Alexandra Burke claims that she was inspired by Slash and Coldplay on her forthcoming ‘Renegade’ EP.
The former X Factor winner, who is currently starring in the West End musical of The Bodyguard, said people will be surprised by the amount of rock sounds on the release.
She told Digital Spy: “Slash was a massive inspiration. Of course there was Whitney, Coldplay… I just wanted to mix sounds together, and make sure people still heard my voice without the production overpowering my voice.
“Vision wise, in terms of the look, I put a lot of images together. I put a lot of Naomi Campbell in my mood board, Ciara, Rihanna, and then went to my stylist and said that I wanted to mix all of those looks together, and fit it into who I am. That’s where the new images came from.”
The singer also revealed that she has almost completed recording sessions for a new album, her first since her 2012 LP ‘Heartbreak On Hold’.
She added: “It’s not completely finished, but I’ve recorded a ton of songs for this album. Once I’ve finished The Bodyguard, I’m going to record some more. In my time off, that’s what I’m going to be doing in May, back in the studio, and then again in September. My aim is to keep recording.”
Comparing the LP with her last record, she added: “‘Heartbreak On Hold’ was quite pop-led, and this album isn’t that. It’s a mixture of pop, R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop.
“I would refer to this third album as similar, or in the same vein as [2009 debut] ‘Overcome’, in the sense of genres mixed together. It wouldn’t be a straight pop album, like Heartbreak On Hold.”
Alexandra Burke’s ‘Renegade’ EP will be released in the UK on April 27.
You can listen to the title track below.