Heather Small | 2003 tour
A New Look and New Material:
Heads out on Tour in June
Singer/Songwriter Heather Small will be showcasing her unique vocal talents during a short solo tour in June 2003 when she will be performing in York, Manchester, Cambridge,London and Southport. The shows will be a preview of new material along with an eclectic mix of jazz and soul standards such as 'The Way you Wear your Hat' and 'Private Number'and more than a few surprises too. Although yet to be confirmed, Heather's 5 piece band will undoubtedly include saxophonist Snake Davis, who has played on M People's 'Moving on Up'and will be touring with Lisa Stansfield on her forthcoming 'Greatest Hits Tour' in April.
Born and raised on a West London council estate, Heather battled with shyness and a profound desire to sing from an early age. Captivated by gospel music's inspirational elements and influenced by '70s reggae and soul, she joined her first group, the blues and soul-tinged band'Hot House' while still in her teens. Although their potential was never fully realised, Heather had a fortuitous meeting with Mike Pickering; a DJ at Manchester's famed Hacienda nightclub. After hearing Heather's unique voice, he persuaded her to collaborate with a group he'd just formed called M People. They would go on to sell over 10 million records worldwide.
Although Heather's statuesque vocals have become synonymous with the sound of M People, they took on a new identity on 'Proud', her first solo album released in May 2000. The album produced two singles, 'Proud' and 'Holding On', as well as the duet with Tom Jones, 'You Need Love Like I Do'. 'Proud', the single, was co-written by Heather & Peter Vettese and produced by Peter Vettese (who has also worked with the Bee Gees amongst others).
Heather's distinctive voice confirms what a jewel she is in the UK's crown of contemporary singers. In the decade she was with M People, the dance/soul/pop group sold in excess of 5 millions records. As fabulous singing live as she is on record, it is on stage where she feels totally 'empowered'. She says, "Everyone has an ego… and I get so much pleasure singing in front of a large of people. I don't sing to be famous or rich, I sing because it's what I love to do. I want people to understand and enjoy my singing."
Heather Small is quick to assure that M People have not split up. She said "We played and created collectively, but I came to realise there were certain experiences I went through as a women - growing from a shy teenager, becoming a mother - that didn't include the band. I thought, maybe I could find a way of expressing this myself".
Since 'Proud' Heather has been spending time bringing up her son as well as performing guest spots with the Snake Davis Band. A duet with Michael McDonald in Mexico in January 2003 for a private show was one of the high points of her career. This week sees the release of the 'Gaia' Album Project to Benefit Global Education where she sings along with 350 artists. Her most recent one-off concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in December 2002 was a sell-out success, and testament to her loyal fan base that have been bombarding the Internet for information about her career.
With a new look and a new raft of songs, Heather Small is eager to get back on stage and perform in anticipation of a new solo album later in the year.
Heather Small Tour Dates:
15th June York Barbican
Tel: 01904 656688
16th June Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tel: 0161 907 9000
17th June Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tel: 01223 357851
19th June London Shepherds Bush Empire
Tel: 0870 771 2000
Tel: 020 7403 3331
Tel: 020 7734 8932