Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart - aka "Captain America"

It is an understatement to say that Nick is a veteran of the UK music industry.

Nick became part of the music business in September 1979, joining Island Records the week that The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" went to number one.  The first two bands he signed were U2 and Killing Joke and, in the early 1980s, he started the careers of The Long Ryders and The Rain Parade.

Would You Like Access to The Best MC in The Business?

Nick Stewart
aka "Captain America"
is available for your event!

Just think! - if Nick can raise over ₤1,000,000 in just 30 minutes at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball, what could he do for you and your event!

As a Master of Ceremonies, Nick has been at the centre of many award shows and  industry events.  His brand of humour and extensive knowledge of the music business makes him ideal for any entertainment industry event you may be planning.

Even if you are not in the music business, Nick can make your event a real success. His journalistic background with major daily newspapers and radio for sports events across the UK brings a unique mix of experience to his MC skills.

If you want the best in the business, then contact Lucinda at Angels and talk to her about how Angels can arrange for Nick's skill and humour to ensure the success of your next event!

Nick was responsible for Catalogue Development at Polygram and launched and ran the critically acclaimed Débutante label.

In recognition of his involvement with the signing of U2, Bono singled out Nick in the audience at U2's London concert in August 2001 and introduced Nick as the "Captain who started it all off for us".

He is currently the Vice President of A&R and Marketing for Gravity Records. As "The Captain", he does a number of productions and remixes, and had an American number one single with his reproduction of Lonestar's "Amazed".

He's had a number of producing credits including Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, David Mead and Jeff Finlin.

In October 2001, he launched the Gravity label, under the BMG umbrella, which is a specialist alt-country / Americana label, and has released, or will soon be releasing, albums from Jeff Finlin, The Vessels, Grand Drive, Will Kimbrough, Raul Malo, Siobhan Maher Kennedy, Adam Masterson, and Pinmonkey, as well as the highly acclaimed "Both Sides Now" compilation of Americana, and some timely re-issues and compilations from the likes of Jim Lauderdale, BR 5-49, and the Tractors.

As well as working in the music business, he worked as a sports journalist, writing on cricket and golf for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.  He also worked as an occasional freelance for BBC GLR Sport in London, and the "Test Match Special" team.

Nick is a former Board Member of the Country Music Association based in Nashville.

Nick is now regarded as one of the leading charity auctioneers and MCs in the UK.  For the last 3 years, for example, he has conducted the Auction at Sir Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball.  In 2003 he raised a colossal £1 million pounds in 30 mins - which was a huge achievement widely reported in the English press.  Actor Hugh Grant got into a bidding war with a businessman for the dinner.  After he offered just over £200,000 to top the executive's £
190,000 bid, he suggested they combine their contributions and share the party!

Bidding for Dinner at Elton's Place!

The dinner party - to which the winner can bring 10 friends - was one of the lots being auctioned at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball.

The pace of the biding really hotted up when the star of Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral got involved. 'Suddenly Hugh Grant starting bidding right in front of me,' said radio DJ Nick Stewart, who was playing the role of auctioneer for the night.

As the bidding crept far out of reach of most ordinary diners' pockets, a stunned silence fell over the room. Eventually the bidding ended up between Grant and an unidentified businessman, who finally bid £190,000. "I said to Hugh that this was the big one. He said he would bid £200,000 to bring five friends, if the other bidder would bring five for £190,000. When it was agreed, there was absolute pandemonium" Stewart said


Nick's efforts also ensured that a Bentley Continental fetched a tidy sum, going for nearly £325,000.  Also under the hammer were tickets to the 2004 Oscars, Elton John's piano and a holiday in Moscow.  Other attendees that felt the heat of Nick's auctioneering and MC skills included Liz Hurley, Elle Macpherson, Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, David and Victoria Beckham, Judi Dench and Sting.  They all danced the night away at the Imperial Russia-themed event complete with gold-roofed marquee.  Since its debut in July of 1999, the White Tie & Tiara Ball has raised over £5 million to fund projects for those affected by HIV or AIDS in Europe, Africa, and the Far East.

As well as conducting the charity auction, Nick also hosts the
Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards, the prime UK record business Summer Awards event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane (an event and charity actively supported and contributed to by Angels).

In 2002 the glitz and glamour of the occasion was added to by award winners such as Natalie Imbruglia, receiving the International Award, Blue receiving the Best New Artist Award and Lulu receiving the Stuart McAllister Special Achievement Award.  The whole room exploded with excitement and applause when Nick Stewart introduced David Bowie who walked in to present Dido with the main prize - The 2002 Silver Clef Award.  Nick then presided over an electrifying Silver Clef auction raising a stunning £130,000+ for the Nordoff-Robbins charity.  The auction was made even more thrilling by Dido outbidding everyone and buying Michael Owen's signed football shirt for £21,000.  It was an amazing day and a fantastic celebration of the music industry's very own charity and one of the most successful ever thanks to Nick Stewart's auctioneering talent!

In June 2003, Nick again hosted the event and the prized Silver Clef Award went to Atomic Kitten.  Liz McClarnon of Atomic Kitten was there to accept on their behalf.  Other music industry stars in attendance included
Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Dido, Ms Dynamite, Leo Sayer and Natalie Imbruglia - the International Award Winner from 2002.  Bon Jovi collected the International Star Award and Ms Dynamite picked up the Best New Music Award.  Again, Nick's auction was a roaring success.  Gwyneth Paltrow's boyfriend, Chris Martin of ColdPlay, paid £8,000 for a Jimi Hendrix guitar and £23,000 for a painting of John Lennon.  Aussie pop star Natalie Imbruglia, who attended the event with fiancé Daniel Johns, paid £8,000 for a luxury trip to Monte Carlo.  As in the previous year, Nick's auctioneering made the difference and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity benefited from a record contribution. The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy developed from the pioneering work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is grounded in the belief that everyone can respond to music, no matter how ill or disabled.  The unique qualities of music as therapy can enhance communication, support change, and enable people to live more resourcefully and creatively. Nick's great work for Nordoff-Robbins helps to meet this outstanding objective.  To see more on Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy click here.

Nick has also got his own radio show on Virgin Radio.  This is where you will hear his nickname "Captain America".  Captain America makes the airwaves every Sunday night from 10.00pm.  This critically-acclaimed show plays American Rock & Roll, Americana and alt-Country.  In any show you can hear artists like Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Mercury Rev, Lambchop, Neil Young, Lucinda
Williams, The Handsome Family, and Joni Mitchell, plus live sessions from established and up and coming artists of the genre.  More guests are penciled in for upcoming editions of the Captain America Radio show, in future weeks, including Richie Havens, Richard Hawley, Mark Ellen, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Jakob Dylan from The Wallflowers, Kathleen Edwards, Richard Thompson, Calexico, Darden Smith, The Mountain Goats, Mendoza Line, Mary Lorson & Billy Cote, and The Waco Brothers . The latest news is that The Captain America Radio Show has been voted "Radio Programme of the Year" by  Great News!

Nick is particularly sought after by major Celebrities who enjoy his brand of humour matched with extensive knowledge of music and sport.  His next MC and auctioneering event is for TV legend Michael Parkinson. The one after that could be yours.......  !!    

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