S HE'S a sassy, sizzling bundle of fun with a showbiz pedigree and whole heap of ambition.
Soul singer Amanda White has her sights set on stardom and she's booked Margate Winter Gardens for her debut show Harlem Nights in April.
She said: "I'm following a dream. It's the bravest step I've ever taken."
No stranger to the spotlight, Amanda, a nursery nurse from Ramsgate, began singing at 14 years old with sister Kellie as a reggae backing singer to her mother Christine Joy Wright in London.
"That was my first taste of stardom and I loved it."
Gigs at the prestigious London Palladium, the Lyceum, Hammersmith Apollo followed through the late 1970s and early 1980s. With the uncertainty of showbiz, Amanda trained as a chef but still reached the national finals of ITV's Stars In Their Eyes in 1996.Then at last year's Fair Trade event to mark World Food Day on October 16, Amanda was invited to sing a 10-minute slot. The idea of a show featuring all her favourite Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan songs was born. A meeting at the Winter Gardens followed, a booking was made, backing acts hired and now all Amanda needs are sponsors and an audience. Harlem Nights is at the Winter Gardens on Saturday, April 21.
Tickets cost £20 with group reductions available from www.margatewintergardens. co.uk or 01843 296111.