Katrina Leskanish – better known as Katrina (& the Waves) – has just recorded her “Eurovision Tracks of My Years” for the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2 (9:30am – 12 noon). Her 10 favourite Eurovision songs will be broadcast each day, Monday to Friday of the week beginning Monday 24th May. That's what her personal website writes.
Meanwhile, the singer is presently celebrating the 25th anniversary of her group's classic, Walking On Sunshine, which reached #9 in the US and #8 in the UK, an did quite well all around the world.A live CD album is said to be released next June 29. In a letter to her fans, Katrina tells more on the project:
"Hi Everyone, My new album 'The Live Album', a compilation of recent recordings from gigs in London and Germany which includes some Katrina and The Waves hits, some songs from my solo album, Katrina Leskanich and some new songs plus a bonus track – blues version of 'Walking on Sunshine' recorded at The Borderline in London (with Elio Pace and some of his band – currently on Radio 2 as MD on Terry Wogan's Sunday Wogan)…. will be out on 29th June this year.
"This year is the 25th Anniversary of 'Walking on Sunshine' – I can hardly believe it myself. It’s even had quite a career all of its own. 'Walking on Sunshine' has been covered by lots of artists and it's been used in countless films. My favourite cover was by the brilliant Dolly Parton who countrified it with fiddles. And the most memorable film track was the bizarre juxtaposition of Christian Bale's character in American Psycho blasting the song in his walkman headphones after a night of gruesome slaying. And then there's Jack Black's crazy dance much to the annoyance of John Cusack in Hi Fidelity. And now it's been brought bang up to date in a mash up with Beyonce's Halo in the hip TV show, Glee.This summer is looking pretty busy with lots of gigs in EuropeHope to see you there".
Katrina and the Waves represented the United Kingdom in 1997 and won the contest with Love Shine A Light.In 2005, Katrina returned to the competition, this time in Sweden, with accompanying band The Nameless. Af If Tomorrow Never Comes qualified for the Second Chance round but didn't make it to the final in Stockholm.