Vivienne McKone

Vivienne began dancing at the age of two and by the age of eight was enjoying her first theatrical role in London’s West End…

She went on to appear as Velma the solo dancer, in Alan Parker’s classic ‘Bugsy Malone’ film musical and was represented by professional artist management The Richard Stone Partnership.

Vivienne was lucky enough to have a television career in music and drama up until the mid-1990’s, she appeared in ‘Casualty’ (1986) and ‘How To Get Ahead In Advertising’ (1989). Shortly after this she began her involvement a musical theatre and also writing her own music.

Her first, eponymous titled album was produced by famed US producer Stewart Levine (Crusaders, Randy Crawford, Simply Red) and featured her two biggest UK singles: ‘Sing’ and ‘Beware’, released on the legendary London Records dance imprint FFRR headed at the time, by Pete Tong.

Vivienne on stage with brother Ernie McKone at Summer Soulstice 2016.
Photo by Clifford J Irving © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

Her music has been given a place on such albums as Jazz FM’s ‘Spirit of the Street: The Very Best of Inner City Cool’ and featured on the essential ‘Soul Lounge’ series on Dome Records. Vivienne’s many live performances include supporting the late, great American jazz artist Al Jarreau and soul chanteuse Anita Baker.

More recently she has featured on Joey Negro & The Sunshine Band‘s ‘Secret Life Of Us’ album, singing lead and backing vocals on the track ‘Trust Me’ and in 2015 her single ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ reached No.1 in the UK Soul Chart.

It was a family affair with the McKone’s at Summer Soulstice 2016 as she joined her brother Ernie, former Galliano member and still one of the most highly respected bassists around, on our Main Stage. Ernie headed up the band while Vivienne’s performance was amazing, and it was great for everyone there to see her back in such top form!

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