Heather Small to perform in Hindley

Heather Small, formerly of M People
Heather Small, formerly of M People

A CHART-topping singer will make a long-awaited return to the borough next year on a tour she hopes will see her Moving On Up once again.

Heather Small, formerly the lead singer of hugely-successful ‘90s dance act M People, will perform at the Rose Club in Hindley in March as part of a string of more than 20 UK dates.

Known for her instantly-recognisable voice Heather achieved a number of hits with M People including Search for the Hero, Moving On Up and One Night in Heaven, while her solo song Proud has been featured on the soundtrack to major events including the 2012 London Olympic Games.

She is also no stranger to the borough, having previously lived here while in a long-term relationship with Wigan rugby league legend Shaun Edwards, and was keen to return to the town to perform at the venue formerly called the Monaco Ballroom.

Gig promoter Paul Maiden said: “She wanted to play Wigan really badly and the tour manager came to me to arrange it.

“The Rose Club has a great pedigree for putting big acts on from when it was the Monaco so hopefully we can bring back a bit of the atmosphere from that time.

“I’m looking forward to it, a gig like this is taking the Wigan music scene to the next level.”

Now touring as The Voice of M People, Heather is promising her fans plenty of the hits which have made her name during her career both in groups and as a solo artist.

Born in West London, Heather joined her first band as a teenager before shooting to stardom as the voice of M People, a group put together in 1990 by Mike Pickering, a DJ at Manchester’s famous Hacienda club.

The band paid tribute to their roots in the region by naming their debut album Northern Soul, which also produced its first top 30 hit in the shape of How Can I Love You More?

The group went on to its greatest successes with the albums Elegant Slumming and Bizarre Fruit, ending up with no fewer than 10 top 10 hits and selling more than 10 million albums.

Following the group being put on hold in 1997, the year she also gave birth to her son James Tacuma Small-Edwards (who is now an academy rugby union player for London Wasps), Heather appeared on the chart-topping Children in Need single Perfect Day and has found further success as a solo artist.

She also appeared in the 2008 series of BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing, being eliminated after eight weeks, and actively works with several charities including BeatBullying, Mencap and Barnardo’s.

Heather Small will perform at The Rose Club in Hindley as part of her Moving On Up tour on Friday March 18 2016. Tickets are £29.70, available now from www.seetickets.com