Lifford Shillingford


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Lifford's singing career began at primary school in the local church choir. His first release aged just 17 was a collaboration with MC Mushtaq on a track called 'Take You Home'. Shortly after Lifford joined the band Public Demand as lead vocalist. The band were signed to ZTT through a development deal, and shortly after released the critically acclaimed track 'Invisible'. A tour with Gabrielle and East 17 followed, staging performances at Wembley Arena.

After a short break Lifford went back to singing for himself as a artist and collaborated with garage act Artful Dodger on a track called 'Please Don't Turn Me On' which was a top 4 hit in November 2000. This catapulted Lifford back into the limelight on a higher level, doing radio shows up and down the UK and Europe, TV performances on shows including Later with Jools Holland, Best of Jools Holland, Children in Need, Live and Kicking, London Evening News, T.F.I. Friday, Top of the pops, M.T.V. and M.T.V base with Trevor Nelson, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and C.D.U.K. The track was also a smash for International clubland, where it was PA'd in Ibiza, Palma, Copenhagen, New York, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.

Other successful collaborations include Disclosure, Joey Negro, Grooverider, Conducta, DJ Cameo, Matt Jam Lamont, Wipe The Needle, Rhemi and Hanlei.

TV and film placements include N.B.A Games 07' At Home With the Kardashians, American Pie 6 and Paula Abdul's fly on the wall documentary series.

More recently, Lifford was Alesha Dixon's Golden Buzzer choice for Britain’s Got Talent 2018. Being a semifinalist has brought a lot of attention to this soul singer from London, not only to share his voice but to tell his story.

Meeting and being interviewed by Lorraine Kelly was one of his highlights so far along with performing with his band for Dolce & Gabbana’s Autumn/Winter collection.

The summer of 2018 brought many more moments including Festivals, Dj Spoony’s Garage Classical with a 36 piece Orchestra, performing at Wembley Arena once again, and being booked to sing for some of the cast members of The Only Way Is Essex.

Performance info

Line-up Male lead vocals; keyboards; guitar; bass; drums; sax (6-piece)
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included)
Lighting Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Add extra male vocalist
Add £240
For vocal harmonies, a bigger sound and shared lead vocals
Add female vocalist
Add £240
As above
Add trumpet
Add £240
To form 2-piece brass section, for extra impact
Add alto saxophone and trumpet
Add £480
To form 3-piece brass section for an authentic soul and funk sound
Add percussionist
Add £240
For extra rhythm
Acoustic background music
Add £240 for 1 x 60 minute set
Live lounge style sets by the band's acoustic duo, ideal for drinks receptions or meals
DJ service
Add £150 for 2 hours
Upbeat, mainstream soul and pop music from all eras, run from a laptop equipped with virtual DJ software. Requests taken and mic available for announcements
Extra performances
Add £400 per half hour
Extend the band's sets by up to one hour

1999 - Prince
Ain't No Stoppin Us Now - Mcfadden & Whitehead
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
All good ? - De la Soul ft Chaka Khan
Begging - Frankie Valli/Madcon
Body Groove - The Architechs
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Cry To Me -Solomon Burke
Cupid - Amy Winehouse
Doo Wop (that thing) - Lauryn Hill
Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone/Arrested Development
Flowers - Sweet Female Attitude
Forget You - Gnarls Barkley
Garage Medley
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
Good Times - Chic
Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Happy -Pharrel
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
House Medley
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Found Lovin - Fatback Band
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
I like to Party - Room 5
Kiss - Prince
Lady (Hear Me Tonight) - Modjo
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Locked out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Monkey Man - The Specials
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Moves Like Jagger -Maroon 5
Music sounds better with you - Stardust
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
One Love - Bob Marley
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Please don’t Turn me on - Artful Dodger & Lifford
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Rewind - Craig David
Rnb Medley
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Roses are Red - The Mac Band
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Shake Your Body Down To The Ground-Michael Jackson
Show Me Love - Robin S
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Teardrops - Womack & Womack
The Bomb - Bucketheads
There It Is - Shalamar
This is how we do it - Montell Jordan
Thong Song - Sisqo
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Trick Me - Kelis
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
You Don't Know Me - Armand Van Helden

Happy – Pharrell Williams

A Change Is Gonna Come – Britain's Got Talent

Yesterday – Britain's Got Talent Semi-Final

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