Tim is a writer, producer, artist, father & husband currently working out of London, UK. As a founder of the UK alt-country band, ‘The Wandering Hearts’, he was signed to Decca/Universal & enjoyed success both in the UK & in the States & has played such legendary venues as The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Bluebird Cafe, Graceland & Hyde Park.
Now, as a solo artist, Tim prepares to release new material, with a new attitude & a new sense of freedom & confidence brought about by many years in the music industry & live theatre scene. Tim Prottey-Jones is a respected multi-instrumentalist, session musician, songwriter, producer, vocalist, band leader and solo artist. His drive and passion for country music has seen him achieve admirable success in his UK homeland and in America, as founder member of Decca/Universal recording artists The Wandering Hearts and in his own right.
After a whirlwind four-year period – 2015 to 2019 – with the four-piece group, Tim left The Wandering Hearts to write with/for and produce other artists. He also formed acclaimed Americana band The Fatherline. But lately Tim has quietly been laying down the concrete foundations for a solo career, writing and recording a set of sparkling self-penned country tracks slated for release as singles in the near future. Born in the UK’s West Midlands, after school he graduated with a BA (Honours) Degree in music, started writing one of two musicals and working with successful songwriters and artists, as a session musician in the studio and on tour internationally. Tim was invited to appear on the hit prime time British TV show “Superstar”, where Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and a panel of star judges held auditions to find the next star of the West End musical Jesus Chris Superstar, and for a national and international tour of the show.
After his TV appearances on “Superstar”, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber asked Tim to join the cast of the UK arena tour of the musical, which he accepted.
After that tour he declined an offer to sign up for an international run of Jesus Christ Superstar. Instead, he relocated to London to turn his attention to The West End and musical theatre. Tim spent four years appearing in hit West End productions Rent, Once and Kinky Boots.
Appearing alongside such stars as Tim Minchin, Melanie C of the Spice Girls and Ronan Keating – and popping up on many major TV shows across that four-period. He didn’t renew his contract with Kinky Boots after a year in the hit show, so he could focus on the new country group he had formed, The Wandering Hearts. They went on to sign a record deal with Decca/Universal and scored impressive early success. Their debut album, “Wild Silence” (and “Wild Silence Deluxe”), reached number one on the Official UK Country Chart and stayed at the top for many weeks, and in the Top 10 for several months. The group had five consecutive singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2. They won “Best Group” in the British Country Music Association Awards and The Bob Harris “Emerging Artist” Award at the UK Americana Awards, (nominated for
Best Group too), where they performed live alongside Robert Plant, Imelda May and Mumford & Sons in a tribute to Tom Petty. The Wandering Hearts had performed on the same bill as Petty at Hyde Park, along with two other appearances in London’s Hyde Park, with stars such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks and Santana. They toured extensively in the UK and Ireland, selling out many shows. Tim and his group made their US debut with a bang in 2018, playing “The Mother Church of Country”, The Ryman in Nashville; alongside Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, The Byrds, Marty Stuart and John Prine. They played at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s hip venue The Basement, The CMA Festival & Elvis Presley’s Graceland in the space of 10 days.
Tim’s Opry debut in June 2018 shared the bill with country stars Marty Stuart, Charlie Worsham, Connie Smith & Hilary Williams. He and his group were invited back a week later, as they had made such an impact. Since leaving the group at the beginning of last year (2019), Tim has won awards for “Best UK Musician”, “Best Male Vocalist” and he was nominated for “Entertainer of the Year”. Tim has appeared on over 10 albums, two dozen singles and a few EPs across his career. His songs are published by Blue Raincoat/Chrysalis. He has written with artists such as The Shires, Twinnie, Logan Brill and Fiona Bevan, and he has produced artists such as Liz McClarnon, Jake Morrell, Remember Monday and Benedict Cork. As a musician, he has worked with many artists including Twinnie and Sarah Darling. He keeps good company when writing new material. His recent co-writers include Nashville hit makers Jeff Cohen, Jamie Floyd and Steve McMorran. Plus, Dan Weller, Jake Morrell, Lisa Wright and Jess Thristan. Three singles will see the light of day in 2020 and some live shows with a full band, in between writing and recording his debut solo album for a 2021 release.