Dame Shirley Bassey has celebrated many successes in a career that spans over 60 years. She rose to worldwide fame for singing the title song for the third James Bond film “Goldfinger” in 1964 and later returned to perform “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) and “Moonraker” (1979). With 37 studio albums to her name, Bassey surprisingly never sang a Christmas song. Until now.
Teaming up with critically acclaimed vocal trio BLAKE, Bassey recorded the classic “Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)” and delivers a truly festive rendition of the song. The video has been made available on YouTube, the single will be released on December 18 (Links to order below). This could be a serious contender for this years christmas UK charts and has the potential to reach No.1 for Bassey and Blake.
Mixing eclectic classical and pop songs with rich harmony vocals, harmony singers Blake launched their first album in 2007, just 6 months after reuniting as friends on Facebook. The debut album went straight to number One in the UK Classical Album Chart and into the Top Twenty Pop Chart.In 2008 their highly anticipated 2nd album, And So It Goes was released and went straight in at number 12 in the UK pop charts and Number 1 in several classical charts around the world. This album captured the hearts of a devoted and fast growing fan base of all ages. The album featured alternative cover versions from a wide variety of highly acclaimed modern artists such as Snow Patrol and Katie Melua, whilst still showing off their classical skills for rich harmony. The album was produced by Steven Lipson, who had previously created Platinum records for Annie Lennox, Westlife and Will Young.
2009 was a whirlwind year for the boys with a massive UK tour, the creation of their new record label, Blake Records, and the release of their 3rd album ‘Together’, which enjoyed huge chart success. They finished the year with a 30 night sellout tour in Scandinavia, arriving back on Christmas Eve for a raft of television interviews.
2010 continued to be an exciting year for Blake. With their original track, Beautiful Earth being selected by the World Wildlife Fund as its Earth Hour Anthem. They were invited to turn ‘off’ the lights across London from Trafalgar Square, to support the campaign to stop energy wastage. In 2010, their 3rd album, ‘Together’ was at Number 1 in the Australian Classical charts for 4 weeks and at Number 1 in the South Africa Classical Charts during the World Cup.
During summer 2010, the band were invited twice to Buckingham Palace to perform for Royalty, fuelling worldwide press speculation that the band would be asked to sing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Blake were requested by America’s The Today Show, to perform their song ‘All of Me’ dedicated to the happy couple, live in Trafalgar Square on the day of the wedding, watched by over 20 millions US viewers.
In 2013 Blake launched their fourth album Start Over in the UK and the USA, revealing a new contemporary and original harmony sound. The year also saw performances at Wembley Stadium for the Rugby League Cup final, the group’s first play-listed song on BBC Radio 2 (‘So Happy’), tours to Indonesia and Trinidad & Tobago plus the launch of their first Asia-only album.
Towards the end of 2013, the band launched two charity singles. ‘You Raise Me Up’ was recorded with the soprano Camilla Kerslake and the ‘Sing To Beat Breast Cancer Choir’, made up entirely of women affected by the disease, and was released in October shortly before a 20 dateUK tour where Camilla appeared as their guest artist.
In addition to their worldwide touring schedule, Blake also find time to perform and work as ambassadors for their many selected charities, which include, amongst others, Cancer Research, The War Widows Association, The World Wildlife Fund, Clic Sargent, The Prince’s Trust, Variety (The Children’s Charity),MIND, Starlight, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The band continue to do much work for military charities, most famously fundraising for, and performing at the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial in London for the Queen and 5,000 veterans in the summer of 2012. them to new venues each month. At the end of 2014 Blake released their fifth album In Harmony to much acclaim. In Harmony is set to be released in Australia, South Africa and South-East Asia in this year.With over a million albums sold, and having performed on nearly 150 TV shows around the world, Blake continue to build their reputation as one of the most eclectic and exciting pop-harmony groups in the world.