Duffy in spotlight for TV show
CHART-TOPPING singer Duffy, pictured above, will end yet another award-winning week with an exclusive gig on BBC1 on Sunday.
The multi-million-selling singer from North Wales, who won Best Breakthrough Artist accolade at the Q Magazine Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel this week, is set to perform tracks from her hugely successful debut record Rockferry in an 18th-century church in the city’s East End.
The 24-year-old from the tiny fishing village of Nefyn, on the Lln Peninsula, will be cramming her five-piece band and a string section onto the ornate stage of the Grade I-listed venue which has, over the years, played host to an eclectic array of stars from Bryn Terfel to Bruce Springsteen and even the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown.
Airing at 11.25pm, the 45-minute set-list will include recent singles Stepping Stone and Warwick Avenue, as well as her international number one hit Mercy, which catapulted her in to the history books as the first Welsh woman to make it to the top of the pop charts in 25 years.
The show is said to end with a new track called Rain On My Parade, which is thought will be her next single release and which one fan commented sounded “very Bond theme-like”.
But, despite all her success, the former waitress is still managing to keep her head.
“My nan used to have a motto, which was ‘When you stop wanting, you stop wanting to live’,” she told the BBC. “So I don’t want to have everything.
“These days the door’s open and you can go where you want, you can do what you want, you can have what you want – but I just don’t want any of that.
“I’m just trying to be myself because that’s the only way I’m going to keep my sanity.
“The pop star thing really wasn’t in my mind when I started – I just wrote a bunch of songs.
“I didn’t want to be famous, and I still don’t.”