Jordan Gray enters the semi-finals of The Voice tonight on BBC One. Check her stunning dramatic performance in the quarter-finals:
… and her beautiful interpretation of Kate Bush’s song “This Woman’s Work”. Although Jordan writes her own exceptional compositions, The Voice requires the performance of other artist’s work. Unusually, Jordan makes any other artist’s work her own:
There is much contention and gnashing of teeth over what is called The X-Factor Culture. Some people presume that it is enough to get on the TV with a backing track and be catapulted to stardom. In the vast majority of cases, this is untrue and people miss all the blood, sweat and tears that takes place on the way to lasting stardom.
This is never more true in the case of Jordan Gray, currently about to enter the quarter finals of The Voice tonight. Jordan has hardly revealed more than 10% of her talents on the shows to date in my humble opinion. Jordan is an extremely talented pianist and musicologist, a very capable songwriter with massive creativity in her compositions. She is also a very fluent singer with multiple voices which she calls on in her performances and a captivating performer in her own right. That’s such a rare combination of talents in my long experience. Just check out two of her own compositions that show more of her talent than can be showcased in 90 seconds on a TV programme.
I am privileged to have shared a stage with this massive talent – the REAL X-Factor.
We’re throwing a party on April Fools’ Day to formally mark the release of my 7th book for Bloomsbury Publishing plc, at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money Lounge in London. I’d like to invite you all to attend. It’s FREE but booking is essential via 0207 439 8802.
I will be joined by Professor Adrian Furnham from University College London. Adrian is author of 90 books, an eminent psychologist and writer for the Sunday Times on everything from dating to the dark side of climbing the corporate ladder. He will be interviewing me around “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise”.
May the Creative Force be with you …
Since it’s April Fool’s Day, Adrian and myself will be discussing aspects of creativity, playfulness and tomfoolery, served up in a heady cocktail with some music to lighten the afternoon. Sir Richard Branson knows that a happy workplace is one where people have fun whilst getting the job done and this session will tickle your funny bones as well as carrying some serious messages about leadership, innovation and creativity at work.
Professor Adrian Furnham – he’s no fool
Booking is essential – Give the team a call on 0207 439 8802.
Here’s some new videos to support our KickStarter project to Beat World Cancer – Please share them widely and support the Life Aid cause that has just 18 days to go before we find out if we can go forward with the project:
One about the money, money, money
How You Can Help
Paul Young, Jamie Moses and Los Pacaminos support Life Aid
Lorraine Crosby, singer on Meatloaf’s hit “I would do anything for love”
And one more more rocky video below:
Go to the main project at KickStarter and do something amazing that will leave your mark on the world.
We began a 30 day Kickstarter campaign for Cancer Prevention and Treatment yesterday. Please pledge your support at KICKSTARTER and ask all your friends to do the same.
Please also join us at Facebook and Twitter and invite all your friends. Please do not just click the “like” button and “walk on by”. This won’t happen without your active participation. If you are able to pledge that would be brilliant. If not, we need a massive number of people who can. So please direct invites to the campaign are the most effective thing you can do.
Here’s a very short video that explains the project if you only have 36 seconds:
and a SlideShare Deck that goes into more detail about the project which this supports:
And logos you can use to promote the campaign on social media done by Cat Tonge, who kindly offered to do these for alongside her role as a graphic designer at Ted Baker.
We have just 30 days, so please act now in any way that you can. Simply act on the principle:
Thanks to Simon Rose and Greg Watt at Share Radio for an interview on the station, where we discuss Leadership, Innovation, Creativity and Business, both at the individual and corporate level. The interview is available to Listen Again by clicking the picture below:
Click on the image to hear the Radio broadcast
Check “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” with Bloomsbury via this link:
Click the image to go to Bloomsbury Publishing plc
… to my online launch party TODAY Thursday February 25th to mark the release of my 7th book “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” with Bloomsbury. You will receive 30% discount on the book if you order using the code INNOVATION via BLOOMSBURY.
Join the virtual party at Facebook anytime TODAY. We are having an official launch party at Virgin on April Fool’s day and Bloomsbury later on. OR you may want to host a book launch event in your company. Contact us for details via email@example.com
I’d be made up if you can share the book details or this post widely on social media. Here’s some tweets that people have already created about Sir Richard Branson:
Got LICE? Bring on the Branson. A perfect accompaniment for when your business thinking is in a pickle
Virgin King of the introverts, piercer of corporate bubbles, reinventor and restlessly inventive. Just hope NHS is safe in his private hands!
Jake Dollery found that the book could help him deal with the dark side of organisational life and kindly made this image:
Some details of the book are available below, which has been fermenting for some 20 years ….