Classical music crossover artist Katherine Jenkins is a lot like the ‘global’ woman we’ve been celebrating the past few weeks. The Welsh singer travels the world delighting audiences everywhere with her unique sound. You may also recognize her as a contender to be reckoned with from Dancing With The Stars…we’re waiting for her acting gig so we can officially deem her a ‘triple threat.’ Jenkins told us about the best and worst foods for one’s voice, her DWTS regimen and what she really thinks about what’s going on in the music industry…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I would say that I have a really good attitude towards food. I have a big appetite so I eat a lot, but of the right stuff. My breakfast would be organic fruits like blueberries with Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of raw granola. Lemon in hot water and possibly a strong ginger shot (Volcano from Juice Press). Lunch would be a large salad with kale, greens, avocado, seeds, tofu, tuna or shrimp. For dinner, maybe a nice piece of grilled fish with a big portion of veggies (roasted sprouts in particular) or sushi.
What was the vision for the new CD?
I made this album last year in what was the best year of my life. I got engaged and married, became an aunt for the first time, received an OBE [An honor from the Order of the British Empire] from the Queen and recorded my tenth studio album. It was such a joyful year that I wanted the music to reflect that. The songs are all anthemic, uplifting and inspirational classical pieces.
What foods/drinks are best and worst for vocals?
Alcohol dehydrates the voice and dairy products clog up the voice. Water – and lots of it – is the best thing. Sometimes honey in hot water also.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
With my body basically being my instrument, I need to be as fit, strong and healthy as possible. I eat well, usually adding as many super foods to my diet as possible and not eating meat. I also have to limit my alcohol as it affects my voice. I work out most days, either running, spinning or weight training with my trainer.
What was your workout and diet like on Dancing With The Stars?
That was crazy! By the end of the season we were training eighteen hours a day. You literally danced off any fat left on your body, so naturally you didn’t need to work out and you could eat whatever you wanted! Being on the show gave me a fitness level I have never had before and since then I have gone on to run marathons, as I really wanted to keep it up.
What are your thoughts on the direction of music in terms of free streaming content?
The way people are buying and playing music is changing too rapidly. Of course, we want people to be able to access music in the easiest way possible, but it has to be done in a responsible and fair way.
How do you always start your day?
With lemon and hot water. After that, no two days are the same! Sometimes it can be a 3am call for a breakfast TV show, or a quiet lazy morning resting for a performance that night. I usually have a lot of energy in the morning…My friends joke that I’m like an energizer bunny.
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What advice would you give your younger self?
Probably to find a work/personal life/fun balance as soon as possible. I recorded my first album at twenty-three years old and at that point it’s hard to say no to things. Ten years later, I realize there are things – like family – that you have to prioritize.
Common misconceptions about classical music…
It’s for old people; it’s stuffy; it’s expensive; it’s elitist and intimidating.
Best memory with another musician and why…
Singing in Tuscany in an open-air concert…Plácido Domingo to my right, Andrea Bocelli to my left. It doesn’t get much better than that!
What’s always in your bag?
iPad, iPhone, diary, passport, sunglasses, and Sisley Lip Balm.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you love in each?
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ right now in music?
Remixes are huge right now – sometimes bigger than the original song. I would love to hear some of my tracks remixed into something different and see how people respond to them.
*Katherine Jenkins, photographed at The Little Prince in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.