Keedie is a British classical crossover soprano from the English Riviera of Torbay, who enjoys her dance music just as much as her fashion. She is a sweet and extremely attractive girl possessing copious amounts of verve, and vivacity, accompanied by an insatiable desire to perform. She has three octaves in her unique voice that reaches a top A above a top E. But Keedie, all five foot one of her in fact, has a very rare talent indeed. And that talent is in the voice, and completely in the voice. A truly bewitching and magical phenomenon that, undeniably, has to be heard to be believed. Listen to her sing, and suddenly the ordinary becomes extraordinary! Her voice is so vibrant and clear, so impassioned and magisterial, and just as adept at interpreting a pop song - as it is the most opulent of arias. She can take virtually any classical piece such as Nessun Dorma, O Mio Babbino Caro or Verdi Maria, for example and interpret each of them individually with a warmth and quality completely anew. When hearing Keedie's interpretation of these awe inspiring masterpieces; you could almost be convinced into believing that you are hearing them performed for their very first time.
Keedie started singing at the very early age of three and by the equally tender age of eleven was singing pop music with her younger sister Nadine in venues all over the county of Devon. A couple of years later at the age of just thirteen Keedie started to enter and began winning talent competitions in her own right as a solo artist. By the age of sixteen, after winning one of the biggest talent shows in the UK, she was ultimately signed by record company Telstar as a pop artist. About this time Keedie discovered she could naturally sing operatic music and then set about finding a singing coach in order to develop this natural talent. On hearing Keedie perform, singing coach Isabelle positively stated that "Keedie has the greatest natural operatic voice that I have ever encountered". Kim Turner, Sting's manager, also heard her perform at this time and helped further her career by setting up a meeting with a famous music lawyer and management. Since then Keedie has gone from strength to strength performing at the world famous Royal Albert Hall and also opening the Harrod's January sales in London.
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Keedie also performed at the world famous Groucho Club in front of a host of celebrity guests such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Bob Geldof and Richard Branson - along with performing in a charity gala at the Royal Court Theatre for David Putman. Performing with both Blue and Girls Aloud on numerous occasions. Performing with Ronan Keating and Westlife in Dublin, Ireland, and appearing on television in The Late Show before going on to perform in front of the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair at a charity event. Keedie has headlined major classical events at venues including; The Royal Albert Hall, Bowood House,Blenheim Palace, Mansion House, The Henley Festival, Wentworth Golf Course, The Big Chill, Banqueting House, Covent Garden, etc. She also launched the British Film Festival, and film premieres in London such as ‘The Italian Job’. Headlined ‘The Holders Season’ – the major classical event which is held annually in the beautiful caribbean island of Barbados, a prestigious event previously headlined by Luciano Pavarotti. Keedie has also performed at a vast range of major charity, sporting, and also corporate events for companies, and organisations, such as The Princes Trust.
Also Sir Tim Rice is a major supporter of Keedie and she has performed for Tim at ‘The Saints & Sinners Ball’. She also performed at Michael Parkinson’s request at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square at his event to raise money for his South African School Charity. She has also performed at the Windsor Festival for Michael Parkinson’s Music Director Laurie Holloway, and at the legendary Birthday Party at Grosvenor House for Lord Ashcroft. Keedie was also chosen to be the sole vocalist at the prestigious launch ceremony for the 2005 Classical Brits. She also had the great honour of launching the Washington D.C. Film Festival in December 2004 - along with a second honour of launching the Miami Film Festival in February 2005. Another highlight in Keedie's career was being flown out to Los Angeles in July 2005 at the request of none other than Hollywood legend Al Pacino to perform a private concert. She returned to the UK in October 2005 to perform at a private party for David Foster - the biggest music producer in the world and responsible for some of the industry's biggest hits.
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Another great supporter of Keedie is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. She performed at a big event in the hallowed chapel of his Sydmonton Country Home, for especially invited guests from the UK and America, the same event, incidentally, where Sir Andrew originally launched Sarah Brightman. He also asked Keedie to perform on the single ‘I Believe My Heart’. She performed this as a beautifully choreographed duet with Duncan James from the band ‘Blue’. It reached No. 2 in the main UK Chart. Her debut album “I Believe My Heart” was released on 18th November 2004, and met with positive reviews. It includes a variety of contemporary tracks and arrangements, and also featured the title theme “My Reason”, from the Hollywood movie Modigliani; the video for which Keedie filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania. The album includes 'You’ll See', by American, and global, superstar Madonna and Enya’s 'Only Time', along with seven original songs and nine arias. After her album was released, she went on to record a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma before appearing at the seven Star Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai during the month of November 2005. In November 2006 she performed at ‘Soccerex’ for the President of FIFA and the World Cup organisers. She also performed at the World Premiere of 'Modigliani' in Los Angeles.
Keedie recorded the song ‘Jerusalem’ with the Ashes winning England Cricket Team, and she flew to Pakistan to make the video during the team’s tour of that country. The record was released in order to raise funds for charities including the commendable Asian earthquake appeal. Keedie has performed at a number of major sports arenas such as Lords Cricket Ground, Twickenham International Rugby Stadium and a host of other fine venues. She also performed at the Carling Football Cup Final at Cardiff’s iconic Millennium Stadium. She was later approached by a representative of the Football Association to perform the National Anthem at England International games, and by the ECB to perform at England Test Matches. She also receives a lot of work supporting artistes such as Diana Ross Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart. Keedie was also fortunate enough to support Tina Turner in a one off concert, The Bedrock Ball, which took place at the National History Museum, in London. It was the first actual 'live' concert that Tina Turner had performed in over seven years.
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Keedie was then invited to sing before David Beckham’s first match for LA Galaxy in the USA. George Clooneyalso booked her for a private party along with another charity gig in Moscow which was organised in May 2007 by the anti apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela. A special charity album entitled KN21 was also released in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. The album consisted of a number of live recordings of Keedie and her sister Nadine from 1993 when they just were 11 and 10 years old, respectively, and called themselves KN21. This was a name they derived by using the first initials of their names plus their combined age at the time. The tracks included on the album are mainly cover versions from the 1960s which were recorded in 1993 during the girls aptly entitled “Swinging Sixties” show at the Great Western Hotel - which is a wonderful railway themed hotel situated in Paignton and owned, and operated, by the irrepressible Cathy Sherwood. The album also featured two bonus tracks which Keedie recorded in 2005.“Nessun Dorma” and “Would I Know”, an original number written by American songwriter Diane Warren, and previously performed in the Charlotte Churchfilm “I’ll Be There”.
More recently, on February 14th 2015, Keedie appeared on The Voice UK - a BBC Television programme where, although unfortunately none of the judges actually turned around, it was obvious from their expressions that she had undeniably made a resounding impact upon them: with her unique voice, range and impeccable delivery, it would appear, proving to be too much of a dilemma for any of them to place her into any one standalone category. On the positive side, however, as of 25th January 2016 the video clip of Keedie's appearance on The Voice UK, uploaded to You Tube has now received in excess of over 2,000,000 views. She can also be seen performing alongside an absolutely amazing cast in this year's scintillating production of 'Starstruck' - which takes to the stage every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the season from 9th February to 19th October 2016 at the Babbacombe Theatre. For details please see the page on this website or contact the theatre on the following telephone number 01803 328385 regarding reservations or any other information regarding the show.