It’s possibly the weirdest partnering to have ever emerged from the land of soaps, but Jeff Hordley and Graeme Hawley have launched a record label together!
Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in Emmerdale and Hawley who played murderer John Stape in Coronation Street until 2011, have joined forces to launch the new rock ‘n’ roll label, which they have named RolePlay.
Discussing the project with the Manchester Evening News Hawley explained the choice of name:
“We just wanted to come up with a name that was connected to acting in some way but that didn’t sound out of place as a record label.
“Also, something that wasn’t too pretentious! I hope we’ve managed that. If people like it I will claim it and if they don’t I will say that it was Jeff’s idea.”
The first act signed and ready to release a an album is Mancunian singer-songwriter Nev Cottee who is used to the rock ‘n’ roll life as he has previously worked with former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher for his label Big Brother Recordings, on which Hawley continued:
“The music industry is a different landscape from what it was even 10 years ago. But, for us, I suppose that’s largely unimportant because RolePlay Records is not something we’ve come up with to get rich and retire to Miami with!
“We just found an artist and an album that we loved and felt that we could help to get people to hear it. If we find another artist that we feel the same about, we’ll do it again.”
What this news doesn’t explain, however, is how these two most unlikely of partners even decided to be friends, let alone go into business together so we did a bit of snooping around but the only possible link we could find, apart from maybe standing at an award ceremony bar together, was the fact that a million years ago Jeff’s wife Zoe Henry (who incidentally plays Rhona Goskirk in Emmerdale, that’s another partnership we can’t actually get our heads around either) played a guest role in Coronation Street playing a friend of Claire Peacock.
The mind boggles!