Famous ABBA Fans Talk: Kerry Ellis

In July 2009, the song Story Of A Heart by the Benny Andersson Band (BAO), with Helen Sjöholm on lead vocals, was released in conjunction with the band’s concert on London’s Hampstead Heath. With its multi-layered harmonies and soaring female vocals, it certainly reminded some radio listeners of ABBA. This year, 2017, has seen no less than two cover versions of the song appear – firstly from the British pop group Steps, who have covered the song for their fifth studio album, Tears On The Dancefloor, and secondly (and perhaps more surprisingly) courtesy of Kerry Ellis and Brian May, who have included the song on the album Golden Days for which they have teamed up as a pair. We talked to Kerry Ellis, best known for her starring roles in London’s West End and on Broadway, about the duo’s take on the song, as well as about her other work, including her interpretation of further songs by Björn and Benny. Kerry shot to fame when she originated the role of Meat in the Queen musical We Will Rock You and playing the character Elphaba in the award-winning West End smash hit show Wicked. Her many other credits include the roles of Nancy in Oliver!, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Misérables. As a recording artist, Kerry has also achieved chart-topping success with her debut album Anthems.

Kerry Ellis