Justine Balmer, has been a guest presenter for QVC and Ideal World shopping TV channels for the past eleven years. From costume jewellery to those much needed hand-held vacuums, Justine has been a TV personal shopper we may have all spent viewing-hour with. She seems to embrace the stage either, hosting her own classical performance on ocean cruise liners worldwide, Justine Balmer, seems to have commanded standing ovations on almost every cruise liner, including the illustrious QE2.
Now this queen of the waves and shopping TV, bows to intense public demand to bring her favourite stage songs into one package, in the form of her debut album ‘Simple Thing’. A culmination of 5-years of production, aims to be reveal a balanced, hand-picked collection of classical, pop and rock songs, which resonate with experiences and emotions from Justine’s life.
The classical songs on the album are tracks which Justine saw (through her own live performances), as having the ability to ‘move’ the listener. ‘Ave Maria’ was selected purely for its ability to move Justine to tears, whilst ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘In Trutina’ seemed to fill Justine with complete joy. However, Justine seemed adamant this classical album might have the crystalline clarity and impact of a pop album, which determined the contemporary production and pop song choice.
As a result, this diverse collection includes The Keane song, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’(a duet with Classical BRIT Award Winners ‘Blake’), Kylie’s ‘Confide In Me’, whilst Justine’s favourite song on the album is Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’.
To celebrate the release of her debut album, this TV shopping channel celebrity shares her Top 5 ‘Simple Things’ exclusively with The Jupital:
Justine’s Top 5 ‘Simple Things’:
TV Sunrises: I have to get up ridiculously early to go into the studios where we film. Some of them are a long way from where I live so a 3 am get up is a challenge! However …. the beauty of a sunrise and the stillness of a frosty morning always takes my breath away and makes those early TV mornings with it.
Off Air Laughter:The camaraderie and the laughs we have in the guest presenter lounge and on air. Laughter really is the best medicine and we have a lot fun on air when things go wrong – which may happen at any point with live TV!
Friends:Family and friends are my biggest blessing – especially friends who become family 😊Might say more about my mum here??
The Beach:The beach is my happy place. There is nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes to make you relax and appreciate nature and allow your thoughts to still.
Music: Where do I start. Music is the tapestry of our lives. It moves people to their core and bring up emotions we were unaware we had. The stunning beauty of a melody, combined with lyrics which resonate, enhanced by the simplicity and strength of the human voice – this is one of the seven wonders of the world in my opinion.
Debut album, ‘Simple Thing’ is released on Right Track Records / Universal on 14 June 2019.
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