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Interview:
Natasha Bedingfield at the Majestic, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Natasha Bedingfield has made a name for herself with hits such as "Unwritten," "Pocketful of Sunshine" and "Unwritten," as well as collaborations with Rascal Flatts, Simple Plan, Lifehouse and others.



And for being quiet the past few years.



The British singer's fourth album, "Roll With Me," came out in August and marked the first release of her own in nine years. Produced by Linda Perry, formerly of Four Non Blondes, the set has spawned the singles "Roller Skate" and "Kick It." It's also put Bedingfield, who became a mother nearly two years ago, back on the road, kicking it for fans who have been awaiting her return...



While Bedingfield, 37, took time off for motherhood, she says by phone that she also "got lost in the studio a little bit" while working on "Roll With Me." "I've had a lot of radio hits and I'm very proud of my past work, but I had some specific things I wanted to do with this record. I really wanted these songs to be an incredible addition to my live show, so I just thought about what are the songs I was missing in my live show. What I wanted was for them to have an energy that just comes off the stage and wakes the audience up and makes you feel like you can forget about all the worries at home and let the music take you there. At the best lives shows I've been to, the music is an experience. That's what I wanted this music to have."



Another of Bedingfield's goals on "Roll With It" was to work with just one producer rather than the multiple hands on deck approach of her previous three albums, which led her to Perry, who also co-wrote all 14 songs. "I wanted to have a consistency running through this. With Linda, we just got in a really good zone together. We just had a really good chemistry. We worked together about six years ago, and I feel like we both kind of put a 'Note to self: Let's work together more.' She said I brought out something different in her, and she definitely did in me."



Motherhood also made a significant impact on Bedingfield as she made "Roll With It." "Becoming a mother is definitely an identity thing that was pretty life-changing. I've always taken care of my family and friends like a mum, so to me I was stepping into a part of myself that had always been there and really embracing that. Having this new little bundle of joy in your life, how can that not affect the way you make your decisions and think? It also makes you more focused on how you can get work done in a shorter amount of time so you can spend more time with (your child)."



Natasha Bedingfield performs Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $35 advance, $40 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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