THE STRICTY COME DANCING BAND

THE BAND

The band of musicians who play all the songs live on the show have their own website at www.strictlycomedancingband.com and you can find more about the individual members at the Meet the Band page.  In addition, this page gives you a bit of background on the band leader and the singers who perform the songs.

 

DAVID ARCH - BAND LEADER

David is a talented musician as well a Musical Director and joined Strictly Come Dancing in Series 4. He was also the Musical Director on the BBC pro-am singing show, "Just The Two Of Us" and has worked in the film industry, with credits including the Harry Potter films.

 

HAYLEY SANDERSON

Jazz singer Hayley has been a member of the Strictly Come Dancing band since series five. She was inspired to become a singer by Ella Fitzgerald.  Visit Hayley's MySpace page here. You'll find pictures, videos as well as a couple of exclusive tracks to listen to.

 

HAZEL FERNANDES

Hazel has worked with many recording artists, both on recordings and on tour, including Jamiroquai, Tom Jones and Tina Turner. She can also be heard on film soundtracks and television commercials, and has taken part in a variety of television programmes, including Top of the Pops, The Brit Awards and An Evening With Tom Jones.

 

TOMMY BLAIZE

Tommy is a stalwart of the Strictly Come Dancing band, and loves performing the Big Band and swing style numbers, as well as anything by Marvin Gaye. He enjoys the challenge of singing different things every week, especially performing something outside of his normal style of singing.  He loves appearing on Strictly because it's a great family show that is glamorous and entertaining with live music - and he'd love to have a go himself!

 

LANCE ELLINGTON

Music is in Lance's blood, as he is the son of legendary band leader Ray Ellington. He usually sings the big ballads and swing numbers on Strictly, but has also worked with some of the world's top recording artists including Sting, George Michael and Robbie Williams. He also appeared as his father in the film "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers", which lead to him recording his first album called "Lessons In Love" using the big bands and singers of the 1950s as his inspiration.

 

PRISCILLA JONES CAMPBELL

Priscilla joined Strictly Come Dancing from the fourth series. A talented singer from an early age, she was offered a place at his School of Performing Arts by Sir Laurence Olivier after he saw her performance in the hit musical, "Oliver", but as she was only 13, her parents decided it wasn't right for her at the time. Her love for music wasn't to be diminished, and she cites her influences as reggae, folk, funk, classical, rock, pop, soul, jazz and gospel.

After working on recording albums, Priscilla won a a role in the West End musical "Mama I Wanna Sing" alongside her musical heroine Chaka Khan. Her solo album "Prophecy" was launched last year.

 

ANDREA GRANT

Andrea is a singer and songwriter who studied at the BRIT School. After leaving school, she has had recording contracts with two record labels, and released the since Reputations on the Warner Brothers label.  As a live vocalist, she's toured with Tony Hadley, Robbie Williams, Lisa Stansfield and McFly, and has worked as a backing singer for many more artists, including Girls Aloud, Charlotte Church, Beth Rowley, Shirley Bassey and The Streets.  Andrea was one of the singers with the Strictly Come Dancing live tours in 2008 and 2009 as well as working with the Strictly Come Dancing band on the BBC programme.

 

CHRIS MADIN

Raised in Doncaster, Chris won a scholarship at the famous music school, Chethams, the moved to London at the age of 18 to become a professional musician and has released his first album calledJigsaw. He's recorded many of the idents for BBC Radio 2, and has performed backing vocals for recording artists including Leona Lewis and Alesha Dixon.

 

andy caine

Andy is an acclaimed session singer, and after starting to sing at the age of 15, has performed with many of the bands of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as working as a songwriter.  Find out more about him in this YouTube interview.