After 50 years of dazzling audiences you would be forgiven for thinking Lulu might be feeling a little jaded...
But far from it. The Scottish singer says she is feeling better and more motivated than ever and if 2015 is anything to go by, 2016 promises to be a great year for her as well.
Lulu said: “2015 has been an exceptional year for me, in a 50-year career. From performing at Glastonbury, releasing my first self-penned album and touring the UK solo with my fabulous band for the first time in 10 years. I had so much fun I’ve decided to get back out there to do it again in March 2016, and I can’t wait!”
Lulu is coming back to the stage fresh and ready to showcase songs from her new album, Making Life Rhyme. The Grantham concert promises not only to be entertaining but informative, as the Lennoxtown-born singer talks about her career which began at the young age of 15 with the hit ‘Shout!’, bringing her instant fame in 1964.
Lulu told the Journal: “I will be singing songs from the album but also songs I am known for.
“I still feel very energetic and I am more comfortable in my own skin than I have been in my whole career. I will go on stage and not try too hard!”
Being so successful at a young age meant the singer had a steep learning curve to climb. She talks of learning some hard lessons in life when she was young, not least coming from a tough background in Scotland. She talks of ‘never feeling good enough’, ‘always running away from myself’ and reading every self-help book there is.
But now in a fresh frame of mind, Lulu is raring to go with her new tour which takes in 31 dates around the UK, starting in Bury St Edmunds on March 2.
The Grammy-nominated singer will be performing hits from her 50-year career, such as ‘To Sir With Love’, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Relight My Fire’ and, of course, ‘Shout’.
As well as performing songs by some of her musical heroes, such as soul legends Ray Charles and Otis Redding, she will also be taking us on a musical journey, recalling personal anecdotes, songwriting experiences and other entertaining stories.
She said: “I don’t go to the gym but I am very agile. I am very careful with my diet and on tour I am very disciplined.”
The Meres concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 12.
Buy your tickets from the box office in the Guildhall, call 01476 406158 or go to www.guildhallartscentre.com
For Lulu’s oficial website go to www.luluofficial.com