Katrina from Katrina & The Waves releases her new single Drive on Friday 24th July. Drive is the first track to be released from Katrina’s new album Hearts, Loves & Babys which is due for release on 28th August. You can pre-order Drive here: https://fuga.ffm.to/drive
Drive is an uplifting song which will resonate with listeners longing for the freedom of the road and a return to normality. “I was dreaming about a road trip,” Katrina said. “I love to take the car out, hit the road and just drive.
The single is to be aired for the first time on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 at 11.15am on 24th July. “That’s very exciting,” Katrina laughs. “It’s the very first step in the whole process. Ken Bruce is right up there, so yeah, I’m absolutely delighted! I can’t wait to hear it. It’s coming on a day when I’ve got to drive to the studio and I’m thinking what fun it would be to actually hear it on the radio as I’m driving. It’s one of the great moments in life!”
Drive is written by Katrina and Darren Loveday, long-time guitarist in her band. Also, in the band are Patrick McCarthy (bass) and Andrew Mapplebeck (drums). “It’s great to have a team of guys that you can count on,” she adds, “my English boys! We make a very good sound together. That doesn’t always happen, but it’s been so with them, and we have a lot of fun and they’re just incredibly good.”
Drive (Lyrics: Katrina Leskanich, Music: Katrina Leskanich and Darren Loveday), produced by Katrina Leskanich and Darren Loveday, released on 24th July – ISRC DK5C50140246.
Born in the U.S., Katrina grew up with the West Coast sound and inspired by Motown and girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles before she moved to the UK in 1976. Here, with fellow American Vince de la Cruz, Katrina formed the band Mama’s Cookin’.
In 1983 Katrina and Vince joined The Waves (a Cambridge based band with Kimberley Rew) and she picked up on some of their musical influences such as Etta James, Velvet Underground and the Stones.
The band became Katrina & The Waves, and recorded an album of original material, which was picked up by a Canadian label. Katrina & The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their songGoing Down to Liverpool.
The first album was re-recorded and remixed with single Walking On Sunshine giving Katrina & The Waves a worldwide hit in 1985. The song has been played over 2.5 million times on US radio and featured on the soundtrack of a host of films before lending its title to the Leona Lewis film, Walking On Sunshine in 2014.
Katrina & The Waves were nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist and followed up with hits in the US (Do You Want Crying) and the UK (Sun Street) as they toured the world.
In 1997 Katrina & The Waves’ Love Shine a Light won the Eurovision Song Contest with the largest ever margin, followed by an unprecedented four consecutive appearances on Top Of The Pops and a No. 3 in the UK Charts.
Following the break-up of Katrina & The Waves, Katrina had a daily show on BBC Radio 2 for a year and a half. And has published two books Peggy Lee Loves London: My London Guide (2013) and Metropoodle: My Cornwall Guide (Kindle 2017).
More recently Katrina released her first solo album for ten years Blisland in 2015 and the compilation The Very Best Of Katrina & The Waves (2017) and has been busy touring with her band and other artists from the 1980s.
Pre-order Drive here: https://fuga.ffm.to/drive