Above is my live jazz album ‘If You Can’t Make Love, Love Coffee’, I recorded it with ten great musicians that I hand picked and we recorded it all together live on the old Abbey Road mobile studio desk. I wrote or co-wrote all the tunes and loved making it. I no longer tour with a live band singing my eclectically mixed set but I am sure sooner or later it will happen again 😉 The great title was given to me by the amazing Jerry Leiber of Leiber and Stoller fame, he actually wrote the words to ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ amongst many other tunes. I mixed the album in the Sunset Marquis studios in Los Angeles and Jed Leiber, a Grammy award winning producer in his own right, owns the studio, hence the link to Jerry his now sadly deceased father.
You can listen to and buy all the tunes above if you want, just hit the View Track List button below. Feel free to share the tracks on Facebook and with your friends. Love to hear any feedback.
I am still writing and doing the odd gig, but most of my live singing now is done as part of a harmony group. However there is a fab remix of Londontown that is being done with Andrew Hyde, an early remix can be heard on my Love Your Creativity podcast
‘She certainly knows how to entertain’ **** Three weeks, Edinburgh Festival
‘Sharp, funny and a great charmer’ Montreal Gazette
‘Noone sings those …(cabaret) songs like you do” Jeff Beck
Having spent over a decade writing and performing my own solo theatre shows which always seem to include music I am currently workshopping my next solo theatre show ‘The Singing Psychic’. My character’s One to One Readings that Colin Watkeys,my director at the Lost Theatre, made me do were exhilarating and terrifying. Each audience member got a psychic reading and of course a song whether they liked it or not.
Cabaret and Solo Theatre Shows
I write and perform my own shows which include comedy, characters and song which have toured and done various festivals from Edinburgh, Montreal, Brighton, Europride plus lots of gigs from London, LA to Birmingham (let’s leave the most glamorous to last). I have also devised, compered and sang at sell out cabaret nights and had lots of brilliant guests. I guess my podcast is currently the non musical version of that – but that is changing soon, be warned 😉
I also have worked with other creatives in devising shows and putting them on, musically directing shows and even some comedy choreography.
I sing pretty much when anyone lets me or pays me 😉 from solo jazz/cabaret shows with my own band to regularly singing at the Royal Festival Hall as a high soprano in the established harmony group there singing in, at last count, eighteen different languages. I found Scottish the hardest , Swahili was relatively easy as I didn’t expect to understand it. I had to get a full translation of Robert Burns Ca Da Yowes (it means ‘Call the Ewes”)
Ca Da Yowes
RFH Choir slovak & bartok medley 1
Going home – Dvorak Going home – Dvorak us singing ahead of a show at Purcell Rooms
Pic below is of May Bank Holiday 2013 as a megaphonista!
I also have written and done some dance tracks 😉