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Words: Jeremy Williams The twice Grammy nominated performer is on the dawn of releasing her tribute to the music which inspired her, “I’ve Loved These Days”, but she has no fears that critics will deride her collection of covers. “All the songs were originally sung by men, so in a way there is no way that they can really compare my versions to the originals. Also we have some of the original artists appearing with me on the record. Though sadly Sir Paul McCartney didn’t work out. I got so close to recording with him. We met with him in London and he liked the idea of working together, we even managed to schedule a session. But then life got crazy busy for him and it didn’t work out. For me working with him would have been it for me. I was the biggest Beatles fan when I was younger, you could always hear me playing their records. I had to pinch myself after the meeting, but I hope one day it does happen as that for me would just be the ultimate.”

“I guess we would have known right away if they hated what we had done as we just would not have heard back!”

ally recorded my parts before we got them in to record with us, though we did do the harmonies together. But when Jackson was in the studio, he really took due care and attention. He spent nearly five and half hours to ensure his recording was perfect. His take was so beyond expectations that when I listened back to what I had prerecorded I decided to redo mine. He just inspired me to step it up.”

“It was my mother, who was a singer, who really inspired me to do what I do.” When it comes to inspirational figures, Monica realises that she has always had a pair of significant influences very close to her heart in the shape of her successful parents. “It was my mother, who was a singer, who really inspired me to do what I do. She worked in studios a lot and used to take us down with her. I grew up familiar with the environment.”

Whilst on a practical level, it was a maternal influence that inspired her career choice, her father’s embracement of all musical genres enWhilst her Sir Paul McCartney collaboration may couraged a young Monica to become completely have slipped through the net, she managed to immersed in the music she pays tribute to. “He bag music icons Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, was always very embracing of other people ‘s Stevie Wonder and Felix Cavaliere for the album. music. The record player at home was on all the “I was not really worried about what they would time, especially once the so-called British Invathink to what we had done with their songs. sion started. When all that started I had it playWhen we contacted them to be involved, we had ing 24/7. Dad wanted to stay current and would already recorded a rough version of the track so often place a Beatles or country medley into his they could hear our intentions. I guess we would concerts. I guess he was great for our tastes in have known right away if they hated what we had music.” done as we just would not have heard back!” “I still sing his songs in concert. I love to carry “Stevie is a good friend of mine anyway so I knew on his legacy”. Whilst “I’ve Loved These Days” he would be on board. It felt very safe working is a nod to her childhood, Monica has never with him. “Blame It On The Sun” is one of his shied away from her parentage. Many children favourites songs too. But no I was never like ‘Oh of stars feel swallowed by the shadow of their My God I am working with my idols’ though I was famous parent, but Monica is only too happy to very excited to be working with them.” With the celebrate her father and his impressive compoproject a direct response to her adolescent idols, sitions. Describing herself as an “ever-evolving Monica found herself in the unusual position of artist”, Monica acknowledges her privileged posiswitching from admiration and individual’s artist- tion but says even she never knows what is next. “We just love to travel and to work. I have been ry to mutually exploring the creative realm. speaking to a South American musician on Twit“It was never a case of being in the studio and ter so maybe I will do a Bossa Nova record next. just saying ‘how do you like this?’ We would work But first I have to get this record out.” together to create the best record. I had actu-

“I’ve Loved These Days” out July 15th. www.monicamancini.com

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