Nick Webb and guitarist Simon James founded Acoustic Alchemy in the 80's in England. However, the band received its notoriety when Greg Carmichael replaced Simon James a few years later. The release of "Red Dust" and "Spanish Lace" coincided perfectly with the then NAC radio format. They provided in-flight entertainment for Virgin Airlines flight, from England to America with the hope of gaining a record deal. Their popularity took off with albums like Natural Elements (1988) and Blue Chip (1989), when Tony Brown signed them to the MCA Master Series label.
GRP bought their contract in 1990, reproducing their early works and releasing "Reference", "Back on th Case" to name a few. These were recorded at Pinewood Film Studios in England (home of the James Bond films) and were filmed by director Aubrey Powell for a television documentary of the band under the title "Best Kept Secret".
Webb's death in 1998 only inspired the group to work harder at being successful in all their ventures. Musicians, writers, supporting friends and new additions to the Acoustic Alchemy family all came together to collectively help Greg continue Webb's dream. Although, Greg acknowledges that the new group could not recapture the old band, the signature sound can still be heard but with different and positive influences.
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