Heather Small is an English soul icon, best known for being the lead singer in the band M People. Her debut solo album was Proud, which was released in 2000. She was also a contestant in the British television show Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Small and her distinctive voice helped to sell over 10 million albums worldwide singing with his group M People. They had considerable success with songs such as “Moving on Up” and “Search for the Hero”. Small has said that her major influence has been singer Elkie Brooks.
When Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Small and the song “Proud” became the theme song to The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in 2005 Small made her American television debut on the show. Then in 2005 the song became the theme song for the American reality weight loss show The Biggest Loser.
Heather has since revealed that she is a Vegan, and attributes her svelte figure to eating clean and training with her beloved dog. At 51, so looks as beautiful as ever, and laughs that in fact she looks younger than when she was in her late 20’s during M People.
Since then, ‘Proud’ has become the theme song for many aspirational and historical events such The London 2012 Olympics and was performed on Big Brother, May 2016.
Heather is the headline act for The British Urban Film Festival Awards, taking place Sunday 18th September 2016 4pm at the Hilton Hotel, Tower Bridge.
Heather will sing her 3 hit singles ‘Moving on up’, ‘Search for the hero’ and ‘Proud’ which summarise the spectacular achievements of British talent over an 11 year festival and 2nd year awards ceremony. Honouring the likes of Wil Johnson (Emmerdale, Baby Father) and finalists such as Laya Lewis (Skins, Beverley), DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra) and Mo Ali (Shank, Montana). The star studded night will feature hosts BAFTA Winner Adam Deacon (Anuvahood), Femi Oyeniran (The Intent) and Chucky Venn (Casualty), the awards night is officially sponsored by BBC Films.
Heather says “I am delighted to be performing at this prestigious event. I was born and bred in West London and love to see the young talent getting the recognition they deserve”
Hear Heather’s legendary voice, live at the British Urban Film Festival Awards, Sun 18th Sept, go to: www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk/awards