Denise van outen 2021

FRESH: ‘On My Own’ – Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen returns with “On My Own”


Singer, actress and West End star Denise Van Outen releases a charity single today in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, raising money for theatre professionals who are currently out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is the first official music release from Denise since her 2003 album “Tell Me On A Sunday”. The track is a beautiful cover of “On My Own” from the musical Les Miserables, produced by legendary pop producer Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears).

Denise made her music debut back in 1994 with Cathy Warwick as part of the pop duo Those 2 Girls. They had a top 40 hit the following year with “All I Want” although Denise would later return to the chart on her own with fellow Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan with their cover of Kylie and Jason’s “Especially For You” and later with legendary crooner Andy Williams on a duet version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“.

Denise says: “This song is what I was going to sing live on Dancing on Ice on musicals week. So when I had to drop out of the show due to injury I decided to release my own version to help raise money for theatre professionals who are out of work. I want to release this single to not only support the arts, but also celebrate them and highlight how difficult it has been for the industry during the pandemic. Lots of my family and friends work backstage at theatres, so I’ve seen first hand how devastating the last year has been, and how little support they’ve received. I recorded my vocals at home in my spare room, and Steve then produced the track. Les Miserables is the first ever West End musical I performed in when I was just 11 years old, so this song has always been very special to me”.

Melanie Tranter, Chair of the Make a Difference Trust said: “Since the Make A Difference Trust was established in 2008 the theatre community have joined together with us to raise funds for those less fortunate than themselves. They have entertained us, made us laugh and cheer, sing and stampour feet in evenings of pure joy. They have given their time, talent and love so generously to raise funds to support those in need. Now, it’s our turn to support them. Every penny received from this initiative will go directly to theatre professionals in the UK who are affected by the theatre closures as a result of this crisis. We will work tirelessly to ensure grants are paid swiftly, and directly to those in need”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!