The Proclaimers are a Scottish duo composed of the identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962). They are best known for their songs “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, “Sunshine on Leith”, “I’m On My Way” and “Letter from America”, and their singing style with a Scottish accent. The band tours extensively throughout the world. They have released ten studio albums since 1987 as well as three compilation albums and a DVD.
Craig Reid and Charlie Reid were born in Leith on 5 March 1962, and grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty. When they lived in Auchtermuchty they attended Bell Baxter High School. After several punk rock bands at school they formed the Proclaimers in 1983.
The pair came to public attention when an Inverness-based fan sent their demo to the English band the Housemartins, who were impressed enough to invite the Proclaimers on their 1986 United Kingdom tour. The exposure of the tour won them a January 1987 appearance on the British pop music television programme The Tube on Channel Four;”Letter from America” peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart,while the album This Is the Story went gold.The follow-up album Sunshine on Leith featured the singles “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”, which went to number one in Australia and New Zealand,and “I’m On My Way”.They had a hit with their EP King of the Road, which reached number nine in the UK in 1990.”I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” belatedly peaked at number three in the US in 1993,after appearing in the movie Benny & Joon. After seven low-profile years, they released their comeback album Persevere in 2001.