Sevenoaks Strictly star Anton Du Beke releases debut album
PUBLISHED: 11:37 24 November 2017
From the Top features classic swing songs
Strictly Come Dancing veteran Anton Du Beke releases his debut album today. A little-known fact is that the ballroom dancer’s singing career began at a church choir in Sevenoaks, the town where he was born and lived for most of his life, before making the move to London to pursue a career in the arts.
And he still has fond memories of growing up in Kent, telling Kent News: “I lived in Sevenoaks for 30-odd years. I loved it, it was a great place to live and grow up. It’s a lovely town but it’s also quite leafy.”
Although he has now moved to Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, which he describes as “quite Kentish” and where he lives with his wife Hannah and newborn twins, he still pops back to his hometown from time to time, where his brother and sister still live with their families.
Although better known for his foxtrot – being one of the few original dancers from the very first series of Strictly in 2004 who is still on the show - Du Beke has sung for as long as he has danced.
The album, From the Top, is a selection of classic songs and “something I’ve wanted to do for many years,” says Du Beke. They include Me And My Shadow, Putting On The Ritz, It Had To Be You, Fly Me To The Moon and Something Stupid. It also features an original composition, Nothing But Love, and a rework of the Arctic Monkeys hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. Backed by The Overtone and Lance Ellington of the Strictly Come Dancing band, it is a celebration of old school swing.
Du Beke said that the final list of tracks had to be whittled down from a list of potentials “as long as my arm”. And he couldn’t be more overjoyed to be releasing it. “It’s a very exciting time for me. It’s a lovely, lovely album. It’s all my favourite songs that I grew up listening to, grew up dancing to. I’m hoping [it will make] people grab their husband or wife in the kitchen and have a dance round.”
“Music and dance has been my world since the age of fourteen. I was dancing ballroom before Strictly was even a ghost of an idea. I had to be in work at 3am in a bakery and I would finish work and go straight to dance practice. I had holes in my shoes and absolutely no money but I’d stand in my one suit and a band would play one of these great classic songs and all my troubles would melt away and I would be in heaven,” he continues.
2018 looks set to be a busy year for Du Beke, which he says will see him return to Strictly despite rumours to the contrary, after he and partner Ruth Langsford, a presenter on Loose Women, were knocked out unexpectedly early this time round. “I’m loving doing it more than ever. I’m absolutely gutted that we are out. Next year, for sure I’ll be there.”
He will also be on tour performing ‘From Broadway to Hollywood’ with Erin Boag between January and March next year, during which he will also be singing songs from his new album on stage. The tour includes a stop at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on February 15 and 16.