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Soulful singer promotes new album with UK tour
Wolverhampton songbird Beverley Knight is returning to the Midlands to mark the release of her forthcoming new album, Soulsville.

Bev performs at Wolverhampton Slade Rooms on May 26 and Birmingham Symphony Hall on June 2 as part of a UK tour that concludes at Brighton Dome on June 7.

Soulsville is released on East West on June 10.

Beverley Knight, Soulsville, Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Memphis the Musical

Recorded in a week-long session in February 2016 at producer Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, the album sees Beverley returning to the city she fell in love with during preparations for her 2015 Oliver Award-nominated role in the hit West End show, Memphis The Musical.

Named after the Memphis neighbourhood that housed the iconic Stax Records and where Royal Studios still stands, Soulsville takes in original songs and a handful of Memphis classics. Beverley has co-written new songs with the likes of Jimmy Hogarth (Adele, Duffy and Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini).

There are three collaborations on the record - with Jamie Cullum on a version of William Bell and Judy Clay's Private Number, with Jools Holland on a version of Big Momma Thornton's Hound Dog and with original Memphis soul man Sam Moore of Sam and Dave on the classic Hold On I'm Coming.

Beverley Knight, Soulsville, Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Memphis the Musical

Beverley says that when she first visited Memphis in 2014 to research her role in Memphis the Musical she was struck by both the feeling and the music emanating from the bars of Beale St and the churches of the suburbs.

"As soon as I walked into Royal I knew I had to record an album there. It had such a great vibe and it turned out the best recording experience I've ever had," she says.

Beverley Knight, Soulsville, Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Memphis the Musical
Beverley Knight in Memphis the Musical (

For her current tour, Beverley feared she would have to miss Wolverhampton off the schedule.

She has played Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on every tour she has undertaken throughout her career but the venue is currently closed for refurbishment.

Then the Slade Rooms a much smaller venue - stepped in so this show offers the fans the chance to see Bev in her most up close and personal Wolves gig ever.

She says: "I'm so glad we could make this happen. Being able to do a club gig in Wolverhampton is fantastic. My home town is so special to me I couldn't miss out on playing there. I can't wait!"

Beverley Knight UK Tour 2016:

May 21: Ipswich Regent;
May 22: Southend Cliffs Pavilion;
May 24: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre;
May 25: London Palladium;
May 26: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms;
May 28: Manchester Bridgewater Hall;
May 29: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall;
May 30: Edinburgh Queen Hall;
June 1: Sheffield City Hall;
June 2: Birmingham Symphony Hall;
June 3: York Barbican;
June 5: Gateshead Sage;
June 6: Bristol Colston Hall;
June 7: Brighton Dome.
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Why? The Midlands' own Queen of Soul returns.
When: May 21 - June 7, 2016
Phone: 0870 320 7000 (Wolverhampton); 0121 780 3333 (Birmingham)
Where: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms and Birmingham Symphony Hall, then touring
Cost: From 22.50 plus fees
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