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SHEENA EASTON SINGS JAMES BOND
A City Lights Concert
Friday, May 9, 8pm
Saturday, May 10, 8pm

Bill Conti, conductor; Sheena Easton, vocals

The name is Bond. James Bond. Dashing and debonair. His movie themes evoke international intrigue, glamour and suspense. Two–time Grammy® Award-winning Sheena Easton, the featured singer on the James Bond soundtrack For Your Eyes Only, will enchant, entice and seduce you into the world of Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, Diamonds are Forever, You Only Live Twice and The World Is Not Enough. How do you like your martini? Ask principal pops conductor Bill Conti!

Note: Single ticket prices for these concerts may increase without notice.


 A recent video sampler of some of Sheena Easton's hits sung live, including "For Your Eyes Only":

Artists,

Sheena Easton was born in Belshill, Scotland, the youngest of six children. She is only artist in history to have Top 5 hits on Billboard's five major charts: Pop, R&B, Country, Adult Contemporary and Dance. She has recorded 16 studio albums, has placed 15 Top 40 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 and has been nominated for seven Grammy® awards, winning twice, including for “Best New Artist” in 1981.

At age five, during her uncle and aunt's silver wedding anniversary, she serenaded her relatives with “Early One Morning.” After losing her father at an early age, Sheena and the rest of her siblings were taught to read at home by their hard-working mother before they even enrolled in school.

Ms. Easton was influenced very early by Barbara Streisand’s performance in the film The Way We Were. During the opening credits, Barbara's voice overtook Sheena and, at that moment, she decided what she most wanted to do: to become a singer and be able to have an effect on others as Barbara had on her. At this point she began seriously considering a singing career.

After achieving “A” level grades throughout school, Ms. Easton earned a scholarship to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she studied to become a teacher of speech and drama. She was a student by day and sang with a band, Something Else, at local gigs in the evenings. Though she had no plans to become a teacher, she wanted to get an education and chose a course of study which allowed her to hone her craft and become a better singer.

The very first BBC reality television show called The Big Time: Pop Singer began a search in 1980 for a relative unknown with the premise of following his or her career throughout the process of becoming a pop star. They contacted Sheena Easton's college looking for this newcomer. One of her teachers, knowing her desire to become a singer, alerted her to the auditions. She arrived, performed, was chosen as the relatively unknown subject of the doc and was given an opportunity to audition for executives of EMI Records. Despite the admitted reluctance of the executives to sign anyone, they were quite impressed with Sheena’s talent and she earned an EMI contract.

She was followed around for months by video cameras and crews while the BBC compiled the necessary footage for the documentary entitled The Big Time: Pop Singer. They captured her EMI audition, discussions with former singers and their advice for Sheena, the making of her first single, “Modern Girl,” and the single's promotion. “Modern Girl” reached only #56 in the UK The documentary aired and the exposure helped propel her second single, “9 to 5,” all the way to #3. “Modern Girl” was then re-released and reached UK #6. She became the first British female singer to have her first two singles make the Top 20. Her next single, “One Man Woman,” reached UK #14. As a result of this notable success, Sheena was requested for a Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother of England at The Royal Variety Show.

In 1981 “9 to 5” was released in the U.S. retitled “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” in order to avoid confusion with the hit Dolly Parton film (and its title song) 9 to 5. The song hit #1 on the US charts for two weeks, selling over a million copies. Ms. Easton was subsequently chosen to sing the theme song to the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. She remains the only singer to be seen on screen singing the title song for any James Bond movie. For Your Eyes Only rose to #4 in the US and was nominated for an Academy® Award. A very successful year culminated with the Grammy® Award for the Best New Artist.

In 1982 a long-awaited worldwide tour was performed to standing room only audiences all around the world, including ones in Europe, the Far East and the U.S. One of the American tour concerts, filmed at the Palace in Hollywood, California, was released on video and entitled Live At the Palace. 1983 brought Ms. Easton her own NBC-TV special, Sheena Easton...Act One. She recorded a duet with Kenny Rogers of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” which hit #6 on the US pop chart and #1 on the Country chart. Her dance-oriented 1984 album A Private Heaven featured the single, “Strut,” which hit #7 on the Pop chart, as well as the controversial, Prince-penned “Sugar Walls,” which reached #3 on the R&B chart. It was a Platinum-selling recording in the US and Canada.

Sheena Easton appeared in a popular five-episode arc on the ‘80s series Miami Vice, playing the wife of lead “MTV cop” Sonny Crockett. She has also appeared in the film Indecent Proposal and voice-acted in All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. Her songs have appeared in the films Santa Claus – The Movie, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, About Last Night and (again with Prince) Tim Burton’s Batman.

She won the Grammy® Award in 1984 for Best Mexican-American Performance for Me Gustas Tal Como Eres, a duet with Luis Miguel on her Todo Me Recuerda A Ti album. A further collaboration with Prince, this time the duet “U Got The Look,” rose to #2 on the US Pop chart in 1987. In 1989, Sheena Easton’s recording of Prince’s “101” reached #2 on the R&B Chart.

The 1990s brought a couple of national tours and Broadway appearances for Sheena, as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and as Rizzo in Grease.

In 1994 Ms. Easton began an annual series of tours for the holiday season called The Colors of Christmas, featuring artists such as Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Philip Bailey, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, James Ingram and Patti Austin, later resulting in a CD release.

The 2000s saw a series of appearances in Las Vegas, including with David Cassidy at the Rio Hotel and a headlining act at the Las Vegas Hilton. Sheena co-hosted a Las Vegas morning TV show with Clint Holmes. Ms. Easton’s popularity in Las Vegas resulted in her 2004 induction in the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana.

In 1992 Sheena Easton became a citizen of the United States.


SHEENA EASTON SINGS JAMES BOND
May 9 - May 10, 2014
COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL

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