An Evening with Gabrielle plus Phebe

Sage One

Gabrielle’s career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single Dreams (it went in at 2, before rising to Number 1). A 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider: she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist. “There were so many other girls with better voices and a hell of a lot skinnier than me that I thought I had no chance,” she says now. Following her dreams Gabrielle launched her career wearing an eyepatch that made her visually striking a voice that made her distinctive – and her differences contributed to her becoming Britain’s most successful soul singer.

In 2000 Gabrielle notably returned to the charts with the hit single Rise, which featured a Bob Dylan sample of Knocking on Heavens Door (that he cleared himself after hearing the song) and again reached the number one spot. The multi-platinum album Rise followed in the same footsteps and topped the charts at number one.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable: Give Me A Little More Time, If You Ever, When A Woman, Sunshine and Out Of Reach which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’ Diary. Then there are the multi-platinum albums; Gabrielle, Rise and Dreams Can Come True.

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Stage Times

7.30pm – 8pm: Phebe
8.30pm – 10pm: Gabrielle
Timings subject to change

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