Sheffield singer pays tribute to legendary vocalist Joni

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A SHEFFIELD singer will pay tribute to singing legend Joni Mitchell with a concert composed in her honour.

Rosie Brown is such a big fan of the musical icon that has she penned 12 original songs as a tribute to the artist’s life and career.

Performance: Rosie Brown

Performance: Rosie Brown

‘Where Light Falls’ - which opens at Firth Hall in Sheffield next Tuesday - intersperses songs with narrative backgrounds.

The show explores everything from Joni’s battle with childhood illness to the baby she gave up for adoption, the love she walked away from to fulfill her artistic dreams, her life as a painter and her conflicts with fame.

“She’s only too human as a person and her life has such a seam of richness,” explained vocalist Rosie, 47, who has been singing for over 20 years.

“I was interested in female artists who were bucking the trend of singing limpid love songs and Joni was a pioneer.

Inspirational: Joni Mitchell, pictured in 1973.

Inspirational: Joni Mitchell, pictured in 1973.

“She is an inspiration to me as she spans both the jazz and pop worlds’ and gains respect from both.”

Born in Canada in 1943, Joni Mitchell was one of the most important and influential female recording artists of the late 20th century, with hits including Big Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now.

‘Where Light Falls’ is the result of a collaboration with Argentinian born guitarist Alejandro Sancho and Latin Quartet lyricist Mike Jones who both joined with Rosie to create the biographical work.

Rosie, who will perform the songs at the Sheffield University venue next week, will also tackle a couple of Joni’s own songs, something she admits makes her rather nervous.

“Nobody sings Joni’s songs better than her, which is why I’m only touching on a few and why I won’t even attempt to copy her style,” said Rosie, of Millhouses.

Rosie told The Star that, depending on its reception, she would love to take ‘Where Light Falls’ on tour later in the year.

■ Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts for tickets.