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Acknowledged by critics and peers as one of the best vocalists the UK has produced, Beverley Knight is best known for her stunning soul/gospel voice and live soul and R&B performances apart from being known as a songwriter, and record producer. She has been invited to sing for various celebrated figures including Mohammed Ali, Nelson Mandela and even the leaders of the G8. She has also sung on stage with artists from Chaka Kahn to Bryan Adams and on record with Jay Kay, Jools Holland and Courtney Pine, to name a few as well as with the host of megastars.
Born Beverley Anne Smith to Jamaican parents in Wolverhampton, England, on March 22, 1973, she grew up in a strict Pentecostal environment and sang in her church choir throughout adolescence. Raised on a steady diet of gospel music and forbidden to listen to its secular counterpart, she nevertheless discovered crossover legends Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin and began writing her own original songs at age 13. By 17, Knight was headlining local nightclubs and singing advertising jingles for a local radio station; the exposure earned her a recording contract offer, but she declined, instead studying religious theory and philosophy at the University of Wolverhampton.
Aided by her producer cousin Don E she signed to the independent Dome Records in 1994. The following year's debut single, Flavour Of The Old School, was a hot slice of UK swingbeat co-written with production team 2B3. The song became a big club hit and also scraped into the national Top 50 in April. Follow-up singles Down For The One and Moving On Up (On The Right Side) were lesser hits, but a re-released Flava peaked at number 33 in March 1996, buoyed by the critical acclaim heaped on her debut album The B-Funk. In 1997 she landed a major label deal with Parlophone Records to release Prodigal Sista in the summer of 1998. The album generated five Top 40 smashes, chief among them Greatest Day and Make It Back '99, winning Best Album honors at the annual MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards. She next teamed with pop producers Guy Chambers and Peter-John Vettese for 2004's Affirmation, which became Knight's biggest-selling release. Affirmation was profoundly inspired by her relationship with platonic soulmate Tyrone Jamison, host of the BBC program The Gay Show, who lost his battle with HIV in 2003.
In 2006 Knight starred in BBC One music TV show, Just the Two of Us, a role she reprised in 2007. After releasing a successful compilation album in 2006, Knight went on to tour the U.K. with reformed boyband Take That. She has also hosted the Radio 2 show Beverley's Gospel Nights, which explores the origins and impact of gospel music. To date the show has run for three seasons and has featured interviews with stars such as Destiny's Child and Shirley Caesar.
Knight is an ambassador for many charities such as Christian Aid and has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations such as the Stop AIDS Campaign and The Terrence Higgins Trust and is also a vocal campaigner against homophobic lyrics in urban music. In 2006 was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her creative and charitable contributions.Beverley Knight enjoys a loyal fan base across the world with her unique voice and funky beats.
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