Midlands-based soul singer Jaki Graham established herself as one of the most popular R&B and dance artists in the U.K. with a string of hits in the '80s.
Among her chart entries were Top Ten placings for "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "Round and Round," and "Set Me Free." Jaki also made appearances on releases by other artists, lending her sensual vocals to tracks by UB40, Kim Wilde, Paul Hardcastle, and Afrika Bambaataa.
As Jaki celebrates over 30 years in the industry, her story is an inspiration. Following the phenomenal worldwide response to her 'Gershwin & Soul' concert with the BBC Big Band for Radio 2 in October 2009, only two weeks after being aired, the second was confirmed. March 12th 2010 saw Jaki again performing with the BBC Big Band at the Birmingham Town Hall, this time for an evening of Duke Ellington classics.
March 2010 also saw the international release of Jaki's 3 Japanese albums. Until this point "Real Life", "Rhythm of Life" and "My Life" had only been available in limited territories which had meant that many of her fans have never heard some of Jaki's finest recordings.
2010 would continue to be a hive of activity as two further albums would be released. August 23rd saw Cherry Pop records releasing a special edition CD of Jaki's 1986 album "Breaking Away". In addition to the original 12 track album, 5 bonus tracks would be added to the CD, 3 of which were exclusive to this release.
"Absolute Essential - The Very Best of" is Jaki's new official two disc compilation album, containing 28 of her finest recordings to date. Released in the UK and Ireland on October 25th, plans are already being put in place to release this album in Asia, Australia and the USA in 2011.
Jaki has recently become the face of Paul Wayne Gregory chocolates, a world leading chocolatier (responsible for the chocolates for HM Queen's 80th birthday), and will see her own exclusive range launched for early 2011.
2011 saw Jaki head off to LA to commence work on her first, long awaited studio album, the first in over 10 years, working alongside the legendary Patrice Rushen of 'Forget Me Knots' fame. The album will continue in the Jazz theme, only with a contemporary twist!
In her own words "I've had a lot of pains and struggles in my life but I'm still here darlin' and still enjoying every minute of it!"