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Iconic in the history of Eurovision – just a few weeks to go until this year’s final on 11 May – singer Jay Aston earned her place in British pop legend as one quarter of Bucks Fizz, winning the competition for the UK in 1981.

She has recently released her solo music, with two albums available now on all digital platforms. Featuring material written shortly after her departure from the band in the mid 80s, and extending through until 2017, Jay has come a long way since joining Bucks Fizz as a nineteen-year-old hopeful. She left the band after a horrific coach crash on the second night of a sell-out tour in Newcastle. A tragic event, which served to highlight the personality clashes within the band, leading to years of litigation. Contractually unable to work as a solo artist, Jay wrote and recorded over 64 songs which, until recently, sat on the shelf. A battle with tongue cancer in 2018 changed her outlook on her life and career, and she feels that now is time to share her previous catalogue, “These songs are all part of me, they are part of a difficult journey as the music industry is not for the faint hearted, but I never lost my love of music and its ability to communicate.”

What Makes Jay

Happy? 

  Family health. All being well. The sunshine. Good food. Country walks. Decent income.

Sad?

The state of our nation.

Reflective?

Remembering my family past – the good the bad and the ugly – so as to enjoy and be thankful for today.

Confident?

My on-stage persona

Angry?

Small minded people and petty grievances.

Relaxed?

Sunshine, good food and a beach!

Proud to be British?

Yes, but it’s becoming tragically hard...

Jay Aston’s digital catalogue, featuring the albums I Spy and Alive & Well is available now on all streaming platforms.

On 28 June Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston who make up The Fizz will be partying like it’s the early 80s at Indigo at The O2 for Party Like It's 1981. Their number one hits include Land of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies and, of course, Making Your Mind Up. Jay adds, “Our amazing fan base has kept us all together in one form or another, music is the thread and I still love my job performing is my happy place.” 

Tickets are available from theo2.co.uk

Image credit: Lance Burkitt

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