Behind the mask: UK Touring Cast

Ione Townsend

Vocalist

Ione, originating from Manchester UK, is a singer-songwriter. Her love of singing began in her church choir at the age of three, from where she progressed through classical vocal training and performances to sharing her gift with renowned professionals across the globe. At just 14, Ione became a session singer and backing vocalist, displaying an outstanding vocal talent that earned her the opportunity of performing with the likes of GORRILAZ, Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate) and Paul Heaton. In 2007, Ione moved to London to further her career and was soon invited to join a European and American Tour as backing vocalist to singer Adam Green. Her first single ‘Back in the Day’, released in 2014, is an eclectic mix of soul and pop music with electronic sounds and is a blend of everything she loves in music. The song was heavily supported by BBC INTRODUCING and was aired by Tom Robinson Mixtape on BBC Radio 6. It was also chosen by songwriter Mark Hadfield, who has written for NEYO and IGGY AZALEA, to be played on Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1. In 2016 Ione was one of the original singers in the much acclaimed "Haçienda Classical" project which saw legendary Manchester Dj's Graeme Park and Mike Pickering along with a 70 piece Orchestra re-work some of the best dance tunes from the Haçienda era. Ione sang lead on the Brand New Heavies smash hit 'Get Back to Love". Later that year Ione joined the cast of "Thriller live" and eventually became Lead in one of the longest running shows in the West End. Ione is currently working on new material that she cannot wait to release. www.ioneofficial.com @ioneofficial

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