Louise was born in Oldham, Lancashire, and was surrounded by music from an early age. She started singing at 15 months old. At the age of five, she started having piano lessons at the Metropolitan Music Centre in Oldham,Theory lessons from seven, and became a member of the girl's choir, conducted by Eileen Bentley,MBE from seven to sixteen.
At the same time, Louise also was a fine dancer in ballet, Tap and Modern, studying with Sheila Carter, but had to decide that Music was going to be her career. Louise's strong aural training and musical talents were exercised conducting her father's choir of 40 West Indian non-readers, 'The Oldham International Choir' and played the organ at the local church, too.
In 1989, she won a place at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, studying piano and joining the Chamber choir conducted by Mike Brewer, where he gave Louise the chance to conduct the choir. She joined The National Youth Choir of Great Britain in 1995, and wrote many gospel arrangements for them, which are still sung worldwide today.
In 1992, Louise won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying piano with Joan Havill. In her spare time there, Louise started to sing with function bands and join the world of session singing, and hasn't looked back since.
Over the years, Louise has worked with Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Lulu, Van Morrison, Eric Stewart, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Ruby Turner, Jools Holland and his Rhythm Orchestra, Sam Brown, Bryan Adams, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Russell Watson, Steve Winwood, Heather Small, Emma Bunton, Paul Young, Martine McCutcheon, Vinnie Jones, Don Blackman, Edwin Starr, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter.
Live performances and/or recordings
She has performed in London's West End in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (Lyceum Theatre), 'Whistle Down the Wind' (Aldwych Theatre), 'The Genius of Ray' (Haymarket) and with 'Soul Train' on the first UK tour. 'Hair' (choreographed by Anthony Van Laast), The Music of 'Queen' and 'Abba' has allowed her to work throughout Scandinavia and Iceland with West End International.
One of Louise's highlights was performing live on 'Top of the Pops' in 2001, singing 'Right On' by Silicone Soul, and enjoys singing on many Dance tracks for numerous record labels. Also, she has credits on many soundtracks such as 'Troy', 'Ray' and 'Phantom of the Opera'.
Louise's skills stretch from teaching in voice, piano and theory, sight-reading, harmony and all aspects of Music.
She performs with several function bands singing Aretha Franklin Songbook, Rock with 'The Staxs', Jazz, Pop, R'n'B and Classical, occasionally playing the Organ for Church Services and has been featured on several occasions on 'Songs of Praise'.
In 2006, Louise was singing with Beverley Knight supporting 'Take That' throughout their UK Tour, singing and playing keyboards with 'Roxy Music' on their European Tour in July and joined 'The Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Band' as a soloist on their Winter Tour along with Ruby Turner and has sung backing vocals for Lulu, Marc Almond and this Summer, Dave Edmunds.
In 2007, Louise was the featured singer on 'Misunderstanding' By Cerrone-Vs Sweet Connection and went to Paris to shoot the video (see video).
In 2008 Louise was featured on two of Sonny Jim's tracks, 'Can't stop movin' and the remix of the Johnny Cash track 'Country Boy' (see video). She also featured in 'Changes' by Victor Imbres/Rob Davis.
In 2009, Louise sang in the World premiere of 'The Tension of Opposite' by Matthew Ferraro at the Barican with the Crouch End Festival Choir and London Orchestra da Camera, Roy Ayers and Bah Samba at the Southport Weekender, Lenny Henry and 'Poor White Trash' band for Comic Relief and worked with NAPT who were winners of the Best track and remix, NAPT vs Kish Mauve "Lose Control".
In September, she joined Michael Ball on his special 25th Anniversary UK Tour as Vocal arranger and one of his 5 soloists. Louise released her 1st album in October, "Wait For You" and is available from my Discography page and iTunes.
In 2010, Louise was the featured singer on 'Make my Day' by NAPT (Funkatech) which won Best Track 2009 at the Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards - see video.
She has sung with 'Third Degree' along with Jon Allen at the 'Goodwood Vintage Festival' and The O2, singing backing vocals for Soul Legend Leroy Hudson, Tom Jones at The Princes's Trust at the RAH, Phil Collins on 'Later with Jools', Michael Ball, Billy Jenkins latest album creation,'Born Again', On the Hootenanny, Kylie, Cee Lo Green, Rumer, Wanda Jackson, Toots and the Maytals, and many more.
In 2011, after a long break, Louise joined Beverley Knight singing BV's with her fabulous band on her latest 'Soul UK' album and DVD, (check it out YouTube).
She enjoyed being the vocal arranger and co-ordinator once again on Michael Ball's sell out 'Heroes' tour.
Other projects and artists Louise works alongside are Jon Allen on "Sweet Defeat", 'Staxs' Band' (photos and fabulous recording of the band on the way) 'Fillet Of Soul', 'Not Just Sax', 'The Derek Nash Quartet' and 'Stomping at the Quomps.'
Louise has a famous brother in the classical world, Wayne, who is one of the leading organist, pianist and conductor, and her sister Melanie, who is also a highly acclaimed singer/actress.
This is sooo sweet and these girls are singing Music for a while from my album.