Lisa Stansfield is finally making her way back from the wilderness and preparing to make her musical comeback.
Lisa, who rose to fame after her hit All Around The World became a global chart hit, came out of virtual hiding to party with me at my third year column anniversary party.And the Brit Award Winner is ready to get back to what she does best – producing chart topping music!
The star, who’s sold over 20 million albums worldwide, revealed: “It’s been a very long time. I’ve been busy doing things behind the scenes but I can confirm I’m finally back in the studio.“The time feels right now. I’ve been offered ever shit celebrity reality show going and I would never do that – what’s the point.“I’m a singer and I’m ready to get back to doing my thing. I guess you just hope that’s there’s a demand still. I’m wanting to do an album that will make a real statement. It’s time for a return.”
I couldn’t agree more! Remember all those hits – People Hold On, All Woman, Someday (I’m Coming Back), In All The Right Places and The Real Thing. Lisa told me she’s heading into the studio over the next few months and the plan is to have an album out in Spring. She’s working on the album by herself and then will take the finished product to a label to get it released.
In the meantime Lisa is keeping herself busy with a new acting role. Lisa, 46, is just about to start filming a big acting role in new Brit flick Northern Soul. Lisa stars alongside James Lance, Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Coogan and Roisin Murphy in the film due for release around the time the album would come out.
The new movie is about two northern lads whose lives are changed forever by the Northern Soul music scene in the 70s. She will play the mum of one of the lads, while actor Christian McKay will play her husband.
“It’s a great role and a really great opportunity,” she said. “It has a great cast and I love the acting side of things. It comes naturally to me – and it’s set up north so it’s perfect. I really think the film is going to be a big deal – it’s got the next British film success written all over it.” Hurrah for Lisa and her return to the spotlight – in my opinion it’s been far too long….
London’s infamous Wellington Club played host to the party in Knightsbridge. Huge thanks to Jake Panayiotou, Phill Harding, Sacha Keegan and Tin Tin for allowing me to take over the club for the night. Guests were treated to bowls of jerk chicken, rice and peas! Special thanks to Gerrysmagic (the new Dynamo) for keeping all the guests entertained – his card tricks were immense. The Welly is London’s coolest venue right now – with amazing Damien Hirst installations, designs and works. It’s a feast for the eyes – check www.thewelly.com.
The event was a great party – but also an opportunity to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who were fantastic when I dealt with my own father’s death from cancer nearly four years ago. They do such an amazing job. Through our partying we managed to raise ￡1400 for the charity For information on what they do go to www.macmillan.org.uk.
Pictures with thanks to: Steve Bainbridge and Roy Fisher