Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for 25 years, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. She has sold over a million albums in the UK along the way, including four gold certified albums. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
Wolverhampton born Knight has recently forged a formidable parallel career in London’s West End following her highly acclaimed debut starring role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much praised and second ever West End role, of Felicia Farrell in the hit show Memphis The Musical. The production won Best New Musical at the 2015 What’s On Stage Awards and received more Olivier nominations than any other West End show in 2015. In October 2015 at the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella for a much vaunted 11 week run at The London Palladium. In 2017 she reprised the lead role in The Bodyguard in a hugely successful run of the production in Toronto.
Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn.
Knight has toured the UK several times in her own right and has sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall on three occasions, debuting there in 2007. Her broadcasting work includes presenting four series of Radio 2 show Beverley’s Gospel Nights, and two series of hit BBC1 show Just The Two Of Us as well as winning BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind. In the summer of 2012, Beverley wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with an outstanding rendition of the song “I Am What I Am’, in the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
Her last solo studio album, Soulsville, was released in 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. November 2017 saw the release of “Songs From The Stage” by Leading Ladies. Leading Ladies comprised Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard, Memphis, Cats) Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Amber Riley (Dreamgirls). This musical theatre ‘supergroup’ gave us their stunning versions of classic female-centric songs from West End shows. The album was certified silver a few weeks after its release.
In September 2018 Beverley starred in a new show, ‘Sylvia’, at London’s iconic Old Vic Theatre, in which she played the role of Emmeline Pankhurst. 2019 saw Knight celebrate 25 years in music with a special concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall with full symphony orchestra, recorded as a live album, BK25, released in November. 2019 also saw the announcement of a new musical starring Knight, The Drifters Girl, due to open in the West End in the Autumn of 2020.