Mica Paris: ONLY STANDING ROOM TICKETS LEFT
Update 11th March: Remaining bar service tickets are for standing room only.
Friday 15th March, Tickets £25, Doors 7pm, Support band 9pm, Mica Paris 10pm approx
*PLEASE NOTE: The Friday night ticket price includes entry to Hideaway's late music session, which follows the live show!*
Mica Paris, the UK's Soul Queen, returns to Hideaway
Mica Paris is one of the UK’s finest and most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. An incredible live performer, Mica stole the show at the Royal Albert Hall's glittering Dusty Springfield celebration in May 2011 with her rendition of Dusty's 'All I See Is You' which brought the sell-out London crowd to its feet. In April at the same venue as a special guest of Paul Rodgers, Mica was sensational and earned praise from the critics for her duet with the Free/Bad Company singer
"Then one of the first surprise guests was welcomed by Rodgers for a duet that turned out to be an absolute highlight: statuesque soul singer Mica Paris. Mica and Paul belted out 'Be My Friend' as if their lives depended on it. Indeed it seemed like the battle of the voices took place. A scorcher of a number performed by two passionate artists who both are blessed with incredible vocal skills. Combined, they were pure dynamite and set the stage ablaze with their energy…"
The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris' singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, 'So Good' from which she had her first top ten hit, 'My One Temptation'. This led to collaboration with American soul singer Will Downing and a further smash hit with 'Where Is The Love'. (During May 2011,'So Good (The Deluxe Version)' will be released as a remastered 2-CD on Cherry Red Records in the UK and Europe and is set to receive excellent reviews throughout the music press).
More worldwide hit albums and singles followed, including Black and Angel, Stay and Carefree with collaborations with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince, Jimmy Barnes, Jools Holland, James Morrison and more.
In 2004 Mica was in the Top 10 list of the "100 Great Black Britons" which was compiled to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by the British Black community over the centuries. Towards the end of that year, Mica recorded a soul album based on her BBC Radio 2 show before leaving for Australia for a series of special live performances in Sydney.
Most recently Mica has been honoured as an "Icon" at Windsor Castle by the Duke Of Edinburgh and performed for his 90th birthday celebrations. Mica has been a special guest of legendary artists such as Dionne Warwick and Michael Bolton and more, while performing her own incredible solo concerts throughout the world, meeting fans old and new and showing her millions of fans what first put her in the public eye over twenty years ago.
Tonight's support act: Soul Street.
Regular performers at Hideaway this band can dish out soul and funk like no other. Expect to hear 70's and 80's classics from Earth Wind and Fire, The Crusaders and Rose Royce plus contemporary artists such as Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.
Janette Mason - keys & Musical Direction
Yolanda Charles - bass
Dave Ital - guitar
Westley Joseph - drums
with Guest Vocalist - Sharlene Hector
Sharlene Hector - Special Guest Vocalist
Sharlene Hector is one of the top soul, gospel and blues singers in the UK.
She first came to prominence when she sang backing vocals for the Grammy Award nominated Basement Jaxx on their track 'Good Luck' as well as touring with them. She featured in the worldwide Coca-Cola commercial singing her top hit 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free'.
Add to this the fact that she has provided backing vocals to talents such as Mary J. Blige, Boy George, Sam Sparro and Natasha Bedingfield her stunning and soulful vocals should not be missed!
Janette Mason - Musical Director
Janette Mason's eclectic career has seen her play keyboards for Jimmy Somerville, Seal and Oasis.
She has also been the musical Director for the Jonathan Ross Show and nominee for a Parliamentary Jazz award for her Trio Album "Alien Left Hand".
As a composer and arranger she recently scored the feature film, The Calling starring Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York, contributed arrangements to Ian Shaw's album, Drawn to all Things, and produced and arranged Lea DeLaria's current Warner Bros release, The Live Smoke Sessions, which made the Grammy ballot.
Bassist Yolanda Charles had a notable start to her career in the music business playing for Jimmy Sommerville and within bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. She began playing at 15 and played soul, funk & reggae in those early bands. Becoming a session player occurred through invitations to work with various artists after being seen live and over the years led to working for Paul Weller, Marcell a Detroit, Howard New, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltry, Van Morrison, recording bass on a Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Also working with Mick Jagger on the Alfie film soundtrack and performing out in Japan with one of Japan’s biggest domestic stars Utada Hikaru. Recent session work includes performing live with Natasha Bedingfield and Sinead O’Conner.
Westley Joseph’s career has taken him all over the world time and time again. Making his living as a successful freelance musician based in London has allowed him to perform in all different musical styles and genres. Currently Westley is recording, gigging and touring with many different outfits and artists including The Soothsayers, ‘The Streets’ Leo the Lion, The Mitchell Brothers, Akala, Omar, Sona Jobarteh, HKB FiNN, Mary Pearce (Primal Scream, Mica Paris, Beverly knight) Imaani (Incognito), Louise Marshal (Jools Holland) to mention a few.
Dave started out learning classical music on the piano aged six but soon got bored and made the switch to guitar. He studied at Goldsmiths college for a Certificate in Jazz and Popular musicianship and also received an HNC in studio engineering. Since then he has become one of the UK's top session guitarists, working live and recording with the likes of Craig David, Sugababes, Liberty X, LL.Cool J, Redman, Adam F, Jocelyn Brown, Mica Paris, Beverly Knight, Candi Staton, Bobby Womack, Desree, and up and coming Brit R+B artists Taio Cruz and Nathan.