Ian Hatton Bio
Ian Hatton is the guitarist and co-writer with Katrina Chester. Throughout his career, he has worked with rock legends most guitarists could only dream about. But with Ianís talent, it is really no surprise.
Ian was born in Kidderminster Worcestershire, England. Ian realized his passion for music after listening to Queen I and II and began playing guitar at the age of 16. He knew right then that music was what he wanted to do with his life.
His professional career started not long after with the band Melvinís Marauders. Melvinís Marauders was a local rock band which consisted of people Ian had met while working in a music store in his early teens.
While playing a gig one night with Melvinís Marauders, Ian was spotted by a member of the reggae band Weapon of Peace, signed to Safari Records, who had recently lost a guitarist. Ian was approached and not long after joined the Weapon of Peace line up. Ian, still in his teens recorded and toured with Weapon of Peace until 1981.
In 1981, Robert Plant wanted to get back into American blues. Named after the blues legend Roosevelt Sykeís nickname, Honeydrippers was formed, including Ian along with an impressive line up of artists including Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Jason Bonham. The band released only one album, which was released in 1984 on Atlantic Records. Ian toured with the band until 1985.
In 1988, Ian joined up with Honeydrippers drummer Jason Bonham to form the heavy metal band Bonham, signing a world wide record deal with Sony 550 records in the United States. Their debut album, The Disregarding of Timekeeping, released in 1990 on Sony Records, earned the band a gold record for their hit song WAIT FOR YOU, which Ian co-wrote with Jason. Ian continued to tour and record with Bonham until the group ended after the release of their sophomore effect, Mad Hatter (Sony), in 1993.
Ianís next move was to begin working with legendary Paul Rodgers on the album Muddy Water Blues-A Tribute to Muddy Waters, released in 1993 on Victory Records. This album was even nominated for a Grammy. This project, a tribute to 40ís blues artist Muddy Waters, also included some legendary names such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, and Brian May. Working on this album was an amazing experience for Ian who remembered the time he would sit in his bedroom learning songs by some of these amazing artists and he was now performing with them!
In 1994, Ian teamed up with Jason Bonham once again when he joined Motherland. The band released one album, Peace 4 Me on 550 Music/Epic, in May of 1994. After which Ian continued to tour with Paul Rodgers.
In 1995, while visiting a friend in New York, Ian saw Katrina Chester at a local bar. He was so taken by Katrinaís voice and stage presence, he approached her about writing with him. Not long after, the modern rock band LUXX was born. Luxx, originally signed to Push Records, toured the United States and released four albums between 1997 and 2002.
In 2002, Katrina took a role portraying Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis. After Katrina started to sing the blues rock Janis Joplin was known for, and he himself wanting to get back to his roots and start doing blues again, Ian and Katrina decided to start work on a solo project. The resulting music has been incredible.
Ian is currently working with Katrina writing a new album. His amazing blues guitar skill paired up with Katrinaís deep vocals leaves no doubt that his name will be as well known in the future as are the names of some of the legends he has worked with.