Instead of trying to fool people into believing that she's more than a pop star, Cheryl Cole is surprisingly honest when she's promoting her new album, “A Million Lights.” She's involved in the making of the album but she didn't write the lyrics for the tracks on it.
That is, just in case you were wondering whether some of the songs were inspired by her troubled personal life and the obstacles she's come across in recent months, including a career slump and a serious health scare.
If you thought that, you were wrong: in a new interview with PopJustice, the diminute singer admits that she can't relate to her own music because she didn't write the words.
Even so, that's not to say she feels nothing when she's performing it: if she didn't get emotionally involved, she could not sing the songs in the first place, she says.
“Regarding the lyrics on the album, the point you seem to have made in interviews elsewhere is something along the lines of: 'Don’t question me about the lyrics on the album relating to my personal life, because I didn’t write them so they can’t',” PopJustice says, with Cheryl responding, “Yes.”
“It's the truth!” she adds, when the e-zine notices that this is “an amazing response, really” because she's not being hypocritical about her work.
However, Cheryl doesn't want to be misunderstood either, so she explains how “A Million Lights” came to be, and how she and her team coordinated to meet the deadline.
“Well what I do is, I get loads of records sent. Sometimes I get just a beat. That you can just fall in love with. Or just a hook. And I’ll write the verses, or I’ll say, 'can someone please write the verses to this',” she explains.
“Sometimes it takes a lifetime to master your craft. To be an amazing lyricist doesn’t mean you’re a good performer. There are some people out there who write the best songs in the world and their idea of hell is going on stage and singing those songs,” Cheryl says.
“I don’t care that I didn’t write it, I just appreciate other people’s talents. I didn’t grow up listening to songs thinking, 'well they didn’t write it.' I loved those songs because they were great songs, and that’s still how I feel when I’m making my music,” she adds.
In the same interview, Cheryl also frankly admits she has no idea of what the message of “Call My Name,” her first single off the album might be, but says she likes to think it's about having fun – a fun song and that's that, a pop song doesn't have to do or be more.
Here is the rest of the interview – say what you will about her, but Cheryl is, at the very least, refreshingly honest.