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The iconic Petula Clark releases ‘Blackbird’ ahead of new album

With three Grammy Awards and millions of sales to her name, Petula Clark is the iconic artist behind countless huge global hits including ‘Downtown’, ‘I Know A Place’, ‘My Love’, ‘This Is My Song’ and ‘I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love’. Still blessed with a continuing love for creating music and an ability to inspire audiences all over the world, her career is a story that new artists can only aspire to emulate.

Following on from the first single from the latest chapter in Petula Clark’s enduring career,  comes follow up track ‘Blackbird’ from brand new studio album titled ‘From Now On’ released 16th September.

‘Blackbird’ is a magical lullaby, a stripped back acoustic gem with no frills, bells or whistles. It’s hypnotic guitar captivates whilst Petula Clark’s authentic vocals reflect the very essence of the song.

Says Petula Clark of ‘Blackbird; “When I’m in London I stay at what one might call a bijou apartment in Chelsea. It’s on a very quiet street with trees and greenery. I have a small balcony and I usually leave the door open so that I can hear the birdsong. My favourite by far is the Blackbird who seemingly sings just for me. I recorded this song in his honour. Apparently Paul wrote it as a civil rights song, and that is another reason to record it.”

A prodigious child singer who made her BBC Radio debut in 1942, Petula Clark’s career has been both multi-faceted and truly international in its nature. After scoring her first hit in 1954 with ‘The Little Shoemaker’, a simple show in Paris in 1960 with no grand plans behind it sparked success in France that paralleled the reception that she had already received back home.

Her best-known flush of flame came with a run of famous Sixties classics, many of which were written by Tony Hatch. Her ability to sing in French, Italian, German and Spanish allowed her music to be discovered around the globe – as a result, Clark has scored a staggering total of 159 Top 40 hits all around the world.

Her long list of collaborators and admirers stretch across both eras and genres – John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Tom Jones, Dean Martin and Paolo Nutini to name just a few. She even introduced The Carpenters to A&M Records.

Throughout her journey, Petula Clark has continued to make music on a consistent basis. Her most recent album, 2013’s ‘Lost In You’ emerged to widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian described it as “sleek and surprising” and drew comparisons with Lana Del Rey, while The Telegraph stated: “The really astonishing thing is that it sounds utterly contemporary… it could pass for the debut of some hip young singer-songwriter a quarter her age.”

Petula Clark has also announced details of her first full UK tour in three years. She’s set to play the following dates:

October

3rd – Guildford, G Live

5th – Bristol, Colston Hall

6th – Basingstoke, The Anvil

7th – High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan

9th – Cardiff, St David’s Hall

10th – Birmingham, Town Hall

11th – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

13th – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall

15th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

16th – Salisbury, City Hall

17th – Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre

19th – Leeds, Town Hall

20th – Bridlington, The Spa Royal Hall

21st – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

23rd – London, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Tickets are on sale now from 0844 249 1000, www.eventim.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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