Still on song: Princess will perform at Hit Factory Live this week
A YEAR that featured large shoulder pads and oversized gold jewellery; Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister; and Back To The Future was the highest grossing film of the year.
It was 1985 – the same year that British pop sensation Princess found chart success with her hit, Say I’m Your Number One, produced by the successful recording trio Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW).
In recognition of this hit-making collective, the massive concert Hit Factory Live will descend on London’s Hyde Park this week, featuring a host of artists who scored hits with the legendary production trio.
Princess is amongst the line-up, which also includes artists such as Sinitta, Pepsi & Shirlie and Jason Donovan, and her performance will mark over 25 years since she performed in the UK to an audience of this magnitude.
“I think it’s going to feel refreshingly new for me,” Princess said of her upcoming performance. “It’s been such a long time since I have worked my songs on such a big stage. I’ve done them on smaller stages recently on different occasions, so it’s going to be fun.”
For Princess, who now lives in the US, coming back to British shores will also be a long overdue homecoming.
“There’s nothing like perspective and distance to build your fondness of a place,” says the 50-year-old. “There’s nothing like another culture that gives you the sense of what is unique in your culture, so I’m going to enjoy being at home.”
Coinciding with this return to a major stage, the vocalist is due to release a new album called The Emergence, The Passion, The One.
“I’m now in a really great place in terms of how I feel musically and therefore in life. ‘The emergence’ is about the amount of time it has taken me to come forward, on any significant level.
‘The passion’ is the fact that music is my passion, and ‘the one’ is the fact that it [music] has remained my one true love; the one that has never been unfaithful to me.”
Whilst the last two decades may have seen the singer step out of the pop limelight, she has been busy with other ventures, having set up her own children’s charity, after seeing the image of a child caught in war torn Sudan in 2004.
“I had a tooth condition that had me crawling on the floor,” she recalled. “I can’t describe the pain I was in – my face was twice its size. At the same time on TV there was a broadcast about Darfur. A little boy was sitting in a catatonic state for five days, his village had been torn to the ground and there was nothing but dead bodies around him. He was the only surviving being in the midst of all that carnage.”
She continued: “My own pain went into abeyance because I was just struck by this baby in this sheer shock. It hit me like a sledge hammer and so I started writing a song called If Not For Grace and put together the HRS Princess Foundation, which will release this song and give 60 percent of the proceeds to disadvantaged children all over the world.”
Hit Factory Live is in Hyde Park, London on July 11. For tickets, visit www.livenation.co.uk For more information on the HRS Princess Foundation visit www.odglabel.com