Happy Christmas one and all! However you’re celebrating, I hope you have an absolutely lovely day. Lisa x
R & B may traditionally be seen as a predominantly American affair but, fromDusty Springfield to Emeli Sande, the UK loves its home-grown soul divas. Adele is clearly the most prominent current example but she is far from the first charismatic working-class British woman to conquer the world – while she was still in nappies, Lancashire’s Lisa Stansfield was selling millions of records and scoring number one hits in America. With features on the mega-selling soundtrack to The Bodyguard and a memorable role at 1992’sFreddie Mercury Tribute Concert (resulting in the number one hit with George Michael, These Are The Days of Our Lives), Stansfield was a bona-fide superstar. If she has never quite replicated the phenomenal success of seminal debut album Affection, she has quietly built up a formidable body of work – you know more Lisa Stansfield songs than you probably realise.