Vivienne Mckone who was born in London, began dancing at the age of two and worked as a child in television. She attended a local dancing school, training in American tap and jazz then went on to attend the Royal Ballet School. She appeared as a child as ‘Velma’, the solo dancer, in Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, and inspired by the music of Paul Williams and the Soul and Pop music of the 70’s began a musical theatre involvement whilst performing as a solo artist and continuing acting and television work.
She has appeared as the receptionist in BBC’s Casualty, and her first album entitled ‘Vivienne Mckone’ was produced by American producer Stuart Levine (Crusaders, Randy Crawford, Simply Red). Her next album, entitled ‘Souled Live’, was recorded live in London in 1997. Her music, a pop-soul mix has been recognised and given a place on such albums such as the Jazz FM album Spirit of the Street – The Very Best of Inner City Cool alongside artists such as The Brand New Heavies, D’Angelo and Jamiroquoi.
She has also been approached to be the solo support act for American jazz artist Al Jarreau in May 2000. In 2001 she enjoyed playing to a packed out house at the London Camden Jazz Cafe, and the Scala supporting the legendary Omar. Vivienne Mckone is currently putting together another studio album.
Join Vivienne Mckone on Sunday 19th April 2009 @ 3:15 pm on BANG Radio 103.6 FM and / or www.bangradio.fm in conversation with Sly on ‘The Sunday Afternoon Affair’.