Northern Ireland

Yazz to sing and speak at churches in Antrim and Down

Yazz on Top of the Pops
Image caption Yazz and the Plastic Population had a UK number one in 1988 with The Only Way Is Up

Churches are not always the preserve of chart-topping singers, but that will be the case next week when Yazz features at a series of Christian events in counties Antrim and Down.

The artist, who enjoyed a UK number one for five weeks in 1988 with The Only Way Is Up, will sing live and share her faith at Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey on Wednesday 13 April.

The former pop star will also speak to mothers and toddlers at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor the following day, before taking part in a 'Friday night live' event in the town's Lisnabreen Presbyterian Church on Friday 15 April.

She will sing and chat in the latter event.

On Sunday 17 April, Yazz will return to Hamilton Road Church where she will sing with the Irish Choir and Orchestra.

Yazz was originally from Shepherd's Bush in London and worked as a nightclub DJ before rising to prominence via her vocals on the top 10 Coldcut track Doctorin' The House.

Since stepping back from the showbiz limelight, Yazz has been living in Spain and working with a Baptist church to help drug addicts and alcoholics.

Her last album Running Back to You tells her story of a journey "from fame to freedom".