Friends and Playmates

The Bads are lucky to have all manner of friends and playmates to share and strut their groovy stuff with us so in this section we give them the credits they deserve;check out their links for all sorts of fun (k) and games…!


bad-girls-aliceAlice pretty much lives and breathes music. She loves nothing more than singing with the Bad Girls when the energy’s high. She says that, ” Being a true performer at heart, there is nothing more satisfying than nailing a gig and getting that adrenalin rush.”

Alice’s main influences and loves are James Brown, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles! Growing up with all genres of music being played around her, she has adopted an eclectic love of music. She credits singing with wonderful musicians live as allowing her to really ‘come into her own’ and she looks forward to achieving more and more in the future.


Bad Girls SarahSarah hails from home of the world renowned Guinness Jazz festival (what a combo!) in Co. Cork, Ireland. Moving to the bright lights of London four years ago, she spends her days working as a writer in the world of fashion and entertainment, her Saturday mornings as a presenter on Reprezent Radio and her nights as one third of the Bad Girls in Bad Girls Groove. Coming from a background of mostly soul and Motown singing, she has also done her time on an Irish reality TV show not too dissimilar to the X Factor as part of a girl group. So Sarah’s not at all fazed by the diva-style behaviour of the Bad Girls (and boys)…


janeJane hails from the working class city of Limerick, home of Frank Mc’Court’s rain drenched ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and 90′s rock band ‘The Cranberries’. The only child of a prominent local musician, Jane grew up around live music and developed a keen ear for harmony and rhythm. Having trained as a dancer for a brief time she soon decided her passion for singing and writing music was too strong to ignore!! Jane moved to London in 2007, shortly after she started singing blues and soul with the “Girls” and hasn’t looked back since! You can hear some of Jane’s original music on www.soundcloud.com/janefrasermusic


Megan
Megan McConnell, originally from Northern Ireland, moved to London almost 6 years ago to pursue a career in the music industry.

She completed a Vocal Degree at the ICMP, after years of studying classical music she branched out to the contemporary styles but it was her love of the old school era where Megan found her niche. She enjoys singing a mix of Swing, Vintage and Jazz as well as adding a swing feel to contemporary songs.

Megan has worked with a variety of musicians including Jim Corr (The Corrs) for one of his projects as well as singing with The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

She has sung in the UK and abroad with various projects and at some of London’s prestigious Venues & Hotels including, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Hippodrome, The Arts Club, Little House, The Gaucho Club (O2 Arena), Harvey Nichols, Park Lane Hotel, The Connaught Hotel, One Marylbone, Floridita, The V&A Museum, The Science Museum & The Natural History Museum. Now she joins as a valued Bad Girl and wails through anything from Etta James’ Damn Your Eyes to Ruthie Foster’s Stone Love. Welcome Megan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSYigiWCOeY


Bad Girls ClaudioI am Claudio the guy who plays keyboards for Bad Girls Groove. I was born in Sardinia and so I am a passionate Italian. I teach music, I play music, I compose music, I dream about music – in fact unless I’m involved in music for most of the day (the rest of the day is taken up with strong coffee drinking..) I feel the day is wasted. I love the funk and freedom of Bad Girls Groove. I also love the girls and they love me. Its a great arrangement. I like to surprise people with an unusual solo, for example, when we play Prince’s “Kiss” I pretty much copy the guitar solo on keys. Ha ha ha!!! I also do other stuff, For example I organise jam nights, I play accordian and I play keys for the Paul Garner Band. Ciao!!


frankie_bgbbAlice “Frankie” Frankham grew up in Kent and moved to London age 21 to train as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has a background in classical singing but fell in love with all things jazz and soul as a teenager.

Alice was thrilled to take up the post as a fully fledged Bad Girl diva for a year or so! Having been a singer from a very young age she couldn’t think of a better way to spend her evenings than grooving away with the Bad Girls! Sadly the doctors told Frankie that to protect her voice for her acting career she should stop wailing the blues and focus on reading the football results…….so we were very sorry to lose her in late 2014. However The Bads are a bit like the Hotel California – “you can check out any time but you can never leave”…so Frankie, all the Bads wish you well but if we get lonely…we know where to find you and of course, vice versa!!!

Although proficient in all styles, Emily takes her influences from the greats of Jazz and Soul such as Maceo Parker, Kenny Garrett, Jason Rebello, Greg Phillinganes, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, to name but a few. Emily’s playing reflects a high level of musicality and adaptability, which makes her very accessible to all audiences.

With regard to the Bad Girls, Emily feels it’s all about the GROOVE! Therefore makes the biggest effort to ensure that it sounds as funky, groovy and downright BAD as humanly possible. More info – www.emilyfrancismusic.com


Rosa 3Rosa is a London based keys player and composer.

Having played at some of the worlds biggest festivals (Glastonbury, Wireless, Rock En Seine, Pukkelpop) Rosa is as comfortable performing on a huge, mud splattered festival stage as she is in an intimate bar or hotel lounge.

Supporting the likes of Damon Albarn, Faith No More, Lady Gaga, The Gossip, The Offspring, Corinne Bailey Rae and more has fuelled Rosa’s eclectic taste in music.

Rosa is currently busy with a variety of original and function projects as a performer, manager and composer. Current projects, videos and mp3s can be found at rosaullmann.com


JeremyJeremy is the co-principal bass guitarist for experimental contemporary orchestra We Are Children (We Make Sound), and has played with the group since its inception. Jeremy also plays bass with Martinican reggae band Baby’Oul and the One Drops, and collaborates as a bass player and co-songwriter with a new singer who has just been signed to BBC Worldwide’s Digital Jukebox record label, however the singer must remain anonymous until the official release. As well as working with originals bands Jeremy plays regularly with covers bands and musical theatre companies around London, and maintains an active online presence through YouTube and various social media.

Jeremy also teaches music, working as a tutor for the new School Of Rock program which is run by Arts First in Islington, which is funded by Arts Council England, as well as giving private lessons from his home in Surrey. (“funky as hell too….” say the Bads) https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-muchenje


JessicaIn 2011, Jessica graduated with a first class honours from the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney. Here she appeared in a wide variety of musical productions, sang as part the award-winning acapella group, Naked Voices including 2 sell-out Edinburgh Festival runs; whilst also being in high demand as a backing vocalist: recording with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, touring Spain with Spanish artist Olga Roman and working with up and coming singer-songwriter Jackie D Williams.

Since leaving LIPA, she performed at the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival in Lodestar Theatre Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and then spent 8 months on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines as their lead female vocalist, singing everything from Italian arias to 80’s power ballads.

On returning to dry land, she has done 2 national tours with The Andrews Sisters-inspired vocal harmony group, The Harmonettes, to much critical acclaim; took the lead role in Polka Dot Pantomimes production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and has also been working with a new vocal harmony group, The Voci Family. Now based in London, Jessica works extensively as a function and session singer, is the musical director for Dulwich-based ‘GleekSchool’ and also teaches 1:1 singing and piano. (The Bad Girls would just like to add that as well as having the impressive experience described above Jess is also as funky as hell and they LOVE her singing with the band) www.jessicasamuel.com

Since leaving LIPA, she performed at the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival in Lodestar Theatre Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and then spent 8 months on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines as their lead female vocalist, singing everything from Italian arias to 80’s power ballads.

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