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Natalie Imbruglia
Aussie songstress Natalie Imbruglia returns with her much-anticipated third album and a funky new video for her single Shiver. The Record brings you an interview with the singer.

Natalie Imbruglia was born on February 4 1975, in New South Wales, Australia. Her father is Italian and her mother Australian. She took tap and ballet lessons as a child. She believed in herself and felt she could do anything she set her mind to. In an interview, she credits these formative years as the source of her strength and perseverance as a woman. Natalie practically rose from obscurity to fame with her hit song, Torn and follow up, Wishing I Was There. Now four years later, she makes a welcome return with a single, Shiver taken from her anticipated new album, Counting Down The Days. Natalie began work on the album in 2002. She assembled enough material for almost two albums and spent most of last year refining her ideas and identifying the direction of her album.

With contemporary pop anthems as well as tender, winning ballads, the album showcases Natalies talents, as a songwriter and an expressive vocalist. Natalie has co-written 10 of the 12 tracks, including the infectious first single, Shiver.

Imbruglia takes her rise to fame with a grain of salt and does not focus on the big picture too much. With success, came rumours of her being linked to top singers and actors like dating David Schwimmer of Friends and singer Lenny Kravitz. Her relationships with both men are well documented and have helped cement her status as a new up-and-comer on the music scene.

The Record got an exclusive interview with the talented pop star. Excerpts:

The Record (TR): Do you struggle with the baggage of identity as an Aussie?
Natalie: Deep down, first and foremost, Iím an Aussie girl at heart. When Iím at home, even if Iím in England, Iím an Aussie girl. I do get picked on a little bit for my accent being a little bit all over the place which winds me up but I love home, I love being Australian, Iím very proud.

TR: Have you been approached for any other major feature films since Johnny English?
Natalie: I actually havenít had any offers since Johnny English. Iíve been asked to audition a lot and Iíve missed out on a lot of things and a lot of them turned out to be horrible so I was actually quite glad I didnít get them. Sometimes you can be enticed by big Hollywood films, but that doesnít make them a good movie, and the more I think about it, if I was to pursue film it would probably be the longer harder road and Iíd want to do smaller independent films and interesting characters which is hard to get. Iíve realised thatís something that wouldnít really be satisfying for me.

TR: Do you find your acting skills have benefited your videos?
Natalie: I think so, because Iím a frustrated actress. Videos save me in some way, as itís my little time to express that side of myself. Working with director Jake Narva for the Shiver video was great. Itís fun for him because I take direction and understand where heís coming from and Iím willing to stand there and freeze my butt off to get the shot.

TR: How has the video for Shiver contributed to the music?
Natalie: I think more and more videos are important. The way you absorb a song while youíre seeing something visually is going to impact how you feel about the song. Often people hear what they see, so for those people that arenít just music lovers and who love watching videos, that makes them fall in love with the song and thatís increasingly more important. So Iím so grateful that this video turned out exactly how we both thought it should.

You can read the rest of our feature on Natalie Imbruglia in the July 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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