Billy Ocean’s here in Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 21:13 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:13 02 May 2013
SINGER Billy Ocean will be appearing live in Stevenage this weekend.
HAVING sold more than 30 million records in his lifetime, Billy Ocean is the most successful black recording star based in Britain.
And ahead of the release of his new album Here You Are on Aqua Music later this month, the Grammy, Brit and MOBO award-winning singer will be performing live at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Saturday, May 4.
Having hit the number one spot worldwide, including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK, Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.
This new 10-track album presents songs which have influenced him over his musical career, including tracks such as No Woman, No Cry by the legendary Bob Marley, You Send Me by Otis Reading and It Was A Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra.
His reggae-infused soulful voice is as strong and distinctive as it was when he struck worldwide success back in the 1970s.
Billy had his first break when he signed to GTO records.
His second single was the Motown-ish Love Really Hurts Without You, which reached number two in the UK charts and 12 in the US.
Red Light Spells Danger was another smash both sides of the Atlantic, as was Caribbean Queen.
However, he is still best known for UK number one When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going from 1985 hit movie The Jewel of the Nile, the Romancing The Stone sequel starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
New album Here You Are aims to match his early success and bring back his infectious blend of Caribbean soul, funk, pop and R’n’B.
Tickets for Billy Ocean’s Stevenage concert cost £24.
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