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Grammy Nods A Heap Of Surprise For British Singer

Of the Oakland Press

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A pair of Grammy Award nominations were “a complete shock” for British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap — especially since one of them was for Best New Artist even though her fi rst album came out in 1998.

“I don’t know how that happened — but I’m not going to tell them,” Heap, 29, says with a laugh. “As far as I’m concerned they can just treat me like I’m 18 and just starting out in music.

“It’s very nice, actually. I’m very happy just to be recognized. I’m going to go to the ceremony (Feb. 11 in Los Angeles), just do a bit of schmoozing and drink a bit of wine. I’m looking forward to it.”

The classically trained Heap, who’s also a member of the group Frou Frou, hopes the nominations — which also include a nod for Heap’s contribution to “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” soundtrack — will draw more attention to her second solo album, “Speak For Yourself,” which came out in September. Heap, who had temporarily “left the music industry” and mortgaged her London flat to pay for the recording, feels like the Grammy notice has vindicated everything she “put on the line” in order to make the album.

“I felt like, ‘OK, I’m really doing this for myself. I’m just going to have fun doing it’,” she explains. “It was really a matter of ‘Can I do this?’ I hadn’t really done anything on my own; I always used to work with producers and other people, so I had no idea what I was actually capable of doing.

“That was part of the reason to be doing it, to find out what I could do on my own. It was just by the seat of my pants, and it was just fantastic.”

Imogen Heap performs at 8 p.m. Monday (December 18th)at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 day of show. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www. royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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