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Ronan Keating
Itís always hard at first, to step out of the shadows after being the lead singer of any band. And a band that is the biggest phenomenon of the decade. But Boyzone is a thing of the past, and Ronan Keating has already proved that he could do it better without the other four boys around. Ronanís brand new single I Hope You Dance was a number one platinum hit single and precedes the release of Ronanís Greatest Hits album celebrating 10 incredible years of Ronan. The Record landed up with a transcript with Ronan on the eve of the launch of his new Greatest Hits album. Excerpts:

The Record: Tell us about your journey over the last decadeÖ
Ronan Keating: Well, itís been about 10 years since I have been with Boyzone. Itís been a blast so far. I remember when I was 16, when I saw the ad in a newspaper for the band Boyzone. I followed that up and went in for the audition. It was my first time and I knew I had to make it. The next 6 years were crazy. We stayed in fancy hotels, flew around in jets, and I guess I must have spent maybe just 14 days in a year at home. It was really magical, and for me the most important thing was the music and the band. Not so much for the celebrity status, but more because I wanted to be a better singer.

TR: When did you feel you wanted to move out and do your own thing?
RK: After six years and four albums you need something different, because Boyzone started getting stuck in a rut. We needed something fresh, or it would not be the healthiest situation. We were lucky almost at the end, we had a number one album and number one singles, but sadly after that we drifted apart.

TR: What is the first song you released after you left Boyzone?
RK: I was lucky to have the song, When You Say Nothing At All when I was part of the band. When they approached me, they never asked me to do the song with the band. They came directly to me and asked me to sing it for Notting Hill. I wasnít planning to make any records on my own. We were supposed to go on tour, but we took a few weeks off and I did the song. It went on premiere and it was amazing. It was a No 1 single and it was really huge.

TR: What happened next?
RK: Next the record label asked me if I was interested in making an album. I didnít give any answer as we were going on tour, then we came back, everyone was tired, so we took a break and then I said, well, letís decide on the solo album

TR: What about the other songs that came after this?
RK: I have sung When You Say Nothing At All in different languages. Thereís also a French version of I Love It When We Do that was well accepted. Life Is A Rollercoaster was another brilliant track, released about a year later. I was staying at this hotel in LA and when I returned home one night, there was this message on my answering machine from this guy saying that he had written a song with me in mind and that I should hear it. I called him back and we met up at my hotel room. He came complete with CD player and speakers. He played the record and I just went overboard by the song. I really liked it so much. I just needed this song. It was an incredible launch pad. It had great guitars and good live piano. I could also say that When You Say Nothing At All couldíve been a Boyzone song but it wasnít. From the moment you hear the na na na, it is incredible.

TR: You have done a few country songs too on your solo albums?
RK: I definitely believe that there is some connection between country music and pop music. Iíve written country songs before, I even recorded it and sent it to a pop country duo in America and they recorded it. The Long Goodbye was a massive hit for them and me too. Iíve taken country songs and turned them into pop songs. Thereís a nice relationship between country and pop and songs and I really like that for it works very well for ballads.

TR: So what do you have on this album for your fans?
RK: I canít bring out an album of 10 years of hits, without including the songs that got me where I am today. So I decided to do three songs that mean a lot to me. They are my songs that I brought to the table. They are cover versions of Father And Son by Cat Stevens, Words by The Bee Gees and a Tracy Chapman track. They are my three favourites and they are very personal. Iíd sung Father And Son for the auditions of Boyzone. Itís a great song and itís about childhood and the days of growing up. I used to always play Cat Stevens in my house and hence I learnt all the words for the audition. I think itís good to give your fans something else when you bring out the greatest hits album. They already have the albums and so I had to revisit the three Boyzone songs and touch it up a little. Iíve also brought in two new songs, which is something new for them.

You can read the rest of exclusive with Ronan Keating in the October 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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