For our 99th episode, we are so excited to share a very special conversation with Tina‘s Chanel Haynes!
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Discovered by Quincy Jones while she was still a teenager, Chanel became a founding member of the gospel trio, Trinitee 5:7. As lead singer of the group, Chanel sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations.
The trio spent nearly two decades entertaining audiences around the world in arenas ranging from Madison Square Garden to Wembley Stadium. The group was managed by Matthew Knowles.
Her first album went Platinum and spent 50 weeks on Billboard’s top R&B albums chart, while both of her first two albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel chart.
Chanel made her theatre debut starring as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. For her performance, she won Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards.
Chanel is making her West End debut as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Chanel had an incredible journey landing the role, which led to her relocating her entire family to London.
In this special episode, recorded in Oxford Circus, Chanel discusses why she was drawn to playing Tina Turner onstage, the audition process and conquering one of the most demanding roles in the West End (plus lots more!).
Tina is booking at the Aldwych Theatre until Sunday 18th December 2022. Visit www.tinathemusical.com for info and tickets.
Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
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