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Pop diva set to return

PUBLISHED: 13:42 02 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A YEAR after her sell-out concert in Ipswich, the UK's biggest selling female artist of 2000 is set to make her return to the town.

On November 15 Gabrielle will once again take to the stage at the Regent to wow what is likely to be another capacity crowd with her stunning soulful vocals.

A YEAR after her sell-out concert in Ipswich, the UK's biggest selling female artist of 2000 is set to make her return to the town.

On November 15 Gabrielle will once again take to the stage at the Regent to wow what is likely to be another capacity crowd with her stunning soulful vocals.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow and if her appearance at the venue on November 24 last year is anything to go by, they should sell like hot cakes.

The announcement of Gabrielle's return comes as she continues to bask in the glory of a sold out, 32 date European tour and a third album, Rise, which has sold in excess of 1.2 million copies in the UK alone.

That is not to mention the success of the single Out of Reach, her contributing track to the Bridget Jones' Diary soundtrack, one of the biggest grossing movies of the year.

Despite her success, however, Gabrielle remains unassuming and reticent to consider herself a massive star. The two BRITs, an American Music Award and a couple of MOBOs suggest otherwise but she said: "Sometimes I feel like I'm on the biggest blag ever and that one day people will realise and it'll all be over.

"I just keep hoping they never find out, or that I get better at pretending."

Gabrielle first became a familiar name and voice when, after performing for free in West End clubs while temping during the day, she achieved success with debut single Dreams.

The number one hit was her launch pad and the singer has not looked back since.

Gabrielle knows she's in demand and, although Rise is continuing to sell, understands people are waiting to hear the next chapter in her musical life story. By the time she reaches Ipswich in November she may well have some new tracks with which to serenade her fans. She promises they'll come from the heart and could be her best yet.

"It's time to put down my bag of insecurities about topping whatever went before and make the best music I'm capable of," she said.

"What's it going to be like? All I can promise you is that it will be song based. It'll deal with things that matter to me and … it won't have anything to do with fashion. The moment I try to do that then the blag really will be over."

Gabrielle will perform at Ipswich Regent on November 15. Tickets go on sale tomorrow priced £20 and can be bought 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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