Billy Inglish

Billy Inglish is a veteran of the South African music scene. Having cut his teeth on the “Garage Band” circuit in his early music career his first real break came when he was introduced to Verny Scholtz, former founder member of global rock band Just Jinger by EMI records. At the time EMI suggested they start writing & producing together. During a prolific writing spell over a 3-month period, the recording of the first album was born, featuring the now hit songs “Time Travel”, “Free To Be Me”, “I Feel Fine” and “Back To You”. Billy and Verny then formed a band with remaining members, world renowned drummer Bruce Wallace and top bassist Jasper van Rensburg. Now known as ‘The Slickers’, they were signed to Sovereign Records, managed by industry stalwart Kerry-Anne Allerston joining a stable of well-established South African acts ‘The Parlotones’, ‘Prime Circle’, ‘CrashCarBurn’ and ‘Wonderboom’. The band was then primed to take off. As their stock started to rise and bands will be bands, internal politics led to ‘The Slickers’ breaking up. Billy decided to retire from music, all this before the album was even released.Subsequently it never was, leaving the album and all the songs to sit in a “time capsule” hard drive for the 13 years. In 2021 Billy and Kerry-Anne reconnected with the idea of releasing the songs for the first time. Verny agreed and the rest they say is history with the first 3 Billy Inglishsingles catapulting to the no 1 spot on the South African charts, which was followed by a global record deal being signed with prominent label Just Music. Billy Inglish now plays the circuit once again with the full original line up. As the first album is slowly being released single by single, Billy is currently working on the second album in his native United Kingdom. If you’re a fan of ‘The Beatles’, ‘Blur’, ‘Oasis’ & ‘ELO’, you may just fall in love with Billy’s sound!