Heather Small will be one of the headline acts for Newcastle Pride 2016. The event takes place between Friday 15th & Sunday 17th July 2016 at Town Moor, Newcastle.
Heather Small will be performing on the Sunday on the main stage.
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Chronicle Live Interview:
Heather Small urges Newcastle Pride crowd to be proud and ready to party. The voice of M People will star on the Sunday of Newcastle Pride alongside the cast of Boulevard and Sonia.
She possesses one of the defining voices of the past two decades and Heather Small’s distinctive tones will be echoing around the Town Moor at the weekend when she tops the bill on the final day of Newcastle Pride. The woman who had us all dancing in the 90s with the likes of Moving On Up and Sight for Sore Eyes and then penned an empowering classic for the Noughties in the shape of Proud, will bring the curtain down on the annual event, which is hoping to attract a record crowd for 2016.
Heather is undeniably a British music icon. With her big hair and big voice she is an ideal choice for a Pride headliner and she recognises the way the LGBTI community have taken Proud to their hearts.
“It’s a song that has taken on a life of its own,” she told the Chronicle. “The Christian community have adopted it as have the gay community and of course it’s been used for a number of sporting events too. I wrote it as a song to celebrate who you are without being showy. It’s about overcoming obstacles and as little black girl with immigrant parents growing up on a council estate there were a few hurdles I needed to overcome as a youngster. I think the gay community have such an affinity with it because it’s about being proud of yourself and who you are.”
Heather admits that whether it be her solo material or famous M People hits, she always had the aim of creating some musical magic.
“As a girl who wanted to be a singer I always had the dream of having a song that would resonate with so many people, that three or four minutes of magic, and I think tracks like Search For The Hero, Moving On Up and, of course, Proud have done that. People love those three particularly because they all have empowering lyrics and all get a huge reception to this day. I’m still moved when I sing them, especially when I look out into the audience and see people singing them back.”
While the lady herself was rather modest about her voice, describing it as “marmite”, she said it’s great to be distinctive. “All the musical greats – Etta James, Nat King Cole, Rod Stewart – you just need to hear one note of their songs to know it’s them singing. That’s how you achieve longevity in this business. My own voice has changed a lot over the years. My sound is still there but I have a lot more technical ability than I did in the old days.”
If you’re planning on heading to Pride to catch Heather in action she promises “a fun-filled set”. “We’ll all forget our woes and troubles and party together,” she adds.