Welsh singer/songwriter Charlotte Church recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Church discussed her sources of inspirations, releasing music via an independent label and her new album, One & Two, among other topics.
"Just to be able to entirely do [this album] off my own back is tough. It's really tough because I manage myself as well, so I've given myself one hell of a headache," said Church. "But it's the only way for me to do it right now at this junction because I've been in the business for 15 years so I sort of know how it works. I think I'd be cheating a little bit if I wasn't totally taking control."
With her soaring soprano voice, Church has been in the spotlight since age 11 when she was discovered on a British talk show. Her debut album, 1998's Voice Of An Angel, rose to No. 28 on the Billboard 200 and topped the UK classical chart, making her the youngest artist to top the latter chart. Church's self-titled sophomore album was released in 1999, topping Billboard's Classical Crossover chart and was followed by 2000's Dream A Dream, 2001's Enchantment, and 2001's Our Favourite Things, a holiday album featuring Vanessa Williams and GRAMMY winners Tony Bennett and Plácido Domingo.
Following a period in which she focused on acting in projects such as her sketch comedy show, "The Charlotte Church Show," in 2010 Church released her first studio album in five years, Back To Scratch. On March 12 she released One & Two, her first U.S. album release in more than a decade. The album culls songs from two self-released EPs in Europe. Co-written and co-produced by Church, the 10-track album features "Say It's True," "How Not To Be Surprised When You're A Ghost" and "Glitterbombed." Church is currently in the midst of an international tour, with upcoming dates scheduled in April in London and Wrexham, Wales.