Alisha was just ‘born this way’

Alisha as Lady gaga

Alisha as Lady gaga

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Blackpool singer Alisha will be performing her full Lady Gaga tribute for the first time tonight at North Pier’s Merrie England Bar in support of Trinity House Hospice and the Happy House Project

Lisa Jones, stage name Alisha, has spent two years perfecting her tribute to the eccentric American star, who releases new album Born This Way on Monday, paying as much attention to costumes and wigs as to performance.

She has a very special reason for staging a charity gig to launch her tribute act, the two charities benefiting are close to her heart.

Fylde’s Trinity Hospice was chosen because her mum, Barbara Gould is being treated for rare peritoneal cancer,and Children of Watamu’s Happy House Children’s Home – the Blackpool charity saving and transforming lives of vulnerable children in Kenya – because Lisa, mum to two-year-old Rocco, saw first hand how poverty takes its toll on the most innocent, the children, when she was travelling in India, and a chance meeting in Blackpool with Happy House volunteer Lynn McCluskey prompted her to help.

Lisa, who lives near Stanley Park, started singing and dancing as a child to entertain her family, but turned professional while living in Tenerife some years ago.

After returning to Blackpool, she became well known on the northern club circuit as half of duo, Expoze.

“I got fed up after while and took a break but would still always get up at karaoke and that’s how Lady Gaga came about,” said Lisa. “This will be my first full one-hour show, with four or five costume and wig changes. They are very much a part of it.

Joining Alisha is Mark Jay, an entertainer for 20 years who is as much at home singing Michael Bublé classics to the rocking sounds of the Kings of Leon.

But tonight he will be featuring his popular George Michael tribute.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun will go on until late.There will also be a DJ and competitions throughout the evening with great prizes to be won. Over 18s only.

Tickets at £5 can be ordered in advance by calling (07525) 741 622; or they are £6 on the door.