Cher-lovers set to welcome their idol at LGBT month celebrations
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 February 2016
For many people, living the life of a popstar would be a dream come true and for one mum-of-two it has - by impersonating her idol.
There is no “turning back time” for Lisa Mills who shows she is “strong enough” to channel a Grammy award-winning singer as she hits the stage.
Lisa, 40, will bring her Cher tribute act and karaoke to Redbridge at the end of this month to bring to a close the borough’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) celebrations.
The mum-of-two, had previously worked as a singer by forming a rock duo and an Abba tribute act with friends. They toured the pubs and clubs circuit.
“People kept telling me, while I was performing, that I sounded like Cher and looked like her,” said Lisa.
“I thought I would give it a go and it has been the best thing I ever done.”
Lisa began to perform as the superstar and for the past two years has not looked back.”
“It’s really taken off,” she said. “Bookings are always being made, I’ve sung over Christmas and abroad.”
With barely enough time to unpack her suitcase from a four-week trip to Europe where she showcased her act, Lisa, of Dagenham, is again packing to sing for Cher-lovers in Sweden.
“My favourite song to sing is Believe,” she said. “It is important to follow your dreams.”
Cher shot to fame as one half of 1960 folk-rock husband and wife duo Sonny and Cher.
Their most famous hit, I Got You Babe, reached number one in both the UK and US charts.
She went on to gain fame in the film industry with hit movies Silkwood, Mask and Moonstruck for which she won an Oscar for best actress in 1988.
As a solo artist, Believe, released in 1998, remains Cher’s most popular hit, gaining 11 million sales worldwide.
It also reached the number one spot in nearly every country it charted.
Lisa, who one day hopes to perform in Las Vegas, looks forward to singing the hit for Cher-fans at 8pm, Redbridge Central Library in Clements Road, Ilford on February 26.
“I have to get into character,” she says. “I am not Lisa Mills.
“I get into costume, listen to one of her songs. I am Cher when I am on stage.”
For more information visit redbridge.gov.uk for details.
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