Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career full of top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. The range, power and sheer soulfulness of Mica Paris’ singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene and continues to do so!
In 1988 when she released her debut, platinum-selling album, ‘So Good’ from which she had her first massive hit, ‘My One Temptation’ and from 1988 to 1998 Mica was rarely out of the charts. She has had a career that spans 30 years in the entertainment industry and looks younger now than she did in the 90s.
In February 2018 the former What Not to Wear presenter begins a 5 day UK tour with a live band singing her own renditions of classic songs by the undisputed Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. Here the vocal powerhouse shares her beauty and style secrets.
You look incredible and as if you have aged and backwards. What are your beauty secrets?
I work out and train hard and run 5k every day. I don’t care if it’s walking whatever you’re into, 30 minutes a day, get that in and you will never look bad.
How do you get such flawless skin?
My mother looks amazing, so I’m very blessed with her skin. I say to women all the time, steam at least twice a week. Five days a week, 30 minutes of walking, power walking, running whatever it is, and two days of steam and you’re going to look flawless. That’s the secret.
What are your beauty product must-haves?
I have also just put out my own cream called Feed Your Skin for exfoliation. You can just go on my Instagram, it’s there you’ll see it and you can get it. It’s coming out in January. Ingesting the right thing is also good for your skin so what I do is drink cod liver oil. I know that sounds disgusting but I drink it and I drink wheatgrass every day as well, with Vitamin C.
So you have a regime then?
Yes, it’s all about what you put in your body and on your face as well as exercising. It’s all in my first book I wrote. It was published on Simon & Schuster and it was called Beautiful Within and available on Amazon. I talk about all the stuff that I went through with my life, within the industry, and how women can get through terrible times in their life by keeping fit, looking after themselves. It’s a really good book. I would say that because it’s me, but it really is. It’s got 5 out of 5 stars so take a look.
You’ve been singing for a long time now. Why do you still love it?
I love singing because it frees me from this planet. It’s the only way I could describe it. I literally have an out of body experience when I sing. So I’m probably there on the first line of the song but once that’s gone that’s it, its lift off. So it’s an escape, singing. It’s a gift. My grandparents found out I had the gift when I was five years old. I was singing Rupert the Bear and my grandmother started running around the house telling everybody that I had this amazing voice and that’s where it all started. Then I started singing in church and started winning awards. My first award I won at Wembley when I was 11, at a Pentecostal Convention and it all started from there.
What made you decide to undertake Mica Paris Sings Ella Fitzgerald? What would you say is special about her as an artist?
Everything’s special about Ella Fitzgerald as an artist. She’s an unsung hero really. She’s the music behind everything really. You’ve heard her your whole life, but you don’t realise it’s her, this is what’s interesting. So many adverts use her songs, and what’s unique about Ella is the way she sang. She was very outside the box, I mean she would sing The Beatles, she’d sing Rock n Roll, she’d sing Gershwin, Cole Porter. This woman was insane, in terms of the body of work that she did. She also created what they called scat (demonstrates scat) that kind of thing. No-one was doing it at that time, and if they were it was very very sort of underground but it was her that brought it to the fore. The reason why people don’t really speak a lot about Ella is because she wasn’t a drug addict. So it was one of those things where people always sensationalise drama and tragedy, so at that time when she was really on the scene, it was her and Billie Holiday, and Billie got all the press as there was a lot of drug abuse and stuff like that. Ella outlived all of them, all the way to the end, she lived a really long life and was the consummate worker. I wanted to celebrate her, also to educate the young about her contribution to music and how she still influences us today,
Join Mica Paris for an extraordinary night of classic live music at Mica Paris Sings Ella Fitzgerald. Visit here for tour dates