From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Beverley Knight. Retrieved 21 June Knight's interview technique and her ability to get her guests to open up and discuss issues in their personal lives such as domestic violence and depression received favourable reviews and led the Radio Times to comment "Knight's passion for the music is obvious — but so is her warmth, which makes her a rarity among interviewers.
The first artist to make an impact upon Knight was one of the true founders of contemporary gospel and soul music , Sam Cooke. Despite his untimely death in , his music endured and became a staple part of Knight's childhood:. My mother played Sam Cooke and he was the first voice I ever heard on record.
His was the first voice that directly had a big impact on me, vocally. He still makes me cry. He'd take the very simple Bible stories that I grew up with and just make them into a two-and-a-half-minute song and yet with an intensity and a passion that the world had never heard before. He really was a major influence on my life. Indeed, the impact of Cooke can be seen throughout Knight's career as she has often performed and recorded Cooke classics, the most notable of which is " A Change Is Gonna Come ".
The track, which came to exemplify the civil rights movement in the s, has featured in many of Knight's live performances usually with the aid of the London Community Gospel Choir and she even recorded a studio version with musician Jools Holland , which featured on his Small World, Big Band Volume 2 album. Another major influence in Knight's childhood was Aretha Franklin.
It was Franklin's vocal delivery that has most had an impact upon Knight:. Aretha taught me my phrasing and the way I carry emotion. She makes me cry and then she brings me into the throes of musical ecstasy — with the same voice! I Never Loved A Man hurts, and the Amazing Grace album, which is the epitome of my childhood, will stay with me for ever.
In addition to the pioneering soul and gospel artists of the midth century, modern artists such as Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo have also played a role in shaping Knight's musical outlook. The most significant of her contemporary peers comes in the form of Prince , a man she describes as one of her heroes: "Prince goes back to me listening to preachers when I was a child, who tell a story to illustrate a point Of course, I didn't have a clue about what he was singing about; the sexuality is implicit and I love that.
Throughout her childhood, Knight's musical exposure developed as she got older. I find that London is a bit more segregated. In Wolverhampton, black people weren't so segregated and I think that had a massive impact on my musical influences. After working with Guy Chambers , the album had a more mainstream flavour compared to her previous albums and was led by the rock guitar driven single " Come as You Are ". Although the song became her highest charting single to date, Knight was largely criticised by urban radio and media for moving too far away from her urban sound.
Nevertheless, the song illustrated Knight's determined effort not to become boxed in and "ghettoised". After the ceremony Knight remarked that the recognition "reflects not only on my whole career but the work I do for charities, which is immensely important to me. I do not do that to be awarded for it, I just do it because it's in my heart, but to be recognised for it, hopefully will put the magnifying glass on to them as well".
Beverley Knight Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. This song is by Beverley Knight and appears on the album Prodigal Sista Ooh, oh sista, sista sista. Sitting alone with her head full of empty thoughtsPlaying with time that she just doesn't haveDreaming that life is a stranger that brings you flowersPraying the dream is as real as she feels it is. Dreams give you anythingKnowing that chance could bring you to the other sideWanting her future there, feeling that love affaireWith the other side.
Heavily influenced by soul greats such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, Knight has released six studio albums to date. Widely labelled as one of Britain's greatest soul singers, Knight is best known for her hit singles Greatest Day, Get Up!
Forgot your password? Retrieve it. Cheeeek that out dude. Lead RIFFs:. Bad selection. Save Cancel. Really delete this comment? Yes No. Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December Saturday 21 December Sunday 22 December Monday 23 December Tuesday 24 December Wednesday 25 December Thursday 26 December Friday 27 December Saturday 28 December Sunday 29 December Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December Wednesday 1 January Thursday 2 January Friday 3 January Saturday 4 JanuaryNeo-soul diva Beverley Knight channeled the sound and spirit of classic R&B to emerge as one of Britain's biggest new pop stars of the '90s. Born Beverley Anne Smith to Jamaican parents in Wolverhampton, England, on March 22, , she grew up in a s read more. top albums.