Carrie Hope Fletcher must be one of the busiest people in the West End. During the last few years she’s managed to write four books (and a novella), perform in various shows and concerts, continually upload YouTube videos and blog posts and record and release an album. Her work ethic, bubbly personality and sincerity make her a role model for many people and her debut album When The Curtain Falls is just another branch of motivational vibes for people to cling on to. I sat down with Carrie at her album launch to ask her a few questions about it…
What do you think will surprise people most about this album?
Well my dad’s playing on it for a start, bless him. There’s a song on the album, ‘Summertime’, which was the first song I ever learned. My dad taught it to me so it only felt right to put him on the album. We’ve sort of rearranged some of the songs from how you’d usually hear them. Tom Barnes is the orchestrator on the album and he’s done an incredible job of making the songs still sound like the songs we all know and love but just given them a sort of musical makeover.
What was the hardest thing about narrowing it down to just 12 songs?
Oh, it was so hard to pick 12 tracks, how in the history of musical theatre do you pick 12 songs to fill 12 slots on an album? It was near impossible but every song has got a sentimental reason behind it for me personally and some of them remind me of pivotal moments in my life. It might have been a soundtrack that I was listening to at the time of something big going on in my life. So I feel like when you listen to the album from start to finish, for me especially, it feels like a good representation of my musical theatre soul.
If you could pick anyone, dead or alive to be on your next album, who would you choose?
I would pick the Sherman Brothers – I knew both of them. Bob Sherman, who passed away a few years ago, was a really dear friend of mine because he wrote the music to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins, both of which I was in as a child, so our families sort of became friends and he moved to London and stayed in London for about 10 years. He sort of became my adopted grandfather; we used to go over and visit him and make him Earl Grey tea and it’d be lovely to sing with him again.
How would you sum up the album in five words?
Oh 5 words! Normally I get 3, this is nice! Splashing out… maybe that’s too many! Okay: magical, warm I’d say cause every song has got such warmth and love and passion behind it. Empowering, I hope! There’s lots of songs on there that have been sung by amazing women and have been written by powerful women so I’ve sort of given my best shot at those. Childlike, I feel like there’s an element of childlike wonder cause I remember how I felt as a kid, watching musical theatre and how it made me feel and that’s kind of like why I do it now and I hope that when young kids come to the theatre and watch me on stage I can kind of in-still that in them as well. And enchanting is my final word. Only because when people ask how you’d like to be described as they walk away (not necessarily how they will describe me as they walk away!) But what I’d like them to, is enchanting.
Thank you so much to Carrie for having me at her press launch and taking the time on the night to answer some questions. Carrie’s beautiful album, When The Curtain Falls is out now so go buy it! Enter my giveaway to win a signed copy of the album here.