Beverley Knight is an English recording artist and musical theatre actress. She is best known for her hit singles \”Greatest Day\”, \”Get Up! and \”Shoulda Woulda Coulda\” Knight has released eight studio albums to date. In September 2013, Knight made her first foray into musical theatre, taking over the lead role of Rachel Marron from Heather Headley in The Bodyguard.
About Beverley Knight in brief
Beverley Knight, MBE is an English recording artist and musical theatre actress. She is best known for her hit singles \”Greatest Day\”, \”Get Up! and \”Shoulda Woulda Coulda\” Knight has released eight studio albums to date. In September 2013, Knight made her first foray into musical theatre, taking over the lead role of Rachel Marron from Heather Headley in The Bodyguard. She made her panto debut in 2017 at the Birmingham Hippodrome as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. On 1 November 2019, it was announced that Knight would star as Faye Treadwell in the new musical The Drifters Girl, opening at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End on 1 January 2021. 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. Knight was born to Jamaican parents, and she grew up in a strict Pentecostal household where church attendance was an important element in the life of the family. At the age of 19 she performed on the stage in local clubs in her home town of Wolverhampton. She began writing her own songs as a teenager, but it was not until she turned 17, however, that she began to take her craft seriously. She was a songwriter and singer-songwriter until she was 19, when she began writing songs of her own.
She has released a live album, BK25, which was recorded with the Leo Green Orchestra. In 2019, Knight celebrated 25 years in music with the release of the live album BK 25. She will also star in the West End production of The Drifter Girl, which will open in London’s Garrick theatre on 1 November 2021. She also starred in the BBC music TV series Just the Two of Us, a role she reprised in 2007. Knight supported Prince during his residency at the O2 Arena and also performed at the concert after parties. As a result of this, she was also flown to perform at his Oscars party in front of A-list stars and got a standing ovation from stars such as Quincy Jones. Knight was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 in recognition of her contribution to British music. After receiving a host of awards, including three MOBO Awards, Knight was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 at the Urban Music Awards in London. The performance was unanimously praised and a recorded version by Knight reached #101 on iTunes, her first charting single since \”Soul Survivor\” and highest since \”Beautiful Night\” in 2010 and 2009 respectively. She performed in a safe, controlled environment during the summer, with a small audience in an approved, for test purposes concert, at The London Palladium.