Alex Smith (Vocals)…… born Newcastle NSW, when Noah was a boy. Alex was and is the vocalist for Moving Pictures, an Australian Band. Alex has lived and worked in the UK since 1993. In the UK Alex works in Special Education using music to help unlock communication in children with Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties. He has been developing a televisual project based on his work practises. This project is called “This Way Into Music“, a broadcast and streamed information platform for families and professionals. Alex is also stepping gingerly into the world of acting with some projects in the pipeline. Moving Pictures continues to be a strong and viable force…… They have sworn to use their powers for good instead of evil! (Old jungle saying)
Garry Frost (Guitar) has 25 years experience in the music industry. He is an accomplished musician and an extraordinary songwriter. He has written numerous local and international hit songs, has played in several very successul bands, Moving Pictures and 1927 has written, performed and produced songs and music for recording artists, performers, and for television and continues to do so.
Ian Lees (Bass) Early in his career, Ian played with numerous semi-professional bands. On becoming fully professional, he was a founding member of the very successful band, Moving Pictures. Moving Pictures were credited with a No. 1 national Album, “Days of Innocence” and a single that stayed at the top of the album charts for seven weeks. Internationally, the band made inroads into the United States & Japan. The single, “What About Me” reached No. 20 on the Billboard Charts before the inauspicious collapse of the distribution company.
Ian has played and studied a variety of styles which have led to teaching and recording work. In 1991, Ian played fretless bass on the movie soundtrack “Green Card”.
Another long-standing credit is “Chasin’ The Train”. It is rewarding for Ian to be a part of this line-up……Mark Meyer – Drums, Kirk Lorange – Guitar/Vocal & Kevin Bennett – Guitar/Lead Vocal.
Charlie Cole (Keyboards) has spent the last 40 years as an active keyboard player/working musician. His musical interests and skills range from orchestral music, through to renaissance music, country rock, blues, pop, jazz and swing genres, giving him a wide range of styles. He studied composition at Sydney University under Australian icon Peter Sculthorpe. He has recorded on many different albums over the years, Jenny Morris, Gyan, Ed Kuepper, Slim Dusty, James Blundell, 1927, Chris Bailey, Tanya Kernaghan and Greedy Smith, to name a few.
As well as piano/keyboards, he plays, percussion, trumpet, didgeridoo, recorders, and guitar. As a founding member of Moving Pictures, his long-time friendship with the guys has been a driving force throughout the years. Most recently, he has been further studying orchestration and theory and looks forward to applying this knowledge to current and future Moving Pictures projects.
Mark Meyer (Drums) was recently inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame, and is one of the most recorded and travelled Australian drummers of the last 35 years.
He has recorded in the vicinity of 400 albums here and in America, both as a session drummer and a band member of: Stylus (signed to Motown in America), Marcia Hines Band, Richard Clapton Band, Jenny Morris, Divinyls, Mark Gillespie, Wendy Mathews, Dave Dobbyn, Moving Pictures (EMI Australia, Capitol America ), and Grammy winners Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood to name a few. He recorded at Sound City Van Nuys and The Record Plant LA for the original Footloose Movie Soundtrack.
A foray into the Australian country scene saw him record and tour with a plethora of country acts – these include James Blundel, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar Daley, Gina Jefferies, Lyn Bowtell, Felicity Urquart, and many more.
These days Mark regularly returns to Sydney to launch tours with his own bands “Moving Pictures” and iconic blues and roots band “Chasin The Train”. At home in Adelaide he works as a freelance player with many local and touring acts including running The Gail Page Band and showcasing his own songs with his band “The Fallen Saints”.
Andy Thompson (Saxophones) was a founding member of ‘Moving Pictures’, their album ‘Days of Innocence’ was triple platinum and No. 1 for seven weeks in Australia and the iconic No. 1 ‘What About Me’ is still the largest selling debut single in Australian history as well as No.2 in Japan and top 15 in America.
In Australia he has toured extensively with bands such as Dire Straits and Cold Chisel, recorded for Elton John as well as the cream of Australian talent such as Australian Crawl, Richard Clapton, Jenny Morris, Gyan and Renee Geyer.
His concert appearances include Ray Parker Jnr, Olivia Newton-John, Chuck Berry, Steven Stills, Dragon, Glen Shorrock, Doug Parkinson and Wendy Matthews.
In Australia he is also regular festival player.
Internationally he recorded with Grand Master Flash for the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Andy has toured Sri Lanka extensively including raising funds for the Tsunami Appeal in 2003 and since then has lived and played in London, Qatar, Delhi, Mexico and the UAE.
Andy’s base is in the Byron Bay hinterland where he plays regularly when at home.