Lurine Cato

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Lurine Cato
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Background information
Birth nameLurine Lilian Cato
BornLondon, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • session vocalist
  • vocal tutor
  • public speaker
  • Vocals
Years active2008–present

Lurine Cato is a British Gospel singer, songwriter and session vocalist who won the MOBO Award for Best Gospel Act in 2013 and was nominated in the same category in 2017. She was a finalist on the 12th Season of Britain's Got Talent 2018 with the B Positive Choir. She has a 5-octave vocal range.

Early life[edit]

Cato began her musical career at the age of 3 at the COGIC UK National Convention.[1] She sang in the Sunshine Band which taught her how to sing in harmony and developed her solo singing skills. She is 9th of 11 siblings and considers her mother and sisters to be her first musical influences. Her eldest sister was instrumental in getting her into her to record her first jingle on radio. At the age of 8 she entered the Enfield Borough Talent Competition with a song by Denise Williams called Let's Hear It For The Boy which resulted in her gaining second place in the competition. Not wanting her to give up her sister encouraged her to enter the following year where she sang The Greatest Love of All by George Benson made popular by Whitney Houston gaining first place and awarded the Aunty G cup. In her mid twenties she toured with the Lighthouse Family and the late Lynden David Hall. Later, she met Marie Carter and formed a group with two other female singers called Redeemed. There were multiple incarnations of the group until it finally became a duet with Cato and Carter. They went on to open concerts for Hezekiah Walker at Faith Chapel in Peckham and Kirk Franklin at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Cato and Carter also sang with the Bibleway Mass Choir.

Career and Notable Performances[edit]

As a backing singer she toured with Kylie Minogue in 2001 on her On A Night Like This tour and appeared in Kylie Minogue: Kylie Fever 2002 in Concert - Live in Manchester (2002)[2] Cato also recorded vocals for Adele's debut album '19 in 2008[3]

In December 2016 Cato performed for a carol concert at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in aid of the Demelza Hospice Care for Children[4] Earlier that year she also performed for the MVISA Awards alongside other artists such as Chyna Whyne, Zara Zykes and Wayne Marshall[5]

As well as her MOBO Award and nomination,[6] Cato has won other music awards including the Premier Gospel Award (Best Female Artist) in 2016 and 2017,[7] GMA, Italy, (Best International Vocalist of the Year),[3] BEFFTA Award 2013 (Best Gospel Act),[8] Wise Woman Award 2012 (WWA Woman In Music Award),[9] and an Honorary UK Entertainment Award 2017 (Outstanding Contribution to Gospel Music)[10] Cato had the esteemed privilege to perform at the 2012 London Olympics for the Evening of Olympians celebration.[11]

Lurine was a featured artist at the first annual European True Worship Summit a gospel conference held over a three-day period at the Dominion Centre in Wood Green. Other notable gospel artists included Reverend Bazil Meade MBE, founder of the London Community Gospel Choir and Noel Robinson. International guests included Londa Lamond, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell, Donald Lawrence and Kirk Franklin. The event culminated in a final concert where the B Positive Choir performed with Cato.

Cato was recently invited by Sadiq Khan Mayor of London to sing at his campaign dinner held at the Museum of London[12] and appointed as the official Vocal Coach for ITV's Sing It To Win It Competition 2018. The competition presenters include former Girl's Aloud band member Kimberly Walsh and UK based Afropop and Dancehall duo Reggie 'n' Bollie[13]

Lurine at the NHS 70th Celebration, York Minster Cathedral

Cato and the B Positive Choir recently appeared on The One Show on the BBC continuing their campaign to raise awareness of sickle cell and blood donation.Cato and the B Positive Choir are contestants on the Britain's Got Talent 2018 competition. They decided to audition for the competition in a bid to bring the awareness of the campaign to a wider audience. After a successful audition on 14 April 2018 on ITV they received a 'yes' vote from all 4 judges namely Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. Amanda Holden specifically had a deep connection with the choir as blood donors saved her life and remarked that the National Health Service had an incredible impact on her life and her family.[14] Although a powerful semi-final performance, the judges combined with a public vote ultimately sent Calum Courtney[15] through to the finals. A tough decision between Calum and the B Positive choir moved Simon Cowell to do his best to get B Positive a wild card. After a week of performances the wild card recipient was reported in OK Magazine[16] sending B Positive to the finals of Britain's Got Talent. With only 2 days to prepare Cato and the B Positive Choir reprised their audition song to a cheering and supportive audience to which Simon Cowell also remarked that "it was the best performance so far that night." Though making it through to the finals they did not make it to the top three, namely Lost Voice Guy, Robert White and Donchez Dacres with Lost Voice Guy taking first place through a public vote

Cato has been involved with the NHS 70th Celebrations performing at York Minster Cathedral. Lurine was the featured soloist with the B Positive choir at Westminster Abbey a service of celebration for Common Wealth Day. Other performers included the Dhol Foundation drummers, Clean Bandit, William Barton and Alfie Boe.[17]

On the 20 October 2019 Lurine performed at Rudolph Walker's OBE 80th birthday celebrations at the Hackney Empire.[18] On 17th and 24th November 2019 BBC1 aired it's semi-final and final rounds of Songs of Praise' Gospel Choir of the Year where Lurine made a special guest appearance[19]

Charitable work[edit]

Cato is very active in charity work with The Children's Society which aims to reduce world child poverty.[20]

In 2016 she was invited as a special guest to perform at the St. James Palace for the Diana Award as part of the INSPIRE series which awards young people for improving the lives of other people and their communities[21] Her performance was well received and was invited to perform at a private function at Althorp House, the home of Earl Spencer (brother of Diana, Princess of Wales).

She made her debut MOBO Awards TV performance with the B Positive Choir live at the prestigious[22] First Direct Arena in Leeds November 2017.[23] Subsequently, in December 2017, the B-Positive choir released a charity single called Rise Up[24] originally sung by Andra Day but with Cato as lead to help raise awareness of the need for new donors and highlight the ongoing need to give blood to help people with sickle cell.[25][3][26] Later that month Cato performed at the St. Pancras station with the B Positive choir singing a mixed repertoire of Christmas songs to a captive audience[27]

On 11 June 2019, Lurine and the B Positive Choir performed at the Audi Sentebale Concert at Hampton Court Palace along with other guest artists such as Rita Ora, Morena Leraba and the Inala Zulu Ballet. Also in attendance was Prince Harry in support of the Sentebale, the charity he founded which supports children affected by HIV in South Africa.[28]

Community Work[edit]

Cato sang at One Minute in May, a concert focusing on young victims of violent crime held outside Downing Street.[29][30] Cato recently presented and performed at HMP Elmley for the Aspire Higher" Violence Reduction" Programme, which aims to focus on the personal development, self-reflection, the breaking of bad habits, positive thinking, motivation and inspiration" of the prisoners and staffs.[31]

The Mighty Men Experience is an initiative Cato created to highlight the positive male role models in our community and unite men in tackling knife and gun crime. She wrote a single called Keep Fighting which became the official song for the project.[32]


Release Album Tracks Label
October 2016 Chosen To Serve 13 Fresh Manna Records
Release Song Tracks Label
2019 Keep Turning (Single) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2018 Be Loved (Single) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2017 Rise Up (Lead Vocals) 1 B Positive Choir
2016 Wave It Away 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Power (Single) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Power (Rare Candy Deep Mix) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Power (Rare Candy Club Mix) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Power (Giant Killer Mix) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Power (Extended) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2016 Keep Fighting (The Mighty Men Choir) 1
2012 Following The Star (Closer) [Feat. Tony Momrelle & Jay Ess] 1
2012 Following The Star (Closer)[Remix][Feat. Tony Momrelle & Jay Ess] 1
2016 You Revive Me (Green Remix) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2012 You Revive Me 1 Fresh Manna Records
2012 You Revive Me (Remix) 1 Fresh Manna Records
2002 Shout It [Feat. Brixton Gospel Choir] 1 Check Mate Records
2002 We'll Get Thru It [Feat. Royalty] 1 Self Released
2000 Soul Inside 1 Baby Angel Recordings
Various Album Appearances
2003 Lost In Love (Sgt Slick vs. John Course DubKlash) Andy Van - Vicious Cuts - Top Tunes From Australia's Top Label (CD, Mixed, Comp) Ministry (Magazine) Australia
2003 Lost In Love DJ John Course - A Night Out With Vicious Grooves (CD, Mixed) Vicious Vinyl, Vicious Grooves, Festival Mushroom Records
2002 We'll Get Thru It Various - Twice As Nice Presents Mobo 2002 (The Very Best Of Urban) (2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Warner Dance
2000 FriendsTony Touch - R&B #25 - Get Your Sh*t Straight (CD, Mixed) Touch Entertainment
2000 FriendsDJ Poska - What's The Flavor? 40 (Cass, Mixed, Promo) Funky Maestro Entertainment
2000 Friends (The Sovereign Mix) - EZ Pure Garage 3 Warner Strategic Marketing UK, Warner Music UK Ltd.
Other Writing/Arranging
2012 You Revive Me - You Revive Me (CDr, Single) Fresh Manna Records
2003 I Don't Mind Tellin UGalactic Mutherland / Tiffany Persons - Destiny / Best Of Me (12") Varsity International
Vocals (Various)
2015 Wash The Pain Away [Markus Feehily - Fire] (CD, Album, Dlx) Harmoney Entertainment
2015 Changing (Radio Edit) Various - Fack ju Göhte 2 (Original Saundträck Zum Film)(CD) Polydor
2015 Changing (Sigma's VIP Remix Feat. Stylo G)Various - Drum & Bass Arena 2015 (3xCD, Mixed) AEI Music
2013 Hand On Heart (Radio Mix)Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time (CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC + S/Edition) Syco Music, Epic, Sony Music
2010 The Winter Of My SpringsIncognito - Transatlantic R.P.M. Dome Records
2006 Seamus Haji & Steve Mac Feat. Erire - Happy (12") Big Love
2003 Lost In LoveDJ John Course* - A Night Out With Vicious Grooves (CD, Mixed) Vicious Vinyl, Vicious Grooves, Festival Mushroom Records
2002 I Will Follow (Full Intention Club Mix)Various - Las Tardes En Ibiza (2002) (2xCD, Mixed, Comp) Vendetta Records
2002 I Will Follow (Full Intention Club Mix)Various - Danceclub Awards 01 (2xCD, Comp) Kaos Records, Vidisco
2002 I Will Follow Various - Electricidade 2002 (2xCD, Comp) Vidisco
2002 I Will Follow (Wally Lopez & Dr. Kucho Weekend Remix)Various - Funktásticamix - This Is True House Music #2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Funktástica Records
2002 Una Mas - I Will Follow Hussle Recordings
2002 I Will Follow You (Full Intention Club Mix)Various - Disco Heaven 02.02 (2xCD, Comp) Hed Kandi
2002 Tom The ModelBeth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out Of Season Go! Beat
2001 All I Need (Deep Swing Filter Vocal) Una Mas - All I Need (12") Union Square Recordings
2001 Curtains Polydor
2000 Independence Day Gabrielle - Rise Go! Beat
Various Music Credits
Release Album Artist Credit
2019 Rocketman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - "Tiny Dancer" Elton John / Taron Egerton Vocals (Background)
2019 Wasteland, Baby! Hozier Vocals (Background)
2013 James Arthur James Arthur Choir/Chorus, Vocals (Background)
2010 Transatlantic R.P.M. Incognito Vocals (Background)
2007 Imaginacion Debbie Chorus
2007 Louie Vega in the House Composer
2007 Stereo Sushi Version 10 Composer
2007 Connected: Full Intention Producer
2006 For the Love of House, Vol. 3 Vocals (Background)
2006 Soul Heaven Presents DJ Spen & Osunlade Composer
2003 Club Nation 2002, Vol. 2 Dynamix Vocals
2002 Clubber's Guide to 2000 Judge Jules Vocals
2002 Defected Sessions: Full Intention and Smokinojo Masters at Work Vocals
2002 Kylie Fever 2002: Live in Manchester Kylie Minogue Vocals (Background)
2002 Out of Season Beth Gibbons / Rustin Man Vocals (Background)
2001 21st Century Disco [Smooth] Vocals
2001 Beetroot Cast Vocals (Background)
2001 You'll Love to Hate This Richard Blackwood Vocals
2000 Rise Gabrielle Vocals (Background)
Tales from the Beach/Transatlantic R.P.M. Incognito Vocals (Background)

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category City Result
2018 Trulife Gospel Music Awards Best Female UK Pending
2018 Premier Gospel Awards Best Female Act UK Nominated
2017 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Act UK Nominated
2017 UEA Outstanding Contribution to Gospel Music UK Honorary
2017 Premier Gospel Awards Best Female Artist UK Winner
2016 Gospel Xplosion Music Media Awards Best RnB Female Artist of the Year UK Winner
2016 Premier Gospel Awards Best Female Artist UK Winner
2016 Gospel Music Awards Best International Artist Italy Winner
2016 Gospel Music Awards Best International Female Artist of the Year Italy Winner
2014 Gospel Music Awards Best International Female Vocalist of the Year Italy Winner
2014 Gospel Music Awards Best International Live Concert Italy Winner
2014 Gospel Music Awards Best International Music Event Italy Winner
2013 Gospel Music Awards Best International Song of the Year Italy Winner
2013 Praisetek Awards Best RnB Gospel Artist UK Winner
2013 BEFFTA Awards Best Gospel Act UK Winner
2013 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Act UK Winner
2012 Wise Woman Awards Music UK Winner


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