Lost but not least! Vivienne McKone – Sing (Remix) (FFRR)
Updated with an infectious ‘Ooh-eeh-ooh’ refrain, the acoustic guitar-led ‘Sing’ and its uplifting lyrics is the kind of song that gets you straight to heaven. As a matter of fact, this outstanding ‘Sing’ song stands among the one that contributed makin’ the British production so unique from a decade to another. And, by that, eventually becoming another of Britain’s specificities. As one may realize in front of the dynamism of its Soul scene. Itself illustrated by the uniqueness of its UK Soul Chart.
Comin’ up in that vein somehow reminding of The Isley Brothers‘ ‘Harvest For The World’. If not its cover version by the likes of The Christians… ‘Sing’ just stands as an unsung although timeless ode to upliftingness. Meanwhile Vivienne McKone‘s performance on the video clip shines by her exquisite grace. With thanks to its black and white shooting adding much to the whole. Not to mention its production work courtesy of US vet guru Stewart Levine. This in addition to the presence of late Acid-Jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan. But also Simply Red bassist Shaun Ward and ABC sideman Dave Clayton on keyboards. Altogether surrounding McKone on piano. With the whole eventually receiving the remixing treatment courtesy of Lee Hamblin and Simon Law. With the twosome adding of their own elegance to it.
Although pretty much under the radar ‘Sing’, has undeniably maintained its intrinsic appeal. Just like most of McKone‘s music as a matter of fact. Thus delivering like an instant impression of confidence. Like nothing (bad) can happen to those who believe in their capacities. With (extra) thanks to its message of empowerment… “You can see my darker skin / doesn’t frighten me to win…” And extra ones to McKone‘s theatrical training which most likely contributed bringin’ her to another dimension as well.
‘Sing’ is Vivienne McKone‘s signature song along with ‘Beware’. Thus standing as a timeless Brit-Soul manifesto.
Most definitely an essential 1992 track from our humble perspective, we couldn’t resist givin’ it a mention almost 27 years after its release. And eventually openin’ our 2019 account with it.
With best wishes of a Happy New Year to you and yours…
A native of London, Vivienne McKone comes from a family of artists. With her brother, Ernie being remembered as the bassist of Galliano and also the founder of Boogie Back Records along with Oisin Little.
She started dancing at the early age of two. And, six years later, she had her first theatrical West End role! The first traces of her bringin’ us back to 1976. This while appearing as ‘Velma’ (the solo dancer) in Alan Parker‘s ‘Bugsy Malone’ film. Then adding her contributions to various TV series such as ‘The Boy Who Won The Pools‘ and ‘Casualty’. Not to mention ‘That’s Love’ among others.
Most oftenly writing her own music with the help of her keyboards, she dropped her first single – ‘Nobody’s Fool’ – back in 1983. This as a part of ‘The Boy Who Won The Pools’ OST. Then nothing else until 1991 and the release of ‘Self Control’ which marked her debut on FFRR. Itself the home of artists such as Fatman feat. Stella Mae (‘Release Me’), Martine Girault (‘The Revival’), Electra (‘Jibaro’) and Arthur Miles (‘Helping Hand’) among others.
The year after seeing her comin’ up with her eponymous debut-album along with American producer Stewart Levine. And scoring what would become her two biggest classics by the likes of ‘Sing’ and ‘Beware’.
Strangely enough her venture with FFRR came to an end soon after. And in 1994, she eventually dropped a one-off – the mellow ‘Come Into My Life’ – on Boogie Back Records. Then nothing more until 2002 and the release of ‘Raw Sweet Lovin” on Rebop Music. The whole before another 10 years + hiatus and the arrival of ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ on Rude Note Records. This in addition to her contribution to ‘Trust Me’ on Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band‘s ‘The Secret Life Of Us’ 2012 album.
More recently, in 2015, ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ resurfaced with remixes courtesy of Nigel Lowis on DSG Music.