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Just the Two of Us
Penny Smith

Just the Two of Us - BBC ONE's duet singing showdown starts Thursday 23 February 2006

Curtis Stigers and Penny Smith

Curtis Stigers is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz singers.


With one of the most distinctive voices in music, the singer/ songwriter and saxophonist has been celebrated for a wide variety of accomplishments over a wide career.


Curtis had early pop chart success with several top ten hits and hit albums. He appeared on the soundtrack to the smash film The Bodyguard and was named as the Sunday Times Jazz CD of the Year for You Inspire Me.


He has toured the world in concert with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Prince, while also sharing the bill with such jazz greats as Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker and Toots Thielmans.


Curtis says jazz is "my niche, my speciality".


However, he also comments: "I have a great love and an eclectic knowledge of a wide array of songwriters and musical genres, and I know how to bring them all together into one cohesive sound."


Curtis draws from all areas of music and has an interest and a knowledge in rock, alt country, urban blues, folk music and punk rock.


But his partner Penny is more of an opera buff!


Penny Smith is one of Britain's most recognised television presenters, probably best known as the main presenter for GMTV News.


She has been at GMTV for the last eight years and regularly fronts GMTV on the sofa and The News Hour.


Penny started singing when she was around ten years old in the church choir. She also used to sing at folk clubs which she loved.


Penny took part in Celebrity Stars in their Eyes in 1998 where she performed as Debbie Harry but it wasn't her happiest experience – as she recalls it was "a total nightmare!"


In fact, she later told her GMTV colleague Kate Garraway that "if I ever say yes to a singing programme again then shoot me!"


Kate's been quick to remind her!



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