Fact: British soul singer Beverly Knight brought the London Paralympics opening ceremony to an triumphant close by singing Broadway classic I Am What I Am on Wednesday night (29Aug12). The show officially opened the 2012 Summer Paralympic games, which will run in the U.K. capital until 9 September (12), and was watched by Queen Elizabeth II.
Fact: British singer Beverley Knight has spent a week with impoverished families in Malawi to promote this year's (11) Christian Aid Christmas Appeal. She visited groups of children in the African republic, and performed for an audience of 10,000 at the Lake of Stars festival.
Quote: "It's in excess of 450 pairs." British soul star Beverley Knight has a huge shoe collection.
Quote: "Everyone loved Michael. What he did for black artists specifically was get us on the bl**dy television. Before him you never saw us. He was the first black artist who truly crossed over and transcended race." British soul singer Beverly Knight on late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Fact: British soul singer Beverley Knight is launching K Cosmetics, a make-up range for black women.