Ingrid Mansfield Allman

Probably best known as the lead vocalist on Freeez’s classic hit single ‘Southern Freeez’, Ingrid has been singing for longer than she probably cares to remember…

The song reached No.8 in the UK singles chart in February 1981, one of two Top 10’s for the band.  The track is attested to derive from a dance move called “The Freeze” used by clubbers at The Royalty night club in the early 1980s.

Rodney Franklin‘s ‘The Groove’ also had it’s moments where the band drops out for a bar and a style of freezing at these points took hold. ‘Southern Freeez’ in itself almost defines a generation of jazz funkers from that time and to this day remains a firm club and party favourite.

Ingrid has also worked with the likes of Ian Dury, Desmond Dekker and Mary Wilson & now spends more time writing as a journalist, as well as DJ’ing. She also works in a Further Education College in North London.

A very worthy addition to our humble hall of fame, Ingrid was in fine vocal form as part of the all-star collective that was Beggar & Co. (The Original Light Of The World) on that day back in June 2009 at our third Summer Soulstice and continues to make rare guest appearances whenever she can… Ms Wordy Thing, thank you very much!

Ingrid performing on the main stage as part of Beggar & Co (The Original LOTW) line-up at Summer Soulstice 2009.
Photo by Paul Welch © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

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