Sam Bailey - Sing My Heart Out
Produced by Steve Dorff (Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams) and Ben Adams (Robin Thicke, Craig David, JLS, Amelia Lily, Marcus Feehily, Union J, Alexandra Burke).
Sam Bailey is a platinum selling artist, whose debut album was the fastest selling album of 2014 in the UK.
Sam Bailey is now firmly established as one of the finest singers in the UK and continues to gain fans from all around the world with her totally ‘down to earth’ approach to everyone she meets. This, together with her considerable talent, makes her one of Britain’s favourite personalities.
Sam was born in Bexley, East London. Growing up, she enjoyed singing for her friends and family but never believed she was destined for stardom.
When she was younger, Sam entered talent competitions but always wanted to impress people by herself, rather than being talked up by family and friends. However, her family did have a major influence on her musical career - her grandfather was a singer in a group called ‘The Four Vinos’ and her father was also in a band and she was often in the company of musicians.
One of her earliest success stories was winning a ‘Search For A Star’ talent competition in Crayford Town Hall, Bexley as a 16-year-old. She went on to attend Bexley Arts College and Dartford’s Miskin Theatre to further develop her talent.
Though singing was a passion, Sam admits that her first love in life was football. She played professionally for a number of clubs including Millwall Lionesses, West Ham, Crystal Palace and London Women.
Before she stole the hearts of the nation by winning the tenth series of The X Factor at Christmas 2013, Sam worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree as well as performing on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for several years.
Despite her obvious nervousness during her first X Factor audition, she blew the judges away with her rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘Listen’, receiving a standing ovation and leading Gary Barlow to describe her voice as “incredible”.
Under the mentorship of Sharon Osborne she became a clear favourite on the show, dazzling audiences and judges alike with her stunning voice and natural stage presence. She received more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend and was crowned winner of the show.
Following her triumph, her debut single, ‘Skyscraper’, reached Christmas number one and her debut album, The Power of Love stormed to the top of the UK album charts in 2014.
Sam is truly one of the most talented performers in the music business and embarked on her first ever headline tour in 2015 which sold-out venues and received rave reviews. She had her West End debut in Sam Bailey: Live in the West End, performing her favourite songs from musicals to a sold out Lyric Theatre. Other theatre roles include starring in panto in 2015 playing Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington headlining in a major role in the national UK tour of hit blockbuster “Chicago” in 2016.
As well as a new single and album scheduled for release in 2016, Sam is currently working on a new project in LA with award winning American songwriter Steve Dorff, whose songs have been recorded by international superstars Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston to name just a few.
Sam lives in Leicester with her husband Craig, and their three children - Tommy, Brooke, and Miley. Sam throws everything she has into her music and her biggest and most highly anticipated album ‘Sing My Heart Out’ will prove the critics wrong.
Sam will be taking to the road in 2017 with her Sing My Hear Out Tour.
The Ruby Slippers to premiere at Funny Girls
Following its sell-out pilot run in Liverpool, the brand new version of the comedy drama The Ruby Slippers, set in a fictional Blackpool drag club is to premiere at Funny Girls in Blackpool and tickets are on sale now.
The Ruby Slippers is a play about love, friendship and identity, taking theatregoers on a rollercoaster of emotions. The show will play at Funny Girls venue on Wednesday, 2 November 2016. This is the first theatrical play ever to perform at the venue since they opened. The show also performs at St Helens Theatre Royal on 3 November and the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on 5 November. The show is set to tour nationally in 2017.
Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met Ryan, the man of his dreams, however all is not as it seems. Business is poor and a rival club has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts, Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny. Also Ryan has a secret that will change everything. Raz is hopelessly in love with his flat mate and barman, Ryan. The feeling is mutual. However, Ryan has a secret, known only by his mother Helen, who supports her son’s decision and encourages him to tell Raz the whole truth.
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THE ICONINC VOGUE BALL
House of Suarez has announced the return of the Vogue Ball for 2016 and as the company celebrates its 10th birthday, it is pulling out all the stops to ensure this year’s Ball is the fiercest and most fabulous yet!
The Vogue Ball takes place on Saturday 15 October and House of Suarez is excited to reveal a brand new location for 2016. The multi award-winning event will take place in Liverpool’s hottest new arts and performance space – the Invisible Wind Factory!
An international sensation, The Vogue Ball in Liverpool is a dance event like no other in the UK – where club culture meets high art. Now in its eighth year, the Ball has reached iconic status and so, the theme for 2016 is fittingly, The Iconic Ball.
Vogueing often imitates the perfect lines and flexibility of model poses seen in magazines such as Vogue, the fashion magazine from which the dance style took its name.
The Iconic Ball invites the best Vogue teams [known as ‘Houses’] to battle it out in a fight for ultimate dance supremacy. Last year’s event saw a record number of ‘Houses’ participating in the Sugar Ball where the theme was sugar and spice and all things naughty but nice!
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