Sydney grew up in the Lanarkshire village of Cleland. He was known around the village as the boy whistler and soprano. His talent was recognised by Kathleen Garscadden of "Children's Hour" who got him a spot on television in London, that was followed by eight years touring with the White Heather Group.
Sydney often found himself on the road with the late Alex Harvey, the singer who was to form the sensational Alex Harvey Band. A guy in the group Joe Moretti, raised his interest in country music and soon he was performing country songs himself.
On a visit to South Africa, Sydney was heard by a record producer who offered him a contract. That record contract found an outlet in this country and thus began Sydney's recording career. Sydney is now a Top-Selling British Country music performer selling over five million albums.