Back home in Britain and looking forward to the tour …
Taking a break from rehearsals …
Interview & performance at the Jo Good Show, BBC Radio
Mark Neary : Bass
Grant Mitchell : Piano
Miles Bould : Drums
My Mum, 1st night of the tour – Worthing, Southern Pavilion
Cake & Balloons at Tithe Barn, Cheltenham
Backstage with Alfie Boe being photo bombed by Michael Ball and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey. 3 amazing singers.
Michael and Alfie were truly magnificent in their incredible show at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester.
What a wonderful gig in BURY last night, thank you. So great seeing you all and lovely to catch up with our pal splendid percussionist PAV after the gig.
So great to be back in LIVERPOOL. Here I am with the artist Marc Marot at The Martin Luther King Jnr Building. His augmented reality exhibition with the extraordinary painter Scarlett Raven, is simply stunning. Literally breath taking. Packing a velvet and visceral punch, it really is a must see / hear experience. So moving and inspiring. Click here for more.
Well my goodness, what an eventful and memorable night at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool. Thank you for sticking through the fire alarm. Here is the cat I thought I was going to have to save in my underwear prior to the gig starting! So glad it didn’t come to that!!!
What a treat to have the G-FORCE local choir with us at the Epstein Theatre gig in Liverpool. THEY WERE AMAZING!
We stopped for a quick visit with Annie.
Stopped in Stratford on the way to the Bristol gig & had tea with William Shakespeare.
Shakespearean actor Neil Hancock gave me a splendid performance of the balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet.
Shakespeare’s grave and statue as a young man.
London, Union Chapel Gig.
My youngest fan Martha hobbled to her front row seat at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne.
Afternoon tea with my Mum before the ceremony at the Portsmouth Guildhall Wall of Fame.
I am very proud and honored to have been inducted into The Guildhall Wall of Fame.
Heading to San Francisco …
Me & Jon Gilutin
At the airport with Grant & Colin. Waiting for Mark & Dave.
My first stop : Tokyo Bay
Seeing the Cherry Blossoms up close.
Tea, Cake & a visit with my friend Masako.
Visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple.
Boat trip down the Sumida River.
Finding my way back to the Hotel.
Backstage with my band before the show.
Dave Allen on Drums / Grant Mitchell on Piano / Mark Gorman on Bass / Colin Ryan on Guitars.
Flowers after the show.
Warming up backstage before the show.
Best & Biggest Bowl of Noodles. Ever.
THANK YOU JAPAN … We all had a great time!!!!
Surprise Surprise! Look who we found in the audience last night at The Pheasantry! Our very own Guitarist Dave Clifton who just happened to be in London. Dave shared his magic with us all on some songs in the 2nd set.
Rehearsing with Special Guests Jon Regen and Alex Alexander
It’s almost Show Time
With Special Guests Celia Chavez & Alex Alexander
Having tea with Grant & our friend Joe Mardin who worked with us on my 1st record
Rehearsing with my super band (Ian Walker, Grant Mitchell, Herman Matthews & Colin Ryan) for our Billboard Live gigs in Japan.
Practicing singing, walking and dancing in my fancy high black sequined shimmering shoes!
I woke up – it was a Tokyo morning and this was the first thing that I saw.
My splendid band and me backstage at Billboard Live, Tokyo.
On our last night, we went to an incredible Japanese restaurant with our record company JVC and had the most delicious food!
Aya Ohi and Norizaku Komuro from JVC
On the fab bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo with Grant.
After our long press day in Tokyo, we stopped off for some traditional Japanese Tempura Udon!
We did a couple of radio interviews when we were in Japan – I sang “Happy Ever After” with Grant at both and we chatted about my new album ‘The Language of Love’
You can hear them here:
Inter FM “Happy Hour”
JFN “Simple Style”
All our bags are packed and we’re ready to go …
Bass player Paul Turner on the left.
He plays with Annie Lennox so it was fun for him to do our Bossa Nova rendition of the Eurythmics classic “Who’s that Girl”.
And percussionist Danny Cummings who played with one of my other favorites, John Martyn.
Guitarist Colin Ryan and The Lovely Lady Sarah as we like to call her for long on backing vocals.
Cadogan Hall in London
The Spring in Havant
With John Gleadall as our special guest, we played the Joni Mitchell classic “A Case of You”
The very same song that we played at our first gig at this very same venue … when I was 14!!
Annie, the much loved and always talked about dog of my agent Lee.
City Varieties in Leeds
What a treat to catch up with our producer pal KIPPER in Leeds. Known for his exemplary work with Sting.
Kip is now working with the exciting and fabulous, folk with a twist band, The Demon Barbers.
Village Hall in Lowdham
Special Guest : Pav the Percussionist
On our way to Scotland, we visited the stark, beautiful and breathtaking Holy Island.
After the Castle, Church and Priory, we sampled the Holy Wine.
Stopped off in Dundee to pick up the FAB new album of my pal Michael Ball.
Tear jerkers, toe tappers, amazing singing and wonderful familiar songs, top stuff.
iTunes : If Everyone Was Listening
We made a lovely detour to LIPA, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney.
I was very honored to be asked to give a master class to the students about my career as a singer songwriter.
Here I am with the CEO Mark Featherstone (who interviewed me)
and Eddie Lundon (one of the teachers and was in the fab UK Band, China Crisis)
St John’s Church in Farncombe
The Stables in Milton Keynes
What an absolute treat to have the G:FORCE GOSPEL CHOIR joining us for “Happy Ever After” and “Hope Prayer and Time”.
They came along to the Liverpool gig and wrote a lovely email afterwards saying they were huge fans
and were also coming to tonight’s gig so we asked them to join us and they took the roof off this lovely theatre!
Town Hall in High Wycombe
Our drummer & percussionist Miles Bould
Grant and I had the best time at the AMAZING Jackson Browne gig at the Albert Hall last night.
Here we are with musicians extraordinaire, Greg Leisz and Jeff Young (who both played on my ‘East West’ album).
Also, Dianna Cohen, CEO of The Plastic Pollution Coalition
PLUS Mauricio “Fritz” Lewak on drums.
The Jackson Band all played like KINGS, truly FAB.
Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury
It’s not every day you get a menu with your name on it, LITERALLY!
A fancy menu was made in honor for my gig there. I will have to change my name to Queen Julia!
The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne
This delightful creature was on her way to the theatre with her Mum and Dad and Teddy (who as you can see had his Red Velvet Porcelain coat on).
Martha was also holding a letter for me, a request for “The I Wanna Song”
So we ended the gig with that & the whole crowd dancing and singing and with a star dancing turn from Martha up on stage.
She is only 5! Can’t believe she made it through the whole gig, sat right in the front, wide eyed and adorable and alert from start to finish!
Here’s the Video
What wonderful memories I have to carry home with me from Porcelain 25.
THANK YOU ALL for your warm welcome’s, standing ovations, dancing & singing.
It was great to see family, old friends, new fans & all the familiar faces – I was deeply touched by it all.
Here is one of my fave photo’s from the London show at Cadogan Hall by Ren Brocklehurst.
Grant Mitchell / Producer, Piano, Keyboards
Sista Jean McClain & Judith Owen
Ramon Stagnaro / Guitar
Ray Yslas / Percussion
David Piltch / Bass
Herman Matthews / Drums
Harry Kim / Trumpet
Colin Ryan / Guitar