Gabrielle extends her style

COLIN WILSON Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, Gabrielle will be playing songs from her critically acclaimed latest album, Play to Win, at the UEA, Norwich, this Saturday night.

COLIN WILSON

Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, Gabrielle will be playing songs from her critically acclaimed latest album, Play to Win, at the UEA, Norwich, this Saturday night.

Gabrielle has spent over a decade surprising us. It's 11 years since her first single Dreams put her into the Guinness Book of Records for the highest-entry ever for a female artist making their debut. The tune subsequently spent three weeks at number one.

At the time everyone thought that it might be a one-off glimpse of success.

Yet here she is, four years into a new century, with 10 top 10 hits, three huge-selling albums – the widely-acclaimed Rise notched up more than 1.2 million sales alone – a Greatest Hits that went on to sell 2.6 million worldwide, two Brit awards and two Mobos, not to mention, Out Of Reach, the theme song to the romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary.

Her latest album finds Gabrielle extending her renowned lyrical style into new musical areas. She has allowed her songwriting to take her away from the groove-dependant end of r&b, towards a more melodic, blend of pop, soul and country. The album features the hit singles Ten Years Time, Stay the Same and You Used to Love Me.

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Gabrielle's first full UK tour in over two years will see her performing hits from her back catalogue as well as songs from Play to Win.

Support comes from Britain's new soul sensation 21-year-old Jamie Scott who has been gaining fans at an overwhelming speed.

Jamie, who has been compared from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai to Justin Timberlake and Sting, has spent the past year touring with the likes of Mario Winans, Beverly Knight and Sugababes.

t Doors 7.30pm.Tickets at £23.50 in advance are available in Norwich from UEA Union, Waterfront, Soundclash and HMV. Credit card bookings 01603 508050 or www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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