Profile: Beverley Knight
It’s now less than a month before Beverley Knight steps down from the role of Felicia in Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and with that in mind we decide to take a look at her career, from the various songs and albums that have made her name to the high profile West End appearances in more recent years.
Beverley Knight is best known for the singles that she released in the early 2000s like Should Woulda Coulda, but her appearance in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre has ensured her new role as a West End star will have a lasting legacy.
Born in Wolverhampton in 1976, Knight began singing at her church visits during her school years. As a result she honed her skills throughout these early years and by the time she entered her teens she was ready to put pen to paper on her own songs. By the time her 20s were approaching she had started to perform on stage in the local area and began to gain the attention of people in the industry. It was clear that she was destined for great success.
In the early 1990s she was ready to release her first album and as a result the world discovered The B-Funk, an award-winning hit that would set the stage for many more to come.
Since then she has release various albums like Prodigal Sista in 1998, Who I Am in 2002, Affirmation in 2004, Music City Soul in 2007, 100% in 2009 and Soul UK in 2011, along the way winning many fans with songs like Shoulda Woulda Coulda and Greatest Day, plus many more.
As for the stage, who could forget her portrayal of Rachel Marron in the hit West End production of The Bodyguard, which ran at the Adelphi Theatre. She portrayed the part from September 2013 to June 2014.
She then took on the role of Felicia in Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and is a role she will portray until Saturday 17th October 2015. Let’s hope for more stand-out West End performances in the future!