The Tina Turner Experience Team

The best Tina Turner tribute show with LIVE band, backing singers and professional dancers!

Julie Nevada As Tina Turner

Julie is a recognised national and international artiste who has been a solo performer since the age of 15. Her unmistakable vocals, energy, personality and sensational image are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Julie thrives on crowds and has a natural ability to engage any audience.

Julie is truly a fantastic performer. She has perfected her art to deliver the same dynamic performance that Tina Turner delivers. 

Get ready to experience all the glitz, glamour and energetic dance routines you’d expect from the real Tina Turner in our exceptional show. 

 

The Band

Matt, Keyboard & musical director

Matt is our musical director and he is one amazing musical genius, not only on the piano and keyboards, but also as Choir Musical Director in his spare time. He knows everything there is to know about harmonies.
At the age of 12, he achieved a grade 8 in piano and at 21 years old he achieved a BMus from The Guildhall School of Music. He then became the resident Pianist at The Washington and Hilton Hotels in London and has toured extensively in Austria, Germany and Italy.

Matt is a very laid-back guy who would never tell you that he is the one who did the arrangements for every song in the Tina Turner Experience as well as arranging all the harmonies. The only time he’s not laid back is if we do it wrong…then he roars like a lion.

A little-known fact about Matt is that he speaks fluent Italian.
Matt says he loves being in The Tina Turner Experience just slightly more than he loves McDonald’s, and he really loves McDonald’s.

andrew, Lead guitar

Andrew says he’s been trying to play the guitar for many years. He has the largest collection of guitar tutor books in the world and has never opened or read any of them.

Andrew is a former student of Goldsmiths College in the City of London. He has been playing in bands since before the electric harp was invented.
Andrew’s original hero was Hank Marvin and like him, Andrew is lost without his specs.

Andrew spent many years performing in the resident band at The Green Man down the Old Kent Road, It is a venue very famous for the quality of musicians that played in that part of London (back in the day). Andrew is in The Guinness Book of Records for being the longest member of Weight Watchers without actually losing any weight.

Clive, Percussionist

Clive has been playing in bands since his early teens, gaining experience and craft with many bands for more than 40 years.

He’s worked professionally on the British Country music circuit, working at Butlins, Pontins, Ho-Seasons and Haven Holidays.

He studied under Bob Armstrong at Masterclass Studios and the Musicians Institute Wapping, London.

He joined the Training Them Live project as one of the drum set teachers and performance mentors, helping youngsters learning to play instruments and perform live.

Clive plays percussion with The Tina Turner Experience and is delighted to be part of a great team who work so well together. Clive is an endorsee for MURAT DIRIL Cymbals.

Ideals: To bring a smile to someone’s face each and every day!

Don, Bass guitar

Every band has a joker in the pack and ours is Don. Born in Scotland at the dawn of time, he’s been in the business for 40 years. Don started as a lead guitar player rather than a bass player. We’re glad he changed instruments because he sure knows how to play the bass. 

Don has played with many well-known acts over the years and spent quite a bit of time playing with Dave Berry and the Cruisers.

Don has worked as a session bass player for many years. He has been performing with Peter, our drummer, for the last 14 years. On discussing many potential different musical projects with Peter, they came up with the idea for The Tina Turner show.

Don absolutely loves playing in The Tina Turner Experience and is always driving the management to “book more shows”. Don is also an extrovert, as you will see when you watch the show.

Graeme, Saxophone

Graeme has been playing the Saxophone since the age of 7 and has been very successful from a young age making radio and TV appearances with The Glen Miller youth orchestra. In his teenage years Graeme moved from his Jazz upbringing, to his real passion: Soul, R & B, Pop and Rock & Roll. This change of style led to live performances, recordings, media appearances, theatre shows and extensive arena tours and concert halls.

Graeme is heavily influenced in his style of playing by his idols King Curtis, Sam Butera and Junior Walker. He performed alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry, including The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reaves, Alison Moyet Jools Hollands Blues Band, Jeff Beck and Robert Plant.

We feel very privileged to have Graeme onboard with The Tina Turner Experience and we know he is happy to be here.

Peter, drums & band leader

Peter is the band leader and has the most experience. He’s been in the music business for over 57 years. He played his first gig when he was only 14 years old. One year later, in 1963, he formed his first band Blues Ltd. and they played gigs all over London.

In 1972 Peter formed a new band, Chamise, when he landed a contract for Mecca International. They took up residency at the Lyceum Ballroom in London and played the Mecca International circuit as well as other prestigious venues like The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall, to name but a few.

Peter also worked as a session musician and now has his own recording studio “Obscene Studios”.

Peter is the driving beat behind The Tina Turner Experience theatre show. Peter’s favourite saying: “Onwards & Upwards”

Piers, Rhythm & lead guitar

Piers is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and in-demand session player. As a vastly experienced musician with over 30 years in the industry, Piers has played all over the world with top function and events acts and has worked and collaborated with a range of artists including Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) Lamar, Kenny Thomas, Peltsman, Eye High, PlayAtMidnight and more.

Piers loves being part of the Tina Turner Experience family, playing in a live theatrical show with an extremely talented group of musicians, singers and dancers.

Piers has a penchant for a good single malt and wine gums…

The backing singers

Andy, Singer & HARMONY SINGER

Andy has a vast vocal range and has been performing for over 30 years. His wealth of experience includes performing to audiences around the world.

In his early career, Andy worked as a session singer for major labels. During that time Andy worked alongside many big names including Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden), Eric Burden (Animals), The Village People, Jimmy Helms and The Four Tops, to name a few.

Andy also opened for top comics such as Bobby Lee, Jimmy Jones, Dave Lee and Bradley Walsh. He is a songwriter and has had a couple of minor country/soft rock hits across Europe.

Andy says he’s a big fan of Tina Turner and being part of this show is the next best thing to working with the real Tina Turner especially as everyone is so precise and so professional. 

Katherine-Amy, Harmony singer

Katherine-Amy has been writing and performing her own music from a very young age. She has a great passion for electronic and house dance music. A move to London from her home town in Yorkshire sent her further into the dance scene. She loves performing at The Ministry of Sound as well as the Rhythm Factory.

Katherine has had several recording contracts for major labels within the dance/house industry. She has several successful charting dance singles, working alongside some big names in that genre of music. Her career has also taken her to Ibiza to perform at all the top venues on the Island. Katherine says she’s very excited to be part of The Tina Turner Experience.

Sheila, harmony singer

Sheila has been with the Tina Turner experience for many years and is our longest-serving backing singer. She discovered her love of singing when she joined the school choir. Sheila then started singing professionally once she left school.

When she is not singing with us, Sheila is a vocalist in her own right. She is part of the duo Sugar and Spice.

Sheila loves being part of The Tina Turner Experience and always brings us cakes. We love having Sheila with us, not only for the cakes but for her talent and professionalism too.

The dancers

siobhan, dance captain & choreographer

Siobhan started dancing from a very young age and attended various theatre schools. She then went on to do a 3-year dance diploma at Reynolds performing arts.

Since graduating Siobhan has performed in various shows around the world, including Cyprus, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Madeira and Ireland.

Siobhan regularly performs at the O2 in London, in music videos, in TV commercials, with Bollywood celebrities and at fashion shows. She also choreographs shows and teaches dance to children and adults of all ages. Siobhan says she’s loving every minute of performing in The Tina Turner Experience show. 

denise, dancer

Denise is from County Kildare, Ireland. She studied Musical Theatre in the UK achieving a BA (Hons) Degree. She appeared in various TV/Films as a dancer including Penny Dreadful, The Tudors Laochra and Little Woman to name but a few.

Denise performed in many stage productions as a dancer throughout Ireland as well as mainland Britain. Among the titles are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Crewe Lyceum Theatre), Robin Hood (The Gaiety, Dublin), Sleeping Beauty (UCH Limerick), Jack and The Beanstalk (UCH Limerick), West End Medley (UK), Gap Year the Musical (UK Tour) and many more.

Denise also trained as a competitive Gymnast and Cheerleader lending her dance, gymnastic and cheerleading skills to West Ham Utd, London and Leinster Rugby, Dublin. Denise was very excited to land the dance roll in The Tina Turner Experience show.

Jess, dancer

Jess grew up by the sea in East Sussex and was passionate about dancing from an early age. Her dance teacher Mechele Lefkaridi was her inspiration growing up. Jess won the Cecchetti Ballet Southern Area Awards and a scholarship to train as a Junior Cecchetti Associate in London. She also trained in various other styles and fell in love with theatre jazz.

At the age of 18, Jess got a place at Reynolds Performing Arts in Kent for three years full time professional musical theatre training. This was invaluable and she landed her first job as a hotel production cast dancer in Wales. She is excited to be part of the UK theatre tour of The Tina Turner Experience and is grateful to her family and friends for their continuous support.

samantha, dancer

Samantha studied Performing Arts and has a particular passion for theatre. She has been working professionally as a dancer, singer, actress and presenter for over 10 years, performing in various productions in the UK and abroad. Samantha has also appeared on CBBC’s The Big Performance.

Theatre credits include: Nick Jr’s Rainforest Adventure (Lead Female Presenter), Cartoon Network’s Super-Toontastic Gameshow (Dee Dee/Dancer), The Stephen Mulhern Show (Magic Assistant/Dancer), Looney Tunes Live, Stars from Britain’s Got Talent, The Little Big Club – Live!

Television/Film Credits include: The Big Performance (CBBC), Rare Beasts, Jack Ryan, Skoda, & The Isle of Wight Festival (Sky Arts).

Samantha is thrilled to be part of the cast of The Tina Turner Experience and would like to thank her Mum and Dad for their continued love and support in her career.

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Tori, dancer

Tori is from Kent and she has been dancing since she was very young. At 16, she studied at West Kent College doing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance. 

Tori performed as a dancer in Pantomimes across the UK and at Wembley for The NFL UK. She has also worked extensively abroad in places such as Bahrain, Egypt and Cyprus. Tori performed as a dancer in several music videos and most recently was a backup dancer for Nathan Dawe in Birmingham.

Tori loves to be part of The Tina Turner Experience. 

 

The crew

Kevin, LIghts

sam, spotlights

titch, sound engineer

the tina turner experience team

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