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Al Atkins
Born (1947-10-14) 14 October 1947 (age 75)
West Bromwich, West Midlands, England
Genres Heavy metal, blues rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active1964–present

Alan John Atkins (born 14 October 1947) [1] is an English heavy metal vocalist, best known for being the original lead vocalist and founder of Judas Priest.


With a wife and young daughter to support, Atkins was forced "to get a 9-to-5 job" in May 1973. [2]

As of 2012, Atkins fronts the band Atkins/May Project, which also features guitarist Paul May. [2] A press release dated 21 May 2011 stated that Atkins would be contributing session vocals for the heavy metal opera project, Lyraka. [3] In 2013, Atkins recorded a solo album of his favorite songs written between his days in Judas Priest and his Holy Rage days.



  • Judgement Day (1990)
  • Dreams of Avalon (1991)
  • Heavy Thoughts (1994) (released in 2003 with two bonus tracks)
  • Victim of Changes (1998)
  • Demon Deceiver (2007)
  • Demon Deceiver... Plus (re-release with two bonus tracks, 2009)
  • Reloaded (re-recorded "best of", featuring Ian Hill, Ralf Scheepers, Roy Z and more special guests, 2017)

Holy Rage

  • Holy Rage (2010)

Atkins / May Project

  • Serpents Kiss (2011)
  • Valley of Shadows (2012)
  • Empire of Destruction (2014)
  • Anthology (compilation, 2015)
  • The Final Cut (2020)

Albums (guest sessions)


  • Lyraka Volume 2 (not yet released)


  1. ^ Atkins, Al; Daniels, Neil (2009). Dawn of the Metal Gods. My life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal. IronPages Books. p. 10. ISBN  978-3-931624-56-9.
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Judas Priest Singer Says Band Could've Sounded Like AC/DC If He Stuck Around". Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 25 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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