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Talking Shop: Lee Mead
Lee Mead
Singer Lee Mead shot to fame after winning the BBC talent show, Any Dream Will Do.

The 26-year-old landed the star role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in London's West End.

He is now about to embark on a different career thread with the release of his self-titled debut album.


What sort of music is on the album?

It has a very live band feel. It's nice to do an album that was more contemporary because I think it was expected I would do a musical theatre album.

It was nice to do a different genre as such, just to show what else I can do.

There's about four or five covers, but they're not your typical covers that you would expect, like Gonna Make You a Star, by David Essex.

Gary Barlow
Take That's Gary Barlow wrote a song for Mead's album

It has a good vibe and we've cut no corners.

There's about five brand new songs as well and one of the songs was agreed by Gary Barlow.

He came and watched the show with his kids and enjoyed it.

He agreed to put a song on the album which is great for an artist like myself to have someone like him give me a song.

It's called I Need You the Most and it's a really nice ballad.

Why did you decide to record several covers instead of putting out new music?

I think it was the time-scale really, what with doing the show eight times a week.

I'm still learning as an artist and I'm writing at the moment.

We're hoping for a second album, if that goes ahead it would be nice to write more songs, make it more of a full album of new material.

As a winner of a TV talent show and a West End performer are you worried whether fans and fellow musical artists are going to accept you?

I know it's within me and I just hope that it gets received well, and that I do get accepted.

Lee Mead
Lee Mead is hoping to tour the UK with his new material

If I don't then it's not meant to be, but I really want people to give me a chance to see what I can do.

The obvious choice for me would have been to release a big musical theatre album, but we decided not to do that.

I sat down with Polydor and we had a big talk about what was the best direction for me to go in.

It's not a cheesy album, it's very well put together.

Also it's not too dark or off the wall which wouldn't be me really. It's still commercial and it's very much me.

I'm slightly anxious because I want it to do well and I'm very proud of the album as well.

I just want people to like it really and enjoy it.

Do you want to be a pop star?

I've always wanted to do my own music, being a leading man in the West End was a dream of mine, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to make my own music in the future.

It would be nice to do a tour if things go well and the album does well.

You recorded the album during six day weeks and 18 hour days - how did you cope?

It was crazy - eight shows a week, plus all the PR for the shows and the rehearsals.

Lee Mead
Mead beat 10,000 hopefuls in Any Dream Will Do

I was recording from 10am, until 5pm, then going into the show at 6pm.

And when I got home I was practising songs.

I've been very, very tired, but I think it will be worth it.

Who do you aspire to be like?

There's no one I like to copy and I think it's important that I am myself.

I'm very much a live performer anyway, I think where I shine more is on the stage but I try not to copy other artists too much.

I've got huge respect for lots of other artists and I love their music.

I like Green Day, Keane and the Stereophonics.

It's down to me as an artist to find my own journey and my own style and sound. That's what I'll be doing in this album and hopefully in future albums as well.

I'm sure I'll grow as an artist.

Lee Mead is released in the UK on 19 November. His single, Gonna Makes You a Star, is due out 3 December.

Lee Mead was talking to BBC News entertainment reporter Fiona Pryor.

SEE ALSO
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