Mary Carewe and keyboard player Steven Jeffries have worked together in the recording studio for many years, writing and producing songs as well as recording extensively for others but this is their first live venture.
They have chosen to honour the female songwriters and artists who have changed the face of pop music over the last 50 years, but this is no 'tribute' band - instead the evocative arrangements capture the heart of the songs whilst being unique to the FIRST LADIES OF SONG project.
They have chosen to work with vocalists and musicians who share their enormous passion for music making from the heart, integrity and a sense of fun.
The band includes
Mary Carewe / Vocalist
With her dynamic voice and stage presence Mary has wowed audiences around the world. She’s appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras in such iconic venues as Carnegie Hall, New York, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, The Phiharmonie, Berlin and The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London.
Her work as a studio singer has led her to sing for artists such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, Mike Oldfield and Joe Cocker, film composers Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Hans Zimmer and John Williams and for numerous TV and radio shows and commercials - including the UK's most Irritating jingle 'Autoglass'!
Steve Jeffries / Musical Director and Keyboards
Keyboard player, composer and music producer, Steve was in the jazz-funk band Inversions and the political rock band Latin Quarter with whom he still tours and produces albums. His music is used for feature films, TV and commercials and as a producer her has worked with Charles Asnavour, Jimmy Ruffin and Elton John.
Mae McKenna / Vocalist
A singer songwriter in her own right with 6 solo albums behind her Mae also features on numerous hit records, films and commercials as a soloist and backing vocalist. Her significant solo credits include the Gaelic solo on Ultravox’s “Lament”, “Mrs Brown’s Lullaby” in the movie Nanny McPhee and the soundtrack for "The Impossible Astronaut’” episode of Dr. Who, 2011, She has contributed to studio tracks by artists such as Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kylie Minogue, Manic Street Preachers, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, ABC, Ronan Keating, Blur, Westlife and Sting
Becky C-J / Vocalist
An emerging talent, Becky CJ has a thrilling voice and writes powerful, emotional songs. Having developed a strong online following, with over 2 million YouTube views, she is now working on independently releasing her original music.
Anna Carewe / Cello
Anna works as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe. She studied at The Berlin Philharmonic's prestigious Orchestral Academy and is the founder and director of the Sheridan Ensemble.
Martin Ditcham / Percussion
Martin co-wrote Sade's The Sweetest Taboo and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, U2, Everything But The Girl and Chris Rea amongst others.
Yoyo Buys / Bass
Yoyo has recorded and performed with over 200 bands and artists including Roachford, Ravid Hang, Limahl, eVoid, Dana Gillespie, Bastian Baker and Lisa Hannegan.
Roddy Matthews / Guitars
Roddy is a guitarist and composer who has worked with George Michael to Basement Jaxx via Charles Aznavour and the England Football Team. He has also supplied music for many UK TV shows.
Ed Hogston /Guitars and bass
Ed is a singer-songwriter and session guitarist. He has collaborated with Steve Jeffries in the studio and live with Latin Quarter and The Lenny Zakatek Band.