Beverly Craven

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

28 June 1963, Sri Lanka. Craven grew up in the Home Counties of England before leaving for London at 19. The following years were spent squatting, waitressing and auditioning for an endless cycle of bands. When she could not find the musicians she required she reverted back to the singer-songwriter format, wherein her childhood piano lessons and musical education via Kate Bush came to the fore. Four years of abject poverty eventually led to a contract with Epic Records, under a ‘development’ contract, who flew her to Los Angeles for a two-month club tour. After abortive and expensive sessions with Stewart Levine she hooked up with Cat Stevens producer Paul Samwell-Smith and members of Fairport Convention. The results of this work bore fruit with her debut, Promise Me, initially only successful in Europe, which eventually led to a number 3 placing in the UK charts. The title track reached the same position on the singles chart. She lifted the Best British...

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