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Kate Nash copes well with quick success

of the Oakland Press

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Success hit Kate Nash like a, well, ton of “Bricks.”

The British singer-songwriter’s first album, “Made of Bricks,” debuted at No. 1 in her homeland in 2007 and spawned the hit “Foundations.” It also earned Nash a BRIT Award for Best Female Artist in 2008 — and set a high bar for this year’s follow-up, “My Best Friend is You.”

“I think it’s kind of crazy, really,” Nash, 23, says of her quick spate of good fortune. “I can’t even understand it, I guess. It happened so quick and I learned a hell of a lot. And it’s very exciting, too. I met a lot of people, did some fun things — and yes, it’s kind of funny it all happened the way it did.

“But I don’t worry too much about what people think of you or what people’s expectations are. You just get on with it and stay true to yourself in the music.”

“My Best Friend With You,” produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, hasn’t made quite the same impact as its predecessor, bowing at No. 8 on the U.K. charts and No. 62 on the Billboard 200. But it does contain Nash’s second most popular hit in the ebullient “Do-Wah Doo,” and she herself has been roundly praised for exploring different styles and sonic avenues on the disc.

“I think it’s important to grow and change,” Nash explains. “I think anything that’s hot right now isn’t necessarily going to be something that’s good. It’s important not to be afraid of developing and changing.

“So I very much go with my gut instincts. The most important thing to me was to write good songs that will stand the test of time. Even if it’s not successful right now, if you write good, quality music it’ll be around forever. You’ve got to forget the trends and what’s safe and do what you think is honest.”

Kate Nash and Peggy Sue perform Friday, Nov. 12, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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