Beverley Knight

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Beverley Ann Smith, 22 March 1972, Wolverhampton, England. Knight grew up singing in church, but by the time she was in her late teens had progressed to performing in clubs in and around her home town. Aided by her producer cousin Don E she signed to the independent Dome Records in 1994. The following year’s debut single, ‘Flavour Of The Old School’, was a hot slice of UK swingbeat co-written with production team 2B3. The song became a big club hit and also scraped into the national Top 50 in April. Follow-up singles ‘Down For The One’ and ‘Moving On Up (On The Right Side)’ were lesser hits, but a re-released ‘Flava’ peaked at number 33 in March 1996, buoyed by the critical acclaim heaped on her debut album The B-Funk.

Disagreements with her label over musical direction briefly interrupted Knight’s career, before she landed a major label contract with Parlophone Records in February 1997. She...

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