Interview with British Soul Sensation – Mica Paris


British Soul Sensation Mica Paris will perform with live band at the Riverbank Bar & Kitchen on Friday 22nd April.

She’ll be supported by up-and-coming star Malaika Shaw, who was handpicked by Jamie Cullum to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2015.

The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris’ singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, ‘So Good’ from which she had her first top ten hit, ‘My One Temptation’. This led to a collaboration with American soul singer Will Downing and a further smash hit with ‘Where Is The Love’.

We caught up with Mica for a quick fire interview before her performance at the Riverbank Bar and Kitchen!

When was the last time you played in Nottingham?

It’s probably been over 10 years since I was last in Nottingham.

How much do you know about Nottingham? Can you tell us 3 facts?

The only thing I know about Nottingham is Robin Hood? Also, there’s a healthy soul scene!

Riverbank does great food – what’s your favourite meal? 

Jerk chicken rice and peas.

If you were a cocktail which one would you be and why?

I would be a vodka straight as it’s clean and strong.

Who would you say are your top 3 musical influences?

Marvin Gaye, Walter Hawkins and the Hawkins family, Rufus and Chaka Khan.

Who is the most famous star you’ve worked with in the past?

I can’t pick just one! Tania Maria, Prince, Bobby Womack,  Anita Baker, Natalie Cole & Dionne Warwick.

The Cuban Brothers recently played at Riverbank and said some great things about you, are they fun to work with? 

The Cubans are great fun especially Mikey aka Miguel.

We’re really excited to hear you with a full band, will the show be all of your own original hits or will you throw in a few covers?

The show will be old and new tunes with some proper funk thrown in.

Have you got any plans to record a new album

I’m currently recording album number 8.

We know you’ve done lots of TV work, which programme was the best to work on?

I enjoyed What not to wear as I love to help women.

We’ve seen you in theatre as well, which was your favourite production?

The Love me tender play was fun! I enjoyed singing Elvis tunes!

Do you have any music guilty pleasures?

I love Brazilian jazz.

Have you got any pets?

I have a Bijon Frisse dog.

Can you tell us a few random facts about yourself?

I love to read about history and I love traveling …Also weekly spas!

Tickets for Mica’s performance are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out, book your tickets now.

Posted on 14 April 2016
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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