Supreme joy; THREE DECADES ON, KAAREN RAGLAND KEEPS ALIVE THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN.
KAAREN Ragland first took to the stage as a Supreme in 1978, now 30 years later and as eager as ever she is back in the UK, performing the music that personified the Motown era.
"I think it's wonderful that the music is still appreciated and remains relevant. I believe it's because we have remained true to the spirit of the music. Also we have been lucky to have terrific vocalists who also are fun entertainers. The ladies I work with are like sisters and we complement each other. The harmonies are full and we still move," said Kaaren, founder of The Sounds Of The Supremes, who will be performing in North Wales next month.
"We are really looking forward to this tour. It's been a while since we have done a comprehensive tour in the UK. I first came as a member of The Supremes in 1978, it was also the first year I visited Wales.
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the larger clubs. This time we are doing a complete two hour show, featuring all the hits, hopefully still with a little glamour."
After The Supremes disbanded in 1977, former Supreme Mary Wilson hired Kaaren as a back-up singer for a European tour in 1978. The pair continued to tour together for eight years, it was shortly after this run that Kaaren decided to continue the legacy and The Sounds Of The Supremes were formed.
Of The Pavilion, 330000, Although this came with a legal battle from Mary Wilson over the use of The Supremes name - which Kaaren won - meaning that the band are now the only legally endorsed tribute act of its kind by Motown.
"I tend to always look at the glass as half full, instead of half empty. I don't believe in regrets. Also we have been blessed to have many wonderful opportunities and to visit wonderful countries. Music can be a wonderful ambassador," said Kaaren.
Now, performing some of the best loved hits from a generation including Stop In The Name of Love and Baby Love, the band are set to embark on a nationwide tour, with a date at Rhyl Pavilion.
"We are looking forward to how comprehensive the tour is. Five weeks, all over Great Britain is just terrific. Over the years I have played many times at St David''s Hall in Cardiff and the audiences were terrific and very musical, it will be great to come back to Wales."
"Just be sure to come to our show ready to sing along and dance in the aisles. We love the participation. Motown just makes you want to move.
Kaaren remains a big fan of some of Britains greatest artists, and there's one band she would love to duet with, "There are so many British bands we would love to perform with, some of our favourites are Sting, the Rolling Stones, Simply Red, Robbie Williams, Coldplay and... One Direction."
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Sounds of the Supremes: Kathy Merrick, Kaaren Ragland and Althea Burkhalter-Peyton