YORKSHIRE soul singer Natalie Anne brings her acclaimed Adele tribute show Hometown Glory to the Kenton Theatre in May. MIKE JUDD asked her about her experiences since the show took off three years ago.
WHY did you call your show Hometown Glory?
It’s one of my favourite Adele songs and it’s the first song Adele ever wrote and released so it just seemed apt.
You have toured widely — what are the most prestigious venues where you have performed?
“Countries include Malta, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Cyprus, Tenerife, Egypt and obviously all around the UK. I’ve done some very beautiful five-star Sensatori Hotels for Thompson, and usually get treated like a queen, which is lovely!
“Just the other week I was in Hamburg singing in a beautiful glass-fronted restaurant looking over the harbour. I did have one of those ‘how did I end up here?’ moments. UK-wise, I love festivals with the band, the buzz from the audience is amazing, when you see a sea of people singing along word for word but my favourite gigs are the smaller intimate gigs, I was singing inside a windmill in Norfolk a couple of weeks ago to a party of 16 people — that was really special.”
Your show was recently reviewed as the “Best Adele Tribute by a country mile” and Hometown Glory as “the ultimate Adele tribute”. These must be rewarding for you.
“It’s so nice when someone says something like that. When you start these things you can never be 100 per cent sure how well it will be received in the industry. Of course I poured everything I had into it and hoped for the best and so far things have turned out better than I could have ever hoped for, I’m so thankful for that.”
Have you met Adele?
No, but I understand Adele is a very private person and I respect that, but I would love to meet her one day, just to give her a huge hug and say ‘Thank you for your beautiful music!’”
The show is crafted to give audiences the full Adele experience. What feedback do you get from audiences after the show?
“I’ve had some lovely comments about the show. People really appreciate if I’ve had replica costumes made or they usually ask if I’m wearing a wig and when I say ‘no’ they’re like ‘Wow!’ I heard one lady say ‘She even walked off stage just like her.’ I had to laugh as I can’t say I’ve practised Adele’s walk — we must just walk the same.”
Has your backing band been with you from the start?
“Yes, it’s a great four-piece band. I’ve had a couple of different members when musicians have decided to take a contract abroad, but the lads I have now are my longest-running band. We have such a good time at gigs and really vibe from each other on stage, they work really hard and I’m very grateful and lucky as they’re all so talented.”
Do you still perform at weddings or other events such as corporate events?
“Yes I love a good wedding. I also love doing festivals and I’ve been asked to return to perform at Ascot racecourse in May. I’m looking forward to that one and it’s always lovely to be asked back to any venue.”
What is your favourite Adele song?
“Hmmmm... I can’t decide. Obviously I love them all.”
And your favourite venue? (The Henley Kenton will be on your list after May 24!)
“I can’t decide on my favourite venue but two of my favourite gigs from last year were Leeds Gay Pride and a festival I did out in Malta. There were about 6,000 people that filled the street, the view from stage was amazing.”
You are quoted as saying that you are having the time of your life working all over the world. What are your goals and long term ambition for the future?
“I don’t have any particular achievements in mind, I’m just going to continue giving 100 per cent and see what comes my way. This business is so unpredictable and a phone call could change your life for a year.
“I’m so thankful for all the amazing experiences I’ve had already in the past three years that even if it all ended tomorrow I would still be grateful.
“I have so many photos and stories to tell my children when I’m old, I feel like I’ve managed to cram a lot into the past three years. Who knows what the next 12 months will bring?”
Adele just had a baby boy….. any comment?
“I have two children already — Lulu is five and Kitty is three — so I’m one in front of Adele!”
• Hometown Glory is at the Kenton Theatre on Saturday, May 24. For tickets call the box office on (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk
• For more information about Natalie Anne go to www.adele-tribute.net