Former semi-finalist of The Voice Jordan Gray to perform show at Fairkytes Arts Centre
PUBLISHED: 10:33 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 25 April 2018
A semi-finalist from talent show The Voice is set to visit Havering for one-night only performance.
Having been compared to a “female Russell Brand”, Jordan Gray, from Thurrock, has been making her mark on the comedy scene after throwing herself into the spotlight as the first transgender contestant on the former BBC One show.
Now combining her singing talent with comedy, Jordan will be performing her show Tall Dark Friend at Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on May 11.
She started performing at a young age and was already an established performer, having toured the country and Europe several times, before the opportunity of appearing on The Voice came about in 2016.
She narrowly missed out on reaching the final as part of singer and judge Paloma Faith’s team.
She said: “I was asked to audition after the team saw me perform in Romford.
“The Voice did amazing things for my profile, helping me reach a national audience and connect with the kind of fans I’d always wanted.”
With musical heroes such as Jessie J and Lana Del Rey and comedy influences ranging from Russell Brand and Noel Fielding to Sarah Silverman and Ricky Gervais, Jordan was obsessed with a dark, manic, brooding aesthetic, like musical Jekyll and Hyde. After she transitioned, Jordan became a lot happier and this impacted the kind of music she was singing. ‘
She said: “My music became happier and I released more commercially viable stuff.
“By the time I released my last single “Platinum” I wouldn’t have even recognised my original style.”
Jordan has now moved into comedy full time.
She said: “It’s the missing piece I was looking for.
“After 10 years in the music business, there’s a sense of subversion.
“I’m not taking every little thing so seriously.”
Jordan Gray’s show Tall Dark Friend will be performed at Fairkytes Live, Hornchurch, on Friday, May 11, at 8pm.
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