Magazine article Screen International

20 Feet from Stardom Singer Talks Exposure

Magazine article Screen International

20 Feet from Stardom Singer Talks Exposure

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Claudia Lennear, a US soul singer featured in Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, returned to the stage at Screen's latest awards-season event.

The screening was presented with Altitude, who will release in the UK starting March 28, and TWC-Radius, which handles the US release where it has made $4.8m at the box office and been named the top-grossing doc of 2013.

INTERVIEW: Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, RADiUS

REVIEW: 20 Feet From Stardom

Morgan Neville's Oscar-nominated film looks at the work and lives of the world's best backing singers. It features interviews with the likes of Mick Jagger, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Bruce Springsteen and Sting.

Lennear told the audience at London's Covent Garden hotel what she learned from the documentary. "Until I saw this film, I didn't know that Darlene Love was the voice of The Crystals," referring to music producer Phil Spector's uncredited use of Love's voice on the 1960s girl group's singles.

Lennear made her name singing back-up for Ike and Tina Turner. She also sang bank-up vocals on Joe Cocker's 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and live album and on George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh.

Talking about how she got involved with the film, Lennear revealed that Sheryl Crow suggested the filmmakers contact her, despite the two having never met or worked together. …

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