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Otis Lee Crenshaw
Catherine Porter (born 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician.She is a former member of The Brian May Band and has appeared in several musicals and films. To date, Porter has released one album of solo material, Something Good , in 2002, and has also worked as a back-up singer for Queen, Tony Hadley, Edwin Starr, Kiki Dee, Paul Rodgers, Sam Moore, Mel B and Chaka Khan.
Her first big job was touring with Michael Crawford in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber , before being asked by Brian May, to join his backing band on an American tour supporting Guns N' Roses. She later retained the role on the UK leg of the tour, and appeared on both the 1993 live album Live At The Brixton Academy and his later 1998 solo record Another World . Porter also sang backing vocals on the 1995 Queen track "Let Me Live".
Her work with May brought Porter to London, which became her home for the following decade. She appeared in the West End in such plays as Only the Lonely , Sunset Boulevard (opposite John Barrowman and later Hugh Jackman), Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens and Ben Elton's Tonight's The Night .
In 2000, she attempted to become the United Kingdom's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, with two songs shortlisted. Her composition "The Answer" was eliminated in a radio semi-final, but "Crazy" was selected for the TV heats. She failed to win the bid, losing out to Nicki French, who went on to finish 16th at the Eurovision final.
Throughout this period, Porter wrote songs and even at one point, provided jingles for BBC Radio 2, before landing a deal with Jive Records. However, after the release of one single and album , Porter parted ways with Jive. After relocating back to New York, getting married and becoming a mother, she recorded an album of standards with James Pearson, released as Gems for Ruby on the Swing Cafe label. One of the tracks is a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love", featuring Brian May, which was released as a single.
On December 13, 2010, she joined the cast of the Broadway production of Next to Normal as the stand-in for the role of Diana.
Porter has also made brief excursions into films, making cameo appearances in Die Another Day and Batman Begins . She also performed the title song for the BBC television sitcom All About Me .
In 2001, she appeared on stage with comedian Rich Hall, singing three tracks with his character Otis Lee Crenshaw - a performance released on DVD, VHS and audio CD.
The Brian May Band
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was a benefit concert held on Easter Monday, 20 April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom for an audience of 72,000. The concert was produced for television by Ray Burdis, directed by David Mallet and broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world, with an audience of up to one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen's lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. The show marked bassist John Deacon's final full-length concert with Queen. The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust, an AIDS charity organisation.
Katrina Elizabeth Leskanich is an American musician and the former lead singer of British-American pop rock band Katrina and the Waves. Their song "Walking on Sunshine" was an international hit in 1985. In 1997, the band won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with the song "Love Shine a Light".
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Miriam Arlene Stockley is a South African-British singer and composer. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and her work is influenced by the African music of her home country. Her distinctive vocalise style gained international acclaim when Karl Jenkins launched the Adiemus project with Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, with Stockley as the lead singer.
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"Somebody to Love" is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by the lead singer/pianist Freddie Mercury. It debuted on the band's 1976 album A Day at the Races and also appears on their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits.
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The World We Live In and Live in Hamburg is the first video release by Depeche Mode, featuring almost an entire concert from their 1984 Some Great Reward Tour, at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany on 9th December 1984. It was directed by Clive Richardson. The name is a play on a lyric of the song "Somebody".
Live at the Brixton Academy is a recording of The Brian May Band's first show in London on June 15, 1993. The album was released on CD, Cassette, LP and VHS in 1994, and remains the group's only release as a collective.
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Edsilia Francisca Rombley is a Dutch singer and television presenter. She began her career in 1995, as a member of the Dutch girl group Dignity. Rombley began her solo career in 1996, after winning the Dutch talent show Soundmixshow, later winning the European Soundmix Show as well the following year.
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One for All Tour is a concert video from The Bee Gees recorded live at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne, Australia in November 1989. Melbourne was the third final stop on their 1989 One for All World Tour, which included the United States, Europe and Asia the first time the Bee Gees played live there since their 1979 Spirits Having Flown Tour. Originally, this video was released in two volumes on VHS, each 50 minutes apiece. Volume One incorrectly listed the song "My World" from 1972 instead of the song "World" from 1967. In the DVD era, the cover was slightly changed and was released under the title The Very Best of The Bee Gees Live! in 1997.
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