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Dance queen; Clubs.

Byline: Emma Johnson

IT MUST be a funny old life being a dance diva. You can spend years recording all sorts of records, working the circuit and honing your craft then - if you are lucky - you record a great big track and spend the rest of your life being booked to sing it to clubs full of crazy dance fans.

Sandy B and Juliet Roberts, pictured left, did just that. Both women were doing very nicely thank you as singers before they got their lungs around future club classics.

For Sandy that track was You Make My World Go Round. Released way back in 1996 it has been re-worked over and over and remains a staple of many a DJ's collection.

For jazz singer Juliet, her 2001 collaboration with Grammy Award-winning New York super-producer David Morales on Needin U II (a re-working of his 1998 hit) has been, as she puts it, "keeping her out of trouble" ever since.

But she admits she almost missed out on doing the track at all as she had been perfectly happy in "mummyland" when Morales made the call.

"Morales had always done a remix of my dance tracks over the years and I had just had a baby daughter when he contacted me and said, 'so what are you planning to do?'", Londoner Juliet explains.

"I wasn't planning to do anything!

"He said 'I've got this track, if I send it to you and you don't have to move, or leave the house to do it, would you be interested?'

"I hadn't heard the original version of the track and it went from there. It was fantastic and we had really great success."

Next week both Juliet and Sandy will be in Liverpool performing their biggest anthems and more at Garlands for the club's 15th (yes 15th!) birthday.

While Juliet, who confesses only to having been in the music business for over two decades ("you're not supposed to ask questions like that" she responds to probing over her age) has been here plenty of times, New Yorker Sandy, a mother-of-two, is making her return to the club scene after being laid low for eight years by a mystery illness linked to her thyroid.

"I am just now getting myself back out," Sandy explains before adding: "It is wonderful to have a song like this. I hear it on the radio and it is still going and it is wonderful and I hope it never stops."

As for Juliet she too is looking forward to belting out the big tunes once again. She says: "I am fortunate to have written some really lovely songs that make me smile and it's great. I love it, love it, love it."

Garlands 15th birthday party. November 29 with PAs from Juliet Roberts, Sandy B, and Jason Herd's My Girl plus DJ sets from ATFC, Les Calvert, Dave Booth, Sean Hughes, Carl Ralph and loads more. See

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2008
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