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27 October 2012 - 23 September 2011
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With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, more than
12 albums and singles which were followed by headlined tours throughout
Europe, America and Japan, and 7 international music awards, Sandra
Cross is regarded as one of the leading forces of England’s
‘lover’s rock’ era. She has become one of the
most successful and respected singing talents coming out of the
Born amongst seven boys to Jamaican parents, and raised in London,
England, Cross was introduced to music from the young age of 7 when
she was chosen as lead vocalist for the local church choir. Her
parents were strict churchgoers, so it was in the Pentecostal church
her talent for playing the piano, singing and writing songs was
Cross came of age during the original outbreak of the UK’s
lover’ rock movement during the early seventies. After spells
of sneaking out at nights squeezing into the back of sound system
vans, so that she could sing on dub plates in the local dances,
her hunger for the music industry seemed to be reeling out of control.
In 1979 she entered a school talent contest with a composition entitled
“I Adore You”. She won the contest and accepted the
prize of recording the song under the production of a local record
producer. However, at the same time, because of her reluctance to
attend classes at school, and her spells of running off late at
nights to sing, her parents came to the conclusion that they had
lost total control of their only daughter and decided to hand her
over to the local authorities. Cross was fourteen years old when
she was placed into a home for truant children, and it was whilst
she was there “I Adore You” went straight to the No.1
spot in the UK reggae charts.
Over the following years, 4 more No.1 hits followed, the biggest
to date entitled ‘Country Living’ which spent a whopping
10 weeks at the No.1 spot in the UK and European reggae charts in
1985. Twelve top 10 albums followed as she went on to accumulate
popularity and fame in the reggae industry. She became one of the
most admired lovers rock singers in the business and earned the
title of the BBC listener’s “Britain’s Best Female
Reggae Singer” for six consecutive years between 1986 -1991.
Her first exclusive Japanese release, an album entitled “Just
a Dream”, was produced and released by Pioneer Records executive
Koichi Hanafusa in 1997. This was followed by her second Japanese
release entitled “Dreams Come True” released in 1999.
Sandra Cross has worked with international music producers such
as The Mad Professor (Ariwa Records,), Lloyd Campbell (Joe Fraser
Records,), and Sadiki (SkinnyBoy Productions).
“Laptops and Facebook” is Sandra’s latest album.
Produced by West London’s Carlton ‘Dillie’ Mcleod
from the Stingray Records stables, and due for release in the spring
of 2011, both artist and producer take you on an educational but
at the same time melodic voyage into the world of jilted lovers,
adultery, and of course the latest craze of laptops and the social
networking site Facebook.
Delivering to you an abundance of life experiences relating to
all walks of life, Sandra Cross relates, touches, heals and reasons
with if not every part, then at least one segment of your life.