David Vertesi sure knows how to throw a hell of a party. Every year he and his lovely wife Ambrosia put together a show called Sing It Forward, to benefit the St James Music Academy. Now, about half way between the last one and the next one, Vertesi has organised another fundraiser, a tribute to the great Phil Collins.
With a backing band consisting of Johnny Andrews on drums, Andrew Rasmussen on keys, Mike Young on bass, and Tristan Paxto on guitar, there was a rotating cavalcade of singers covering the whole spectrum of Phil Collins' career; from his days in Genesis, to his solo material, to his Disney soundtrack.
And while it would be impossible to give a full rundown of the night, I will say a few of the highlights for me were Dan Moxon (and the rest of Bend Sinister on backing vocals) going "Against All Odds"; a surprise Shad covering Collins' cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" originally by The Supremes; a version of the Genesis song "That's All" by Willa, which rivalled Zeus as the definitive of that song; and, of course, "In The Air Tonight", as owned by Hey Ocean's own Ashleigh Ball.
Now here's the rest of the night for your photographic enjoyment:
photos by Christine McAvoy
"Another Day In Paradise" as performed by David Beckingham (Hey Ocean!)
"Invisible Touch" as performed by Laura Smith (Rococode)
"You'll Be In My Heart" as performed by Jordan Klassen
"One More Night" as performed by JP Maurice
"I Wish It Would Rain Down" as performed by NaRai Dawn (Star Captains)
"A Groovy Kind Of Love" as performed by Twin Bandit
"That's All" as performed by Willa
"Two Hearts" as performed by David Vertesi (Hey Ocean!)
"Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" as performed by Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister)
"You Can't Hurry Love" as performed by Shad
"Easy Lover" as performed by Ashleigh Ball (Hey Ocean!) and Tonye Aganaba
"Dance Into The Light" as performed by Hey Ocean!
"Separate Lives" as performed by David Vertesi and Danielle McTaggart (Dear Rouge)
"I Can't Dance" as performed by Danielle McTaggart
"Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" as performed by Dominique Fricot
"True Colours" as performed by Andrew Rasmussen
"In The Air Tonight" as performed by Ashleigh Ball
"Sussudio" as performed by Tonye Aganaba
"Take Me Home" as performed by Dan Moxon (accompanied by everyone)