Beverlei Brown

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Beverlei Brown is a British r&b and soul singer. Brown gleaned her singing skills from her mother, who sang in her church's choir in Birmingham, England. When she was old enough, Brown sang with the choir and eventually became the leader.

She performed a solo with the Clark Sisters at the gospel wailers' U.K. concert and caught a sweet break with the Fine Young Cannibals, who needed some gospel singers for an album project; with Brown onboard, the sessions were good enough to land FYC a record deal and Brown a gig on their worldwide promotional tour.

She returned to Birmingham after the expedition, finished school, and worked as a receptionist for a law office before accepting a touring gig with Ruby Turner that lasted two years. Her reputation grew quickly and Brown found work with Simply Red, Snap, Joe Cocker, the Brand New Heavies, Babyface, Chaka Khan, and others.

The chance to cut a record came in 1996 via a Gary Benson/Livingston Brown song and production called "On and On," which was a U.K. club jam; a recorded album went unreleased when the record company went under. Dome Records representatives approached her two years later with a deal that resulted in relocation to London and hours of studio work. The talented singer co-wrote six of Next to You's tracks; the selections include a duet, "Could It Be You," cut in New Jersey with labelmate Dennis Taylor. The CD was a hot item in Japan; the U.K. version has three additional tracks.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2007 Brown sang a duet with Justin Hawkins on "Making Your Mind Up", which was broadcast on the BBC, in the hope of representing the UK in Eurovision Song Contest 2007. She was surrounded by controversy because Scooch fans claimed that if she had performed the entry alone, she would have won.

Brown is now working on new material with Justin Hawkins and Alan Glass, among others[citation needed].

She recorded songs at the start of the decade such as "Part Time Lover" "Tell Me" and "Somebody Knows How You Feel", that all received some airplay on shows such as Trevor Nelsons Rhythm Nation on Radio 1.

Brown sang a duet with Justin Hawkins in a song called "Ashamed" on Hot Leg's new album, Red Light Fever and also performed the additional vocals on the song "Cocktails"

In 2003, she recorded a lead vocal on the Full Flava's song "Love Holds No Limit", which was released on the Flava's studio album Colour of My Soul.

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