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Heather Small Biography

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Birth Name: Heather Small
Born: 1965/01/20
Years Active: 1986–present
Genres: R&B, Dance-pop, House, Soul

Heather Small was born in January 1965 in England and is a soul singer, who fronted the Manchester band M People. In 2000, Small broke out on her own and released her debut solo album, “Proud.” 2000. Small jot her start in the music industry as a teenager in the band, Hot House, which lead to lending her vocals to the band Black Box on their #1 U.K. hit single, "Ride on Time." When Small met Manchester DJ Mike Pickering, her distinctive voice won him over immediately. Impressed my Samall's musical ability he offered her a job as lead vocalist for M People. The band produced two hit singles, "Moving on Up" and "Search for the Hero" after Small joined.

In 1997, Small performed on the "Perfect Day" record with Tom Jones and Lou Reed. The song became the official 1997 Children in Need charity release and sold over a million copies, while remaining at the #1 slot on the U.K. Singles Chart for three weeks. In 1998, M People released a "Best Of" album, and Small decided to take some time off to concentrate on her own material. Small also released the single, "Proud" off her debut album, which she achieved international success. The single went on to become the theme some for the television show “Queer as Folk” in England and the theme song to The Oprah Winfrey Show; where Small made her American television debut. And in 2004 the song became the theme song for the American reality weight loss show, The Biggest Loser. All of the attention that the song receive made Small a household name both in England and America.

The single, "Holding On" followed, and a duet with Tom Jones, "You Need Love Like I Do,' which were both a success with her fans. Small's second album, “Close to a Miracle” was released in 2006, followed by a second single of the same name. However, the album could not live up to the commercial success of her previous effort, peaking at #57 on the U.K. Album Chart. A small, and short, U.K, tour followed. Small went on to collaborate with other artists over the next few years, such as Icelandic tenor Garðar Thór Cortes on a song called "Luna," and in 2008 with the Stereophonics and Feeder at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In 2010, Small took Chaka Khan's place alongside Anastacia and Lulu for the second 'Here Come the Girls' tour. Small is currently working with other artists and writing new material.