M People star Heather Small demands the same luxurious honey in her rider that Lady Gaga uses to keep her voice in top shape.
The 'Moving On Up' singer is heading back on the road with the band in October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album 'Elegant Slumming' and she uses £10-a-jar Manuka honey to soothe her sore throat when she comes off stage.
Gaga has listed the sweet bee juice in her rider for years to protect her voice from wear and tear, and Heather admits she has very specific requests backstage and doesn't like to perform without white flowers and dark chocolate in her dressing room.
When asked what's in her rider, she exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I always have flowers, white flowers, candles and I make sure that I have fresh ginger, and some Manuka honey. And I usually have dark or organic chocolate. The guys might have some Jack Daniels; they don't usually open that beforehand though.''
Despite having such a precise rider, Heather is adamant she is not a diva. The 48-year-old musician insists she needs the items to calm her nerves before show time.
She explained: ''Everybody always tries to make me out into some sort of diva! But I am not a diva, I like what I like, and I like to get it. When you are performing and you've got to go out there and do your thing it's nice to have the stuff around you that settles your nerves. I know if I want something for my throat, my lozenges, I've got them. So if everything is good before you get on stage you give your best performance. It is just what you need around you to perform well. I get very, very nervous, so I spend a lot of the time in my room. Everything has a purpose; the flowers make me feel relaxed, the candles make me feel relaxed. Everything is to calm my nerves. So there is method to the madness.''
M People's 14-date '20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour' kicks off on October 10 in Manchester and tickets are available at www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk
M People '20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour' dates:
Thursday 10, Manchester Arena
Friday 11, Bristol Colston Hall
Saturday 12, Bournemouth International Centre
Monday 14, Guildford G Live
Tuesday 15, Ipswich Regent
Wednesday 16, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 18, Sheffield City Hall
Saturday 19, Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Sunday 20, Liverpool Empire Theatre
Tuesday 22, York Barbican
Wednesday 23, Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 24, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Saturday 26, Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sunday 27, London Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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