Carole Gordon and her late beloved partner Bob Newman made music for many years. Their most recent success story has been the popular hit musical Forever In Blue Jeans that tours extensively throughout the UK and abroad. In their early career they toured with Tammy Wynette both in the UK and America, and have been voted TOP BRITISH DUO by the BRITISH MUSIC ASSOCIATION. They have also enjoyed success in the USA when they represented Great Britain in NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. Two of their four albums have received TOP BRITISH RECORDING by the press. Successful appearances on TV have seen them featured on BBC Breakfast Time with an interview all about their Nashville trip and countless other appearances on BBC 2’s Sing Country which showed the talented twosome on the Wembley Stage amongst many star names from home and abroad.
Bob produced the original production of Voice Of The Heart – Karen Carpenter and will always have a massive influence on the show. Carole takes the leading role and will continue to sing the wonderful songs from her heart. Having been a huge fan of The Carpenters from an early age she has good reason to appreciate the sadness and emotion that the songs demand.

 

The Band…..

John Blackburn – Drums

 

Graham Walker – Bass/Backing Vocals

Graham is a song writer and session recording artist. Over the years he has played and toured with many artists such as Hank Snow, George Jones, Marty Robbins, Wanda Jackson, Slim Whitman, George Hamilton  IV, Roy Orbison and Don Everly to name but a few. His style of guitar playing covers a wide spectrum of music from Country, Rock and Roll to Blues and Jazz.

 

Andy Saphir – Electric/Acoustic Guitars/Backing Vocals

A pro player of all contemporary styles, (Country, Blues, Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, and acoustic), Andy has established himself as one of the UK country music scene’s top players and enjoyed a busy touring schedule for many years, gaining huge experience in many different live situations from small club gigs to festivals and theatres, both in the UK and Europe and has backed USA singers, Michael Twitty (son of country legend, Conway), toured with USA fiddle player/ singer John Permenter (Clint Black) and has worked with drummer, Karl Brasil (Lulu, James Blunt), bass player, Dave Swift (Jules Holland) and Nashville based guitarist/ songwriter, Glen Mitchell (Lonestar, Billy Currington). He has also played guitar on studio albums by various artists including X Factor finalist and ‘2 Shoes’ singer, Charley Bird, Celtic Thunder’s Ryan Kelly and George Donaldson, and gigged with UK country singer/songwriter, Debbie Nunn (AGR/Universal). In addition to his guitar playing, Andy also sings lead and harmony vocals and plays mandolin.

Carolyn Lawford – Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet/Backing Vocals

 

Rachel Cantrill – Backing Vocals/percussion

Rachel has been singing with show since the very first tour over 9years ago, along with Forever In Blue Jeans for 13years. Other productions include West End’s ‘Casper The Musical’ Shaftsbury Theatre, London. Numerous appearances in national Panto; this year – Harlow Playhouse (Fairy Godmother, Cinderella). Most recently awarded Patron of the Russon Dance Academy, Bloxwich.

Martyn Cooper – Musical Director/Piano/Synths

Martyn has been a professional musician for the last 23 years. His experience ranges from playing Piano/Keyboards (theatre tours, cruising, summer seasons, studio sessions, television and radio) to Musical Director (theatre tours, pantomime, studio sessions) and writing and producing original shows for various productions in the UK.

Martyn is the producer behind singles ‘Fever Fever Fever’ and ‘Monster in Me’ released in Australia. He is the composer behind children’s party anthem ‘Pierre le Bear’ and a variety of commercial jingles. The majority of his time at the moment is spent musically producing and arranging shows for cruise ships, theatre tours and corporate events around the world.

His touring credits include ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’, ‘Voice of the Heart’, ‘Dead Ringer from Hell’ and various concerts with the British Philharmonic Orchestra. Martyn has played keyboards in theatre productions such as ‘High Society’, ‘Annie’ and ‘West Side Story’, and has musically directed and arranged 19 Pantomimes across the UK. His TV appearances include LWT, Meridian, Anglia and Spanish Television and BBC Radio sessions.

Christian Finn – Sound Engineer

With over fifteen years experience Christian has worked in various areas of the sound industry, throughout the UK and Europe, providing services such as: Front of house, monitors, Tour Management, systems tech, backline, crew & PA hire. Most of his current work is theatre touring with his own PA. Other tours include: Elkie Brooks, Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior, Sadie and the Hotheads, Matt Berry, Julia Fordham