WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE BIO-PIC OF
A young Julie Walters perhaps. She’d
capture my comedic personality perfectly.
AS A KID, WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST
I can’t choose just one as several artists
were inspiring to me growing up – I had
eclectic tastes and still do! I loved chart
successes Michael Jackson and Prince,
great female vocalists Carleen Anderson,
Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, and rare
grooves Chocolate Milk and The Meters.
WHAT WOULD YOU ASK YOUR MUSICAL
Ohhhhh I’d be too in awe to ask questions. It
would be great to have conversation over
WHO WOULD YOU REALLY LIKE TO WORK
Prince and/or Quincy Jones.
WHICH SONG DO YOU WISH YOU HAD
Thriller. It’s a great track and I’d be a
respected writer and a very, very rich
FAVOURITE OWN SONG?
TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY/SURPRISING
THAT HAPPENED DURING THE RECORDING
OF THE NEW ALBUM?
I broke my arm and was unable to access
the main studio in the attic – I couldn’t climb
the ladders with one arm! – so I could only
record vocals and hear the playback via
WHAT’S THE ODDEST THING YOU’VE EVER
BEEN ASKED BY A JOURNALIST?
Erm…apart from this question? Probably, ‘If
you were a packet of crisps, what flavour
would you be?”
WHOSE WAS THE BEST LIVE GIG YOU EVER
Several years ago I was lucky enough to be
invited as a guest to the Music Hall of Fame
Awards and got to see several major
performers, one of which was James Brown
[just before he passed away]. It was
amazing. He commanded the stage, his
musicians and the audience.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM OF ALL
It’s got to be Off The Wall by Michael
Jackson. Never fails to make me smile,
dance and sing along.
HAS STEVIE MADE A DECENT ALBUM
SINCE HOTTER THAN JULY?
Probably not musically speaking. He’s still
selling albums though, so it ain’t over yet for
ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS: ACCEPTABLE ‘COS
THEY SPREAD YOUR MUSIC TO THE MANY
OR PLAIN THEFT FROM MUSICIANS?
Unacceptable. We got bills to pay and
mouths to feed.
EVER BEEN IN FEAR OF YOUR LIFE?
Yes, I have indeed a couple of times. No
scars or blood spilt and luckily/thankfully I’m
ARETHA OR BEYONCE?
Aretha, of course!
WHAT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD LIKE?
Current neighbourhood is very quiet; there’s
a lovely lake within 5 minutes walk and I
feed the ducks, swans and geese with my
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T A
Music is in my soul so I’d never be anything
SUGGEST A MOVIE WORTH SEEING
To Kill a Mocking Bird starring Gregory Peck
AND A BOOK WORTH READING:
Sadly, I don’t have time to read
WHOSE ALBUM ARE YOU GOING TO BUY
Mine of course. [Plug plug plug!]