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Karen Carpenter tribute act promises to sing from the heart at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:04 04 June 2018

Carole Gordon can recreate the velvet tones of Karen Carpenter with uncanny ease. Photo: Gus York.

Carole Gordon can recreate the velvet tones of Karen Carpenter with uncanny ease. Photo: Gus York.

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A Karen Carpenter tribute act promises to provide a romantic and magical evening of music for fans at Queen’s Theatre.

Carole Gordon is bringing her Karen Carpenter tribute performance, Voice of the Heart to the Queen's TheatreCarole Gordon is bringing her Karen Carpenter tribute performance, Voice of the Heart to the Queen's Theatre

Carole Gordon will be performing Karen Carpenter’s greatest hits at the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, when she brings her show, Voice of the Heart, to town on June 12.

She told the Recorder: “The audience can expect two hours of solid music from the Carpenters – all the hits, great music, and a good night out.

“Last time we came, it was sold out and that was fantastic.”

Fans can look forward to hearing songs such as Yesterday Once More, Only Yesterday, Goodbye to Love and Close to You.

A country medley with Top of the World, Sweet Sweet Smile and Jambalaya will provide a contrast to the sad and some of the more popular songs on her lost album, Voice of the Heart.

Musical director Martyn Cooper is on keyboards and he leads the six-piece band which includes Gordon Goodwin on bass guitar and backing vocals, Carolyn Lawford on saxophone and woodwind, Graham Walker on lead guitar and backing vocals, John Blackburn on drums and percussion and Rachel Cantrill and Gary Thatcher on backing vocals.

Carole and her late husband, Bob Newman have been making music for many years.

Their earlier success story was the popular hit musical, Forever In Blue Jeans, that tours extensively throughout the UK and abroad.

“When Bob passed away from cancer, towards the end I told him that I wasn’t going to perform anymore because I didn’t want to do it without him,” said Carole.

“He said, ‘don’t you dare – if you stop singing, I’m going to come back and haunt you! The show must go on’.”

Four years later and Carole still loves performing.

She said: “One of my favourite Carpenter songs that wasn’t such a big hit, is Rainy Days and Mondays.

“I just love all of their love songs. I think she sang the sad and melancholic songs really well.

“I have always been a huge fan.”

To book tickets visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call 01708 44 33 33.

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