|Born||9 January 1951|
Warrington, England, United Kingdom
Anderson "Andy" Qunta (born 9 January 1951) is an English singer, songwriter, composer and musician. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Qunta is best known as the keyboardist of the Australian rock band Icehouse from between 1982 and 1988. As a popular musician, he has been influenced by artists including the Who, Cliff Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Manfred Mann, Yes, Todd Rundgren and Queen.
Anderson Qunta was born on 9 January 1951, in Warrington, England, United Kingdom. His father was South African and his mother English. Beginning at the age of six, he studied classical piano and violin, but later developed an interest in popular music and picked up guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and drums.
In the 1970s, Andy and his brother Tony formed the band Factory in Hastings, England. Andy played 12-string guitar, Tony played lead guitar and electric violin, Jaffa Peckham played bass guitar and Laurie Cooksey played drums. All members contributed to vocals, and the band played to consistently good critical reviews. The original members of Factory re-formed in 2014, and their debut album "Back in the Time Machine" was released in April 2016.
From 1979 Qunta worked as a session musician and toured with various bands, beginning with Hazel O'Connor's Megahype. In 1981, he played on the single "I Can't Even Touch You" by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. In 1982, Manfred Mann's Earth Band recorded Qunta's song "Tribal Statistics" for their album Somewhere in Afrika. This recording was also released as a single, but it failed to chart.
At the end of 1982, Qunta moved to Australia to join the band Icehouse. Their 1983 single "Hey Little Girl" reached the Top 10 in the UK and Europe. In 1984, Icehouse released the album Sidewalk, which featured the hit "Don't Believe Anymore", and toured Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan and Europe to support the release. Icehouse continued with a succession of hits, including the singles "Great Southern Land", "Crazy", "Electric Blue", and "My Obsession". Their best selling albums included Primitive Man (1982), and Man of Colours (1987). The band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 16 August 2006.
Along with the success of "Crazy", in 1987 Qunta co-wrote "You're the Voice" which was released by John Farnham as the first single from his album Whispering Jack. The song reached the number-one chart position. This gave Qunta the confidence to write and record his 1989 solo album Legend in a Loungeroom. Afterward he left Icehouse, and relocated to Los Angeles, California.
In 1986, Qunta and Iva Davies co-wrote the Icehouse single "Crazy". In 2000, he wrote the score for the movie Last Chance and in 2006 collaborated with Anthony Di Pietro on a stage musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King."
Qunta married the songwriter Jane Wareing in 1997, but the couple later divorced. They have a daughter Alex. He currently lives near Los Angeles, California, with his current wife, photographer Teresa Qunta, whom he married in 2005.