Steve Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the prodigious singer of the Spencer Davis Group. The blues and R&B influenced rock of "Gimme Some Lovin" and "I'm a Man" stood among the leading hits at the peak of the British Invasion. Winwood's singing drawing comparisons to that of his idol, Ray Charles despite his tender age. Looking for a wider artistic palette, in 1967 he headed to the countryside with friends Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood an Dave Mason, forging the collective spirit of Traffic, producing some of the most inventive and durable works of the psychedelic-tinged late '60s. In 1969 he and Clapton, having worked together briefly in the short-lived Powerhouse project formed Blind Faith with Clapton's Cream-mate, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Rich Grech, though the "supergroup" lasted one acclaimed album and tour. Intending to mix English folk styles along with jazz and rock, Winwood started work on what was meant as his first solo album, but ultimately enlisted Capaldi and Wood in a reconvened Traffic for the landmark John Barleycorn Must Die album. Currently, Winwood can still be found touring, predominantly keeping himself to the US and Europe but, most recently he has completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand with Steely Dan. When he's not touring with his own band, Winwood is still regularly collaborating with ex-Blind Faith bandmate Eric Clapton. Having completed a landmark 3 night stand at Madison Square Gardens in New York in 2007 they have subsequently gone on to tour the wider US, Europe and now Japan. Along the way, Winwood has also collaborated with and accompanied musicians from around the globe including Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Toots & The Maytals, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, salsa greats Tito Puente and Fania All Stars, just to name a handful of dozens.