So you don't know the name, eh? Well, you do know the voice, if you've got a telly. Because Ms Dearman is the singer who gies it laldy on the confused.com adverts with her versions of 'Somebody To Love', 'Chain Reaction' and 'YMCA'. But if you're a theatre goer, then you'll know her from appearances in "Guys and Dolls", "Jekyll and Hyde", "Cats", "Grease" and "Joseph", with starring roles as Glinda in "Wicked" and Eva Peron in "Evita". And now she's got a new solo album, which sees her covering some of her favourite pop songs.
Her last album saw her grappling with some show tunes, but on this one she returns to pop, as befits someone who started life in a pop group called Ill Street. But there is no hippity hop or grime going on here. No, it's the world of the Beatles, Randy Crawford and Annie Lennox that she's visiting on, what is, a good showcase for her vocals.
But it's the lesser known tracks that stand out, as we really don't need to hear another Beatles cover, so it's hats off to the power ballad, 'Squander', which is so much better than the Skunk Anansie original and the Sara Bareilles song, 'Gravity'. There is also a show stopping turn on Des'ree's `Kissing You', which comes complete with a West End choir comprising Adrian Hansel, Zoe Birkett, Amy Diamond, Hugh Maynard and Ross William Wild. Of the well known songs, it's the duet with Steve Balsamo on Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' that comes out on top.
An excellent offering, showing an alternate side to Ms Dearman that will go down an absolute treat in Radio 2 land. 'Squander' is to be released as an EP at the end of July.