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Hollywood Role for Jazz Alum

Wed 4 May 2022

Award-winning British singer Cherise Adams-Burnett features in hotly anticipated film Downton Abbey: A New Era

Scored by composer and TL Honorary Fellow John Lunn the soundtrack for Downton Abbey: A New Era has been released on Decca Records.

It features a new generation of UK jazz and soul artists, including award-winning British singer and TL alum Cherise Adams-Burnett, whose voice shines on ‘Crazy Rhythm’ and ‘Am I Blue’.

The jazz vocalist also appears in the film, released 29 April, performing songs from the soundtrack.

Adams-Burnett comments –

“I would have never thought I’d be cast in Downton Abbey, to be part of the soundtrack is even more of a bonus to bring this great story to life. I tried to channel the energy of Josephine Baker, a notable rebel of her time and even today with my own soul music, I try to channel her individuality, fun and flare.”

Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 2017, Adams-Burnett has performed at prestigious venues and festivals ranging from the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C to the Love Supreme Jazz Festival. She was awarded Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the in 2019 and Vocalist of the Year by the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2020.

The soundtrack retains the distinctive orchestration and title motifs from the multiple Emmy Award-winning series whilst celebrating the story’s entrance to the 1930s.

John Lunn comments –

“Along with reworking familiar and well-loved themes, the new storylines have opened up a whole new vista for me.”

Lunn has already received two Primetime Emmy Awards and two BAFTA nominations for his scores for Downton Abbey.