Voice ft. Imaani
Thursday 21st February £10 Entry, £15 for 2 or £20 for 4. Doors 7pm, Music 8.30pm (2 sets, approx finish 11pm)
Showcasing the vocal talents of the next generation!
Giving new and emerging singers the chance and platform to be heard and to perform. Giving the audience a chance to hear the vocal talent of the next generation of talented singers!
Imaani has performed worldwide on television, in the studio, and live - with such luminaries as Jocelyn Brown, Gloria Gaynor, Incognito, Betty Wright, Mica Paris, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Carleen Anderson and Leon Ware, to name but a few.
Her emotive lead vocal contributions can be heard on the Urban Species Blanket album, Incognito's Eleven, Beneath The Surface and Adventures in Black Sunshine, Bees & Things & Flowers, Tales from the Beach and the Incognito 30th Anniversary Live. During the course of her long running relationship with Incognito, Imaani completed seven world tours.
As the UK's entry to the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Where are you', she performed in front of a live audience of 15,000 and a worldwide TV audience of a staggering 100 million people. The success of this performance resulted in a top 15 position in the UK chart and a celebrated number 1 position in several European countries. Imaani also had chart success with Garage outfit Tru Faith & Dub Conspiracy with their single 'Freak Like Me' reaching Number 12 and becoming a club dance classic.
Kerry Jo Hodgkin
Jazz, blues and soul vocalist Kerry Jo Hodgkin has sung in venues from Ronnie Scott’s in London to BB King’s in New York. Her training as an actress brings with it an extraordinary ability to interpret lyrics, which, added to her innate musicality and exceptional vocal range, makes her an outstanding vocalist and performer. Kerry’s silk-and-steel vocals have been likened to divas such as Eva Cassidy and Etta James!
Janette Mason - Musical Director & Piano
Even if you’ve never been to this exceptional pianist’s gigs, you’ll have heard her special touch time and again - on many albums from Ian Shaw to Robert Wyatt, live in concert with Oasis and Jimmy Somerville as well as her numerous contributions for television and soundtracks for the movies.
Janette Mason is a talented composer and arranger. She was recently commissioned to write the score for feature film, The Calling, starring Susannah York and Brenda Blethyn, contributed four arrangements to Ian Shaw’s album, Drawn to all Things, and produced and arranged Lea DeLaria’s current Warner Brothers release, The Live Smoke Sessions, which made the Grammy ballot.
As a Jazz musician, she has been a seminal figure on the British Jazz scene for the last fifteen years, sharing the stage with Mornington Lockett, Julian Siegel and many more.
Billy Adamson - Guitar
Billy studied music for a year at Newcastle University before being offered a scholarship to start in the second year of jazz studies at Middlesex University in London, where he graduated with a BA in Music Performance in 2007. He has played at Ronnie Scotts, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Opera House and venues further afield such as the Montreaux Jazz Festival and headlining the International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe. He has recorded at Abbey Road Studios and BBC Maida Vale Studios, which went on to win BBC Maida Vale Session of the year 2009 at the World Wide Awards. He has played on numerous national radio and TV shows in France with Universal recording artist Sara Schiralli. He has recorded in France, Germany and on numerous albums in the UK.
Simon Little - Bass
Born in London, Simon started learning the double bass at school in Dorset with Barry Glynn. He went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (1999-2003) receiving tuition from Kevin Rundell, Jeff Clyne and Steve Watts. He first picked up an electric bass aged 15 and has never looked back. Equally at home on upright or electric basses both live and in the studio, Simon soon became one of the busiest session bassists in the UK.
Perhaps best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy and Duke Special, he also tours regularly with Clare Teal and Maggie Reilly.
John Blease - Drums
John grew up on the west coast of Scotland and started playing percussion in youth orchestras and ceilidh bands. At the age of 17 he moved to London to take up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He has recently toured and recorded for the likes of Tim Minchin, Newton Faulkner and Olly Murs. He also played for Michael Bolton, Jamie Cullum, BBC Big Band, Will Young, Georgie Fame, Royal Shakespeare Company, UNKLE, Joe Stilgoe, Clare Teal, Plaid and Jodie Marie to name a few, plus playing on many TV/film and library sessions.
Anyone wishing to perform at Voice should hand in a CD to a member of Hideaway staff, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All successful applicants will need to provide sheet music for the band. No backing tracks will be used. Click on the image to the left for the participant letter.