BACK in January, Jane McDonald announced she was quitting Loose Women – the ITV lunchtime magazine show she had been a panellist on the since 2004 – so that she could focus on her new album and a 35-date UK tour.
Said album, The Singer Of Your Song, was released a fortnight ago, and McDonald, who was discovered on the 1998 docu-soap The Cruise, is now on the road with her brand new show, which arrives at the Usher Hall on Monday night.
In the Capital, the Wakefield-born singer and TV star will perform her favourite tunes alongside a selection of songs she has written herself.
“Everyone comes for the nostalgia and the show is for them,” she says. “All I do is sing songs – that’s what I do.
“At 50, I’ve realised what my audience want,” she adds. “They want a damn good night out and to be moved in some way – to laugh, maybe to cry.”
As well as tracks from her new album – her seventh studio release, following on from 2008’s Jane – McDonald promises to throw in some old favourites.
“There’ll be songs people always want to hear, such as You’re My World,” she says. “If I didn’t put them in, they’d lynch me.
As for the newer stuff, she says, “I’ve got a disco medley in there, Donna Summer, a Stevie Wonder one and, of course, the ultimate James Bond tribute, as it’s 50 years of 007 and it’s 50 years of me.”
Jane McDonald, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Monday, 7.30pm, £22-£37, 0131-228 1155