GABRIELLE

The Bri­tish soul singer and song­writer, who rose to fame in the 1990s with an­thems such as ‘Dreams’ and ‘Rise’, has launched ‘Un­der My Skin’, her first al­bum in 11 years. Gabrielle lives in Lon­don with her two chil­dren

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CITY IN THE WORLD?

It has got to be Lon­don. I was born and raised in Lon­don and although I’ve trav­elled to lots of places and had amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, there’s noth­ing like com­ing home. It’s the di­ver­sity of the city, I think.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?

Any­thing cooked by my mum.

WHAT ARE YOU READ­ING AT THE MO­MENT?

I’ve started a book called Trunk Mu­sic by a guy called Michael Con­nelly. I’m not into girly books.

WHAT’S YOUR MOST TREA­SURED POS­SES­SION?

My kids, even though they’ll say: “You don’t own us” – so they are not ex­actly a pos­ses­sion. Af­ter my kids, maybe my awards, be­cause they are ac­co­lades I never thought I would get. When I feel in­se­cure, I look at them and am like: “OK, you haven’t done bad, kiddo.”

THE BEST JOUR­NEY YOU’VE EVER TAKEN?

Any ski­ing trip. When I was grow­ing up, peo­ple like me didn’t ski. But I learnt to and I love go­ing to Zer­matt in Switzer­land. I’m never on time for any­thing, but when it comes to meet­ing my ski in­struc­tor, even if I’ve only had two hours’ sleep, I’m dressed and down­stairs. It’s the only thing in my life, apart from mu­sic and my kids, that I’ll be on time for.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM IN YOUR WARDROBE AT THE MO­MENT?

I’ve had this Ted Baker feather cape for a few years, and ev­ery time I wear it, peo­ple go crazy about it and al­ways com­ment on it, as if I’ve got on the most ex­pen­sive thing in the room. And quite often it’s the least ex­pen­sive part of my out­fit, but it doesn’t mat­ter.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY?

When I first get up, be­cause it’s quiet, and I like to put on the ra­dio and lis­ten to some mu­sic. It’s be­fore the whole hus­tle and bus­tle of the day be­gins and I get to see my kids and have my cof­fee. It’s my time.

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST AT THE MO­MENT?

That’s a dif­fi­cult one, but I’d say Drake be­cause of that al­bum, Scor­pion. When it first came out, I didn’t re­ally pay too much at­ten­tion, but now I’m ob­sessed.

ARE YOU A COL­LEC­TOR?

I love books and mu­sic, but I’m not re­ally a col­lec­tor. I love jew­ellery – if there’s a fab­u­lous pair of ear­rings, I have to put them on. So I have lots of ear­rings.

WHAT’S LIFE’S GREAT­EST LUX­URY?

Just hav­ing the life that I’ve had. And I don’t mean that in a vain way. I get to do a job I love. My son says: “Mum, I wish I had a job like you, where you only have to work for three months of the year.” So that’s a lux­ury. Now I have an al­bum out, I’m hav­ing to work more than that, but be­fore, if I in­cluded my tour­ing, in a year, I’d only re­ally have to work for three months, and then I’d have time to en­joy my kids and my life. I don’t want to sound pre­ten­tious, but not many peo­ple get to just en­joy their lives like that.

IF YOU COULD WAKE UP ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD TO­MOR­ROW, WHERE WOULD YOU BE?

The Mal­dives, be­cause my son thinks we should go there as a fam­ily, and I haven’t been.

THE BEST PIECE OF AD­VICE YOU’VE RE­CEIVED?

When it comes to mu­sic, be true to you and ev­ery­thing will come. If you are not do­ing what you love and do­ing it the way you want to, you’ll never be truly happy. It has to be your way or the high­way, when it comes to your craft.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

Clas­sic. And that’s mu­si­cally and fash­ion-wise. Mind you, I say that, but my hair­style is a bit funky. So maybe funky, with a lit­tle bit of clas­sic thrown in. Saeed Saeed

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