Win Tickets For The Nottingham Gig!

Win a pair of 'Here Come The Girls' 2010 tour tickets for the Nottingham gig. The show reaches the Trent FM Arena on Friday 10th December.

To enter the competition visit:
http://www.thingstodocompetitions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_aicontactsafe&view=message&layout=message&pf=11&Itemid=21

All you have to do is answer the question:
'Name one of Lulu's singles'.

The competition closes on Tuesday 7th December at midnight.

http://www.thingstodocompetitions.co.uk/index.php?option=com_aicontactsafe&view=message&layout=message&pf=11&Itemid=21

Moving On Up - Reconstructed

M People's record label 'Deconstruction Records' (which was recently reopened) have released their first 'Deconstruction Reconstructed' bundle today on iTunes. They are re-releasing songs that were originally released on the label. 

'Moving On Up' by M People features on the track list.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deconstruction-reconstructed/id401089460

Rehearsals Start Friday 12th November!

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Anastacia posted this on her blog yesterday:

"I begin official rehearsals with the two other Here Come The Girl Diva's on Friday and can't wait!!!!

There have been some changes to the last set list along with a live band in place of the dancers which I am so excited about!!! To be able to have the chance to sing these many historical songs with the superbly talented band that we are so lucky to have with us on tour will be the best pre-holiday treat I could imagine!!!

I'm a little nervous with a short period of rehearsal time but I'm sure having the support and encouragement from the two other ladies will subside the butterflies in my tummy!!!"

http://www.anastacia.com/blog/0-6/november-news/0-6

Mail Online Interview In A Taxi!

From the Mail Online:

In a taxi with... Lulu, Heather Small and Anastacia, AKA Here Come the Girls!

Three loud and proud vocal legends turn it up to 11 as they explain how they got together for a touring celebration of sisterhood.

We hear them before we see them. The three women striding across the courtyard of BBC Television Centre in West London are exuding enough oestrogen – no, let’s call it tes-sisterone – to power a small city. The turbocharged voices of Lulu (diminutive, all in white), Heather Small, late of M People (Amazonian, all in black) and Anastacia (statuesque, in black and white) are drowning out the sounds of traffic, which will be reassuring to those who’ve bought the cheapest seats for their forthcoming sisterhood soul revue Here Come the Girls, back for a second run after its sellout debut last year (when the original line-up included Chaka Khan, now replaced by Heather). Yes, these girls can P-R-O-J-E-C-T.

‘This time we’re louder,’ yells Lulu, as they clamber into the cab.

‘This time we’re prouder,’ bellows Anastacia. ‘We’re starting at 11 and cranking it up from there.’

Our cabbie, Paul from Uxbridge, shoots me a stricken look and quietly turns off his intercom.

Fittingly, the 2010 incarnation of Here Come the Girls is bigger and brasher, with a 1 million stage set, a seven-piece band, and ‘new songs, sequences and routines’. Of course, the whole extravaganza stands or falls on the interplay between its front-women – so how’s the chemistry shaping up?

‘It’s awful,’ says Anastacia, wrinkling her nose. ‘Will we make it to opening night?’ She beams. ‘Get out of here! I knew I’d like Heather before I even met her.’

Heather attended last year’s tour as a punter. ‘As soon as the ladies came out, they gave it their all, and the audience were with them,’ she enthuses. ‘The first time I met Anastacia, she gave me a warm hug, not a showbiz hug.’

The show was Lulu’s brainchild, or, as she calls it, ‘all my fault’. She adds, ‘I did a couple of concerts with friends, and we had such fun, and I thought, why not turn this party into a tour where the audience can stand up, rock out, and come out thinking, “What a great night”?’

This philosophy is helped along by the kind of roof-raising anthems – ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves’ – that had last year’s audiences swinging in their stilettos, aided this time out by the addition of Heather’s M People back catalogue (‘Search for the Hero’, ‘Proud’, etc).

With Chaka Khan deciding she wasn’t up to the rigours of a second go-round, it falls to Heather to play the stormin’ soul sister. She seems energised at the prospect of sharing the stage with her generously-lunged peers. ‘I just kept knocking till they let me in,’ she grins. 

‘She’s got the cojones,’ declares Lulu. ‘While there are a lot of females who want to join us, there are certain ones who wouldn’t do it. She’s one of us,’ she beams at Heather. ‘She’s disciplined, with a similar drive.’

‘It’s not rivalry, it’s camaraderie,’ explains Heather. ‘We all love to perform. We’ve got no product to sell – we’re singing live on-stage just for the hell of it.’

‘No Auto-Tune for us,’ declares Lulu.

What about the routines – will it be all headsets and oiled-up backing dancers? Anastacia appears to be genuinely taken aback. ‘We have to sing, honey,’ she protests. ‘We’re not Beyonce. But I think there’ll be a few costume changes.’

‘We need to outdo Lady Gaga,’ cries Lulu. ‘How many does she do – nine or ten? We’ll do 12!’

‘It’s easier for her, right? She’s only wearing a bra and pants to start with,’ points out Heather.

This seems an appropriate moment to ask if they expect any men to come to the shows. 

‘A lot came last year with their wives,’ asserts Anastacia. ‘They were dragged in…’

‘The gay guys were in their feather boas before the show even started,’ adds Lulu.

A relieved-looking Paul drops us off after the photo shoot. But Lulu has a parting shot: ‘Women together are great, the best, the strongest,’ she pronounces.  ‘We are the power. And when you get three together? Unstoppable.’

The Here Come the Girls UK tour will start on 22 November in Edinburgh; for full details visit gigsandtours.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1324556/Here-Come-Girls-taxi.html

Heather Small Receives Her Gold Award!

Heather Small received her Gold Badge Award on the 20th October 2010. Each year the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), in association with PRS for Music, celebrate the achievements of an outstanding group of men and women that have made an outstanding contribution to Britain’s music and entertainment industry.

Heather Small said “It’s an honour to receive this. You don’t get this award for being a household name, but for the hard work and effort you put in. I’m honoured to be part of the diverse and spirited community.”

http://www.goldbadgeawards.com

Rescheduled - Radio 2 Interview

The BBC Radio 2 interview has been rescheduled for Wednesday 13th October.

Heather Small, Lulu and Anastacia will be talking about their forthcoming 'Here Come The Girls' tour on BBC Radio 2 next week.

They will be on the 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' Radio 2 show between 14:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday 13th September.

Listen to the show:
Radio - 88-91FM
Internet - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_two
Freeview - Channel 702
Sky - Channel 0102

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/

Heather Small's 'Proud' Receives BMI Award!

Last night Heather Small attended the annual BMI London Awards. Her track 'Proud' received a TV Music Award for the soundtrack of the American TV show 'The Biggest Looser'.

Heather said: "It's nice to be recognised. My award is for 'Proud', which is on The Biggest Loser, which may not sound great, but it's all about losing weight!"

"I don't do so much now, but I'm going on tour with Lula and Anastacia in November later this year, which I'm looking forward to."

The BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it distributes as royalties to songwriters, composers & music publishers. 

From the BMI website:
BMI celebrated Europe’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers during its annual BMI London Awards. Guests filled London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane to toast the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television.

Songwriters and composers honored at the event are members of European and Asian performing right societies and are represented in the U.S. by BMI. 

Over 50 awards were handed out, including BMI “Million-Air” Awards recognizing songs that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/549425