FIVE MINUTES WITH: Doncaster's own Forces' sweetheart Miss Marina Mae
Vintage vocalist and versatile personality entertainer Chloe Dance, aka Miss Marina, hasn’t let the pandemic stand in the way of performing and has used lockdown to stream her shows online.
Marina, aged 28, performs songs from all genres from the 1920s to the present day but is most known for her wartime tribute show, which she has been wowing audiences with for the past 12 years. She sings vintage music with an eye for authenticity, or more modern songs with her tributes to country, rock and pop.Marina is a personality vocalist; warm and bubbly who will engage with her audience and make them feel part of the show.Because of this, she has gained a large and loyal following from her performances over the years.
She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues and events across the country and abroad and is a true professional, a spectacular showgirl with sparkling stage presence, versatile vocals and glamorous and authentic costumes.
Her business received even more recognition recently when she was voted as Doncaster's Most Entertaining Personality by the public in the Visit Doncaster Lockdown Awards (the VDLAs), with runner up being comedy quiz host Johnny Gibson.
She said: “I have been putting on live stream concerts all the way through lockdown; performing a different theme each week from wartime songs (which I am most known for) to rock and northern soul; and also hosting quizzes, dance classes and aerobics sessions.
“I have been a professional entertainer for over ten years, performing at many venues, festivals and private events across the country and abroad.
"I specialise in wartime songs but I can perform music from the 20s to now and perform with my own big swing band or as a solo artist.
“When not in lockdown you can find me performing regularly in the local area; including at The Earl of Doncaster where I hope to be performing on New Year’s Eve, if not before.”
People can find these performances by typing 'Miss Marina Mae' into Facebook and clicking 'like'.
The themes for her shows include one which is perfect for themed Peaky Blinder or Great Gatsby events, or for a fun alternative to the normal tunes at a wedding or party, with songs including Toxic, Oops... I Did It Again, Sweet Child O'Mine and Seven Nation Army.
Marina was the resident singer on the P&O Peaky Blinders Mini Cruise, wowing audiences with her spellbinding rendition of 'Red Right Hand', classic 1920s songs and postmodern jukebox versions of modern tunes.
She brings the golden days of Hollywood to life with her songs from Rat Pack swing to jump and jive, Doris Day to Elvis Presley, including Que Sera Sera, Rock Around, Fly Me To The Moon and Fever.
Marina's love of the 19 40s started at a very early age.
Her grandmother Jean runs a militaria stall and introduced a young Marina to the songs of Vera Lynn, the TV show Dad's Army and George Formby's hilarious films.
It wasn't until the age of 12 that Marina attended a wartime event.
She explained: “It was Pickering 2004 where I instantly fell in love with the fashions and the music.
"I bought my first ever outfit, a gorgeous red suit.
"Since then my collection of original vintage clothing spans three large wardrobes!” Marina is now known not just for her vocal ability but her classic beauty, warm personality and comedic charm, a modern day Forces sweetheart.Marina has always loved all different types of music.
At the age of three she started dancing, then from the age of ten she was in the church choir and when she got to secondary school at age 11 she had singing lessons with Joan Crowther.
From there she entered into music competitions, winning trophies and bursaries and joined the Scunthorpe Co-Operative Junior Choir with whom she won the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition, broadcast on television and which featured Marina singing a duet and meeting Aled Jones.It wasn't until the age of 17 that Marina decided to sing the songs from the 1940s, but it didn't take her long to become established on the scene.
Chloe’s next live stream is from 2pm this Sunday February 14, Valentine’s Day, where she will be performing viewers’ requests and reading out their Valentine dedications.
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