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Sharon Corr tackling new ground with new music effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Undated Handout Photo of Sharon Corr. See PA Feature SHOWBIZ 5Mins3. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout/Barry McCall. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ 5Mins3.

Undated Handout Photo of Sharon Corr. See PA Feature SHOWBIZ 5Mins3. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout/Barry McCall. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ 5Mins3.

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SHARON Corr was formerly a member of The Corrs with her two sisters Andrea and Caroline and brother Jim.

Now she is preparing to release her second solo album, The Same Sun, on September 16, and tours the UK and Ireland from September 14.

Ahead of a visit to Birmingham Glee Club on September 23, the singer chatted about harmonies, hating modern music, and having to move forward

When asked if she was looking forward to the tour, she said: "Very much so. I'm in the middle of a world tour really. I started last year in South America, and have slowly been working my way around the world ever since.

"The shows have been going great.

"I've done six weeks in the States, I've been to New Zealand, and I'm loving playing the songs from the new record."

A brief listen to her new album shows that it is quite different to her first offering.

She said: "I love that record but I listen to it now and it wasn't who I am now, I hadn't found the music I wanted to make then.

"I feel that was a transitional record from The Corrs to what I'm doing now.

"I still had a pull to write songs from The Corrs, but now I'm writing for myself.

"It's just me this time around, and I think it shows I've developed. It's all merged together into one giant influence.

"I love what I did with the band, but I love what I'm doing now too, it's about moving forward all the time."

Changing the way that she worked since departing from the Coors was a big ask the singer told the Mail.

She added: "It's like sticking on braces, but then getting your crooked teeth back.

"We all wrote for the band and accommodated each other, so yeah, it did take a bit of time just writing for me.

"I think stage-wise it was easier, I've always been comfortable on stage, but inhabiting the centre role now is very natural to me.

"There was a little transition but it's all part of the journey."

The album features heavy references to 1970s singer, something that she said comes from her time growing up.

She said: "Yes, it's a bit of that, but more than anything it's about the art of songwriting.

"There are no short cuts, no AutoTune, there's a really organic sound on it, and I'm really sick of the way a lot of new music sounds now.

"That's why it's so lovely to hear someone like Adele being so good at what she does, that's what we're supposed to do as singers.

"Anything we do is worth doing well, and you have to give the songs your all.

"People listening deserve that, and they can feel the truth when you're singing.

" It's about having high expectations for what I do, and a high level of respect for the audience."

Despite making a move away from the Coors influence, fans of the band still gravitate toward her.

"There are some Corrs fans who have stuck with me, which is a great endorsement and I really appreciate that," she said.

"But mostly it's new fans who come to see me.

"If I'm delivering something new I expect new people to turn up.

"If I think about it then I think I create barriers, and start thinking of something not as it is in reality.

"For me, every day is a new possibility. I focus on who I am, not who I was."

Away from singing, Miss Corr told the Mail how she filled her time.

She said: "I do a lot of things, but I don't have a lot of free time. I have a boy and a girl, aged seven and eight. When I'm not touring, I am with them.

"I've also been a coach on the Irish version of The Voice, which was great and brilliant to be part of, especially as it was so kind to the artists who are up and coming.

"And the support on my upcoming tour is someone I worked with on The Voice."

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