Born January 20, 1965, Heather Small grew up on a West London council estate and from a young age religion and faith were an important aspect of her life. Growing up in 70’s Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, she knew she wanted to make something of herself.
Her first band Hot House released two albums in the late 80’s . As Part of M People, with hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, and ‘One Night In Heaven’ and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s. The band won the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.
Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her ‘Proud’ album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events, including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.
And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty- year career, she asked Heather to perform on the show – right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People.
In 2008, Heather was a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ while her trademark sense of humour has earned her appearances on TV shows including Paul O’Grady, AlanTitchmarsh , GMTV, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Newsnight, The Weakest Link and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
In 2009 Heather took to the road again with her band, completing two highly successful UK tours. She also continued her TV work with regular slots on music, entertainment, and politics shows before teaming up with Anastacia and Lulu for the critically acclaimed ‘Here Come The Girls’ – touring arenas across the UK and Ireland.
Heather was recently made an ambassador for Barnardo’s and is involved with fundraising and lending her valuable support to projects around the country.