Charlotte Church is now enjoying the freedom of producing her own music and we look forward to hearing it on the Focus by the Sea Stage this year. The music she’s making now in tandem with her partner Jonathan Powell is both expansive and experimental feeding off a smorgasbord of stylistic delights from pop, funk and soul to drum ‘n’ bass, electronica and the ever present etherealism which recalls Sigur Ros fronted by The Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser. It’s an evolving sound that suits the octave-vaulting range of her astonishing voice.
She has been busy over the last 18 months and her latest release “Four” is the fourth extended play in a series of five EPs released by Church. Her fourth alternative rock material, it was released on 10 March 2014 and was preceded by the lead single “Little Movements”. She says that the tracks on Four are like “futuristic driving music” and very different to her last “dark and brooding” recording, Three, as she doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed as an artist. But despite experimenting with different sounds she’s adamant that she will not sing the kind of classical music that made her a star at the age of 12.
Charlotte has been in the business since the age of 11 and 2014 will see her launch a new BBC Wales music talent scheme. The singer from Cardiff said the project will give 12 up-and-coming artists a platform to get their careers off the ground. She has said that the scheme would give the group a push in the “crazy music industry”. Charlotte is now self-releasing her new music via Alligator Wine Records and is excited about finding and nurturing new talent through See Monkey Songs, her music publishing company.