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British songstress ready to bring her success to the U.S.

of the Oakland Press

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Katherine Jenkins is known throughout the rest of the world, where she’s sold more than 4 million copies of her first six classical/pop hybrid albums.

Now she has her sights set on the U.S., where her new “Believe” — part of a $9 million deal with Warner Bros. — came out in October.

“It’s a new thing for me, a new chapter, so I’m really excited,” says the 30-year-old Welsh native. “I feel like I’ve been fairly lucky to have the success I have in the U.K. I realize nobody knows me in America yet. I’m really starting from scratch, which doesn’t daunt me. I feel like Americans know their music, and hopefully they’ll enjoy what I do.”

“Believe” is certainly a formidable calling card for Jenkins. Produced by Grammy Award-winner David Foster, who also helped launch the careers of Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, among others, the album features duets with Andrea Bocelli and André Rieu, as well as covers of songs by the Beatles, Sarah McLachlan, Queen and even Goth rockers Evanescence.

“We were both trying to create something that was exciting,” Jenkins says of the set. “David and I just spent the first two weeks in the studio just brainstorming and going through song ideas. We’d come up with something like (Evanescence’s) ‘Bring Me to Life’ and go, ‘OK, let’s get around the piano’ and we’d work on it. I was the most organic process I’ve done so far.

“ ‘Believe’ is definitely the most commercial album I’ve made by far, which is OK. For me the thing is to share this music and make it more accessible for people and try to interest more people in classical music. That’s my goal, at any rate, so hopefully they’ll respond.”

Katherine Jenkins performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the City Theatre in the Hockeytown Cafe building, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $28. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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