Victoria BB - About Me
Victoria BB has been playing piano and writing songs from the early age of 6 years. It wasn’t until she was 8 years old that her parents were told by a primary school teacher she was regularly entertaining the other kids and could play the piano, sing and compose songs. This was the time her parents bought her the most wonderful old black piano and she began to compose her own compositions daily.
Some of the first big influences she had were with the classical pianist artists such as Richard Clayderman and George Gershwin whose ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ piece inspired her and also singer/songwriter Carol King.
At the age of 16 Victoria left home and went to study Jazz and popular music at Chichester College of Technology gaining a diploma in this subject and exploring different styles of music being inspired by the likes of Ella Fitz Gerald through to Janis Joplin. She steered towards jazz, blues and rock and was lucky enough to have teachers such as Bobby Wellins the amazing saxophonist who encouraged Victoria’s writing skills and Chris McDonald who gave immense support with pushing her performance skills to the bigger stage.
Victoria pursued a career in music professionally from the age of 15 recording for various producers and exploring different styles of music. She joined her first group ‘Fresh Connection’ who had recorded a song which went to No: 2 in the British charts with Nomad’s Mike Freedom ‘I wanna give you devotion.’
In her 20’s Victoria opened for acts as diverse as Status Quo, Rose Royce, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Sister Sledge and the UK rock band Stereophonics, as well as performing live at top venues around the world and in the UK which included the Beatles renowned ‘Cavern Club’.
Victoria also travelled around the world performing with many symphony orchestras at international song festivals in Egypt, Turkey, Ireland and Macedonia where she won awards for best performer. All of these were televised live with huge media attention and several TV interviews. This was followed by a world cruise, singing on board the world famous QE2 cruise ship as the lead vocalist, covering a wide spectrum of musical styles including Jazz, Pop, Soul, Country, Rock, Rhythm and Blues.
From the age of 21 BB moved to London for several years where she recorded and co-wrote many original songs. During this period she recorded and worked with various producers providing vocals for studio sessions for prestigious artists such as Cher, wrote music for Carlton TV’s ‘Liverpool 1’ and provided vocals for top West End shows including ‘Casper’ and ‘The Mask and Spiderman’.
Cockney Rebel & George Harrison Tribute
From 2000 she toured Europe with Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel as vocalist and percussionist making appearances on BBC Radio 2 Road Shows around the UK .Victoria performed in front of thousands on the Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival 2005 and sang at events such as the ‘George Harrison Tribute Concert’ in Liverpool (Feb 2002) where she had the honour of singing alongside the legendary Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles).
Guitars against Landmines
Victoria also sang alongside Julie Felix in 2002 at the ‘Guitars against landmines’ concert helping to raise awareness about the terror of landmines injuring and killing thousands of people in Cambodia each year.
During this time her talent was spotted by Vanessa Mae’s agents and she was invited to tour with the classical superstar violinist, performing in Russia, Hong Kong, Germany and Indonesia with live broadcasts in Korea & Europe.
2006 Sweet Dreams & Roses Debut Album
2006 was an extraordinary time for BB with hundreds of gigs & shows up and down the country and many BBC Radio Interviews where she was given much air play of her debut album ‘Sweet Dreams & Roses’…..and chatted with some of the best radio DJ’s in the country including, BBC Radio Leicester’s Julie Mayer, BBC Radio Cleveland’s John Foster, BBC Radio Cumbria’s Paul Braithwaite, BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Martin Daniels & Maria Richmond show, BBC Radio Derby’s Alex Trelinski, Mike Chadwick Kiss FM BBC Three Counties Radio with Katherine Boyle, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Frances Finn, BBC Radio Southern Counties with Fred Marden, County Sound’s Dave Johns, 96.4 The Eagle with Julia Moore and Market Harborough and South Leicestershire’s HFM 102.3 with Darren Harte.
BB had the pleasure of Joan Armatrading (70’s hit Love and Affection) coming down to hear her sing at her launch concert and also doing a duet with the folk icon Julie Felix (60’s hit and school favourite ‘Going To The Zoo’.
In 2007 ‘Beautiful’ BB’s song was picked up by Cancer Charity ‘In The Pink’ and auctioned to celebrities at their event in London and on download sites helping to raise funds, Nina Wadia East Enders Star was impressed with the album.
In 2008 BB was a special guest on the Innocent Ones UK Tour when the show hit The Fairfield Halls in London and opened by playing a grand piano and original song for Jared Osmond.
In 2009 she was signed to Active/Universal and released her co-written single ‘Breathe’ which did very well in the download charts. The launch event was held at Boujis in London where Prince William would often attend pre-marriage to Kate.
VoxSkool Vocal Coaching/Choirs and Charity Projects
Over the past few years Victoria has been grafting and set up a vocal coaching school ‘VoxSkool’ and has been teaching vocals to children and adults on a one-to-one basis and in groups freelancing to venues and in schools adding emphasis on confidence building with a mix of holistic approaches to understanding the voice and some theory to ever improve abilities and a goal to eventually perform everything which has been learnt in an annual music concert/show or any other opportunities to perform live and sometimes experience recording a song in the studio. She has seen many of her students go on to gig at some top live venues and gain places at LAMDA, ACM, ITALIA CONTI LONDON and The WEST END living out their musical dreams.. visit www.voxskool.com to see and hear about the many projects Victoria has set up and is delivering with her team of Vox Leaders and Volunteers in the local community.
Victoria had the pleasure of visiting LA and working with some very cool 80’s music icons/producers such as Billy Sheehan (Bass player – Steve Vai, Mr Big, David Lee Roth) Rudy Sarzo – Bass (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Kip Winger – Guitar Vocals (Alice Cooper) Ron Nevison – producer (Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Heart, Starship, Chicago), Lemmy Kilmister – Bass Vocals Motorhead, Ace Freehley – lead Guitar Kiss – a very exciting moment when Ace commented out loud on BB’s singing as they jammed together ‘nice vocals Miss BB!’. BB performed an acoustic set at Gibson in Hollywood and on the Sunset strip with award winning Aerosmith producer Mark Hudson.
Victoria sang live on ITV’s TXT Santa with X-Factor winner Ben Haenow and more recently appeared on the UK’s ITV show ‘Come Dine With Me’.
Victoria is currently back on her piano writing new material and recording ready to bring us some exciting news of song releases, upcoming gigs and tour dates for 2019!