Beverley Knight MBE (born Beverley Anne Smith on 22 March 1973) is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, radio presenter and musical theatre actress who released her debut album, The B-Funk in 1995. Heavily influenced by soul greats such as Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, Knight has released seven studio albums to date. Widely labelled as one of Britain's greatest soul singers, Knight is best known for her hit singles "Greatest Day", "Get Up!", "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" and "Come as You Are".
In 2006, Knight solidified her transmission into the mainstream by starring in BBC One music TV show, Just the Two of Us, a role she reprised in 2007. After releasing a platinum-selling compilation album in 2006, Knight went on to tour the UK with a reformed Take That. She has also hosted four series of the BBC Radio 2 show Beverley's Gospel Nights, which explores the origins and impact of gospel music. To date the show has run for four seasons and has featured interviews with stars such as Destiny's Child and Shirley Caesar.