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Sing Out Sisters








Sing Out Sisters are one of the UK’s top function bands performing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 00s. This high energy show complete with costume changes and choreography will drive you and your guests onto the dance floor, dancing to the best pop, soul and disco classics.
The Sing Out Sisters have been performing together for nearly a decade and have earned the reputation as two of the busiest and most professional singers on the UK circuit!

Digger caught up with Claire and Laura to ask them some questions about life in a top-rated functions band.








Digger: What is your background and the background to Sing Out Sisters?
Claire: Well, Laura and I met about 10 years ago performing in another function band. We very quickly became close friends and realised we had so much in common. We have a very similar background. We both started our performing career in musical theatre when we were very young, we then went on to train in Performing Arts at university and then both furthered our education and training by doing a masters and a postgraduate degree. All the while, we had both started singing in cover bands and tribute shows for other people.
The seed for Sing Out Sisters was actually sewn in 2004, in the toilets, at Claridges in London. We were performing at a function and during a break in between sets we started to discuss the idea that we should join forces and start our own act. I think the name Sing Out Sisters came about because I was a fan of the 80s band Swing out Sisters and it made sense not only because it had a ring to it but because we had become like sisters!


We didn’t actually act on the idea until 2005 when we felt we were in a position to commit ourselves to the project fully. We decided to start small and see where it took us. There was no great master plan to start with. We knew we had to put in a lot of ground work but we didn’t set out to create the exact business we run today in 2011.  We put a basic website together (thanks to Laura’s superior computer skills), got a friend to design a business card and promoted ourselves as a female duo covering songs from through the decades. We bought some costumes and backing tracks, we choreographed routines and rehearsed the show, we had a photo shoot and recorded demos and put it out there. Laura had her own small PA at the time so we were able to be self contained which meant we could be affordable. We spent hours and hours contacting venues and agents trying to get our foot in the door. I remember one night at Laura’s flat, we were working on our contact spread sheet and one of us went into the bedroom to call a venue and they expressed an interest in booking us. We were so excited, I think we danced around her lounge like 2 crazy girls for about an hour!

As with anything, the more you put in, the more you get out of it so we worked our socks off and very quickly we started to get dates in the diary and thanks to word of mouth we started to grow. We began to get enquires for live band functions so we expanded and started to promote this line up too.

In 2006, we decided to invest more in Sing Out Sisters and thought our best move forward was to create a more sophisticated website. I had a web-designer friend who was happy to work on our new site in his spare time. I won’t reveal his name but he is one of our best kept secrets! It did take longer than we anticipated but all three of us worked so hard and set the bar so high until we were happy with the finished product (little did we know that a year later we would be updating the website again in such dramatic fashion).
The new website got great feedback and allowed us to feel more confident about contacting agents and venues direct. The results were as we hoped and we started to get more and more interest, so much so that people started to ask if we could perform other things. Obviously, it was inevitable that we were eventually asked if we could perform an Abba tribute show. We discussed this expansion in great detail as we were already working for other Abba tributes (including having performed for the world famous Bjorn Again). We didn’t want to just throw anything together; if we were going to do a new show then it had to be done properly! We finally made the decision that it was a natural progression for us to expand and if the work was being offered then we would be mad to turn it down. And so that’s when it all really took off. Once we made that decision to create another show, we realised that we were more than capable of doing this again and again depending on what people wanted! Over the past 3 years we’ve created 10 more shows including a Grease and Dirty Dancing tribute, an 80s show and most recently a Christmas themed show called the Santa Sisters! (That’s why we had to re-vamp the website again – to add pages on to promote all our ‘other acts’). The result is, we’re now really busy and are now in a position where we don’t really have to sing for anybody else anymore. We are also able to offer lots of other performers and musicians gigs (which is a great feeling)!
The great thing about Sing Out Sisters is that we now have a formula to all our shows and it works! We’re all about high quality vocals, tight choreography, killer set lists, fantastic costumes but, most importantly, we are all about talking to the audience and getting them involved from start to finish! So whether an audience member is sitting down, standing up or going wild on the dance floor, they will definitely feel like they have been ‘Sing Out Sistered’!!
We’re so happy with what we’ve achieved so far and enjoy every aspect of running Sing Out Sisters. We’re a great little team and discuss everything at length before we make any decision (thank goodness for free minutes!). I’m not sure we would have got where we are today if we didn’t work so well together, both on and off stage. We’re very lucky to have found each other really and we’re looking forward to the future. We have further plans to expand over the next few years so WATCH THIS SPACE!! 

Digger: You cover a number of decades and styles and have a lot of different acts in your repertoire. Which of these are the most difficult to perform and what have been the most unusual requests you've had from clients?
Claire: Each act we do requires us to think carefully about the artiste or band or style we are covering. We are always very clear that we are not going to be a carbon copy of the original but we do a lot of research to make sure that we make enough reference to them so the audience can ‘play’ along with us. We pay attention to all aspects of the show and make sure the costumes, choreography, vocals, harmonies, dialogue are all very precise and considered. The tribute shows are the hardest to plan but once they are set they are very structured, so a bit easier to perform. The covers gigs are probably the hardest to perform as you don’t really get to hide behind a ‘character’ and you have to adapt constantly throughout a gig. One minute we might be singing We Are Family or Blame it on the Boogie and then the next we’re singing Sweet Child O Mine or Sex on Fire. You feel a lot more exposed.
With regards to unusual requests, we always offer to learn a dance first or a special song if the client wants something that’s not already on our ever-expanding repertoire. More often than not we get asked to learn songs by male artists which can be quite interesting if it’s not in our key! The most common request issue happens on the night of a gig. Audience members (especially the ones who have had one too many) seem to think that we know every song ever written! They think nothing of jumping on stage (whilst we’re performing) and asking if we can do some song by someone we’ve never even heard of. Even if we do know the song, we might not have the backing track or the band might not know it. And even if we did and the band do, it might not be appropriate to sing a country and western classic at an Abba night! The hard and often funny thing is trying to make them understand!

Digger: What do you enjoy best about what you do?

Claire: There are so many great things about what we do for a living! We get to be in charge of our own success which is very rewarding and something I am now very proud of. We still get to be creative which, when you think we spend so much time running the business side of Sing Out Sisters, is so important to us. After all, we are performers at heart and so our passion really lies in the music and the performing.

We also get to work with such talented people. All the musicians and other performers we use are fantastic and we try and make our gigs as enjoyable as possible so they feel like they are part of the Sing Out Sisters team.


We obviously get to travel and see so many places and meet so many people. Not everybody gets to perform in Glasgow one night and in Zurich the next! The variety keeps it all exciting. However the most enjoyable aspect of what we do has to do with our audience. Week after week we get to perform to hundreds and hundreds of different people and for the hour or so that we’re singing, we see them forget about their lives and just join in the fun and let themselves go. We don’t know them and it’s more than likely that we won’t ever see them again but for a very short space of time, we are all connected. And no matter who they are or what they have going on in their lives (good or bad), we can take them away from reality. I think this is what motivates us to get up on stage night after night and treat every performance individually. They want to be entertained and it’s our job to give them all we’ve got! There’s nothing like the feeling of looking out into the audience and seeing people going crazy, enjoying themselves so much and knowing that is all down to what you are doing!



Digger:  What sort of feedback are you getting from audiences and clients?

Laura: We’re always overwhelmed by the response we get from our audiences. To receive positive feedback is truly the icing on the cake and makes all the hard work worthwhile. However, function after function, it seems our most powerful asset, which is common to all our shows, is that our audience can tell that we love performing. It’s something that clearly translates from the stage to the dance floor and yet ironically is the one thing you can’t manufacture.

Digger: Why do you think retro and nostalgia are such a big thing for us? 
Claire: From doing tributes and theme nights, I see retro and nostalgia from two sides. The serious and the funny. Firstly, the teenage generation will latch onto an era and try and make it cool again and the fashion and music world start making serious references to it. The most recent was the 80s. I couldn’t believe it when people seriously started wearing shoulder pads again!!!

Secondly, once the era has been revived by the teenagers, the adult generation seem to then revive it in a comedy way and send it up by having fancy dress parties and theme nights (and that’s where we step in). They were there first time round so they wouldn’t do it all again seriously but seem happy to make a joke out of it. Our 80s School Disco show has seen a huge rise in demand in the past 18 months and the audience is mainly made up from people in their mid 30’s-mid 40’s.

I haven’t really experienced the resurgence of music and culture from my generation yet. I am looking forward to the day if when I see teenagers getting into the 90s and I’m sure there will come a time when Laura and I are dressing up in Dr Martins and grunge costumes singing along to Blur, Oasis, Pulp etc and watching people our own age re-living the past!
Ultimately, I think people like to try and experience the best bits of an era, whether they were there or not, and it all becomes very stereotypical. But that makes perfect sense. If you look back on anything  in life, you want to remember or re-create the most memorable elements. So for us, we choose the biggest hits and the most iconic clothes and that’s really all people want!
I know some individuals have a deeper seated connection with retro and nostalgia but I would say this is very different and is more of a fanatical hobby which is not what we’re about.

The only thing I would say now is that the tribute world is changing fast.  It used to be about nostalgia but now, as soon as a new artist comes on the scene, there are a dozen of tributes in line waiting to be booked. Lady Gaga is a perfect example. This is less about nostalgia and more about the fact that tributes themselves have become a legitimate genre. Either way, it keeps us in business!

Digger: 'Tribute bands' are well-respected in their own right these days. How much rehearsal and preparation goes into these shows?

Laura: Many people underestimate the amount of work that goes into getting a show just right and some the amount of work that’s needed to get it right, which can show! We take pride in all our acts as you have to remember there’s an element of responsibility when you’re in charge of making someone’s special occasion a night to remember. Plus, you’re often performing to fans of that particular artist or movie and therefore you have to do it justice. To short change them would be criminal. Embarking on a new act can feel like a mammoth task when you’re at the first phase of researching your source. But as everything starts to come together, you finally decide on that all important act name and the show’s debut is a success. There’s a real sense of achievement.

Digger:  What are your retro passions?
Claire: It’s really hard to have any serious retro passions as when you do what we do for a living, it makes you a bit numb to it all in a way – not in a bad way though. I have things from the past I really love like The Commitments, David Lynch work from the 1980s, the Olympic Games, but I don’t cling onto anything in particular and if someone invited me to a 1970s fancy dress party, I’d probably kill myself!!!!

Digger:  How do you see Sing Out Sisters' acts developing in the future?

Laura: The sky’s the limit! In all seriousness if there’s a demand for a particular tribute or theme and we think we can do it justice or even bring a different twist to what’s already out there then we love the challenge of developing something new. As long as we still enjoy what we do best then we will continue to develop Sing Out Sisters.





Over the recent years the Sing Out Sisters have worked with some of the UK’s top function bands including the world famous Abba tribute Bjorn Again and have performed at the best venues the UK has to offer as well as abroad. As professional session singers, their voices can often be heard on TV and radio adverts as well as performing backing vocals for well know recording artists and bands.

Venues include Claridges, The Dorchester, The Savoy, Park Lane Hilton, Donington Park, Renaissance Chancery Court, Carlton Towers, Theatre Royal Windsor, Madame Tussauds, The Ritz, Newbury Racecourse, The Natural History Museum, to name just a few as well as pubs, clubs, restaurants, private parties, weddings, Jewish functions, corporate events including award ceremonies and product launches plus providing live entertainment for well known personalities.

Laura : 07738 516781

Claire : 07867 971892






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