Music – Being every woman

2010-07-02 12:48

Hello love,” ­Beverley Knight MBE greets me in a raspy voice thick

with a British accent. Her warm demeanour sets me at ease.

Knight’s latest album, 100%, is a mix of R&B and urban dance


The track that stands out by far is Survivor. It showcases Knight’s vocal

prowess and ­features legendary hitmaker and producer Chaka Khan.

“I love answering questions about Chaka because I still can’t

believe that I’ve worked with her,” gushes Knight.

The two songbirds met at a small show in London last year. Knight

performed and Khan was in the audience.

It seems Khan has taken the 38-year-old under her wing. “She called

me up on stage to sing with her after I performed and we kept in touch.”

Working with the I Am Every Woman hit-singer may seem like a big

achievement for the ­Wolverhampton-born star, but it is just one of the many

­accolades that Knight can add to her already impressive CV.

Knight, of Jamaican descent, has worked alongside another stalwart

of the music industry, Quincy Jones, and performed an a cappella version of

Sister Sister at Earl Spencer’s house for Madiba’s birthday.

Knight, however, still seems hung up on Khan, and who can blame

her? “Chaka is a real ­firecracker who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She is

1.6m tall and has a larger-than-life personality.”

Knight is a platinum-selling artist who has released seven ­albums

to date, but believes that she has grown and evolved since releasing her first

album, The B-funk, back in 1995.

“The main difference on this album is that I am independent, so I

could do the album the way I wanted to and it feels like I have come a full

circle since ­starting out.”

Knight seems to have a good head on her shoulders as she shies away

from the British ­tabloid fodder.

“Music is my number one ­priority and I absolutely love making it.

The way I live my life doesn’t affect my music, so the colour of my pants

shouldn’t matter and nor should who I am dating.”

At the moment, Knight is also enjoying a career in radio on the

BBC. She hosts a gospel talkshow.

“It’s something I am doing on the side. I think the radio ­station

thought of my gospel music background when they ­approached me, but I’m not sure

how long this new gig will last.”

As Knight launches her eighth album, it seems she is still 100%

dedicated to her craft.

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