Born in London, Wates has been a full time songwriter since signing a publishing deal with Eaton Music in 1994. He moved to Paris in 2001, and there formed his own acoustic quartet. He came to the USA in 2006. Based himself first on the west coast, and since 2007 in New York City. He plays more than 150 live shows a year, in venues in every state. He's glad to be in America. So far, America seems equally glad.
Truly gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages. An inspirational artist (Leith FM Radio UK)
A new and unique songwriter-musician already in the front ranks (Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange)
A delight to listen to...These are songs crafted with care and imbued with sincerity and conviction (Britsound Radio New Jersey)
Wates doesn't withhold his powers as a poet...Tearing through the veneer of consensus reality to bring listeners the raw truth (Mark S Tucker)
A songwriter of the very highest quality (Stefan Schmoe, Musik Online Germany)