Former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle talks singing solo and hidden talents.
Do you think there’s a recipe for great pop songs?
If there was, I think we would all be trying to do it and there would be a lot more pop stars out there. It’s one of those things where it’s a feeling that just takes over.
What’s been the best moment of your singing career so far?
I’d say when we [Girls Aloud] were told that ‘Sound of the Underground’ was number one – that was really amazing because it was so unexpected. It was really huge, and then it was number one for a month so each week we were like ‘It’s still number one!’. I’d just moved to London and I was only seventeen – that was a really cool time.
What are your favourite Girls Aloud songs?
I love so many of them. I love ‘Sound of the Underground’. I love ‘The Promise’ because that was such a huge song. I love ‘Something Kinda Ooh’. I love ‘Something New’ because it’s got that ‘Go girls g-g-go, go, go’ moment.
If there was a Girls Aloud reunion and you had to add an additional band member, who do you chose?
I really love Mutya [Buena] from Sugababes!”
Did you always want to be a singer?
Yes, I did. I wanted to be a chef and a singer at the same time. I opened a restaurant in California and was singing at the same time, so I kind of achieved that.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I really like Dua Lipa at the moment. She’s amazing. She’s having her big moment.
What’s your secret talent?
Cooking! Not a secret anymore [laughs]. All of my friends and family know that coming to my house, there will be lots of food. I try to get really creative with my cooking so that’s probably my secret talent.
What’s your signature dish?
It changes all the time. You know dahl, I thought I invented that and I used to call it ‘lentil risotto’. I was cooking it and I was like ‘You’ve got to taste this! I invented it’ to a friend of mine and she was like ‘Dahl? It’s been around for thousands of years’ and I was like ‘No way!’ because I actually thought I’d invented it.
Are you a perfectionist?
With some things. Not everything has to be perfect at all times. I don’t need to be in control of stuff for things to be fine, but if I’m in the studio singing I can be like ‘Let me do that again’, ‘No, I can do that better’ so when it comes to that, yes, I’m a little bit more of a perfectionist.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“I remember when my grandfather would say ‘Stay as sweet as you are. Don’t let anybody take that away from you.’ Sometimes it’s hard to do – in temper you can just get cranked up – mostly at Jason [laughs] – but it’s worth trying to live my life like that.”
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