Mari Wilson

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Last Show: Saturday 10 th February 2024

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Mari’s live performances have become legendary since first arriving on the scene in 1982 with her 12 piece band, The Wilsations and her skyscraper beehive hairdo. Celebrated as The Neasden Queen of Soul, she had six hit singles, including her biggest hit, Just What I’ve Always Wanted, from the cult album, Showpeople. Mari has continued to enjoy a diverse career of writing, touring and musical theatre as well as releasing more albums, the most recent being Pop Deluxe, an album of songs by the female singers she was influenced by - Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and others - all presented in a uniquely Mari Wilson fashion. In 2018 Mari wrote the song Moon and Back, for US TV Show The Young and The Restless which was nominated for an Emmy. Mari’s sell-out shows are always guaranteed to charm and beguile with her soulful, emotional voice, witty anecdotes and the ability to create an intimate bond with her audience.

“Mari’s relationship with her audience is quite extraordinary. she is witty, graceful, and often humble.”

Gay Times

Since then Mari has never stopped touring, writing and recording.

Nominated in 2017 for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Song for her composition, Moon and Back for U.S. TV Show The Young and the Restless, the last few years have been an eventful time:-

Sensational sell-out shows with her 8 piece band The New Wilsations at numerous summer festivals, Wilton’s Music Hall and Bush Hall where Mari was joined by special guest Marc Almond. Mari returned the favour by performing a duet with Marc as Soft Cell’s surprise guest at the O2.  She’s also been touring as guest singer with Heaven 17. 

Mari’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Pop Deluxe, (her album of songs previously made famous by Dusty, Cilla, Petula and Sandie) continues to be a big part of her fabulous show, together with her well known hits and a few surprises.

Mari’s audience is mesmerised by not only her voice but her spontaneous wit and natural storytelling, testament to 38 years of touring.