboration with 70's guitar legend,Gordon Giltrapwas released on 4thMarch 2013.