Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin gravely ill

One of the most influential singers of all time, the great Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill with close friends and family keeping a bedside vigil at the singer’s Detroit home. Franklin underwent cancer surgery in 2014 and has been in poor health ever since. As news that the 76-year-old’s condition had deteriorated became public this week, […]

Madness backs campaign to save music venues

Madness is the latest big-name act to back the campaign to stop the closure of grassroots music venues across the country. The band is supporting the Music Venue Trust (MVT), a charity fighting to protect performance spaces that nurture emerging music talent. Grassroots music venues play a pivotal role in the creative development of singers […]

Hit songwriter Cathy Dennis honoured

Few songwriters have been as prolific or consistent as hitmaker Cathy Dennis, who was last week rightfully awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Song Collection. Dennis has been a dominant, but low key, force in the music industry for more than 20 years, penning number ones for Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and S-Club […]

Celebrate Soho Music Month

For the best part of a century Soho was London’s louchest district, home to the sex, film and music industries and glamorous and grubby in equal measures. It may have cleaned up its act in recent years, but Soho is still a major draw for singers and musicians, many of whom will perform during Soho […]

Sign up for top busking competition Gigs10

Budding performers have just a few more weeks to enter Gigs10, the Mayor of London’s high profile busking competition that has kickstarted the careers of many singers. There are many reasons to sign up for Gigs10: it’s great performance training; you get to play at some of London’s busiest and most iconic locations; and, if […]

Jazz FM Awards: Celebrating the jazz vocalist

Next generation jazzers joined legends of the scene at this year’s Jazz FM Awards, where rising star Zara McFarlane won Vocalist of the Year and the supreme jazz vocalist, Dame Cleo Laine, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place, aptly, on International Jazz Day in East London, the centre of London’s thriving, thrilling […]