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UK TV: BRITISH SOUL SINGER NATE JAMES, FORMER CLEOPATRA STAR, DANNY FROM HEAR’SAY ALL AUDITION FOR ‘THE VOICE’

The Daily Mirror reports that Danny from Hear’Say (remember that short lived group), former Cleopatra lead singer Cleo Higgins and soul singer Nate James will all appear on the second series of the BBC show ‘The Voice’. CLICK HERE to read more… I wish them all the best of luck. I am however surprised to read that Nate James is auditioning.  He enjoyed success in the mid-late noughties and sold a lot of records in Europe and Japan. Nate has also been nominated for two MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards for Best []

SOUL LEGEND ETTA JAMES DIES

The legendary Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) has died. The singer was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and died today aged 73. During her career Etta won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. … Rest In Peace Etta James.

UK MUSIC NEWS: SINGER TERRI WALKER INKS NEW DEAL WITH ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS

Soul Culture reports that British Soul singer Terri Walker has inked a deal with Damon Dash’s newly resurrected label Roc-A-Fella Records. Walker revealed to the website that she is recording her fourth studio album with producer Ski Beatz, which will be distributed through Roc-A-Fella Records. She added, “I have no release date confirmed yet but I can tell you the theme.  Seeing as I am working with Hip Hop legends, I have decided to have a Hip Hop theme on this album. []

UK NEWS: ERYKAH BADU COMING TO THE BRIXTON ACADEMY

News spotted @ Pinboard Blog Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-actress ERYKAH BADU, one of the best loved, most constantly challenging and uniquely creative artists currently working in popular music, has announced a one-off London date for July. Badu whose new album New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh, was recently released to unanimous acclaim, will play the London O2 Academy Brixton (0844 477 2000) on Saturday July 24. Tickets will go on sale Friday 30th April @ 9am priced £32.50– / 0871 2200 260. Click []

SINGER TEDDY PENDERGRASS DIES

Legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass has died. The singer’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had “a difficult recovery,” his son added. Rest In Peace Teddy Pendergrass.