Yvonne Lawley's jazzy blues at St James' Wine Vaults in Bath
Yvonne Lawley will be making her first appearance at St James' Wine Vaults, Bath, on March 14.
"If you asked me how long I'd been singing I'd say 'all my life'," says Yvonne.
"With a history of music 'in the blood' I'd sung in my Dad's '60s group in the Midlands which had meant a plethora of gigs in social clubs and believe me if you can sing there you can sing anywhere – it was the very best of groundings.
"When I married and had children I had to abandon any ideas of featuring on Top of the Pops – but the urge to sing never dwindled.
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"In 2000, when my sons were university age, I decided that I'd like to become a professional singer and moved to Devon where I sang in hotels six nights a week. It was an 'easy gig' because most audience members were on holiday and out to have a good time anyway – but it did mean that I had to sing some quite tedious songs.
"Eight years later and having sung one too many Abba hits, just before moving to Bath, I decided to take part in a Teignmouth Jazz Workshop and knew immediately that this was the genre that gave me the freedom to interpret a song in a way I'd never felt able to before.
Since moving to Bath, five years ago, I'm actually enjoying singing more than ever, having settled for the jazz and blues genre."