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Cock Robin, lead by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Peter Kingsbery, became an international phenomena during the mid to late 80’s. Raised in Austin Texas, Kingsbery began his career in Nashville Tennessee in 1974 as a songwriter for Larry Henley’s Wind Chime Music/Warner Chappell. Kingsbery would eventually have songs recorded by Stephanie Mills and Smokey Robinson. His abilities at the keyboard later landing him a job with childhood shining star and pop/country legend Brenda Lee taking him all over the eastern seaboard and much further east to Japan.

After almost three years in Tennessee, Kingsbery headed west towards Los Angeles to play the clubs (Madame Wongs, The Troubadour) soon forming the band Cock Robin (signed to Colombia Records in 1985) with Anna Lacazio, Clive Wright, and Lou Molino lll. The bands career coincided with the birth of MTV and the life-changing arrival of the 80’s scene enabling the band to tour the U.S.A. opening for The Kinks, Billy Idol, and Bryan Adams. The band’s popularity continued to grow particularly in Europe where the three albums made between ’86 and ’90 all went platinum with the singles The Promise You Made, When Your Heart Is Weak, Thought You Were On My Side, Just Around The Corner, The Biggest Fool Of All, and Worlds Apart.

The group took a long hiatus from the business in the early 90’s while Kingsbery restarted his life in France recording three albums with Eddie Barclay’s Barclay records under his own name; A Different Man (produced by Pat Mastelotto, drummer for King Crimson), Once In A Million (produced by Gary Langan from Art Of Noise), and Pretty Ballerina (produced by award winning London producer Dimitri Tikovoi). The last of his solo outings, a french album named Mon Inconnue (produced by electronic artist Jean Phillip Verdin) was recorded for Warner Bros Records.

During this time an unexpected success (1992) as one of the vocal performers included in the London version of the French musical Starmania (lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Michele Berger) put him alongside other artists such as Cyndie Lauper and Tom Jones winning him a top ten hit in all of the french territories with an operatic performance of the song Only The Very Best.

Cock Robin reformed in 2006 with the original members to record two more album’s (I Don’t Want To Save The World, Songs From A Bell Tower) before the final departure of Anna Lacazio from the group. Kingsbery continued on under the groups name releasing 2016’s Chinese Driver (Verycords/Warner) with a more electronic sound in partnership with rock super drummer and programmer Mathieu Rabate touring two years with a new formation featuring the vocal/keyboards of Coralie Vuillemin and the drummer Didier Strub (The Moorings, Pixels In A Box).

2019 signals the return to the bass guitar for Kingsbery and a new Cock Robin album featuring all new original songs within a more pop/rock sound. The new formation remains the same with Vuillemin and Strub taking on a more permanent place within the group, writing, playing, and touring with Kingsbery in support of the band’s new album entitled Homo Alien.

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