Helen Watson

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Manchester, England. An always competent, sometimes exhilarating interpreter of soul, jazz and blues songs, Helen Watson began her solo recording career in the late 80s with two albums of blues standards for EMI Records. Since then her albums have revealed shifts to and from a jazz and blues bedrock, but maintained an elegance and an intelligence which has ensured she continues to be heralded by both the jazz and blues cognoscenti. By the time she had moved to London at the age of nine, she had already succumbed to her father’s record collection of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. This was soon subsumed by a love of the Rolling Stones, and what she herself describes as an ‘undistinguished’ Drama and English teaching career. She first started performing on the folk circuit in the late 60s, and later sang in a soul duo, the blues quartet Loose Lips (who made two albums, My Past Life Have Gone (1980) and Feel The Benefit (1981), for the...

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