The Honeyz’ Ce­lena Cherry brings you a night brunch

Khaleej Times - City Times - - BUZZ AROUND TOWN - DAVID LIGHT [email protected]­j­times.com

THEY EPIT­O­MISED THE R&B sounds of the late nineties in Bri­tain and Honeyz lead singer Ce­lena Cherry is look­ing to do the same for you over a night brunch… yep, you read cor­rectly!

The Hide­out Dubai at the Ma­rina By­b­los Ho­tel is bring­ing us its Win­ter Won­der­land, a Christ­mas themed brunch ev­ery evening of the week - with all the trim­mings, in­clud­ing snow. Launch­ing tonight, the es­tab­lish­ment wants to start off with two phe­nom­e­nal artists per­form­ing to­gether for the week­end. From 8pm to­day and to­mor­row, Christ­mas of­fi­cially be­gins with Jimmy from the pop­u­lar Bri­tish boy band 911 along­side song­bird Ce­lena. Both will per­form clas­sic tracks from the ‘90s and ‘00s. We caught up with Ce­lena to find out more.

As Christ­mas is com­ing, what will you be do­ing for the fes­tiv­i­ties?

I’ll be spend­ing it with my fam­ily: my hus­band and chil­dren and en­joy­ing some well de­served rest.

What can we ex­pect from your Hide­out set?

I’m go­ing to be per­form­ing some Honeyz songs, some soul cov­ers and of course Christ­mas songs!

What would your ad­vice be for those look­ing to get into the in­dus­try?

It’s a very dif­fer­ent in­dus­try now to when I first found suc­cess. I wouldn’t be able to give ad­vice as, even if I wanted to do it now, I wouldn’t know how. My best mem­o­ries of be­ing in the Honeyz were be­fore we were fa­mous and we were three girls with a dream that came true. We had no money but a lot of love and pas­sion. Our best gig was when we did a duet with Lionel Richie! The big­gest chal­lenges were stick­ing to­gether!

How does the Honeyz name help you with your gigs?

As well as be­ing a solo artist I do still per­form with the Honeyz so I have the best of both worlds right now, which I love. The Honeyz name helps me a lot be­cause that’s what I’m known for and it will al­ways be a ma­jor part of me for the rest of my life.

How does it feel to look back over the band’s achieve­ments?

I’m re­ally proud of what we achieved. We all came from noth­ing with a dream and made it hap­pen. Peo­ple’s lives and egos got in the way when it was too much to han­dle. If I could do it all again I would try harder to keep the group to­gether. As an adult now I can see what mis­takes we all made and how we could’ve han­dled things dif­fer­ently. We cur­rently gig just two of us - my­self and Mariama - as Honeyz and that re­ally works.

Is there any­thing fur­ther you’d like to achieve in your ca­reer?

I’ve al­ways wanted to per­form in Aus­tralia again and act­ing wise I’m still wait­ing for my big break in a soap opera. There’s still time.

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