Jane McDonald, much loved singer, Loose Women host and star of BBC show The Cruise - releases her highly anticipated new album 'Jane' out on August 11th- on her own label JMD through Absolute/ Universal.
Lead-off track is Doctor's Orders- the fabulously camp 70s disco hit by Sunny. The album also includes songs such as - Not A Day Goes By, perhaps the most requested song on Jane's website. Written in the wake of her grandmother's death, she has adapted the lyrics to transform this touching ballad into a song that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever lost someone close. The album's centrepiece, it is
accompanied by a choir and a 65 piece orchestra. Sweet Talker shows another side of Jane altogether, an uptempo country and western-influenced number full of impish mischief. And then there is You Do It All For Me, which represents another gear change, a swaggering bluesy number and, in Jane's
own estimation, "a rather dirty song, and very groovy. People will not believe it's really me singing it, but it is, I promise you!" are also Dusty Springfield's and Ray Charles' Song For You, Barry Manilow's Even Now and One Voice, the Northern Soul standard Nine Times Out Of Ten, and Neil Sedaka's The
Hungry Years. In the 10 years since Jane McDonald first came to public recognition, captivating audiences with her Yorkshire charm on the BBC documentary series The Cruise ('Return To The Cruise') on BBC 2 for a week from August 8th), she has sold hundreds of thousands of albums, toured every inch of the
country, earned herself a place in the Guinness Book of Records (for being the first artist to top the album charts without a prior release), performed for the Queen and also scooped Yorkshire Woman of the Year. She is also now a regular on ITV's Loose Women, her face familiar to millions, and is, in
effect, nothing less than a national treasure. 'I seem to have played out much of my life in front of thousands of people," she shrugs, "and I feel very lucky to have been given such a rare opportunity. Whats happened in my life has been a dream come true. And best of all," she adds, now laughing, "variety is coming back in a big way. Look at Saturday night TV! Variety dominates! I'm quite trendy now." This is true, but only up to a point. Trend is a fleeting thing. Jane McDonald, doyen of song and inspiration to so many, is here to stay.