Jaki Graham is a unique vocalist and one of the most appealing Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK. Jaki went on to sign with EMI in 1983 and ‘Heaven Knows’ became the title track of
her debut album. Jaki achieved a Guinness World Record as the first black British female solo artist to have 6 consecutive Top 10 / 20 hits, unheard of by a black British female at that time. Particularly successful in Japan in the 90’s (releasing 5 albums) her first album ‘Real Life’ sold more than 800,000 copies in under four weeks, with tickets for her tour selling out in 20 minutes. ‘Ain’t Nobody’ did exceptionally well in the USA reaching No.1 in the Billboard dance charts for 5 weeks. Sales of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ reached gold in Australia, Japan and the USA.
During this period, Motown signed the album ‘Kiss the Sky’, which featured Jaki on lead vocals, and has since gone on to sell significant numbers worldwide, making Jaki officially Motown! 2010 continued to be a hive of activity as Cherry Pop records released a special edition CD of Jaki’s 1986 album “Breaking Away”. In addition to the original 12 track album, 5 bonus tracks were added, 3 of which were exclusive to this release. The summer of 2010 also saw Jaki accompany Michael McDonald and Al Green on their UK ‘Legends’ Arena Tour which included Birmingham LG, Manchester MEN and London’s O2 Arena, as Michael’s Special Guest.
“Absolute Essential – The Very Best of Jaki Graham” is Jaki’s new official two disc compilation album, containing 28 of her finest recordings to date. As for 2012, Jaki is set for a very busy year! Having been approached to re-vocal ‘SET ME FREE’, this is due to be released as a single on May 14th as ‘SET ME FREE 2012’ by DJ Paul Rudd feat. Jaki Graham’. Jaki has also been back in the studio and recently finished recording her first, long awaited studio album in over 10 years, giving Jaki the chance to pay homage to some of the classics she was herself brought up listening too, only this time with a more contemporary Jazz twist.