M People frontwoman Heather Small joins Here Come The Girls tour at the Liverpool Echo Arena
Sep 17 2010 by Our Correspondent, Liverpool Daily Post
Who is she? Soul singer, best known as lead singer of Manchester-based M People.
What is she famous for? As the frontwoman of M People, she was a chart regular throughout the 90s, winning a Brit Award two years running for Best Dance Act in 1994 and 95.
Distinguishing features? Distinctive booming vocals and big hair.
Career high? M People had a string of huge hits including Search For The Hero, Sight For Sore Eyes and Moving On Up. A Best Of album, released in 1998, sold 1.75m copies and was certified triple platinum. In 2000, Heather released her solo album, Proud, and a single of the same name, which became the soundtrack to the successful London 2012 Olympic bid.
Career low? Two years ago, Heather was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, partnering Brian Fortuna. She was placed 9th overall in the series but was in the bottom two on four occasions.
Significant others? Heather has an 11-year-old son, James, with rugby player Shaun Edwards, although the couple split not long after his birth.
Not to be confused with? Little and Large.
She says? “Proud has taken me to so many different places, from schools to sports grounds to churches, so it symbolises music as a unifying force.”
Interesting fact? When Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up her 20-year career, she got in touch with Heather and Proud became the theme song to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2005, Heather made her American TV debut on the show.
HEATHER SMALL joins Anastacia and Lulu on the Here Come The Girls Tour, at the Liverpool Echo Arena, on November 25.