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Lisa arrives in Ipswich on Wednesday

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

WITH a clutch of awards to her name one of Britain's biggest solo female artist has been around the world - now she is heading to Ipswich.

On Wednesday soul singer Lisa Stansfield will take to the stage at the Regent for a spellbinding performance of songs from her vast catalogue of hits.

WITH a clutch of awards to her name one of Britain's biggest solo female artist has been around the world – now she is heading to Ipswich.

On Wednesday soul singer Lisa Stansfield will take to the stage at the Regent for a spellbinding performance of songs from her vast catalogue of hits.

The visit to Ipswich is the star's only stop in East Anglia on her tour making it an extra special opportunity to check out one of the country's top female singers.

And she will be supported by The Magnets who are familiar faces in Ipswich and will be fresh from their performances at the New Wolsey.

Lisa's passion for music was instilled from an early age as she grew up in Rochdale on a diet of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Barry White.

When she was 14 she won a local singing contest that let to a stream of television appearances before she signed to Arista Records in 1989.

In that same year the world was introduced to Lisa's talent as she was launched to fame with the number one hit All Around The World. She has gone from strength to strength since.

Three BRIT awards, an Ivor Novello award and a Grammy nomination have helped establish her as one of the nation's biggest stars.

Face Up, her fourth album, and first release in about four years, hit the shops earlier this year proving that she has lost none of her talent for writing and singing.

And she promises that there is more to come. Lisa has never been an artist to release record after record – her focus is on quality not quantity – but Face Up is not the last the world will hear from the Rochdale singer.

"I think I've been incredibly lucky," she said. "I have had a really fulfilling recording career and I still seem to be going strong.

"People still seem to want to listen to my music. I'm always being asked as to when my next album is coming out."

"Some people might see me as a veteran," she added, "but I've got plenty to say yet."

And come Wednesday, the people of Ipswich will be ready to listen.

nLisa Stansfield will perform at Ipswich Regent on September 26. Tickets cost £22.50 and are available at the Central Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or on-line at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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