From early childhood days in Trinidad in the 60s, to his time as head chorister at Hereford Cathedral in England in the 70s to London’s music and club culture and to the present day in Toronto, Simon’s diverse and eclectic love of music has always shone through. His songs and productions have sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide. He was a regular club goer & dancer at the Africa Centre for Soul II Soul’s legendary London club which led to a lifelong friendship & collaboration with Jazzie B OBE and the creation of Soul II Soul’s long career. He has written songs for all their albums, co-writing Grammy winning Back II Life and global hit Keep On Movin’.
He has produced and co-written hits for many others including Maxi Priest, Chante Moore, Shabba Ranks, Johnny Gill, JT Taylor (Kool and the Gang) Joanna Law (his sister) Two favourite career highlights are his co-producing the late, great South African reggae superstar Lucky Dube’s album ‘Victims’ in South Africa. He also worked with his mentor and hero Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire’s founder in 1991.
In Canada he plays regularly in the Toronto band Jen Schaffer & The Shiners with his partner Jen Schaffer. They’ve released 1 album (2nd to follow this year) and an EP and played at the prestigious Mariposa Folk festival in 2016.
As a teacher he taught music at the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School for 4 years (2010-14). He also wrote, produced and directed 2 original musicals at Jackman Avenue and George Webster Public Schools in Toronto. They featured a cast of 100 children with sellout performances!
- Finishing his solo album “Look To The Sky” for Dome Records in the UK. Guest artists include Caron Wheeler, Jazzie B OBE, Chante Moore, Maxi Priest, Joanna Law and Lain Gray. The album will be available in Spring 2017.
- Produces and plays in Toronto band Jen Schaffer & The Shiners (second album to be released later in 2017)
- He facilitates music classes and is involved in research into dementia and music at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy.
- Writing production music for TV & Film for his publisher SonyAtv.