Do you need powerful backing vocals for your new track or in a rut with lyrics for a new song? Then I'm here to help - get in touch and let's get this song poppin'! I've recorded background vocals for Adele's '19' and Elton John's Rocket Man and I have a 5-octave range, I can't wait to work with you on your project.
Lurine Cato MBE is a UK-based multi-award winning gospel artist, songwriter, session singer and vocal coach. She has worked as a background/session vocalist for artists such as Adele, Elton John, Kylie Minogue (2 world tours), P.Diddy, Hozier, James Arthur, Susan Boyle, Sigma, Andrea Bocelli and as a session vocalist for Britain's Got Talent. In October 2020 she was awarded the prestigious MBE Award by HRH the Queen, the first female UK gospel artist to be presented with the award whom she shares with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele.
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Interview with Lurine Cato MBE
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want the song to say, what kind of vibe or mood are you looking for, do you require backing vocals or vocal production etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just reach out and we'll make it happen
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Amp, boombox, phone, microphone and lots of water
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I sang in church for over 20 years then got into touring for various artists, like Kylie Minogue. I eventually launched my solo career and have also sung for the royal family on many occasions (I am also an ambassador for the Princess Diana Award), I am a MOBO Award winner and was recently award the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Charity and music
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Timeless, upbeat, inspirational
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Janet and/or Michael Jackson (RIP) for obvious reasons! :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never settle until it's right for you
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a vast range of genres, pretty much whatever I hear and like, I can get into it
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Live performances and making people smile/laugh during the performance
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Killer melody, memorable hook and a 5 octave vocal range (if I'm singing on the track)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process is never typical, it really depends on the situation. Sometimes I heat all the music, other times I hear melody and chorus first, or melody and music first etc. Often I would sing the melody idea out and then the words come to me. I tend to work differently with different clients
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimmy Jam & Terri Lewis, Kim Burrell, Ian Green (UK Producer), Brandy
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live performance singer, songwriter, vocal producer, vocal coach, artist development
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a project some years back called The Mighty Men Experience. I wrote and produced a song for a 42 all male-voice choir, men from diverse backgrounds and communities in London including opera, pop, hip hop, rock and the like. The song is called Keep Fighting and it was written to encourage young people and support an organisation called Gangsline
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working the UK producer Ian Green (Michael Jackson, Usher, Matrix Trilogy) on a Paul Oakenfold track, recording 2 new songs and recording a TV show event for CompassionUK
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You won't be disappointed
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting positive feedback from working with my clients and how much they have been inspired by my work
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm naturally an upbeat, happy and positive person so people can be surprised when they hear about my past and how I've overcome