No stranger to the spotlight, Beverley can do it all. An Olivier award-winning star of the West End stage, Saturday night TV regular on the latest series of Starstruck, and an astounding singer with a prolific music career. She finds herself aged 50, bigger than ever. Crowning her 50th birthday celebrations in style, the undoubted Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight releases a new studio album, The Fifth Chapter - September 29th on Tag8/BMG and has already sold out her biggest ever tour of the UK this autumn. Partnering with a wealth of songwriting talent, Beverley’s first collection of new music in seven years is a spectacular journey through the inspirations that have defined her incredible career.
An intimate evening with Beverley Knight - full of stories & songs, with new and old favourites performed with DJ Munro
Beverley explains; “My new album covers the kaleidoscope of my soul influences from disco, R&B, funk, gospel through to northern soul and big ballades” with the album’s first single ‘Last One on My Mind’ a slice of stunning contemporary soul-pop she explains as “a sassy no nonsense but joyous sounding song with a big nod to modern disco” which was instantly Radio 2 Record of the Week. Closely followed by second track, another style departure, the colourful, kaleidoscopic sounding modern pop song ‘Systematic Overload’ which also is already all over the airwaves warming up anticipation for the new album’s release. Beverley has had several Top 10 albums and sold over a million albums in the UK, with four gold-certified. Her most recent studio album Soulsville went straight into the UK Top 10.
In recent years, Wolverhampton born Knight has forged a formidable parallel career in theatre. Her West End debut was the starring role in The Bodyguard followed by leading the Tony winning Memphis The Musical. At the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella. 2021 saw Beverley lead The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre as the formidable manager of soul group The Drifters, which was Olivier nominated Best New Musical, and Beverley for Best Actress. Starring to huge acclaim as Emmeline Pankhurst in Sylvia at The Old Vic, Beverley won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Olivier Awards in April. The show also received nominations for Best New Musical and Best Choreographer.
Beverley was also recently on screen Saturday nights as a panel judge in ITV’s talent series Starstruck. Broadcasting work beyond this hit show include presenting 4 series of Radio 2 show ‘Beverley’s Gospel Nights’ and two series of the BBC1 show Just the Two of Us. She recently appeared in the all-star cast of Amazon’s new live action movie Cinderella (2021) with Camilla Cabello in the title role. A British treasure, Beverley was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards 3 times, Best Actress at the Olivier Awards twice, and Best Female at the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
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