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'Defying Gravity' G-A-Y Remix by Kerry Ellis

14/02/2011

A startling remix of the standout track on Kerry’s album "Anthems", released on Decca Records 20 March

One of the most thrilling vocal talents on today’s West End stage joined forces with founding member of Queen, Brian May, for the album "Anthems", for which May produced and wrote new material. The album charted Top 20 in its first week of release.

Now they take their highly successful collaboration a stage further with the release of a pounding club remix of "Defying Gravity" - the lead track from the musical, Wicked, and a standout song on Kerry’s debut album.

The mix comes from the people behind the world’s most high profile gay club, London’s G-A-Y. In its 18 years, the club has hosted performances from some of the world’s biggest artists, including Madonna, Kylie, Mariah Carey, Pink and Katy Perry. This is the first time they have turned their hands to remixing. "We’ve been looking for the right artist and the right song," says club founder, Jeremy Joseph, "and "Defying Gravity" is one of my all-time favourite songs, and when Kerry performed the track at G-A-Y and the crowd went ballistic, I knew this was the one."

Decca will donate a share of the proceeds from the sale of the single to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.*

The single comes as Kerry and Brian announce a 12-date national tour for this Spring, on the back of the phenomenal demand for their Royal Albert Hall shows in May.

The full "Anthems Live" dates with Kerry Ellis and Brian May are:

Anthems: The Concert

  • May 1 - Royal Albert Hall, London
  • May 1 - Additional 4.00pm matinee show just announced - Royal Albert Hall, London

The shows will benefit LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA RESEARCH, the UK’s leading blood cancers charity.

Anthems: The Tour

  • May 3 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • May 5 - Gateshead The Sage
  • May 6 - Sheffield City Hall
  • May 8 - Nottingham Royal Centre
  • May 9 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • May 11 - Edinburgh Festival Theatre
  • May 12 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • May 14 - Cardiff St David’s Hall
  • May 16 - Manchester Bridgewater Hall
  • May 18 - Milton Keynes Theatre
  • May 19 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion
  • May 21 - Bath Forum

Tickets go on sale at 9am, Friday, 18 February.

The Mercury Phoenix Trust

Since being founded in Freddie Mercury’s name by Queen band members, Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager, Jim Beach in 1992, the Mercury Phoenix Trust has given over 8 million pounds to over 300 charities in its global work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. With the support of the members of Queen and fans and friends around the world, the Mercury Phoenix Trust continues to grow and keep Freddie Mercury’s legacy alive.

*"The minimum donation made by Decca to the Mercury Phoenix Trust will be £0.05 per copy of the single sold.

www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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