British pop star Natasha Bedingfield, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and country star Darryl Worley will highlight the three-day Family Gras festival that returns to Jefferson Parish after a one-year absence because of the Super Bowl run of the New Orleans Saints.
“”We have a very eclectic group of acts we’ve been able to attract . . . but make no mistake, the main purpose (of Family Gras) is to highlight the real purpose of Mardi Gras – the parades,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young.
The announcement was made at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Family Gras 2011 is scheduled for Feb. 25-27 in the median of Veterans Memorial Boulevard between Lakeside Shopping Center and Whole Foods Market.
Two stages are erected for the musical acts, but Family Gras also will feature dozens of arts and crafts in the Whole Foods parking lot and 14 food an drink vendors. New to this year’s festival, which started in 2007, is a Jester’s Kids tent and an Interview tent where fans can meet and talk with their favorite musicians.
Family Gras is an important economic event for the parish, with more than 80,000 people attending the 2009 festival, resulting in a $6.3 million economic impact, according to a study by the University of New Orleans, officials have said.
Additionally, there was an 83 percent occupancy rate for the parish’s 7,200 hotel rooms during the 2009 festival weekend.
In addition to the two stages and more than 20 bands and musical acts for this year’s festival, there also will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors located in the Whole Foods parking lot and 14 food and drink vendors.
Family Gras, which began in 2007, promotes Carnival in Jefferson Parish and offers concerts by national and local artists that are free to the public. This year, for the first time, a $99 pass will be available for people who want VIP backstage access and premium viewing access for all three days. Tickets will be available through Tickmaster beginning Tuesday.
The United Kingdom seems especially adept at producing musical siblings, doesn’t it? There have been the Ronsons (DJ Samantha and producer/band frontman Mark) and the McCartneys (Beatle Paul and the Scaffold co-founder Mike, who was known professionally as Mike McGear) as well as the Bedingfields (electronic artist Daniel and singer/songwriter Natasha). But of all those names, only the latter once held the record for highest Billboard album chart debut by a female British artist. On this day in 2008, Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocketful of Sunshine entered the U.S. chart at number three, giving her a tie (with Sade, who would later set the new mark when her 2010 album Soldier of Love debuted at number one) for said record.
Bedingfield began her career as a member of an electronic collective called the DNA Algorithm, whose members included brother Daniel and sister Nikola Rachelle. They performed inspirational pop-dance tunes and picked up a bit of buzz early on, but the group eventually splintered when all three sought out solo careers. Daniel broke through first with his hit single “Gotta Get Thru This,” but Natasha hit the biggest when her debut album Unwritten began storming up the charts in 2004. She brought all of her experience as a producer, singer and songwriter to the album, which lent it an eclectic vibe that featured traditional pop songs as well as some strange left-hand turns (including a drop-in by D12 rapper Bizarre).
Following the success of Unwritten, Bedingfield followed up with the even bigger Pocketful of Sunshine, which showed off her songwriting mastery and incredible range as a performer. The title track remains one of the most absurdly catchy pop singles of the past few years (a fact that created an extended joke in the movie “Easy A”), and the video is just as colorful and thrilling.
Kara Kara DioGuardi will be flying home to California after a trip to New York to promote the Folger’s Jingle Contest, which she’s judging. However, she says, “I definitely intend on watching it this season.”
Of course, Kara’s got her own TV show coming up. Platinum Hit, a competition for songwriters, will be coming to Bravo this summer with Kara as the head judge and Jewel as host and second judge.
The Platinum Hit judging panel will be rounded out by a series of guest judges, Kara says, including the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and Ryan Tedder. “For people who don’t know what songwriters do, and that they even exist, they’re about to find out.”
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Natasha Bedingfield stopped by the Teen.com offices to chat with us about dressing like the Olsen twins, collabing with Nicki Minaj, and Gleeking out over Katy Perry. Oh, and creating her brand new album “Strip Me.”
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Fans got a first listen to English pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield’s new music in an uncharacteristic way: a movie trailer.
” ‘Morning Glory.’ I just saw it, fantastic movie!” Bedingfield said. “And my song is the title track. It’s, like, just at the end. You know, obviously that makes the movie even more fun for me to watch, because it’s my song on there.”
After the trailer for the romantic comedy “Morning Glory” debuted in the fall, fans began buzzing about the featured Bedingfield track, “Strip Me.” The singer then announced that her third studio album of the same name would be released in November, later pushed back to a December release.
Bedingfield says she created this album over a two-year journey, during which she wed documentary filmmaker Matt Robinson and traveled, drawing inspiration from many different places.
“I went to New Zealand, which is where my family is from and where I’m from, and I got a whole lot of ideas,” Bedingfield explained. “Then I came to America, and I went to England a bit and Sweden, and basically in all of that journey, I made an album.”
CNN caught up with Bedingfield before her Los Angeles showcase in November, where she sang her songs from the “Strip Me” album live for the first time. The singer talked about the new album, working with various artists like rapper Nicki Minaj and why she sees hope in her music.
CNN: You said your new album “Strip Me” is about going back to basics. Can you elaborate on that?
Natasha Bedingfield: Yes, “Strip Me” is all about just stripping away all the smoke and veneers and stuff that we see in pop music today and just being real and bare. I feel like the whole world, everywhere I’ve traveled and seen the world, I feel like we’ve all gone through a stripping process at some time or another, you know, where things that we thought were secure beneath our feet have kind of just slid out from under us, and we’re kind of left just going, ‘Who are we in all of that?’ and ‘Do I matter?’ … I feel like we need to remind ourselves that we matter and our voices count, and nothing that happens to us in our life should be able to shake that.
CNN: Did you come up with this theme for the album before you began writing, or during the writing process, you began to notice this theme take form?
Bedingfield: Well, the theme kind of started to emerge. My main goal for the album was to talk about being human, human needs, desires, wishes. It just kind of started at that, and then it kind of progressed to what it is. … I think that when you’re songwriting, it’s like you put an antenna up and you kind of like feeling and hearing.
A lot of songwriters will say that you’re kind of hearing what is the world saying and tapping into those emotions and feelings, and you know I guess that’s kind of how I got the theme of the album. Musically, it’s very guitar-driven, with little drumbeats, like what I normally do.
CNN: What are you most excited for people to hear when you play these new songs live?
Bedingfield: I just think that people will hear a progression, and they’ll also hear songs that you can easily pick up and sing along to. It’s definitely more of, you know, what you get when you hear me, but I do think that there’s a progression there. I don’t know, I feel like it’s my best yet, and hopefully, everyone else can feel the same.
CNN: You often collaborate with others when you’re writing. Why do you enjoy working and writing with other people?
Bedingfield: Writing with other people, it’s just much more fun than writing on your own. I feel like writing alone, you get one side; it’s your side. … Also, I don’t play instruments very well, so the main reason I write with other people is because they’ll do the musical part. We’ll do that together, but they’ll kind of bring that, and I’ll bring more of the lyrics and melody, and we’ll combine that together.
CNN: You also collaborated with other artists on songs for their new albums, like rapper Nicki Minaj and country group Rascal Flatts. How did that come about?
Bedingfield: I just love the way the world is now. You know, we all have iTunes. We all have some many different styles that we love listening to, and you know, I’m really excited. I have a lot of really great collaborations coming up this year. Nicki Minaj, she asked me to sing one of her songs … and Rascal Flatts, you know, I’m a big country music fan, and it’s just great. The sky’s the limit.
CNN: What other current artists would you want to collaborate with?
Bedingfield: Oh, so many. I would love to work with Eminem. … I actually really love the Foo Fighters. It would be a dream to work with the Foo Fighters or Radiohead.
CNN: You have great pop hooks and melodies in all your music. Where do you find your inspiration to inspire others?
Bedingfield: I just get inspired by stories and things that I hear and situations and sometimes conversations. You know, it’s like, things will come up, and I’m like, “That sounds like a song.” … There’s definitely been times where I’ve gone out dancing, you know, gone out partying, and I’ll just come back with a beat or a melody or something I can’t get out of my head, and I’ll build a song around that.
CNN: You say this album is your best yet, and you’re extremely excited about it. What is it you really want fans to know about it?
Bedingfield: I want fans to know how important that they are to me. … I just value the connection of fans and the way that they’ve taken my music so personally and the way that they support me.
I want them to like my music. I really think of people who are listening to my music when I write it. I really think of what are they going to get into and enjoy and dance to and want to sing along to. You know, if it can bring some hope in a world where it’s kind of so easy for everyone to get bogged down in hopelessness.
You know, you just watch the TV, turn the TV on, and it’s just like, “Ahhh, this world’s a bit crazy.” But, you know, I feel like music has a really cool job in that environment to kind of help us see that there isn’t just a tunnel, there’s a light at the end, you know? We can actually have hope, and that’s what I feel when I listen to music.
Source: CNN International
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