The members were originally in a band called DYYCE, which then reformed as Lexi Joe, which formed the basis of The Overtones.With four members originally – Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Timmy Matley – the band had been performing for several years.Later in 2016, The Overtones announced on their Facebook page that they would be touring from November to December, with their "Christmas with The Overtones Tour".On 21 November 2016, Matley announced via Twitter that he would not be joining the rest of the band on tour, having been diagnosed with skin cancer in September 2016.He sings the middle harmony sections in their songs.
Their voices bear a strong resemblance to a 1980s' doo-wop boyband, 14 Karat Soul.
He was the lead singer of the band, and sometimes joined the middle harmonies.
Matley entered into performing arts at the age of 14, and at 16 years old he travelled to London to audition for a performing arts school.
As he progressed through his treatment, Matley returned for the band's touring commitments in 2017 and the band began recording its sixth studio album.
Matley died on 9 April 2018 from multiple traumatic injuries sustained in a fall from a balcony.In November 2014, The Overtones announced the release of their fourth studio album, Sweet Soul Music.