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Charlotte Church: Karaoke prompted comeback

Charlotte Church, a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress and television presenter, has admitted that her obsession with karaoke prompted her return to music.

The 24-year-old singer, who recently secured a multi-million pound comeback deal, realised that she missed singing because she could not stop herself getting up on stage when out with boyfriend Gavin Henson.

“I’ve just been at home child rearing and I knew I wanted to get back into music,” she told The Guardian. “I missed singing – every time we’d go out I’d end up in a karaoke bar and I’d completely steal the mic – “Black Velvet”, “Walking in Memphis”, “Valerie”.

“So I thought, “It’s getting a little low-rent now, Charl”, come on now, you should probably do this again professionally.”

Discussing her new album, Church revealed it will be a lot better than her 2005 LP Tissues and Issues. “When I listen back to Tissues and Issues, that was kind of my first try at writing, and I think “Ahhh! So little!” and I might think that of this album in ten years’ time. But I do not think so. I think it’s a lot better.”

Tissues and Issues is the platinum selling fifth studio album by the Welsh singer Charlotte Church released by Sony BMG in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2005 (see 2005 in music). Church states that she titled the album Tissues and Issues because “it epitomises teenage problems, which everybody goes through.” The album debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number five and was accredited platinum by BPI for sales over 300,000. The album yielded Church four successful top twenty singles; “Crazy Chick”, “Call My Name”, “Even God” and “Moodswings (to Come at Me like That)”.

The album represents a wholly new direction for the singer. Her previous album, Prelude, a ‘best of’ album, had concluded her classical career; Tissues and Issues is her first pop album.

The first single to be taken from the album, “Crazy Chick”, released shortly before the album itself, reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. “Call My Name”, the second single, reached number ten in October 2005. “Even God”, the third single has debuted in the Top twenty in early December 2005. The fourth single, “Moodswings”, was released on February 27, 2006, and peaked at number fourteen on the UK charts.

An early batch of the album had print errors on the right and left hand side title faces. The faces had the title “Charlotte Church : Crazy Chick”, when it should have been “Charlotte Church : Tissues and Issues”.

Tissues and Issues is Charlotte’s last album with Sony Music.

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