Singer and songwriter Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) is in a critical condition in hospital in Ireland after a car accident. He suffered a serious head injury and has been placed in an induced coma while his condition stabilises. He is likely to remain under heavy sedation for a number of days and the outcome at this stage is unclear.
The news of Colin’s accident has prompted an outpouring of messages of support on social media from around the world. Many of the messagers have recalled times when Colin sent them positive messages in times of difficulty. It’s clear from the postings that Vearncombe is an artist that inspires devotion and respect around the world not just for his music but as one of the nicest people in the business.
Vearncombe enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s when 'Wonderful Life’ became a massive hit worldwide. The album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping commercial and critical acclaim. 15 albums followed in the intervening 25 years on his own label, Nero Schwarz. His most recent album, ‘Blind Faith’ , was funded by a popular crowdfunding campaign. Released in the summer of 2015 it received glowing reviews across the press, including 4 stars in The Guardian. In the past three years, Vearncombe has returned to touring, having completed five headline tours in the UK as well as across Europe. His most recent TV appearance was in November 2015 when he recorded a Catalan version of Wonderful Life as a fundraiser for the Catalan telethon La Marató de TV3. The recording has helped raise over seven million pounds for the charity.