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Heather is also set to perform as part of The National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party at Manchester’s AO Arena – which will be televised on ITV around the Jubilee Bank Holiday - in honour of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. Chartverfolgung / SMALL, HEATHER / Single". Musicline.de. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012 . Retrieved 16 November 2010. Small took time off to look after her newborn son and record her second solo album. She occasionally appeared on various TV programs such as Parkinson and Songs of Praise. She also sang three songs at the Tsunami Relief Concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. a b "Discography Heather Small". Swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013 . Retrieved 16 November 2010.

In 2018, Small celebrated 25 years of singing. She toured around the UK, celebrating her and M People's music. At the parade for the Queen’s platinum jubilee last month, Small appeared on one of the “national treasures” buses. Even now, at the age of 57, she wondered if she should do it: “I grew up thinking: ‘Do I belong?’” She endures constant reminders that the racism she experienced as a child hasn’t disappeared, but she is also adamant that you “don’t apologise for the space you take up”. When her son was born, it was the first time that she actively embraced her Britishness, she says. “I thought, I don’t want my son to grow up thinking: ‘Where do I belong?’ like I did. My son has got ties with Barbados. He goes there; he sees his family there. But he feels British, and he has the right to embrace these streets and be embraced, and if he’s not embraced he wants to know why.” M People's Heather Small wows Dudley crowds during solo show - in pictures". Express & Star . Retrieved 13 February 2019. The collection will also include a brand new cover of Paul Weller’s ‘You Do Something To Me’, ‘Love Me or Not’, and ‘Don’t Look Any Further’, a duet with tenor Alfie Boe. Small’s parents had come to the UK in the early 1960s from Barbados. Her father worked as a bus conductor and was “very domineering”, she says. “He wasn’t a very nice man.” But her mother, who worked for a supermarket, was more loving. Both contributed to her resilience, she says: “Him because of the negative, and my mother because of the total positivity. She made my sister and I feel like we walked on clouds.” It was her mother – who lives with Small in west London now – who counteracted the racism Small experienced at school. “It’s like a flower: you face the light and that’s where you grow. My light was my mother and my sister at home.” Small realised, she says, “You have to find a way to empower yourself. And being shy wasn’t empowering so I had to get over it.”Topping, Stephen (6 May 2022). "Heather Small and rugby legend Shaun Edwards' son elected as councillor". Manchester Evening News . Retrieved 5 October 2022. In 2008, Small was one of the sixteen celebrities in the sixth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with newcomer Brian Fortuna. The couple were placed ninth overall in the series, and were in the bottom two on four occasions, in weeks 4, 5, 7, and 8. They were eventually voted off by the judges when they lost in the dance-off against Rachel Stevens. Small also appeared in an associated BBC Three series called Dancing on Wheels. [9] Week # Small actively supports several charities, such as BeatBullying, the Aiden Cox Foundation, Mencap (for which she performed) and St Luke's Midnight Walk. She attended [ when?] an anti-racism ceremony at 10 Downing Street for "Show Racism The Red Card", which was also attended by Sporting Elite, the prime minister, and others. Small works regularly with Barnardo's; she has also become an ambassador of Asthma UK, as she suffered from asthma as a child. [21] She has also said that she supports "a few charities" including the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Greenhouse Sports. [22] Personal life [ edit ]

For her forthcoming album Colour My Life, Heather Small, has teamed up with award-winning producer Rupert Christie and the London Metropolitan Orchestra to reimagine all of her Top 10 hits from both her career with M People as well as her solo material. There's also brand new music, in the form of the beautiful rendition of Paul Weller’s ‘You Do Something To Me’ to her super catchy uptempo lead single ‘Love Me or Not’ Holding On" was released as the next single, followed in November 2000 by a duet single with Tom Jones, called "You Need Love Like I Do". In 2005, a second M People greatest hits collection, Ultimate Collection, was released. The record featured both the biggest M People hits and two of Small's solo singles. "Proud" was re-released from this album and reached number 33 on the UK Singles Charts. M People reunited and played together on an arena tour in 2005, and they have played a few times each year afterwards. 2006–2008: Close to a Miracle Heather Small recently announced her upcoming album ' Colour My Life', which is due to come out on 29th July. Working with award-winning producer Rupert Christie and the London Metropolitan Orchestra, she has created orchestral remakes of her biggest songs.During 2017, Small participated in the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for the BBC, along with Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Ed Byrne, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe, and JJ Chalmers. [13] She commented on the experience afterwards: "I was a believer before I set off, but this trip made me realise my faith and beliefs were much stronger than I had realised." [14] With M People, Heather sold 11 million records worldwide, won two BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize for 1994's 'Elegant Slumming'.

Heather Small used to tell herself: if she could just have one song that everyone knew and expected her to sing over and over again, she would be happy. That she has many is a real delight. She remembers a group of refuse collectors in their van who spotted her on the street and shouted over to her. “They all started singing Moving on Up,” she says. “I felt like I’d arrived. It was brilliant. It was just so warm, and if the dustmen want to sing my songs I feel honoured.” On 29 October 2012, Small appeared at the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards, and sang "Proud" as a tribute to the athletes of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Heather Small: Orchestral Greatest Hits project cancelled". PledgeMusic . Retrieved 13 February 2019. News of the new solo album – a follow-up to 2006’s ‘Close to a Miracle’ and 2000’s ‘Proud’– comes after Heather embarked on a sold-out tour of the UK.Heather Small [Voice of M People] - London, UK - Soul / R&B; / Disco House". 19 November 2008. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008 . Retrieved 19 August 2020. In 2007, Small collaborated with Icelandic tenor Garðar Thór Cortes on a song called "Luna". It was released as a single from his album Cortes and reached number two in the Icelandic online music charts. A new song was recorded to celebrate 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade, and Small performed at a concert in London to mark the anniversary on 10 November 2007. On 26 May 2008, Small performed alongside Stereophonics and Feeder at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as part of the celebrations of Wales's success at the 2008 Grand Slam. In addition, Small performed three nights at Ronnie Scott's in October as part of her 2008 tour, and headlined at Manchester Pride. Recorded and mixed at: Area 21, Metropolis, Ten Forward, Townhouse, Angel, Olympic, Abbey Road, Whitfield Street and Britannia Row Studios, London; Mulinetti Studios, Italy. During 2017, Small participated in the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for the BBC, along with Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Ed Byrne, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe, and JJ Chalmers. She commented on the experience afterwards: "I was a believer before I set off, but this trip made me realise my faith and beliefs were much stronger than I had realised."

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