The Music Connection
Hello all, I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year. Here’s to bigger and better things for 2016!
For this edition, I have written a feature on one of Crouch End’s most famous residents, it’s the soulstress herself, Miss Beverley Knight.
Beverley Knight is a singer, radio presenter and actress, who released her debut album ‘The B-Funk’ in 1995. As a vocalist, she has been heavily influenced by a number of soul singers, including Steve Wonder, Lauren Hill, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin.
To date, Beverley has released seven studio albums and is regarded to be one of Britain’s greatest soul singers. Beverley is best known for her hit singles “Greatest Day”, “Get Up”, “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” and “Come as You Are”.
After receiving a host of music awards, including three MOBO Awards, Beverley was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 at the Urban Music Awards in London. She was subsequently made an honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Wolverhampton, in September 2005.
Between 2006 and 2007, Beverley starred in the BBC music TV series ‘Just the Two of Us’, and after releasing a platinum selling album in 2006, Beverley went on to tour the UK with a newly reformed ‘Take That’.
Beverley has also hosted four series of the BBC Radio 2 show ”Beverley’s Gospel Nights”, which explores the origins, history and impact of gospel music.
In February 2007, Beverley was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, which was in recognition of her charity work and the contribution which she has made to British music.
Beverley was the support act for the artist Prince, during his residency at the O2 Arena, and she also performed at the official tour after party.
Beverley was also subsequently flown to perform at Prince’s Oscars party, where she received a standing ovation from stars including Quincy Jones.
Beverley is an ambassador for many charities, such as Christian Aid and has travelled to a number of countries around the world which have been affected by disease and poverty, to help raise awareness.
Beverley is also an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations, including the Stop AIDS Campaign and The Terrence Higgins Trust; as well as being a campaigner against homophobic lyrics in urban music.
In August 2009, Beverley performed live at the fourth annual UK Black Pride event in Regent’s Park and later on the same year, she was also invited to perform her tracks “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” and “Gold”, to an invited audience at 10 Downing Street, in support of the charity, “Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Million Mums”.
In 2012, Beverley sang at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, and in September 2013, she made her debut into musical theatre, when she took over the lead role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard.
Beverley is currently starring as the lead role of Felicia, in the musical Memphis, where is stars alongside the singer Matt Cardle.
Beverley’s official website is at www.beverleyknight.com
Thank you for taking time out to read this article and I’ll catch you all in the next edition of The Music Connection.
Mark Anthony’s official website is at www.markanthonymusic.net
See you all again in the next edition