M People Singer Heather Small Says Manchester Fans Propelled The Band To Success

Manchester Evening News article:

Proud singer Heather performs at the Rewind festival at Capesthorne Hall Cheshire next month.

M People singer Heather Small has got a message for the people of Manchester. 

The Manchester-formed band emerged out of the city’s club scene in the early 90s to become one of the world’s biggest dance and pop acts.

And Heather says they are indebted to the clubbers of Manchester for giving M People their first following.

She said: “How Can I Love You More? was our first big hit and that stemmed from the Manchester scene. I would definitely say that initial wave of love and appreciation from our Manchester fan base propelled us.”

Debut singles Colour My Life and How Can I Love You More? gave M People, formed by Haçienda DJ Mike Pickering, their first following in and around Manchester’s dancefloors.

Heather, Mike, Paul Heard and ‘drum warrior’ Shovell went on to release massive hits such as Moving On Up, Search For The Hero and One Night In Heaven. They won a Brit award for best dance act and the Mercury Prize for the 1993 album Elegant Slumming.

This summer Heather, their powerful-voiced frontwoman, will perform a selection of their greatest hits at the Rewind Festival coming to Capesthorne Hall near Macclesfield next month. And she’s proud to be flying the flag for the 90s at the celebration of music from that decade and the 80s including Bananarama and Belinda Carlisle.

She said: “I do love a live performance and we’ll have fun on stage and backstage. I love the energy of going out there, getting that immediate response and seeing people singing and dancing. All the songs get a good reception because I stick to a setlist that’s quite uptempo. I was part of the 90s scene and every era has got great songs. That’s the key.”

Heather, whose anthem Proud became the theme song to the London 2012 Olympics, is also looking forward to enjoying Rewind as a music fan.

She added: “You see the other artists milling about and that’s why I love to do Rewind. I’m looking forward to seeing The Selecter, ABC, the whole line-up. The audiences are great, really appreciative.”

Asked if she would consider future collaborations with the other artists on the bill, she said: “You never know, never say never.”

Heather will perform at the Rewind Festival on Sunday August 9. For ticket information visit: rewindfestival.com/tickets

M People, without Mike Pickering, reunited in 2013 for a greatest hits tour and they will perform at the Reload Festival, Norfolk on Saturday September 12. For ticket information visit: www.reloadfestival.co.uk