Going it alone: Former Sugababe Keisha Buchanan launches her solo career with intimate gig
By Georgina Littlejohn
Last updated at 5:23 PM on 20th July 2011
She left the all-girl group almost two years ago and said she was going to be pursuing a solo career.
Having been in the studio for the past 18 months, Keisha Buchanan finally debuted the fruits of her labour with a solo gig last night.
The pop star, 26, launched her solo career with a small intimate performance at the Jacques Townhouse in central London in front of a few select celebrity friends, fans and the media.
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Solo queen: Former Sugababe Keisha Buchanan played her first solo gig last night as she launched the next chapter in her music career
And Keisha went down a storm as she sang songs from her debut album including Beautiful Mess and Carried Away.
She also sang a fantastic cover of Beyoncé's Run The World (Girls) which she mashed with Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, delighted the crowd.
And paying tribute to her former band, and the group that shot her to fame, Keisha also launched into a medley of Sugababes songs including Push The Button and Overload.
Introducing Miss Buchanan: Keisha takes to the mike to debut some of her solo material at the Jacques Townhouse
Overload was the band's debut single in 2000 when Keisha was in the band with Siobhán Donaghy and Mutya Buena.
But last night was all about her and she had been on her Twitter page all day excitedly Tweeting about the night to come.
She wrote: 'Wow exciting day ahead! Im shaking but i feel the support so its really helping..Errr A LOT! lol Mwah 2 all my followers, Thx 4 ur tweets X'
Geisha girl: Keisha smiled broadly for the cameras as she posed with a pink parasol outside the venue
And clearly it had gone well for the Londoner as she took to her page after the gig and wrote: 'Wow thank you so much for all ur messages of support. Im cryin! lol
'Last night went well & im gonna post the link for those who missed it X'
Showing support: Model Tolula Adeyemi and actress Jaime Winstone were at the gig
Up for a song: TV presenter Laura Whitmore, wearing an owl pendant necklace by Lavish Alice, and handbag designer Jasmine Guinness were also on the guest list
And she looked sensational in a very short asymmetrical white dress, her hair wrapped up in a bun on the top of her head which she finished off with a pink and white flower.
It was all change for the microphone, however, as she kept it sexy by slipping into white lacy shorts and a floral strapless top.
In the crowd were a few famous faces all there to support Keisha, including actress Jaime Winstone, TV presenter Laura Whitmore, wearing an owl pendant necklace by Lavish Alice and model Tolula Adeyemi.
Are you sitting comfortably? Actress Preeya Kalidis gets ready for some live music
Designer Jasmine Guinness also attended as well as actress Preeya Kalidas.
Keisha was a founding member of the Sugababes when they formed in 1998, and when Siobhan left in 2001, she and Mutya welcomed Heidi Range into the fold.
In 2005, Mutya walked away and she was replaced by Amelle Berrabah, but four years later, and after 11 years in the band, Keisha also parted ways.
The originals: Keisha (centre) with founding members Siobhán Donaghy and Mutya Buena
Change number one: Siobhan left and was replaced by Heidi Range
She issued a statement that said: 'I'm sad to say that I am no longer a part of the Sugababes. Although it was not my choice to leave, it's time to enter a new chapter in my life.
'I would like to state that there were no arguments, bullying or anything of the sort that lead to this. Sometimes a breakdown in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things.'
New member number two: Mutya left and Amelle Berrabah stepped in her place and four years later, Keisha called it a day and Jade Ewen replaced her
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