Interview: Britain's got Talent stars The Jive Aces say Scientology helps them perform
PUBLISHED: 09:17 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 02 September 2013
Swing band The Jive Aces have performed at Buckingham Palace, across Europe and sold out the Royal Albert Hall...not to mention sharing a stage with John Travolta and Van Morrison.
The group, who will play The Woodville in Gravesend on September 12, are renowned for their high-energy shows with songs made famous by greats like Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jnr, as well as a selection of originals.
Lead singer Ian Clarkson says they have a unique bond which helps when they perform.
“We have great fun – we have been going longer than the Beatles and, though they made more money, we had just as much fun. That, in part, is due to our shared religion – we are all Scientologists.”
He says their religion has given the band greater positivity and communication with each other, which is the key to their longevity and success.
“Scientology has given me energy and enthusiasm, which reflects in our music and makes people happy.
“When we brought out Bring Me Sunshine we were so pleased to see how much it cheered people up.
“A doctor in Seattle has even been prescribing it for depression!”
Ian has played the guitar since he was a teenager but it was taking up the trumpet that spurred him into swing music.
“I used to get home from school and me and my friends would play old videos of Elvis – that was our education.”
The Jive Aces made television history by becoming the first group to make it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent but the band say they have not let fame go to their heads.
Ian says they have done more than their fair share of grafting on the music scene and they plan to stick around for the long-term with one goal in mind – brightening people’s lives.
He said of BGT: “It was great for our exposure and Simon Cowell loved our music.
“But we worked hard for 20 years and were not an overnight sensation.
“We have always only wanted to do music that is happy and it can really cheer people up.”
Watch a video of the band at www.bexleytimes.co.uk. To book, visit woodville.co.uk