Interview with Charlotte Church

etc’s marie westmoreland caught up with Charlotte Church during her summer tour which heads to the region next month…

WELSH beauty Charlotte Church, 26, famous for her angelic voice is making a musical comeback.
Since the release of her début album, Voice of an Angel in 1988, the singing soprano has sold over 10 millions copies worldwide, performed alongside Pavarotti, and done shows for the Pope, President Clinton and the Queen.
During her career she has lived her life very much in the public eye, during which there has been some highs and some lows. The birth of her daughter Ruby, four, and three-year-old son Dexter definitely being a high, the lows being the media intrusion into her personal life, which exposed details of her split with Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson.
Charlotte was quoted in the press saying the media intrusion has ‘had a massive impact on my career’ and in February she accepted £600,000 in damages and costs in settlement of a lawsuit arising out of the News International phone hacking scandal.
With her personal troubles behind her, Church is back bolder than ever with her new boyfriend and musician Jonathan Powell in tow. She will stop at the ARC in Stockton on August 11.
She told etc: “I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve never been to Stockton before. “I’ve put together the band and Jonathan, who is a guitarist and plays the violin, (and Ukelele on some tracks) is also the MD. “The sound of my band is pretty huge. We are doing all sorts of interesting things with distortion loops and samples. It’s all very multi textured and bombastic!”
In the fickle world of the music industry, many artists rise to fame and some sadly fall as quickly.
One who continues to stand the test of time is Bjork and Charlotte confessed she’d love to collaborate with her. “I love her and she’s been working at the forefront of music throughout her entire career and is still after 25 years at the top pushing the boundaries.
Musically she also rates James Blake, The Maccabees, and Bombay Bicycle Club. She said: “I still think Radiohead are as exciting as they’ve ever been. I saw them live at Coachella and they blew my mind.”
Charlotte will release a series of EP’s this year and regarding her musical direction, she said: “I would rather people decide for themselves rather than me force feed them with a genre tag.” ‘The Rise’ is the first of the new releases and the feedback has been unbelievably positive. “I’ve been shocked and thankful”, said Charlotte.
The dramatic artwork accompanying ‘The Rise’, of stitching on her mouth represents ‘a lyric in the song’, which is free to down load from her website and has been showcased at a number of live shows around the UK.
Expect big drums, big guitars and even bigger vocals from the child prodigy when she plays the ARC in Stockton. ARC, Stockton,

Saturday Aug 11, 8pm, Tickets £13.50. Box Office: 01642 525199. Visit: www.charlottechurchmusic.com to download The Rise.

Marie Westmoreland

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