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Trin-i-tee 5:7’s Chanel to play Tina Turner in West End Musical
The 90’s is widely recognised as one of music’s best era’s. Mainstream R&B music lovers were introduced to Destiny’s Child, and the gospel community; Trin-i-tee 5:7.
With Billboard smash hits like “God’s Grace” and the abstinence anthem “My Body,” Trin-i-tee 5:7 quickly gained global recognition amassing multiple award nominations along the way.
Line-up changes, management reshuffling and record label issues plagued the group, leading to a recording hiatus. The ladies later returned to the music scene with a new sound and renewed focus “…delivering a message of hope, passion and encouragement to young women around the world by any means necessary … even if its outside the proverbial nine dots,” Chanel said in interview with Gospel Flava.
When asked in 2012 by Essence magazine for the keys to a successful career, Chanel shared 5 ingredients “…The fourth ingredient is being unique. From our performance style to our dress, we don’t try to fit into a certain mould. We like to go outside the box that so many people try to place gospel singers in. I embrace Diana Ross and Tina Turner when I go on stage, and Angel embraces her inner Babyface when she hits the notes that she does...”.
Almost a decade on, the singer/actress has come full circle having been selected by Tina Turner to star as Tina in the Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London. Losing out on the role for the Broadway version of the musical didn’t crush Chanel’s dream of playing her icon but rather, spurred her on to audition for the West End musical.
Speaking to music executive Vicki Mack Lataillade about her experience, Chanel said: “...I started looking into a work visa. I started looking for apartments…or flats. I bought a ticket got an agent and told him that he could pitch me for whatever he wanted but that I was coming to the UK because I wanted to play and will play Tina Turner…. After a month of auditions …the day finally came and the camera was in the room and that was Tina’s eye...”
The Tina Turner Musical returns to the Aldwych Theatre on 28 July.
Written by Akosua DF, Premier Gospel Presenter
Wednesday 21 July 2021