This year's International Mersey River Festival Took Place on Saturday 6th June and featured performances from Collabro and Sam Bailey.
Smooth Radio returned to the Pier Head in Liverpool on Saturday 6th June 2015.
Darren Parks, Carlos and Jo Lloyd will be taking care of the day's proceedings. David Gest will also brought some soulful surprises to the Festival. The Smooth Radio line-up includes:
Collabro – This talented quartet have gone from strength to strength over the past year. Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 they have topped the album charts (with ‘Stars’), they’ve sung at the Royal Variety Performance and on June 1st they release ‘Act 2’ – their much anticipated second album.
Sam Bailey – Sam stole the hearts of the nation when she won the tenth series of X Factor and subsequently had a Christmas number one with debut single ‘Skyscraper’. Last year the success continued with chart topping album ‘The Power Of Love’. The future is looking bright for Sam.
Kym Marsh – Actress, singer and TV personality. She first came into the public eye in 2001 after appearing as a contestant on ITV's talent show Popstars where she made the final line-up for the band Hear'Say along with four others. A favourite soap star of many, starring as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street.
Kenny Thomas – Kenny Thomas performed at our very first event on the Waterfront – he returned in 2015 bringing his trademark soul sound which over the years has earned him numerous chart hits, Brit nominations and platinum releases. He’s still ‘Outstanding’!
Alistair Griffin – This talented singer songwriter from Yorkshire has created the soundtracks to huge sporting events from the FA Cup Final to Formula One, Wimbledon and The Open. We were treated to some epic songs including tracks from his most recent album ‘From Nowhere’.
Nell Bryden – Since Nell’s last appearance On the Waterfront her career has reached new highs, touring with Gary Barlow, Chris Rea, Jools Holland and releasing her acclaimed album ‘Wayfarer’. Even Cher has covered one of her anthemic songs! After getting married last summer and recently giving birth to daughter Tala she’s making a welcome reappearance on the Smooth Radio stage with a tour scheduled in November.
Beatie Wolfe – This pioneering young artist has already attracted acclaim for her truly classic sound. Beatie's music has been described as “Brilliant” GQ, “Beautiful” Monocle, “Revolutionary” MTV, "Exceptionally Talented" The New Yorker and “Innovative” WIRED.
Leddra Chapman and special guest Lee Broderick – Leddra Chapman is no stranger to big audiences, having been picked personally to support Sir Tom Jones on his Summer 2011 tour. 2015 looks set to be her busiest year yet. Plans are already moving at a pace for Leddra’s sophomore album release (‘Fidelity and Grace’) and she is appearing on two sold out national tours and some live international appearances.
Kristyna Myles – Kristyna makes a welcome return to the Waterfront stage – since her last appearance this talented singer has performed on Songs of Praise, toured with Lisa Stansfield and received a MOBO nomination! She’s back this summer with a new album ‘Paint A Brighter Day’
Diane Shaw – Diane is one of the country’s most experienced live performers – her soul credentials speak for themselves having supported the likes of Martha Reeves, Brenda Holloway, Sister Sledge and Kirk Whalum. This year she’s wowing audiences with her first album of original material – Love Life and Strings.
Hannah Boleyn - This relatively new singer songwriter is becoming known for her ‘cinematic soul’ sound as she tours the UK with the likes of the Overtones, Alexander O Neal and Joan Armatrading. Hannah performed songs from her debut album ‘The Boleyn Affair’.