The Happy Soul, (Mark James Simpson) was born in Longsight, Manchester, on 29th October 1982. He was raised in nearby Salford. His early musical activity revolved around Roselin, a band formed with childhood friend, Francis John Robinson, in Salford.
Later, after moving from home to various homes in and around Manchester, he decided to create music alone, under the name The Happy Soul
From this point there was a clear decision to incorporate all of the artistic influences around him into something distinctly Happy and Soulful