Brian Higgins

Brian Thomas Higgins (born 1966) is an English record producer, who has written and produced albums and tracks for several successful pop music singers and groups, including Girls Aloud, S Club and The Saturdays, through his Xenomania production group. A key collaborator with Higgins is Miranda Cooper, who shares co-writing credits in nearly all Xenomania-written tracks.

Some of his notable credits include "Believe" (Cher), "All I Wanna Do" (Dannii Minogue), "Do Me Wrong" (Melanie Blatt), "Little Miss Perfect" (Abs), "The Boy Does Nothing" (Alesha Dixon), "If You Go" (Sophie Ellis Bextor), "Mr. Bright Eyes" (Rebecca Ferguson), "Pretend It’s Okay" (Little Mix), "Giving You Up" (Kylie Minogue), "Funny How" (Rachel Stevens) and "Come a Little Closer" (LIV).

His musical style has been described as part electro, part power pop, more basic pop, with elements of new wave, rave, and dance found in many of his collaborations in the more than 15 years he has been in the music industry.

Higgins hails from Whitehaven. The second eldest of 5 children, his father was a general practitioner. Influenced by the band ®tm (Registered Trade Mark) in the early eighties, he then played keyboards in a band called Despatch, including former members of ®tm.

In the late 1980s, he moved to East Grinstead, West Sussex. Along with fellow Cumbrian and guitarist Dave Colquhoun they formed a band named Anything You Want with Mark Scott. Dave Colquhoun soon left the band and now plays guitar with Rick Wakeman of Yes fame. Scott and Higgins continued and had one release with Profile Records. They wrote countless songs for some eight years including the original Believe song that was a hit for Cher. Scott introduced Higgins to Steve Rodway (also known as Motiv8) who took on Higgins as a session musician. Higgins then co-wrote and co-produced the successful 1997 song, 'All I Wanna Do' for Dannii Minogue. Two of his collaborators on this single, Tim Powell and Matt Gray, would become important future members of Xenomania.

Higgins involvement in 'All I Wanna Do' led to an opportunity to co-write a song for Cher. This led to the international number one hit, 'Believe,' which was released in 1998. Once again, Powell and Gray were among his collaborators.

He has said that his sometimes wide musical tastes growing up, from punk rock groups like the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols, to more electronic-based groups like Depeche Mode and New Order, have informed his musical style as the main producer behind Xenomania. "It's natural", he has said, "for me to look for combinations of both in the music Xenomania creates."

In 2000, Higgins and Gray produced a single for London Records with the singer, Miranda Cooper (a.k.a. Moonbaby). Although the song did not become a hit, Cooper's lyric writing talent would become a key part of Xenomania.

Complications resulted from the late nineties sale of London Records to Universal Music Group. Eventually, Xenomania became an independent production company based in Kent, where Higgins, Cooper, and the rest of the Xenomania production team currently reside.

"He thinks everyone's got at least one number one hit in them,'" says Cooper, his long-time writing partner, in a 2004 Observer Music Monthly article. Higgins goes on to clarify: 'Music is a fundamental human need. Well, maybe not as necessary as water, but there's a natural tendency towards melody and rhythm in everybody. It's just a question of bringing it out."

In 2016, Higgins founded Twin Xenomania Ltd. with Nick Gatfield. Music released under this label include songs by Liv Lovelle.

Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins


Whitehaven had been small harbour and fishing village from 13th century or earlier. Expansion began in mid-17th century with building of piers by Lowthers 1632-4 and 1679-81 and granting of market charter 1660. By the 1680s it had grown rapidly, expanding from village of c.30 households in early 17th century to a town of over 1,000 inhabitants by 1685, which more than doubled to 2,281 by 1696. Sir John Lowther had laid out grid of streets by 1680s, making Whitehaven the earliest planned new town in post-medieval Britain.

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