THEATRE REVIEW: Brendan Cole – Live and Unjudged, New Alexandra Theatre (Birmingham), 23.01.12

Brendan Cole, the bad boy star of Strictly Come Dancing quickstepped his way to Birmingham last night for a show stopping tour of Latin, ballroom and all that jazz.

He was a true show man throughout the performance, moving over the stage as if he was walking on air and entertaining the very appreciative crowd throughout.

This show is not just for dance lovers but a showstopper for all ages, with a 14 piece band that will
captivate you with their song renditions with well-known numbers from Michael Jackson, Whitney
Houston, Robert Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Frank Sinatra to name a few.

Performing not only Strictly favourites but also with his brother Scott Cole, who did not hold back
at offering an insight into the real Brendan Cole, as did the main man himself! Engaging wonderfully
with the audience and getting everybody up to dance and stirred the crowd into an excited frenzy.

Truly a wonderfully, happy and fun night!

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos 

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The Kaje talks December Sessions to Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is no longer only known as one third of Destiny’s Child. While early solo success included the irrepressible Nelly duet “Dilemma” and the tender “Stole”, Rowland was for a long time the victim of her earlier success. However, rather than run away from the critics, Rowland stayed her ground and ensured that with each release her material stood the test. With her judging role on X Factor and numerous David Guetta collaborations having served only to raise her profile, Rowland has unleashed her finest work to date in the shape of “Here I Am”. With Rowland ready to right the wrongs, she talks openly to The Kaje about her early days…

Can you tell us about the one moment that gave you a big break in your career?

It was firstly meeting Whitney and secondly performing on the Grammy’s for the first time. You feel like you’ve really arrived in that moment because you’re performing in front of your peers and these are the people that actually vote for you to get a Grammy Award. I respect the Grammy’s so much.

Was performing live important for you when you were trying to get a name for yourself?

Absolutely. I just remember coming up with Destiny’s Child and we would watch video tapes of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, The Jackson 5 and the Supremes and look at how they were having fun above anything but how they just commanded the audience and you have to embrace that as a performer and constantly work on that as well.  It’s pretty hard to go out there and do your first live performance. I mean you’re performing in front of so many people but it’s also important to have fun. You have to have fun.

People are saying right now that we need to nurture new talent more than ever because of record companies wanting to take less of a punt on new acts due to reduced budgets – would you agree and if so why do you think new talent is so important?

I think there are new ways to invest in new talent. I’m investing in myself. There used to be a time when record labels would shoot so many different video’s and have more of a budget but it is all stripped down now. But when you believe in something you put money behind it.

What advice would you give to up an up and coming act trying to break through right now?
Definitely self promote, find places to perform and get out there. Perform everywhere. And YouTube – I constantly go on to YouTube to find new things and ideas, it’s such a great inspiration.

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VIDEO: Mason “You Are Not Alone”

What happens when you piece together a well-respected Dutch dance duo, Brighton’s Lisa Jane and BAFTA award winning filmmaker Anwyn Beier? Well it isn’t a Michael Jackson cover or Olive re-hash, but instead a simple and inspired music video. Mason’s “You Are Not Alone” takes us on colourfully cheeky night out which you shouldn’t but do thoroughly enjoy. Take a trip to the wrong side of town….

VIDEO: Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

It is hard to believe that a year ago today the arts world lost one of the biggest, if not the biggest, musical icon in history – Michael Jackson. With mystery still surrounding his death, the world remembers today a legend. Though many deride his achievements due to the scandals surrounding his private life, the immense outpouring at the time of his passing is more than proof that it will not be for the accusations that he will be remembered. YouTube is proof alone that MJ’s true legacy is his phenomenal catalogue of hit songs. In celebration of a true modern day star, we at the The Kaje have trawled through hundreds of cover versions to find what we feel are the best musical tributes from his loyal fans.

10. Drew Davis – Man In The Mirror

9. Brad Doggett – – Human Nature

8. Kina Grannis – Remember The Time

7. Jane Lui & Gabe Londoc – Rock With You

6. JC Van Luyn – Beat It

5. Neville – Black or White

4. Lisa Lavie – Earth Song

3. Elias Kahila – You Are Not Alone

2. Pomplamoose – Beat It

1. Emily Elbert – Thriller

Anyone remember No Authority?

Anyone remember back in the 90s when the boybands dominated the charts? Smash Hits was filled with a new boyband for the screaming masses to follow each week?? Well No Authority were one of those tipped for the top, but they never quite made it… Though you may just remember this:

So, flash forward to 2010 and lead singer Ricky Rebel is back! Having been signed personally by Michael Jackson aged 16, Ricky was supporting Britney on tour by 19. Now in his late 20s, Ricky has teamed up with drummer Ricky Rocks to prove he has the talent to make it. Let us know what you make to his rock inspired debut “Get It One”. Adam Lambert eat your heart out we say!

The Pomplamoose Covers…

So it appears that the Lady Gaga YouTube cover version has struck a chord with some of our readers.  From sending in links to other versions, to the recommendation of chain coverers.  Quirky Californian duo Pomplamoose fit the latter.  Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn decided to start making music together in the summer of 2008, naming their collaborative project Pomplamoose after French grapefruits!  Whilst using their MySpace to showcase their own breed of breezy folk pop, they have put YouTube to equal use with a wide array of unforgettable cover versions.  Here at The Kaje we took a few minutes out to countdown our Top 5…

5. Beyonce – Single Ladies

4. Michael Jackson – Beat It

3. Lady Gaga – Telephone

2. The Chordettes – Mr Sandman

1. Sound Of Music – My Favourite Things

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