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Interview:
Natasha Bedingfield strips -- her music, not herself
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Natasha Bedingfield promises that she didn’t title her latest album “Strip Me” in order to gratuitously provoke.



“No, the album’s called ‘Strip Me’ because it’s all about stripping it down to who we are as humans,” the British-born songstress explains. “We’re united about our needs, our desires and our pain, all the different things we go through together.



“ ‘Strip Me’ felt like it explains what the songs are about more than any other title I could think of. So it has a double meaning, but I think people kind of know me enough to know what I mean by it.”



Bedingfield, 29, has had more than just “Strip Me” to offer fans during the past year or so. She also shows up in the worlds of country and hip-hop, guesting on “Easy” from Rascal Flatts’ latest album “Nothing Like This” and on “Last Chance” from Nicki Minaj’s debut, “Pink Friday.”



“I’ve always had very eclectic and varied tastes in music,” Bedingfield says. “I think you’re always going to see that from me, just working with people in different genres. I love it.



“Rascal Flatts were fantastic. ... And with Nicki, she called me and was like, ‘I’d love for you to sing on this. I’m a huge fan,’ and I was instantly like, ‘I’ll do this.’ I heard the song she’d written and it gave me goosebumps. I was in Detroit, doing some (radio) promotion, so I went into Eminem’s studio (in Ferndale) and it was amazing, really catching off Eminem’s vibe. He wasn’t there, but his studio is great.”



Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele and Andy Grammar perform Wednesday, June 15, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.



Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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