Nov 27 2008 By David Baker, Harrow Observer
When Mandy Harkness first heard up-andcoming singer Akayzia Parker on the radio she was keen to hear more from the young urban folk singer.
But in her attempts to find some of the starlet's work she got more than she bargained for.
Because when she called the radio station to get more information they set up a gig in the comfort of her own living room.
The intimate one-off set was organised by BBC Radio 5 Live after Mandy had no luck in finding other tracks from London's latest music sensation.
And having got out of bed to write down the singer's name at 3am she was determined to hear more.
But rather than point her in the direction of a record shop they sent the 25-year-old to her Pinner home in Cuckoo Hill Road.
Speaking after the unique show last Thursday, Mandy said: "It was absolutely brilliant.
"She has such a fantastic voice and she was just so gracious and lovely.
"It's not every day you have someone performing in your living room, so it was an incredible experience.
"I would definitely go and see her again but I think it's the last time I call up the radio station."
As many as 60 people packed into 43-year-old Mandy's home to watch the singer-songwriter perform a host of tracks from her eagerly-awaited album Adamantium Heart.
Miss Parker has already impressed in America - having collaborated with the likes of Missy Elliott, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes - and has toured with Ray LaMontagne and Beth Rowley.
But this was like no other gig for the soul singer, who said: "I definitely like playing to a full house, but this puts a whole new spin on things.
"This is slightly different to the venues I'm used to playing. It's nice and clean and warm, and there's even carpet."
The event also helped raise more than £130 for Children in Need, with Mandy passing a bucket around for the charity on the night.
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