Following the release of his first two successful solo albums, British vocalist-songwriter Gary Hughes was making the preparations to begin recording what was to be his third solo album.
However he teamed up with guitarist Vinny Burns (Dare, Ultravox) who was quite familiar to Hughes, since they both knew each other from quite a few years back. Given the fact that Mike Stone was assigned to mix the album, the Hughes/Burns project quickly evolved into a band situation, thus marking the first official incarnation of Ten. During the first year of the band’s existence, another ex-Dare member joined the band when Greg Morgan was brought in to fill in for the drummer position.
The band’s first album (named X) was released in May 1996 and was warmly acclaimed by the fans and the press especially in the UK and Japan, where they were outselling huge rock bands, reaching sales of 100,000 records only during the first week of release. In order to support the album for the forthcoming tour, the band recruited bassist Martin “Shelley” Shelton (ex-Dare), keyboard player Ged Rylands (ex-KAGE) and guitarist John Halliwell (ex-KAGE).