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February 27, 2011

Workshy returns with new album "Bitter Sweet"

London-based sophisticated pop-jazz duo Workshy was formed in 1986. Originally a trio consisting of Michael McDermott, Chrysta Jones and Kevin Kehoe until Kevin left the group in 1992, Workshy has been the duo of Michael and Chrysta ever since.

Michael and Kevin, who was originally from Australia, were neighbors and the two had once formed a teenage band. Meanwhile, Chrysta grew up in a family of musicians and joined her father’s group Metal Ticket as a vocalist at the age of 11. Michael moved from Manchester to London and attended St. Martins where Kevin was studying Psychology. They started playing music again and formed a soul-funk-latin group called Garage. That was when they met Chrysta and Workshy was born.

In June 1987, Workshy signed to U.K.based Magnet Records and their debut album "The Golden Mile" was released in 1989 and immediately appealed to fans of Swing Out Sister, Sade, Everything But The Girl, Matt Bianco, Basia and similar smooth pop-jazz acts. They have been releasing albums under Japanese labels Pony Canyon in the past and currently Imperial Records Tokyo and has gathered a loyal fan base for years in Japan and other countries in the Far East region.

Workshy has been to the Philippines twice. The first time in the nineties where they performed their first solo concert and even received a Gold Record award for their bestselling covers album "Soul Love" and in 2008 where they shared the stage with Grammy winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross.

For 2011, Workshy returns with their 12th album "Bitter Sweet". The new album includes "Better Days", "West End Love", "We'll Keep Striving" and more.

If you like D'Sound, Swing Out Sister, Mike Francis, Kevyn Lettau, Matt Bianco, Sade, you will surely like Workshy.

Workshy "Bitter Sweet" album preview:

Enjoy a sample of Workshy's music, their rendition of "I Say A Little Prayer" here:

"I Say A Little Prayer" is included in Workshy's CD "Soul Love" and ""The Finest Collection", released locally by Universal Records.

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