Vocally wicked Willemijn Verkaik

Few stars are as versatile as musical theatre’s golden girl Willemijn Verkaik. The Dutch luminary has starred in the German and Dutch version of Disney’s blockbuster Frozen, and played lead roles in the musicals Tarzan, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mamma Mia, Elisabeth, We Will Rock You and Aida. But the character she is most synonymous with is […]

The GPS Girl recalculates

Australian singer songwriter Karen Jacobsen believes in making the most out of every opportunity that comes her way. When she moved to New York with her heart set on getting a record deal, things didn’t turn out quite according to plan. So she refocused her efforts and kept reaching for her dreams. Through her voiceover […]

Firing up, Frances

Name and location? Sophie Frances Cooke, London. Profession? Artist/singer and songwriter. First instrument? Violin (piano now). First song you penned? Unbreakable when I was 13. Age you realised you wanted to be an artist? 18, previously just wanted to be a songwriter. What did your parents say about that? Very encouraging, if a little nervous […]

Changing it up with Purdy

Rebecca Poole, the “Forces’ Sweetheart”, has rebranded. Now a self-styled, Pop Noir diva under new name “Purdy”, she talks to Clarissa Land about touring with Jools Holland, posing for Jack Vettriano and dealing with her alter ego. iSing: You reached out to Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records (Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and […]