Andrew Roachford was born in London. The band was formed in 1987, the line-up featuring Andrew Roachford (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chris Taylor (drums), Hawi Gondwe (guitars) and Derrick Taylor (bass guitar). By 1988 the band were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians. Shortly afterward, a seven album recording contract with Columbia was signed. They went on to have a string of success throughout the 1990s, becoming Columbia’s biggest selling UK act for ten years.
Roachford released his first solo album, Heart of the Matter, in 2003. His next album Word of Mouth was released in June 2005 under the band name Roachford. In 2010, Roachford joined Mike + The Mechanics along with Tim Howar. The following year the album The Road was released featuring Roachford and Howar as lead vocalists.