Belinda Davids, considered by many to be the world’s top tribute to Whitney Houston will be performing at Quex Park, Birchington on Saturday 1st July.
Belinda comes from the small coastal town of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and is part of a musical family of seven children who spent much of their time in church, singing and surrounded by gospel music.
Enduring youth as a black girl in a difficult, apartheid-ridden South Africa, Belinda found solace and empowerment in music – it was an equalizer, of sorts, an expression and a pastime that needed no resources, no special education, no permissions, just her own voice.
The singer said: “I’ve been singing as long as I remember. My first memory of singing was on my grandmother’s porch and I have never stopped.”
The South African artist had an instant connection with the music of Whitney Houston when she was eight years old and found that she had a similar range. She was inspired by Houston’s music, as well as that of George Benson and the gospel music she heard in church, starting her professional career at the age of 14 and then signing on with a local record label at 16.
When Belinda turned 20, she left South Africa to move away from regional music and to travel the world. From Hong Kong to Dubai and then eventually to Los Angeles for ten years, the singer created her own music.
She said: “I came back to South Africa to start over again locally. Two years later, I had just had a baby and I was given the opportunity to audition for The Greatest Love of All.
“Nine years later, I had a full circle moment. I am singing Whitney Houston in The Greatest Love of All on the stage at the Apollo Theatre and the first song is one made famous by George Benson. My two idols merged in that one moment. It was incredible.”
Belinda, who is traveling from South Africa especially for the Quex event, has performed on BBC1, ITV, the London Palladium and Apollo New York, and tours the world showcasing her tribute to the late Whitney Houston. She will be supported by Abalicous, a four-piece Abba tribute band.
Tickets cost £29.95 plus booking fee with concessions and VIP options available from: www.bigstageproductions.co.uk
Shame the garden isn’t open during the week.Not everyone likes children running about and it’s a peaceful place on weekdays.