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Soul star to grace Romford stage with hits of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw

PUBLISHED: 09:06 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 27 May 2016

Mari Wilson otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul. Photo: Cornel Lucas-1983

Mari Wilson otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul. Photo: Cornel Lucas-1983

Cornel Lucas-1983

Fans of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black are in for a treat as one of the country's top soul acts prepares for a Romford stage.

Mari Wilson otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul will perform at the Brookside Theatre, Romford. Photo:  Cornel Lucas-1983Mari Wilson otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul will perform at the Brookside Theatre, Romford. Photo: Cornel Lucas-1983

Mari Wilson - otherwise known as The Neasden Queen of Soul - will perform classic pop songs from these British icons at The Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, Romford, on Saturday, June 11.

A selection of these hits feature on Mari’s new album “Pop Deluxe”, the choice of which stems from the singer’s memories growing up.

Mari said: “It’s so important to have a connection with the fans who have supported me for such a long time – since 1981 in fact.

“I’m pleased to say I’m still in touch with the people who came to see me back then, they’re a big part of this new record release.”

The album, also features the White Horses television theme song.

Mari said: “This song is almost in my DNA. When I would come home from school, my dad and I would always do the Evening News crossword and watch the show – the theme tune would send shivers own my spine and still does.”

Music fans may know all of these songs, but they are now given new life by Mari’s unique contemporary electronica production featuring lots of surprising and exciting arrangements.

Mari Wilson has been a popular performer since the early eighties.

The singer has featured on television shows Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test singing classics Cry Me A River, Just What I’ve Always Wanted, Beat the Beat and Show People.

She went onto to record the themes for BBC’s comedy Coupling and the film Dance With A Stranger based on the notorious Ruth Ellis, featuring Hollywood actress Miranda Richardson.

Career highlights included performing at the South Bank with BB King and Ray Charles as well as starring in Dusty The Musical.

With her striking beehive hairstyle and fully choreographed twelve piece band - The Wilsations - Mari aims to give the Romford audience a night to remember.

Tickets cost £17, for more information visit brooksidetheatre.com

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