Jem Godfrey

Last updated

Jem Godfrey
Jem G.jpg
Jem Godfrey on stage live with Frost* at Rosfest-Keswick 5 February 2009.
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Godfrey
Genres Pop, neo-progressive rock, electronic
Instruments Keyboards, vocals, guitar

Jeremy "Jem" Godfrey (born 6 October 1971) is a British music producer, keyboardist and songwriter.


Godfrey was responsible, with Bill Padley at Wisebuddah music, for many UK number one hits [1] including Atomic Kitten's platinum-selling single, "Whole Again", which earned the pair two Ivor Novello Award nominations (shared with the other writers including Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), and the production and remixing of the international hit version of "Kiss Kiss" by Holly Valance.

He won an Ivor Novello on 25 May 2006 for the best selling single of 2005, "That's My Goal", for The X-Factor's Shayne Ward. [2]

"That's My Goal", was released in the UK on Wednesday, 21 December 2005 and after selling 742,000 copies in the first week (including 313,000 on its first day), it became the Christmas number one single of 2005, held the top spot for four weeks and stayed in the top 75 until June 2006, which was a 21-week run. It therefore became (at that time) the fourth fastest selling UK single of all time, beaten by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind", Will Young's "Anything Is Possible/Evergreen", and Gareth Gates' "Unchained Melody" which sold 685,000, 403,000 and 335,000 copies in their first days of sale respectively). To date, "That's My Goal" has sold 1,080,000 copies.

In 2004, Godfrey formed the progressive rock group Frost* who to date have released four studio albums and a live album.

In the autumn of 2010, Godfrey was contacted by ex-Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally and asked to play keys for Joe Satriani on tour. Godfrey toured for a week with the band before playing the Glasgow and Birmingham shows in the UK while Keneally went to Europe to play piano at Vai-Fest with Steve Vai. In the summer of 2012, Godfrey toured again with Satriani as well as Steve Vai, playing keys for the entire European leg of their G3 Tour.

In July 2012, Radio 2 introduced new jingles created by Godfrey, who appeared briefly on the Chris Evans breakfast show to talk about them. [3]

In 2013, Godfrey mixed and co-produced the second album by LOSERS, signed to Gung Ho! Recordings and featuring XFM's Eddy Temple-Morris and Tom Bellamy from The Cooper Temple Clause. The single "Turn Around" was used as the backing music for the trailer for the fourth season of US television series Game of Thrones, while their single "Azan" was used on the trailer for film Hercules.

In February 2015, Godfrey mixed and co-produced 4 songs with Gary Barlow for the soundtrack album of the Broadway Musical "Finding Neverland" for Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez and Trey Songz, Nick Jonas and Kiesza. Later that year Godfrey again worked with Barlow on 4 songs for the album "Fly" (inspired by the new Eddie The Eagle film) for Holly Johnson, Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Paul Young, and Tony Hadley.


Single composer

Other compositions


Related Research Articles

<i>Footprints</i> (album) 2002 studio album by Holly Valance

Footprints is the debut studio album by Australian singer Holly Valance. It was released by London Records on 14 October 2002 in the United Kingdom. Valance worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Cutfather & Joe, Julian Gallagher, Jem Godfrey, Nellee Hooper, Bill Padley, Richard Stannard, and Phil Thornalley.

Atomic Kitten British girl group

Atomic Kitten is a British pop girl group formed in Liverpool in 1998, whose current members are Liz McClarnon, Jenny Frost and Natasha Hamilton. The group was founded by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) members Andy McCluskey, and Stuart Kershaw, who served as principal songwriters during Atomic Kitten's early years. The group's debut album Right Now was released in October 2000 and charted at number 39 in the United Kingdom. After five top ten singles, original member Kerry Katona quit – four weeks before "Whole Again" reached number one in the UK Singles Chart – and was replaced by former Precious singer Jenny Frost. "Whole Again" became the group's most successful single, staying at number one for four weeks in the UK and six weeks in Germany, and reaching number one in many other territories; in Britain, it was the 13th best-selling single of the 2000s. The group re-released their debut album, with some tracks re-recorded with Frost's vocals: it peaked at number one in the UK and was certified double platinum after selling over 600,000 copies.

Jenny Frost British singer (b. 1978)

Jennifer Frost is an English singer, television presenter and model. She was a member of girl group Precious before replacing Kerry Katona in the group Atomic Kitten from 2001 until they disbanded in April 2004. Frost returned with the group in 2005, 2006, and 2008 for one-off appearances but chose not to return when the group were invited to appear on ITV2's The Big Reunion in 2012. Original member Katona was asked to come back, and she agreed. Frost presented makeunder show Snog Marry Avoid? from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 she co-presented OK! TV alongside Jeff Brazier. Frost reunited with Atomic Kitten in July 2021.

Mike Keneally Musical artist

Michael Joseph Keneally is an American session guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and composer.

Andy McCluskey Musical artist

George Andrew McCluskey is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer and bass guitarist of the electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), which he founded alongside keyboard player Paul Humphreys in 1978. The duo have been described as "electro pioneers".

Francis Anthony "Eg" White is a British musician, songwriter and producer. He started his career in the cowpunk band Yip Yip Coyote in the 1980s and then formed Brother Beyond with his brother, David White, in the late 1980s. In 1990, Eg White recorded the pop album 24 Years of Hunger, and then in 1992 he produced the debut, self-titled album by Kinky Machine. He turned to songwriting in 1997, winning the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2004. In 2008 White worked with Adele on three tracks. In 2009 White was awarded his second Ivor Novello Award for 'Songwriter of the Year' and in 2010 he had a second UK number 1 with the Diana Vickers single "Once", a song he wrote with Cathy Dennis. White started his own record label in 2009.

<i>Feels So Good</i> (Atomic Kitten album) 2002 studio album by Atomic Kitten

Feels So Good is the second studio album by girl group Atomic Kitten and the first full original album featuring Jenny Frost. The style of the album is both comparable and different from the first album as it has upbeat dance songs, but consists mainly of pop ballads and midtempos. As with debut album Right Now, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark members and Atomic Kitten founders, Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw – who parted ways with the group during recording – made multiple songwriting contributions.

<i>Right Now</i> (Atomic Kitten album) 2000 studio album by Atomic Kitten

Right Now is the debut studio album by English girl group Atomic Kitten, released on 23 October 2000. The first release of the album originally peaked at number 39, putting the group at risk of being dropped by the record label. Following the departure of Kerry Katona in January 2001, the album was re-released on 6 August 2001 featuring vocals from new member Jenny Frost with additional new tracks featured on the album. The re-release was a success, peaking at number 1. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark members and Atomic Kitten founders, Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw, were among the album's principal songwriters.

<i>Ladies Night</i> (Atomic Kitten album) 2003 studio album by Atomic Kitten

Ladies Night is the third and final studio album by English girl group Atomic Kitten released on 10 November 2003. "If You Come to Me" was released as the lead single from the album on 27 October 2003, followed by the second single "Ladies' Night" featuring Kool & the Gang, which was released on 15 December 2003. The third and final single "Someone like Me" was released on 29 March 2004 and was the group's official last single following the announcement of their indefinite hiatus.

Whole Again 2001 single by Atomic Kitten

"Whole Again" is a song recorded by British girl group Atomic Kitten for their debut studio album, Right Now (2000). It was co-written by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark members and Atomic Kitten founders Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw, along with Jem Godfrey and Bill Padley, with production helmed by McCluskey and Kershaw under their production moniker Engine. Godfrey and Padley are credited as additional producers.

Shayne Ward English actor and singer

Shayne Thomas Ward is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Aidan Connor in Coronation Street from 2015 to 2018 and 2021. He rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor. His debut single, "That's My Goal", was released in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2005 and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and was that year's Christmas number one. It sold 313,000 copies on its first day of sales, making it the third-fastest-selling single of all time in the UK, behind Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" and Will Young's "Evergreen", which sold 685,000 and 400,000 copies in their first days of sale, respectively.

Thats My Goal 2005 single by Shayne Ward

"That's My Goal" is the debut single by British singer Shayne Ward, the winner of the second series of The X Factor. It was released as his winner's single on 21 December 2005. Ward was the first X Factor winner to release an original song as his winner's single; all other winners released a cover version of another song, until Matt Terry's "When Christmas Comes Around" in 2016. "That's My Goal" was later included on Ward's debut studio album, Shayne Ward (2006).

<i>The Greatest Hits</i> (Atomic Kitten album) 2004 greatest hits album by Atomic Kitten

The Greatest Hits is the first compilation album released by the British girl group Atomic Kitten; the album was released following the announcement of the group's split. It was released in the United Kingdom on 5 April 2004 by Virgin Records. It contains all of the group's chart hits from the group's three studio albums Right Now (2000), Feels So Good (2002) and Ladies Night (2003). "Right Now 2004" was released as the album's lead single on 29 March 2004. Although Kerry Katona does not appear on the cover of the album, her vocals do appear on "I Want Your Love" and "See Ya", although Frost's vocals appear on "Whole Again", which Katona originally featured on.

Ladies Night (song) 1979 single by Kool & the Gang

"Ladies' Night" is the hit title track on the album of the same name released in 1979 by American band Kool & the Gang. The song is a play on the popular use of "Ladies Nights" at bars and clubs that were meant to draw in more female patrons in order to draw in even more male clientele. The song as a single was a success, and became a radio staple. It was also a chart success, peaking at number 8 on the us Billboard Hot 100 in 1980 and stayed atop the R&B charts for two weeks. It also gave them their first hit in the United Kingdom in August 1979, peaking at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.

Atomic Kitten discography

The discography of British girl group Atomic Kitten consists of three studio albums, seven compilation albums, four video albums, and twenty-one singles. The group's debut album, Right Now, was released by Virgin Records in the United Kingdom in October 2000. It reached number thirty-nine on the UK Albums Chart and spawned four top twenty singles; "Right Now", "See Ya", "I Want Your Love" and "Follow Me". The album's sales did not meet the expectations of the label, and the group were to be dropped. However, the group managed to persuade the label to let them release one more single, "Whole Again", which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and number one in Germany for six weeks. Due to this success, all plans to drop the group were scrapped. The group then released "Eternal Flame", a cover of The Bangles hit, which also reached number one in the UK. Atomic Kitten then re-issued the album Right Now, and it topped the charts in the UK and was certified double Platinum.

Absolute are a British music production team responsible for a number of hits in the 1990s and the 2000s.

Bill Padley is a Scottish award-winning record producer and songwriter.

"It's OK!" is a song by British girl group Atomic Kitten for their second studio album, Feels So Good (2002). It was written by Norwegian musicians Hallgeir Rustan, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen and one out of several songs they produced for the trio under their production moniker Stargate. "It's OK!" features an instrumentation consisting essentially of acoustic guitars, soft drums, and synthesized strings. Lyrically, it has the protagonist reminiscing about an emotionally unfruitful relationship with a former loved one from which she has since moved on for the better.

"Love Doesn't Have to Hurt" is a song by English girl group Atomic Kitten. It was written by Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles along with Billy Steinberg, and Tom Kelly and recorded for the band's second studio album, Feels So Good (2002). Production on "Love Doesn't Have to Hurt" was helmed by Bill Padley and Jem Godfrey, with Martin Harrington and Ash Howes credited as additional producers. Initially recorded by Hoffs, it was later given to Atomic Kitten whose rendition of the Bangles' 1988 song "Eternal Flame" had been a number-one success the year before.

"Someone like Me" is a song by British girl group Atomic Kitten. Released on 29 March 2004 as the third and final single from their third studio album, Ladies Night (2003), the piano-driven track was issued as a double A-side with "Right Now 2004", a remixed version of their debut single, "Right Now". With the group having announced their split prior to the song's release, it was originally intended to be released as their final single, though they later released a further three one-off singles in 2005 and two charity singles in 2006 and 2008. The group reformed officially in September 2012 without Jenny Frost, who was replaced with original member Kerry Katona.


  1. "The Padley and Godfrey interview". Record Production. February 2004. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. "The 2006 Ivor Novello Awards". The Performing Right Society. Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2006.
  3. "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Chris is Back , and he has new jingles". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 7 February 2021.