As the July 4th release date for Beverley Knight‘s seventh studio album, titled Soul UK, the Birmingham hailing gospel influenced soul icon announces a string of tour dates across the UK throughout November 2011 – tickets now onsale.
The forthcoming album, said to be “a celebration of UK soul music – the British songs and artists that inspired Beverley leading up to her own arrival on the UK scene in the mid ’90s,” is a personal project produced by Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz) and London production duo Future Cut (Lilly Allen, Beyonce) and curated by Beverley, who puts her own twist on a selection of her all time favorite soulful tracks by British artists, including Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, Jamiroquai, Lewis Taylor and George Michael.
Knight says of the project: “I gave a lot of thought to choosing the songs I wanted to interpret for this album and it was great fun putting my own flavour and twist on tracks by some of the fantastic UK artists who preceded me and inspired me. A lot these artists opened doors for both myself and many others, and many of them are still going strong – so the album is, in part, a thank you to them.
“The UK is a world-beating producer of musical talent and this genre can sometimes feel overlooked and underplayed. I hope with this album that people can enjoy these songs all over again and in some cases discover them for the first time.”
Soul UK LP Tracklisting:
2 Southern Freeez
3 Mama Used To Say
4 Say I’m Your Number One
5 When You Gonna Learn
6 Apparently Nothing-Feat. Glen Scott And Roots Manuva
7 Don’t Be A Fool
8 Always and Forever
9 Round And Around
10 Cuddly Toy
11 One More Try
Soul UK will be released on July 4, 2011 through Beverley’s own label Hurricane Records, with the album’s first single [Knight’s take on Junior’s 1982 hit] “Mama Used To Say” due on June 20.
Check out the following teaser video for the forthcoming album and live DVD, plus Beverley Knight’s full UK tourdates and ticket links below.
BEVERLEY KNIGHT: SOUL UK AUTUMN TOUR 2011
Monday 14th November – Liverpool Philharmonic
Tuesday 15th November – Leamington Spa Assembly
Wednesday 16th November – London Royal Albert Hall
Friday 18th November – York Barbican
Saturday 19th November – Preston Guildhall
Sunday 20th November – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 22nd November – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Wednesday 23rd November – Nottingham Royal Centre
Thursday 24th November – Salisbury City Hall
Saturday 26th November – Gateshead Sage
Sunday 27th November – Bristol Colston Hall