Mylene in a class of her own
EAST Anglian pop pin-up Myleene Klass will return to the spotlight next month when she unveils a new sound – and a grown-up image.The 25-year-old star spoke yesterday about next month's release of her widely-anticipated first classical album, her new video and her new look.
EAST Anglian pop pin-up Myleene Klass will return to the spotlight next month when she unveils a new sound – and a grown-up image.
The 25-year-old star spoke yesterday about next month's release of her widely-anticipated first classical album, her new video and her new look.
Myleene, who signed a £1m plus six-album deal with Universal Classics in May, revealed that her album Moving On would be released on October 20.
It will have 12 tracks, featuring Myleene playing the piano and singing pieces by well-known classical composers, and covers of songs by top chart-acts. It will also include a bonus track.
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Myleene, who was brought up in Gorleston, said she was excited about the growing interest in her first solo album and video for the first track, a revamp of Bach's Toccata, which was shown on ITV music show CD:UK on Saturday.
"There has already been interest from advertisers about my music and talks are under way about possibly using one of the tracks on a movie soundtrack, but I am just keeping my fingers crossed for now," she said.
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The classically-trained musician, who is proficient at the piano, violin and harp, said that tracks on the album would include versions of Daniel Bedingfield's hit If You're Not The One, and November Rain by Guns and Roses, along with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.
"When I was putting it together I had so many inspirations from both the pop and classical worlds and chose several of the tracks because they were my family's favourite songs," she said.
"I would describe the album as quite relaxing and my vocals are quite subtle, almost Enya-esque."
Myleene found fame with the reality TV show Popstars, which created the pop band Hear'Say.
But despite selling more than a million copies of their debut single, further hits failed to materialise and the band spilt in October 2002.
The singer explained her new album marked a departure from her old pop-persona and said she aimed to fly the flag for British female artists.
"American singers like Britney Spears and Madonna continue to do really well over here, but I would like to provide something a bit different and prove that home-grown talent has an important place in the British music industry," she said.
"I also want to demonstrate that classical music can be enjoyed by everyone and now my look is a little more grown-up as I want people to understand that just because you are a classical musician, you do not have to wear gowns."
She added: "I got offered a pop contract soon after Hear'Say ended.
"It would have been an easy choice, but I wanted to challenge myself by producing something slightly different."
The stunning singer, who clinched top grades in her A-levels at Yarmouth College and trained at the Royal Academy of Music, admitted she remains close to her roots and wanted her fans back home to be the first to hear about her new projects.
"A lot of my fans are from Norfolk. I often get letters from them and want to thank them for their support," she said.