Review and Pictures: Beverley Knight, The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

The Slade Rooms became a soul bar in Memphis as Beverley Knight took to the stage, reminding us all why she is one of our most talented former residents.

Review and Pictures: Beverley Knight, The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

Beverley Knight at The Slade Rooms

The intimate venue, on Broad Street, held host to the electrifying sound of Beverley's incredible soulful sound in a gig that was packed to the rafters with adorning fans.
From the moment she stepped on stage last night (THURS), the atmosphere was electric, and Beverley delivered a performance that was worthy of a 10,000 strong crowd, or the West End - performances she is so used to giving.
Some of the classic hits that catapulted the star to fame in the early noughties, including 'Flavour of the Old School', 'Shoulda, Woudla Coulda' and 'Come as you are' were interspersed with stunning tracks from Beverley;s new album, 'Soulsville' which is to be released on June 10. The new album was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Royal Studios, where soul legends Al Green and Willie Mitchell recorded the 'Green is Blues' album in 1968. 
We were in the company of our very own Wolverhampton-born soul legend in the form of Beverley, who made sure she did justice to those whose footsteps she followed at Royal Studios. 
Even songs from West End hit musical, The Bodyguard, in which Beverley plays lead Rachel Marron, featured in the set list, as did a fitting tribute to Maurice Wright, founder of the band Earth, Wind and Fire, who died on February 3 this year.

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School friends of Beverley's lined the front row of the audience, as did family friends and familiar faces from across the West Midlands - making this gig all the more special to watch. 

The heat of the venue did little to deter Beverley or the audience from clapping, singing and waving their hands in the air to the powerful ballads of the soulful songstress. 
Indeed, the crowd did not stop dancing from beginning to end, and Beverley and her band, the majority of which hail from the West Midlands, did not stop giving it their all for an hour and a half. 
Beverley, who is now 43 and attended Highfields School, on Boundary Way, Wolverhampton, shot to fame in 1997 after she signed with EMI-controlled record-label Parlophone. She has since gone on to create seven albums, to critical acclaim. 
"It's so good to be home" Beverley said at the start of the show, and by the end, we, the audience, just didn't want her to leave.
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