Date: Saturday 15th August 2020
Stage: Main Stage
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK's most consistent artists for two decades, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. She has sold over a million albums in the UK along the way, including four gold certified albums. Her most recent solo album ‘Soulsville’ was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10.
She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
In recent years, Wolverhampton born Knight has forged a formidable parallel career in theatre. Her highly acclaimed West End debut was in the starring role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013.
In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much praised role, of Felicia Farrell in the Tony winning hit show Memphis The Musical. The production won Best New Musical at the 2015 What’s On Stage Awards and received more Olivier nominations than any other West End show in 2015. In October 2015 at the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella for an 11 week run at The London Palladium.
In 2017 she reprised the lead role in The Bodyguard in another successful run of the production in both London and Toronto. In September 2018 Beverley starred in a new show, ‘Sylvia’, at London’s iconic Old Vic Theatre, in which she played the role of Emmeline Pankhurst to huge acclaim.
Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn.
Knight has toured the UK several times in her own right and has sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall on three occasions, debuting there in 2007. Her broadcasting work includes presenting four series of Radio 2 show Beverley’s Gospel Nights, and two series of hit BBC1 show Just The Two Of Us .
In the summer of 2012, Beverley wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with an outstanding rendition of the song “I Am What I Am’, in the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
November 2017 saw the release of “Songs From The Stage” by Leading Ladies, an album featuring 3 West End stars, Beverley, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), giving their stunning versions of classic female-centric songs from musical theatre. The album went Top 10 and was certified silver a few weeks after its release.
2019 sees Beverley celebrate 25 years in music with a special new album “BK25: Beverley Knight with The Leo Green Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall”, out on 8 November through Warner Music UK. The album brings to life all of Beverley’s hits recorded with a live orchestra, as well as three new studio tracks including the single ‘Now or Never’.
In October she tours the UK celebrating the Stevie Wonder Song book as well as guesting with Andrea Bocelli on his UK Arena Tour.
Beverley is an ambassador for many charities such as Christian Aid with whom she has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations and a patron of The Terrence Higgins Trust .