Graham, Jaki

Born in Birmingham, England, 15 September 1956. Jaki Graham is a soul artist who sang at school before taking a secretarial position. In the evenings she continued her singing in a band called Ferrari with David Dee Harris (later of Fashion), before moving on to the Medium Wave band. She was spotted there by Rian Freshwater, who managed David Grant (ex- Linx) and singer/producer Derek Bramble (Born 1962, London, England) formerly of Heatwave who became her producer and songwriter. She signed to EMI, who released her debut 45 ‘What’s The Name Of Your Game’ (1984). Her first chart appearance came via a duet with production stablemate David Grant on ‘Could It Be I’m Falling in Love’ in 1985. She followed up with solo hits ‘Round and Round’, ‘Heaven Knows’, before another Grant duet ‘Mated’ (written by Todd Rundgren). The second album provided a trio of hits; ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Breaking Away’, and ‘Step Right Up’.
On Kim Wilde’s Love Moves album, Jaki provided backing vocals for the tracks In Hollywood and the singles World in Perfect Harmony and I Can’t Say Goodbye.

In 1993, Graham was spotted by AVEX International, Japan, whilst at the Midem music conference and was immediately signed to the label. Work started in 1994 on her ‘Real Life’ album. Three singles were released internationally from the album, ‘You Can Count on Me (For Love)’, ‘Absolute E-Sensual’ and the song that would be Graham’s biggest international hit single to date  ‘Ain’t Nobody’. The album was followed by a tour of Japan and Australia.

In 1995, Graham completed work on her second album for AVEX entitled ‘Rhythm of Life’ which was again a chart success in some territories. In Sweden the album was released under the title ‘Hold On’ in the USA as ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’, with both albums containing additional tracks exclusive to these releases. Graham’s fourth and final album with AVEX was the R&B influenced ‘My Life’.
In early 2012, Jaki Graham recorded a new album, entitled ‘For Sentimental Reasons’. She continued to perform worldwide and in late 2013 was approached to create a new show to perform on the cruise liner ‘Britannia’. The ship set sail from Southampton in March 2014 and she performed over 60 shows during that year at the ’Limelight’ venue on board.

In 2016, Graham presented a radio programme, ‘Soul on Sunday’, on BBC Radio London. She continues to work as a singer on cruises worldwide, and has toured as part of the line-up for the retro/80’s UK summer music festivals Let’s Rock and Rewind.

In 2018, Graham released a new studio album, ‘When a Woman Loves’, on her own label, JNT Music Ltd.