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Victoria Newton

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Biography of Victoria Newton

Victoria began her musical career in Perth Western Australia where she studied classical music and jazz. After majoring in clarinet performance at the University of Western Australia, she went on to study jazz vocals at the Perth Conservatorium and as vocalist with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra she supported international artists such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick and James Moody.

Her talent was recognised nationally when in 1988 she won a jazz award in the Australian Singing Competition. Arriving in London in 1990 she rapidly established a name for herself on the jazz and latin scene. She collaborated with acid-jazz recording artist Ronny Jordan and became lead singer with latin-jazz fusion band Cayenne. Her band supported American Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Café in 1991.

In her first few years of being in London she also performed at The Soho Jazz Festival , the Ingolstadt International Jazz Festival in Germany and at prestigious London venues such as Pizza on the Park, The 606 Club, The Vortex, Pizza Express Dean Street, Smollensky’s on the Strand and the Royal Festival Hall Foyer. Towards the end of 1994, Victoria’s career entered an entirely new phase. A chance vocal session at the studios of Fresh Records in Ladbroke Grove, catapulted her into an entirely different musical genre as the lead singer of pop-dance group Strike. Strike’s first single ‘U Sure Do’ went to number 4 in the national UK charts and Victoria began to tour extensively, appearing on major TV shows such as ‘Top of the Pops’ , The Big Breakfast and MTV and playing to audiences as large as 70,000. ‘U Sure Do’ achieved chart success in many territories and this took the band to Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Germany and Japan. Strike went on to produce another four UK to 40 hits and a critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’. They toured with and supported many international artists from The Back Street Boys to Jocelyn Brown, even sharing a bill as The Spice Girls! In 1999 Victoria signed a solo recording deal with Fresh records and began writing and recording her first album.

Due to a change in circumstances the project never reached completion. However, in the process she discovered her flair for songwriting. She is currently involved in several writing collaborations which include fusions of jazz, r&b, electro and brazilian dance music. In recent years Victoria has reignited her passion for live jazz and brazilian music and has once again been regularly performing at venues and festivals in London and around the UK. Highlights include performances at the Fleece in Boxford, ‘Jazz on a Summers Day’ in Goring-on-Thames, ‘South Park Jazz Festival’ in Oxford and ‘Riverfront Jazz Festival’ in Greenwich two years in succession. 2003 appearances include ‘Queille Festival’ in France and the ‘Oxford Literary Festival’ where Victoria presented a program of songs entitled ‘The Poetry of Love; from Implicit to Explicit’ which was received with critical acclaim.

Victoria has recently recorded her debut jazz album ‘The Song is You’ which features many leading UK jazz musicians including Gwilym Simcock, Steve Rose, Winston Clifford, Andy Hamill and Mike Bradley. The album personifies Victoria’s unique ability to combine a love of jazz and brazilian standards along with original songs and contemporary urban grooves.

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