Kristin Chenoweth has one of the best voices in the business, and she's proving it with her live concert album Coming Home, which is out TODAY!
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But when a Wicked diva like Kristin listens to pop music, whose talent is she awestruck by? She says:
"I'm a little obsessed with Sia. I love her energy; I listened to her whole interview on Howard Stern and she just seems like a person who really doesn't care that much what other people think of her. She just puts her music out there, and hopefully you like it and I'd say 90% of us do! Then, to have her voice on top of it… it's quite amazing to listen to her singing. I know other people have covered her music, but if you listen to her singing the lyrics, it's just ridiculous. I love her voice and I think after listening to her interview, I really love who she is. She sings from the depths of her soul."
We love that! But there's one other singer who also gets props from K-Chen! She says:
"I also love Jessie J! That's a girl who sings from her gut! I love her song, Who You Are. That's probably her anthem!"
Speaking of singing and guts, Kristin also told us how tough - and exciting - it was to go back to Oklahoma to film her special!
Ch-ch-check out the rest of our EXCLUSIVE interview (below)!
On filming her live concert special in her hometown:
"I said to my director, I kind of wanted it to be a combination of my career thus far and we just talked about where we could film it. It seemed an obvious choice to go to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They have a performing arts center, a beautiful space that has a theatre that they named the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre. So, when you're talking about a doing a song and album that sort of represent who you are, it seemed right to go home to do it."
On being a perfectionist and the challenges that come along with a live album:
"It is SO hard! It is so hard to let go, and just remember and realize that this is not going to be perfect, and I'm a perfectionist. But I had to let it go, and let these fans hear what a live album sounds like now! Not a lot of people do them.
And, with that, comes raw emotion, and not every note is pitch perfect, nothing is auto tuned, and I hope that people can hear the rawness of it, and the emotion, and the fact that it's not slick… it's real. It's also challenging to go back and listen and go, 'Oh I wish I would have sung that note better.'"
On what she wants to be remembered for:
"My song, 'I Was Here' is my anthem. As an artist, you want to be remembered for your talent, and your voice, and what material you chose, and why. But I hope and pray that people remember me for having a good heart, and I strive to have that. I don't have it everyday — I have my moments — but as a basic part of who I am, I'm a happy person, and when people remember me, I want them to smile."
"Life's short. I'm reminded of it every single day. To spend any time on anyone that is mean to you or is not a happy person, it's just not worth it. But it's hard to remember when you're going through stuff, you know?"
On her most memorable moment of 2014:
"Being home, and singing at a theatre that bears your name and looking out at the people that watched you grow up, it's highly emotional. My parents sitting in the front row. My mentor from Oklahoma City University, kids I grew up with, people I went to church with… they were all there. It's pretty surreal — I was really touched and moved. It just reminded me of my upbringing, and my roots, and it was a great 2014 moment."
On what song she can never get sick of singing off her "Coming Home" album:
"It's odd that it's been a big theme in my life — I grew up singing 'Somewhere over the Rainbow,' and I know a lot of girls did, and I know it's a cheesy song, but the verse, the way it starts, no one hardly ever sings!
I sang it dreaming, when I was a little girl, hoping that someday I would go to New York, and become a singer, even though I love Oklahoma. So when I sing that song, it's sort of says everything I want to say, in a way.
It's about dreams — why can't you have them? Why shouldn't you have them? I still have dreams! I still have hopes and things I want to do! I never get sick of singing it, never and it's so important to theatre."
You're the best, Chen!
P.S. — We have more EXCLUSIVES from Kristin coming up! Stay tuned!!
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