Saturday, 20 July 2013

13 Questions with...Laura White

1. Hey Laura! Firstly, you have a sensational voice! What made you want to audition for The X Factor back in 2008? I had been performing for 6 years prior to auditioning for the show. I was in Mark Ronsons band and also on the e4 school of performing arts... and i had played festivals and gigs also trying to get my music out to as many people as possible. I felt i wanted to get my voice heard as i believed in my talent so much.
2. When will we be hearing new music from you? My EP is going to be released soon! i am so excited! pls keep on all my sites.., for all updates.
3. What made you choose 'Martha' as your new stage name? Martha is me, who i am as a person. An old soul who has a heart filled with soul/pop/blues music and i think Martha the artist reflects that. Also i have worked solidly as a writer/musician/ artist for ten years on creating my art and getting my work heard i guess i wanted to be Martha as i wanted to show i could stand alone, i dont feel i need any show or previous successes to carry my music to where i want it to go. I wanted to be brave and stand alone as an artist.
4. If you could tour with anyone, who would it be and why? i would tour with stevie wonder for music reasons.. or someone who interests me spiritually and in the mind i guess someone like Annie Lennox.. as she reaches out to me every time i see an interview of hers. I admire her mind, i think she is brave and so interesting as a person so i guess her as id like to learn from her. 
5. If you invite any 3 celebrities to dinner, who would they be? i love this! it would be jesus christ, muhammed ali and alicia keys.
6. How did it feel to perform new material at The Lowry Theatre earlier this year? the lowry was amazing, my material has progressed since then but i am so so proud my fans filled that venue for me. The day i found out i had sold out i was so happy i cried! I also loved my pianist played with me that day and hes been with me since i was 17 so i felt so proud we had played such a great venue together and reached a place i dreamed of playing.
7. As well as an amazing singer, you're also a great songwriter. If you could write a song for any artist, who would it be? Thank you so much! i would love to write for alicia keys, i know she writess for herself too but i do think my melodies i write are similar to hers so you never know! She could one day take one of my songs! 
8. Who is your biggest inspiration? i would say alicia keys.. she has kept her integrity, musicality, beauty in her heart, kept her freedom. All of these things are tough to hold onto and i think she has done this perfectly as well as producing some great work.  Also Aretha Franklin for her voice, her ability to make a song touch a heart is unbelievable every lyric she sings is just beautiful. 
9. How would you describe your new sound? i would say its real. Every song is an experience ive lived that day. Its pop, but with a vintage, soul sound that has maintained a young, honest lyric. Sometimes i may say things that maybe are unexpected but i like that because thats what im like in person! Its truthful. 
10.  Have you ever been star struck when meeting a celebrity? yes! i sang with james morrison, and 'real to me' was a song that really carried me through a manic period in my career so seeing him meant a lot to me. Also truthfully meeting simon cowell, we would have dinners together and i couldnt eat around him.. i just always wanted to meet an a n r who understood me and he always did and respected who i was and i guess him being simon made me even more nervous! 
11. If you weren't a singer, what would you be? i would write books! i am an absolute writer in my heart.. if i couldnt sing and write music i would write books!
12. What would be the top 5 songs in your playlist at the moment? my top 5 songs i'm listening to just now are 'ciara- im out' 'joni mitchell- a case of you' 'eg white 'adventure man' 'miguel- all i want is you' and i have ella fitzgerald nights where i play 'every time we say goodbye' .
13. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to be a singer? believe in yourself 100%, be truthful, be strong. Think about why you are making music.. the reason i want to make music is i want to change and help the world with what i bring. I think every person wanting to make music should also think about that. Also always go with your heart! 
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! I'm so excited to hear your new material. Good luck on everything!

I can't wait to hear Laura's new music. For anyone who doesn't know what 'Martha Friday's' are - where have you been? Every Friday, Martha uploads a cover to her YouTube channel. Don't forget to check them out! 

Here is one of my favourites: Martha covers 'Heart Attack' by Demi Lovato:

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Monday, 15 July 2013

13 Questions with...Liz McClarnon

1. Hello Liz! We've recently seen you back in Atomic Kitten in The Big Reunion series on ITV2 followed by a very successful nation-wide tour - what was it like being back on the road with Kerry and Natasha? Easier than I thought to be honest and I speak for all of us when I say that. We've all changed so much and we were all open about our worries but it's been such a laugh. It's been one big party for us.
2. We hope to see Atomic Kitten on their own tour very soon - is there any plans for this to happen? Not at the moment. There isn't enough time. But if we did, we'd go all out to make it a great experience for everyone.
3. Are their any plans to release new material by Atomic Kitten? We have recorded a little. It's been good being in the studio with the girls instead of being alone. 
4. You seem to have a great passion for cooking! What is your favourite recipe? For me it's not that a have a favourite recipe but rather making things up in the kitchen. The only time I follow a recipe is if I'm making a soufflĂ©, you can't mess about with them. 
5. If you could take any 3 celebrities to dinner, who would they be? Dawn French, Debra Messing, Paul O'Grady. They're all so funny, we'd eat good food and laugh all night. 
6. What would you serve to impress at a dinner party? I don't like being the host at a dinner party, too much washing up. :) but If I do have them everyone usually wants the deconstructed beef Wellington that I won masterchef with so I've always got my own oxtail stock in the freezer ready to make the jus as that's the most laborious part of the dish.
7. You'll be opening a new restaurant in Liverpool very soon! When is this set to happen? It won't be soon sadly as I can't find the perfect venue. I'm really picky and it has to be right. Vibes are really important to me. I have to walk into a place even if it's derelict and get a feeling. It'll happen, but it hasn't yet. I'm already excited though.
8. You'll be back on screens this summer with a TV documentary, tell us a bit about what it's about. It's about cyber stalking. It's a tough one for me to talk about still and filming the doc was hard for me, plus hearing other people's stories too. 
9. Following your career for many years, I know you've done A LOT of great things. Would you ever write an autobiography? I'm proud of my life so far and my career but at the same time am quite private. There are a lot of things I'd like to put straight, somethings you read and think, that's not true but I think that's just part of this job. I wouldn't like to tell all in a book, for everyone to know everything about you. That'd be freaky. Ha 
10. Who inspired you to be the woman you are today? My mother is a very strong woman. I come from a family of strong females, that's all the inspiration I need. 
11. Would you like to return to theatre? Yes! I love it so much. My goal for a while now has been to play Glinda in Wicked. I love the theatre and I like that kind of character. She'd be amazing to play!
12. Have you got any solo music projects planned? There are a lot of things i think about like Country music it's my passion. I would love to be able to sing that all the time. I write still, I think I will always do that. 
13. You recently overcame your phobia of flying on ITV This Morning! That must have taken a lot of courage, what advice would you give to people with a phobia? I would tell them that I've discovered that a fear of something is not just about the fear itself, it develops because of other things that have happened in your life. So for me flying was never my favourite thing but my fear developed through something else that happened to me that had nothing to do with flying. Think about what that could be & you're on the first step of the ladder.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! I can't wait to see what's next in your career. 
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