Alexandra Burke is one busy busy girl.
The Pop powerhouse is currently hard at work on her third studio album (which will also serve as her American debut), however she is set to take brief break from recording this June to take up residency at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
In what appears to be a strategic move to re-position Burke as a Soulful siren, the 24 year old will pay homage to the soundtrack of classic Diana Ross movie ‘Lady Sings The Blues’. As many will note, the 1972 original told the story and celebrated the songs of Billie Holiday.
More on Burke’s live re-imagining of the ‘Blues’ after the jump…
PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: From Tuesday 4- Saturday 8 June 2013, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke takes residence in Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room for her own unique concert version of Lady Sings The Blues. Following in the footsteps of her idols Billie Holiday and Diana Ross, Alexandra will perform, with a full jazz band, her own take on the legendary 1972 film soundtrack of the same name.
Starring the queen of Motown, Diana Ross, and nominated for 5 Oscars, Lady Sings the Blues is the classic film and soundtrack that followed the life and career of legendary jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday from late childhood to the latter stages of her career and included many of her famous songs. This live concert version, for the first time ever, will revisit this soundtrack as Alexandra and her band put their own spin on these remarkable jazz standards and the life and career of the one of the world’s most cherished performers. Very much in homage to both Billie Holiday and Diana Ross, it seems only fitting that Alexandra performs this show at the Royal Albert Hall nearly 60 years after Billie Holiday made her only appearance at the venue for a special one-off concert in 1954.
Speaking on the shows, Burke said:
“I am so excited to be performing these concerts in such an iconic venue. It is an honour to be able to sing Billie Holiday’s songs and I feel a very strong emotional attachment to them. Music is my life and I love doing different and surprising things, so I can’t wait to get on stage and sing these amazing and timeless songs”
Tickets go on-sale March 27th at the Royal Albert Hall Box Office: 020 7589 8212 / www.royalalberthall.com
Without a morsel of doubt, Alex stands as one of the UK’s most unique and powerful voices, hence it’s great to see her making the necessary moves to ensure the masses note that as fact.
Fingers crossed her album serves up the same soulful blend of brilliance she’ll be bringing to the stage this Summer.