Name: M People Occupation:
First chart entry: How Can I Love You More, number 29, October 1991
Top ten hits: 1993, How Can I Love You More (remix), One night In Heaven, Moving On Up, 1993; Don't Look Any Further; 1994, Renaissance, Sight For Sore Eyes, ; 1995, Open Your Heart, Search For The Hero; 1997, Just For You; 1998, Angel Street
Last Top Twenty hit: Testify, number 12, November 1998
Albums: Northern Soul, 1992; Elegant Slumming, 1993; Bizarre Fruit, 1994; Bizarre Fruit II, 1995; Fresco, 1997; The Best Of M People, 1998; Testify, 1999; M People featuring Heather Small, The Ultimate Collection, 2005
Awards: 1994, BRIT award for best British dance act and Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming, beating Blur and Pulp in Britpop's pomp
Heather Small solo albums: Proud, 2000; Close To A Miracle, 2006
You probably didn't know: Heather collaborated this year with Icelandic tenor Gardar Thor Cortes on Luna, a number two hit in
Heather on her big voice: "If you have a big voice and you're up-front, people think you must be the life and soul, but I wouldn't say I was that. I'm quite wary"
Heather on performing: "When you're a bit insecure, going on stage is a slightly mad thing to do. You're saying 'I have something to offer'; you're saying 'Please like me' in a horrible, needy way! But performing is my one adrenaline. I don't smoke, I don't take drugs; I don't drink"
Heather on playing Dalby: "We've played in many different locations but never in forests, so we're really looking forward to it"
Exclusive By Gary Sullivan
THE magnificent backdrop of
Heather Small, the voice of M People, walked coolly on to the stage in a stunning bright pink dress that lit up a grey and damp
She got the performance under way with Mercy On Me - then it was a succession of classic M People hits - So Excited,
Amazing to think the group started their illustrious career back in 1991 when they broke into the UK charts with dance classic How Can I love You More, although easy to see how they quickly went on to pick up best dance act at the 1994 Brit Awards.
This was M People's first concert in a forest and, from the evidence of this performance, I am sure they will be back very shortly for their second.
For those of you that thought about going but didn't - boy did you miss out.
Sometimes you just forget how good a band are.
A top-quality performance from a top-quality band. Long live M People, who were well supported by Cicada.
8:18am Monday 25th June 2007