Gabriella Cilmi 

Gabriella Cilmi talks to

added: 26 Sep 2013
interviewed by: Marco Gandolfi

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Aged only 21, Gabriella Cilmi is back with the release of her third album The Sting on November 4.

The album marks a clear departure in both look and sound for the Australian-Italian singer-songwriter who seduced the world with her international hit single ‘Sweet About Me’.

Earlier this year Cilmi announced 'The Sting' with teaser track 'Sweeter In History', a slice of atmospheric pop, with accompanying video showing Cilmi shorn of her trademark hair, and dressed in widow’s garb. referencing her new artistic direction.

It was aged just 16 that Gabriella garnered world-wide success with her soulful smash ‘Sweet About Me’ (over 2 million copies sold, top ten in 16 countries, 37 consecutive weeks in the UK singles chart, and over 27 million views and counting on Youtube). Her debut album 'Lessons To Be Learned' went top ten in a dozen countries, notching up a million sales, and Gabriella toured extensively, including Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 2009.

2009 saw the follow-up Ten, which took a sexy dance-orientated musical direction ending up with Cilmi being robbed of her own artistic personality.

Soon after Cilmi resolved to ‘Sort my shit out. I was 19, and I wasn’t ready to give up on myself yet’. This meant the difficult yet overdue departure from Island, and the management she had been under since the age of 13.

Gabriella embarked on a musical voyage of discovery, "I wanted it to sound the way Italian neo-realist photographs look, that post-war, ruined glamour which is really gritty and heart-breaking."

She hooked up with producer Eliot James (Jamie N Commons, Two Door Cinema Club) and he went onto produce the entire new album.

With it's release in early November looming caught up with Gabriella upstairs in a North London bar for an exclusive chat to find out more. Check out the full uncut interview below.

New Album: The Sting – November 4
New Single: ‘Symmetry’ – November 11

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