The idea of the Sandra Cross Choir (SCC) came towards the end of 2019, when my brother Patrick simply suggested to me one day, that with all my music knowledge, talent and experience, along with such an extensive catalogue of music, why not give back to my fans? Why not start a choir?’
I thought about it and thoroughly agreed. An opportunity never before offered by a top-selling music artist in the music industry? Giving my fans the opportunity and a platform to express their love and joy for not only my songs but also other great songs, set the ball rolling for this exciting project.
SCC planned to open its doors for the first time in January 2020. However, due to the Covid Pandemic, those doors had to reluctantly close for the safety of the public. Now that hopefully, the storm is over and as we all try to get our lives back to normal, SCC has been relaunched!
Come and make new friends and new social circles. Enjoy membership benefits such as our ‘Get To Know Each Other’ social evenings, Dinner and Dance events and Sandra Cross performances and events. Annual trips to sunny holiday spots such as Portugal, Spain, Malta.
Not forgetting the important aim of being a part of the local community and raising funds for charity at music festivals and community fun days not only across the country but all over the world! We’re not saying it’s going to be ‘easy’ in the interim, however, we believe it will be the biggest and best challenge and achievement you ever had.
Main event for 2023! The epic theatrical musical performance of the Sandra Cross Story entitled ‘Roads…., to be performed by SCC. Coming to a theatre near you! (Further information to be announced).
With over 20 years
experience in the music industry, she is regarded as one of the
leading forces of the British ‘Lovers Rock era’
Born and raised in London amongst seven boys to Jamaican parentage, Sandra’s talent for singing and playing the piano was discovered in the Pentecostal church. At the age of 14 she and a school friend entered a local talent contest as a duo, with a song she wrote called ‘I Adore You’. The pair won the contest and accepted the prize, which was to record the song under the production of a local producer. It went to number one on Britain’s reggae chart for four straight weeks. This followed with a further three Top Five hits:
“I Just Don’t Care,” “I Can’t Let You Go,” and “Put It On,” before the duo split up in 1981.
Four more No.1 hits followed as she teamed up with producer ‘The Mad Professor’ of Ariwa Records, who in 1985 produced her biggest hit to date ‘Country Living’. Country Living spent a whopping 10 weeks at the No.1 spot in both the UK and International reggae charts, and was followed by 3 more No,1 hits (‘You’re Lying’, ‘It’s You’ and ‘Put It On’). Cross went on to accumulate popularity and fame in the reggae industry and became one of the most admired female reggae singers in the industry. She earned the the title of the British Broadcasting Company listener’s ‘Best Female Reggae Singer’ for six consecutive years between 1986 and 1992. Other awards included the Radio London Entertainment Celebrity Award – 1986 The Voice Newspaper Music Awards – 1989, Chicago Radio Awards for the highest selling song – 1990. ‘The Reggae Movement Outstanding Contribution 2011, and ‘The UK Entertainment Legendary Awards, 2016.
In 2020, Sandra chose to further her education by studying for a Masters in Songwriting at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), London. Her development as a songwriter in critical and contextual settings, whilst working in peer communities, provided great exploration opportunities and refinement in her music craft.
She proudly graduated in 2021 with as well as a Masters Degree to add to her music accolades, but also with the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections required for continued success in the music industry.