Country Images Magazine North Edition July 2017 - Page 56

Carly Paoli - Singing My Dreams When someone as revered as legendary tenor José Carreras says he admires a singer’s “voice, artistry and charisma”, you know that person must be someone special. He was referring to Carly Paoli, the daughter of a Mansfield lorry driver who is about to become an opera superstar. Carly has just released her first album, Singing My Dreams, which is unique in a number of ways: it features a duet with Carreras who rarely performs with anyone else; Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black has penned a track specifically for Carly; and the estate of the late American film composer James Horner gave her unprecedented permission to put lyrics to some of his music. It’s an amazing rise to prominence for a confident, well-spoken, personable young woman who had a dream at the age of nine that she wanted to be a singer and virtually every step she has taken since then has propelled her towards a career in music. It was fitting that someone who is destined for great things should invite me to meet her and her mum Tina over breakfast at the Dorchester in London at 9am on a Saturday morning. In the hotel’s glitzy, delightful surroundings Carly recounted in a matter-of-fact way how she has worked with celebrated performers such as Andrea Bocelli, how the teacher who spotted her potential when she was nine is still a major influence on her career and how she owes so much to her parents. She was really excited about the album which has taken three years to complete. “What’s special about it is most of the songs have already been performed live so I’ve had a real audience reaction to the music which makes it very different when you go into a recording studio – the songs have had chance to grow. So there’s a much deeper emotion and connection with each song.” The track En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor is a duet with Carreras who also said she “is a wonderful person to work with” and “it’s a pleasure for me to sing with her.” The sentiments are reciprocated by Carly who says recording with the Spanish tenor in his home town Barcelona was a “huge honour”. “We had a lot of fun that day. His nephew was the conductor for this piece. I suppose they were as bad as each other – I kept thinking to myself ‘gosh, he seems agitated today, I wonder what’s wrong?’ And then I found out it was because Barcelona and Real Madrid were about to play and he wanted to make sure he got his vocals down before the football match started. Very cheeky.” Carly says Singing My Dreams is not just a classical album and there is lots of crossover music on it. 56 | “The song selection is very much driven by me. As a child my musical influences were Judy Garland and Gene Kelly and that’s what made me want to sing and be on stage. So I feel with this album I’ve been able to put in little elements of each part that I love about music. “I love music to inspire. Some of my favourite songs are Michael Jackson’s Will You Be There and Man In The Mirror. I think they tell such an amazing story that leaves an impression on the listener. “Each of my songs tells a story. Lyrics are primarily the thing that draws me to a song. I love lyrics and I love each word to be coloured differently. With the classical element I think that gives an added touch of drama that makes the hairs stand up on your arms. It takes your breath away because it’s something unexpected.” People who say they don’t like classical music may be surprised at some of the tracks on Carly’s album. She says you have to listen to it with an open mind because each song is different. After Loving You was written by Don Black – “he’s a legend,” says Carly. “He’s written some of the most magnificent lyrics in history and this song is in the style of James Bond, so it’s got a huge brass section at the beginning in the style that Dame Shirley Bassey began her songs, but then the middle section is completely different. “I wrote the lyrics to Memory Of You when I lost my grandmother three years ago. My producer Romano Musumarra created a beautiful arrangement of James Horner’s music from the film Legends of the Fall which features Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. “It’s a song that I always loved, so when I wrote the lyrics it was the first melody that came into my head during a flight home from Italy. “I had what I call a small miracle when I wrote to the James Horner estate because very tragically he was killed in a plane accident two years ago. So I sent the lyrics and a personal letter to his family. They agreed that the song could be on my album which is a huge honour because it means so much to me. “I work very closely with my producer Romano – we know each other inside out. The album’s taken three years to come together so there’s been lots of experimentation with different music and we’ve found each time the right route for each song. It’s been completely tailored to suit my voice which is a huge privilege as a singer.” Carly Paoli was born on 28 January 1989 in Mansfield. Dad Paul is a lorry driver and mum Tina worked for a travel agent. Carly spent summers in Puglia, Italy where her grandfather and extended family live. She studied at the Rodney School for Performing Arts and the Tring Park School for Performing Arts. Describing herself as a “real Christian”, Carly says it was God’s plan that when she was nine she met vocal coach Liz Hetherington. Carly and Liz, formerly a professional singer with Glyndebourne and New Sadler’s Wells Opera, are still together. “I truly believe she made me the singer I am today,” says C &ǒआVgVǒFRFR2r&Rf"W6&6&ǒF&R&V6FV@