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OLLY MURS TRIBUTE ACT - INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN JAMES

25 January 2016

Tribute show coming up at the Banks's this Friday...

The sensational Stephen James delivers his exceptional vocal and visual tribute to the modern pop phenomenon that is Olly Murs on Friday, 29th January.

Performed to perfection against a video projection stage backdrop, Stephen James’ stunning show is receiving rave reviews across the country.

Featuring some of the biggest hits - including Wrapped Up, Heart skips a beat and Troublemaker - this breathtaking tribute act is a must for all Olly Murs fans out there!

So book your tickets now!

Tickets cost just £5 and can be purchased by calling our ticket office on 01922 651418 or email: events@walsallfc.co.uk


Ahead of this month’s event, saddlers.co.uk caught up with Stephen James to find out more…

Q: How long have you been doing the Olly Murs tribute act?
SJ: About 12 months now. I do many tribute acts but the Olly Murs one was suggested to me. In the back of my mind, I believed I could do Olly Murs (pictured below) as he’s got a very similar tone of voice to mine so there’s not really much effort there for me to sound like him. When I went to see him in his concert at the NIA, I really liked the production element of it. I use a video screen backdrop, which works perfectly, as you can have nice 3D effects at the back just like you’d get at Olly Murs’ actual show - but obviously mine is on a much smaller scale.



Q: So what is the structure of the show?
SJ: The structure is very much based on this year’s actual Olly Murs tour. I go back to the first days of his X Factor audition and his earlier hits and number ones to his current album. I do it chronologically, with a party feel. In the second half of the show, I do an 80s set which really blends well with the Olly Murs part.

Q: What should people expect from your performances?
SJ: High quality, high energy and audience participation - there’s a fun party night guaranteed. The high-quality production element of it is not what you’d expect to see with a normal, regular tribute act – the production is very high.

Q: So tell us a little bit more about yourself.
SJ: I’ve been singing for a long time. The tribute acts probably came around six or seven years ago. The tribute market has really shot off, and with some of my other shows I’ve done theatre tours. I also do tribute acts to Frankie Valli and Michael Bublé. As well as the 80s, I do a show called ‘New Kid on the Block’ and a soul and motown show called ‘the grapevine’. My profile has come on leaps and bounds, particularly in the last couple of years.

Q: How much are you looking forward to performing at the Banks’s?
SJ: Very much so. I was there as Frankie Valli in August last year and it was a sell out. I’m really looking forward to going back there, especially with a different show, because when people see you as one person they tend to think you’re a one-trick pony. But my voice is very, very versatile. I would put the Olly Murs show on a par with Frankie Valli – but in different ways because they’re completely different styles of music.

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