Shenton Dixon

Original Act

“More than meets the eye….. “

It would take many pages to cover all of Shenton Dixon’s accomplishments throughout his musical career to date, but please read on to find out more about Shenton’s West End debut at the Apollo Theatre in the worldwide smash hit musical Buddy, leading on to playing alongside the late great Edwin Starr in the hit musical “Dancing in the Streets”. 

Shenton Dixon was born in Leicester the eldest child of a gospel ministry family. Shenton’s career started at the tender age of three reciting a poem written by his Mother, to his first live audience and quickly progressed to playing the guitar at his parent’s church at the age of nine with his brother and three sisters. The siblings formed a gospel group, “The Dixons” playing instruments and singing harmonies at many concerts both in Leicester and further afield. Shenton’s love of music led him at the age of 12 to his first taste of playing in a secular reggae band – and a star was born! 

Shenton continued following his musical journey playing in various local bands after leaving school, where he honed his skills further on both electric and bass guitar, although he always seemed to end up as the lead singer! 

Despite trying his hand at various trades, Shenton made the conscious decision to return to education with a view to attending Drama School. Towards the end of his first year, he saw an advertisement in “The Stage” publication seeking actors who could also play an instrument. Shenton made the decision to get some audition experience in London, and was amazed and thrilled to be offered a part by the director Rob Bettison.

To that end, Shenton was the original performer at the Apollo Theatre in the worldwide smash hit musical Buddy. The producers were so impressed with his performances and, due to overwhelming public demand, they extended the part to include the song “I’m Gonna Party” which Shenton co-wrote.

Shenton went on to perform in the Original Tamla Motown Musical “Dancing In the Streets” alongside the late great Edwin Starr. This production toured throughout the UK and on to various locations throughout Europe. Such was the quality of his performance; Shenton frequently headlined the show and was critically acclaimed, with outstanding reviews.

Shenton has many strings to his bow but here is a flavour of the type of work that he has
been involved with over his musical and performance career:

  • As an accomplished piano and guitar player, he has been the musical director for several gospel choirs.

  • His distinctive Radio Voice was cultivated with his own Radio Show on FUR FM.
  • On Radio 1’s Breakfast Show, Shenton performed for Zoe Ball as The King of Rock & Roll, live to the nation; the listeners had to guess what was different about this
    particular King!
  • Shenton was guest presenter of Radio FCUK in character as Louis Armstrong.
  • Shenton is the voice behind some well known television commercials including singing Jeepers Creepers for VO5; playing Elvis Presley in the Drythorns Cider
    National TV campaign.
  • TV appearances in various game shows including Take Me Out with Paddy McGuiness.
  • Acting as Louis Armstrong in Miss Marple, In Bartram’s Hotel
  • Shenton made a memorable television appearance when he auditioned live on the BBC programme The Voice in February 2014.
  • Shenton was also featured in Ashley Banjo secret dance crew. As a body popper dancer for SKY1 & SKY1HD.
  • currently he is featured as the motivational speaker in BINGO EXTRA commercial & is the voice behind Spin & win TV campaign


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