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An Evening with Sandra Cross

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Last Show: Friday 11 th January 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Regarded as one of the leading forces of England’s ‘lover’s rock’ era. Sandra Cross has become one of the most successful and respected singing talents coming out of the UK. Get your tickets for an up-close and personal night with Sandra and her unmistakable voice. She will be performing hits such as 'I Adore You', 'Put It On', 'Your Lying' and her smash 'Country Living' aming others. An evening not to be missed.

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A native of South London, Sandra Cross is the only girl among seven brothers. She started singing in the Pentecostal Church and led the choir when she was nine. At 14, she recorded with a friend as Love & Unity. Their recording was the first prize for winning a talent show with a song Crosswrote entitled "I Adore You." Released on Studio 76 Records, it was number one on Britain's reggae chart for four straight weeks in 1979. 

They followed with three Top Five hits: "I Just Don't Care," "I Can't Let You Go," and "Put It On," before splitting up. After the breakup, Cross wanted to go solo but met the Mad Professor, a producer, who owned Ariwa Records. He chose Cross for an all-girl band called the Wild Bunch, whose lone album entered the reggae Top 20 chart in 1984; they toured Europe for a year before disbanding. Cross' first solo release was a remake of the Stylistics' "Country Living," which aced British Chart for ten straight weeks in 1985. 

Her second solo attempt, "You're Lying," nested at the top spot four weeks, Ariwa released her debut solo album Country Living in 1986. She won the British Reggae Awards for the Best Female Singer six consecutive years in a row, from 1985 to 1991. Other awards included the Radio London Entertainment Celebrity Award in 1986. In 1989, she snagged The Voice Newspaper Music Awards as Best Reggae Female Artist, and won the Chicago Radio Awards for the Highest Selling Record in 1990. Ariwa released six albums on Cross' including The Wild Bunch LP; in 1992 she recorded Lovers Interlude, on Teichiku Records. In 1996, she recorded her first reggae/jazz album, Just a Dream, on Pioneer Records, a Japanese label like Teichiku. Cross' latest recordings have appeared on SCM Records, an acronym for Sandra Cross Music.

She has had 4 more No.1 hits followed, the biggest to date entitled ‘Country Living’ which spent a whopping 10 weeks at the No.1 spot in the UK and European reggae charts in 1985. Twelve top 10 albums followed as she went on to accumulate popularity and fame in the reggae industry. She became one of the most admired lovers rock singers in the business and earned the title of the BBC listener’s “Britain’s Best Female Reggae Singer” for six consecutive years between 1986 -1991.

With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, more than 12 albums and singles which were followed by headlined tours throughout Europe, America and Japan, and 7 international music awards, Sandra Cross is regarded as one of the leading forces of England’s ‘lover’s rock’ era. She has become one of the most successful and respected singing talents coming out of the UK. Born amongst seven boys to Jamaican parents, and raised in London, England, Sandra was introduced to music from the young age of 7 when she was chosen as lead vocalist for the local church choir. Her parents were strict church-goers, so it was in the Pentecostal church her talent for playing the piano, singing and writing songs was initially discovered.