A talented singer, who became the world’s first Amy Winehouse tribute act, will be bringing her powerful vocals to the borough this weekend and performing some of the late singer’s biggest hits.

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Tania Alboni, 35, began impersonating the world famous singer/songwriter in July 2007, and since then she has appeared in countless newspapers, magazines and television programmes thanks to her unique likeness.

She said: “I started off doing a Cher tribute in 1997, but it was my husband who suggested I should perform as Amy, after seeing a resemblance while watching television.

“When I started five years ago, no one else was impersonating her, but her fame soon grew.

“I really love being able to perform as her, especially singing her lesser known songs. It is good fun, and I can take on her outspoken and honest persona too. If I’m bored at a gig, I just say it.”

Since Amy Winehouse died in July 2011, Mrs Alboni has become more passionate than ever about keeping her music alive and paying a special tribute to her.

The West Sussex resident now performs alongside a five piece band which she believes gives her performance a more credible feel.

Mrs Alboni, who realised at an early age that she had an ability to mimic voices, said: “Since Amy passed away, people seem to get really behind my shows and they are always telling me how much I sound and act like her.

“It is nice to be able to act like a celebrity while on stage, but then you get the best of both worlds as you able to live a normal life too. I just have a great time performing.”

Tania Alboni will be at Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, Ilford on Saturday from 7pm. Tickets are £8, including a buffet. For more information call 07908 070 174 or visit www.the72club.co.uk.

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