Born in 1965 Ian Devaney started his musical career as a session musician with then school friend Andy Morris. A chance meeting with old school friend Lisa Stansfield in a local club in 1983 resulted in the trio writing some songs, cutting some demos, and making the rounds at numerous record companies wth their band Blue Zone. A small label, Rockin’ Horse Records in 1985, signed them. Blue Zone's first two single releases were unsuccessful, however their third started to make some waves. It was "Thinking About His Baby", with the b-side "Big Thing" (which was written in the record time of 30 minutes). Kiss-FM (a pirate radio station at the time) picked up on "Big Thing", as did the clubs. It sold 10,000 singles in just one week. Their album "Big Thing" (which surprisingly didn't carve out a hit) took well over a year to complete. Furthermore, it ended up not being where they wanted to go musically.
Ian and Andy had previously worked with the production team of Matt Black and Jonathan Moore, better known as Coldcut, on the song "Stop This Crazy Thing". They told Coldcut of Lisa's vocal skills and in 1989, together with Coldcut, Blue Zone recorded and released "People Hold On". The song soared to Number 11 on the UK charts. The success of this hit was enough to persuade Arista Records to sign Lisa as a solo artist, with Ian and Andy as her composers, musicians, and producers.
"All Around The World"co written and produced by Ian went to Number One in 1989, and the album "Affection" (recorded in just over a month) became an international hit, which has sold 5 million copies worldwide.
He went on to co write and produce Lisa’s album "Real Love" in 1992. Their second effort with BMG came the hits "Change", "All Woman", and "Set Your Loving Free". The record showed her major influence towards the 70's soul sound, along with bringing a maturity in both their writing and production.
1994 saw the release of another smash album produced and co written by Ian and Lisa entitled “So Natural”
In 1997, saw the release of the album "Lisa Stansfield". From this, they hit the mark with "The Real Thing" and a tribute to Barry White, "Never Never Gonna Give You Up". On this album, Richard Darbyshire (singer/songwriter and best known as the voice of 80's group "Living In A Box") teamed up with Lisa and Ian and collaborated together as a songwriting partnership which has only strengthened over the years.
1998 marked the year that Ian turned his talents to scoring and soundtrack writing with the release of the critically acclaimed musical comedy film”Swing” The soundtrack for the film entered the billboard Jazz charts.
"Face Up" was the title of Lisa's final album with the BMG recording company. "Let's Just Call It Love" and "8-3-1" were the top releases from the CD. Critics and fans agreed upon the releases' clarity and quality.
The obligatory 'greatest hits' package came out in 2003. Titled "Biography", the release boasted a re-mastering of their hits. The package sold well enough for BMG to re-master her entire album catalogue and entered the Uk album chart at number 3.
The following awards were co- won between Ian, Lisa and Andy.
DMC 1990 Best Album (Affection)
Ivor Novello Award