Published: 14:22, 14 February 2020
| Updated: 14:26, 14 February 2020
Glam rocker Mick ‘Permanator’ Kenten has teamed up with singer Ariel Scott to create the duo 2AM.
The pair from Sheppey are now packing them in at clubs, pubs, gardens and conservatories after getting together by chance on the back of a lorry.
Mick, 62, who toured with 70s pop group Kenny singing The Bump back in the day, said: “I was doing a charity gig at the Co-op Sports Ground in Sheerness when Ariel climbed onto the stage, which was a lorry trailer, and started singing.
“I was just blown away by her voice.”
He was so impressed he wrote a song for her called Rainbow In My Pocket which ended up being recorded and is still on YouTube.
All that was nine years ago when Ariel, now 28, was just 19.
She pursued a solo career but tired of showbusiness and gave it all up to look after her young son.
Then she met Mick again at a birthday bash.
Mick said: “We had both been asked separately by a mutual friend to sing at his party and I suggested we jam together.”
The night went so well they were offered another booking immediately. Mick recalled: “I explained we weren’t a proper duo but they offered us £350, so that settled it!
"I had to think of a name on the spot and came up with 2AM - it’s our initials Ariel and Mick.”
Ariel had a week to learn a set using Mick’s own backing tracks. She said: “I trust Mick implicitly. He is my mentor. He knows what an audience likes and also knows what songs I can sing.”
Guitarist Mick, who also presents a show on community radio station Sheppey FM, admitted: “I had become a little jaded working on my own but this is brilliant.
"I love the harmonies and being able to share the stage with someone. We just love performing together and go anywhere.
"We have played pubs and clubs, in someone’s back garden between two conifers and even in a conservatory.”
The pair are at Bunters, Sittingbourne, tomorrow night (Saturday)and the Royal Hotel, Sheerness, on Sunday from noon.
Expect to hear Abba, Elton John, Tina Turner, T Rex, Sweet and Mud.
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