Beverley Knight | Biography
Nineties singing sensation Beverley Knight channeled the siprit and sound of classic R&B music to evolve as one of the UK’s biggest stars. A British singer, musical theater actress and radio presenter, Beverley Knight too the Britain soul panorama by storm in the year 1995 with her first album called, “B-Funk” that included hits, like “Flavour of the Old School” and “Moving on Up”.
Award winning neo-soul diva Beverley took birth as Beverley Anne Smith on 22nd of March 1973 in Wolverhampton, England. Born in a Jamaican family, she was raised in a very strict Pentecostal household. As most of other singers, Beverley as well began singing at a tender age. After completing her primary education through Woodfield Infant and Junior Schools, she attended Highfields School for her secondary education. She started penning her own lyrics at age of 13. However she started to take her talent seriously after she reached seventeen. In order to study Religious Theology and Philosophy, she attended the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.
Forty-one years old Beverley Knight is married to James O’Keefe. The couple walked down the aisle on 7th of September 2012. The couple got engaged in 2010. She is a passionate supporter of a football club, Wolverhampton Wanderers. She is currently residing in North London. On 30th of June 2011, she performed at Peter Crouch and Abigail Clancy’s nuptial. She takes interest in politics and supports Labour Party. Kind hearted Beverley, apart from her support and charitable work against AIDS is as well a big supporter of charities working for breast-cancer and supports gay rights.
Influenced by Prince, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, Beverley began her musical career by signing a record contract with Dome Records in the late 1994. She dropped her debut album titled, “B-Funk” in 1995. On the potency of tracks, such as “Flavour of the Old School”, she became well-known throughout the UK. However it was not until next three years that she solidified her standing as one of the top R&B singer. Following the release of her second studio album “Prodigal Sista” in the year 1998, Beverley became the most sought after singer. The tracks “Greatest Day” and “Made it Back” helped win three MOBO awards. During 2001, she was busy writing and recording her followed up album. Finally the album titled “Who I Am” hit the market in March 2002. The album was preceded by 2 singles, “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” and “Get Up!”. The popularity of the songs, accompanied with wide critical appreciation, thrust the album to no. 7 on the UK album chart making her third album most successful commercially to date. Compared with the success of her previous studio albums, the critical response to her fourth album “Affirmation” was mixed. In the year 2007, she released her fifth album called “Music City Soul”. The album spawned singles, like “The Queen of Starting Over”, “After You” and “No Man’s Land”. Her sixth album “100%” was released by Hurricane Records. The album contained songs such as “Beautiful Night”, “Breakout”, “In Your Shoes”, “100%”, “Every Step”, “Turned to Stone” and “Too Much Heaven” among others. On 4th of July 2011, her seventh album titled “Soul UK” was released. Embarking into the new ventures, Beverley entered the theater on 9th of September 2013, playing Rachel Marron in “The Bodyguard the musical”. She departed from the musical on 13th of May 2014. She then appeared in the Memphis. Unfortunately the net worth of this prolific singer has not been revealed yet.
She has been awarded with awards such as 1996 Black Music Awards for Best R&B Act, 1996 Black Music Awards for Best Producer, 1998 MOBO Awards for Best R&B Act, 1999 MOBO Awards for Best R&B Act, 1999 E.M.M.A Awards for Best British Music Act, 2004 Urban Music Awards for Lifetime Achievement and 2011 Urban Music Awards for Best Album, likewise she has received a number of nomination from award shows, such as Brit Awards, Mercury Music Prize, Capital FM Awards and so on.
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