Diamonds Are Forever, The Melissa Shirley Show
Stand by for blast off as awards nominee Melissa takes to the stage and owns it with her stunning vocal. Her Shirley Bassey tribute is quite something!
Quite possibly the number #1 Shirley Bassey lookalike and soundalike artist currently working in the UK and Europe. That's no small accolade but Melissa has earned it after touring her Shirley Bassey tribute performances across the major UK and European stages over the past 10 years. If you're a fan of the original then you won't be disappointed by the faithfulness with which Melissa recreates the magic of Wales greatest export since a certain Jones boy!
Acknowledged within the business as both a consummate professional and a real talent, this lady is guaranteed to get the audience going. From the outrageously glamorous outfits to the incredible vocal and perfect mannerisms, it could be the original strutting around your stage. Calling Melissa a tribute performer doesn't do her justice - when in front of the mic she IS Shirley Bassey.
Of course, all the great songs are there from 'Goldfinger' through 'Big Spender' to 'I am what I am' this artist has all bases covered. If Melissa is what you need to light your fire for a fantastic entertainment event then don't dally and plan well ahead. This lady is in great demand and we don't say that about all performers.
Melissa As Shirley Bassey
- Successful Cabaret performer for over 10 years
- 8 years concentrating on the highly successful 'Diamonds are Forever' production
- Phenomenal vocal talent (and needed to impersonate the singing of this legendary star)
- Stunning, unique stage costumes designed for the show and Melissa exclusively
- Works Solo or with live bands (up to 9-piece for major events)
- Experience includes major global Hotel chains, Cruise lines and high-society functions
- Principal of the Mellissa Radway School of Dance
We're extremely impressed by Melissa's homage to the great Diva and recommend her unreservedly - contact us to find out more.
Book 2016 awards nominated Melissa for your Shirley evening
The Career Accomplishments Of Dame Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey was born in Wales in 1937. She is known for her magnificent voice and achieved international recognition not often experienced by a Black British performer. Bassey recorded several hits during her long career, including the terrific tribute of being asked to record three theme songs for the James Bond movie franchise. These were Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger, and Moonraker.
Bassey struggled in early life, leaving school early and working in pubs and a factory. At age 16, she won a part in a musical revue and continued performing there until she became pregnant. Soon after giving birth to her daughter, Sharon, she once again began performing.
Her powerful voice drew the attention of entertainment agent Mike Sullivan who began overseeing her career. When she was just 19 years old, Bassey released Burn My Candle, her first single. Her first hit was Banana Boat Song, released in 1957.
Shirley's career was launched when she was selected to perform Goldfinger in 1964 for the James Bond movie of the same name. She went on to sing two more James Bond movie theme songs, Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever. Along with her renditions of I Am What I Am and Big Spender, these successes made Bassey's career.
Her solo albums Shirley Bassey 25th Anniversary Album and the Singles Albums were her two biggest selling solo albums. The 25th Anniversary album went platinum and topped out at #3 on the UK Charts. The Singles Album peaked at #2 and went gold.
Shirley's album Something made it into the Top 10 in the United Kingdon and was her biggest selling album. Bassey released two singles that made it to #1 on the UK charts: Reach for the Stars/Climb Ev'ry Mountain, a double A-sided release and As I Love You. She also had a #1 on the UK Dance charts, History Repeating which hit the top spot in 1997.
Bassey also enjoyed success in Australia and South Africa with Never, Never, Never which reached the top spot in both of those countries in 1973. In 2007, Bassey released The Living Tree to commemorate more than 50 years of appearances on the UK Singles Chart.
Bassey had five singles land on the American charts: Goldfinger; Never, Never, Never; Something; and History Repeating. She also had a solo album in the Top 20 on the U.S. R&B charts, Live at Carnegie Hall.
In 2000, this welsh legend was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and continues to be known for her incredible voice.