Sinead O’Connor’s new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss is set for release Aug. 11 and Guardian Liberty Voice landed an exclusive interview with, what CBC is calling, the most misunderstood woman in music. Sinead has had her share of controversy in her long musical career and no stranger to media backlash and hype. However, I must say that I was in awe of how kind and generous Sinead was with me during the interview process. It just goes to show you that sometimes you just cannot believe everything you hear or read. The whole process brought me closer to the Irish songstress and I was left with a sense of wonderment that I just had this awesome connection with a singer that I have listened to for over 20 years.
I do hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did and that you get a new glimpse inside the singer that has turned the music industry on its head since her explosive arrival on the scene with The Lion and the Cobra.
Q. Your upcoming album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss has been getting a lot of attention on the Internet and a lot of it has to do with the new pictures you released. It seems like you are promoting this album more than How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? Is this true and if so, does this mean you are working to get higher in the charts in the U.S. ? Can fans expect a long-awaited, Sinead takeover?
Sinead: I think I’m promoting this album the same amount as the last one. Only this time the photo does seem to have attracted a lot of attention.
I never make or promote albums with any agenda other than really to have a great time when it comes performing the songs live. Live performance is my strong suit. I don’t consider myself a charts artist but a live performance artist.
Q. I know the album cover and name changed after you became aware of the campaign, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss and once the record label got wind of the sexy new pics of you, but it was originally to be called The Vishnu Room, what was the reason for that album title?
Sinead: The Vishnu Room title was because the album is a collection of romantic songs and my bedroom has a massive mural of Vishnu on the wall and well a woman’s bedroom is where she mostly thinks about romantic things. Also Vishnu is associated with the idea of sex and romance etc being sacred ..
Q. What is the general theme of the new album?
Sinead: The general theme of the album is love. Romantic love. So there are different characters who appear in different songs with various funny or sexy or rocking or delicate things to say. It’s a very guitar driven album because I’ve been supremely inspired as a songwriter in the last few years by Chicago blues ( happy funky blues).
Q. You have a knack of writing songs that many fans pick up and use as personal mantra’s, like No Man’s Woman, for example, are you aware that your music has such a personal and influential effect on people?
Sinead: I actually am not often aware if my songs are helpful for people. Partly that’s because I’m shy and Irish . We don’t take compliments well because we’ve been bred to believe the acceptance of compliments is a sin.
Q. Take Me To Church, the first release from the new album, is just that type of song. So inspiring and already has become fans personal mantra’s, did you have this in mind when writing it? What is your message that you are sending with the lyrics to Take me to Church?
Sinead: There are four or so female characters throughout the album. The character singing Take Me To Church appears on earlier songs also and to understand where she is at and what her message is you have to have heard the previous songs she appears in as well as the subsequent and final songs .
Q. On your website there are tour dates listed, some of which are after the release date of your album on Aug.11. Are you planning any North American cities to tour in?
Sinead: I’ll be playing The States in October and November this year I’m happy to say : )
Q. Your musical career spans almost 30 years, how did you get started in the music industry and what do you think has kept you relevant in the industry for so long?
Sinead: How I got into music was my really down to my mother’s record collection. She had very broad tastes.
Q. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would have done with your life instead?
Sinead: If I wasn’t a singer I’d love to be one of those Hindu ladies who hug people all day long one after another.
Q. What are your three favorite songs of yours?
Sinead: My three favorite songs of my own are Kisses Like Mine, The Voice Of My Doctor, and Your Green Jacket. All from I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss.
Q. Is there one that is your least favorite? Or one that you dislike to play live?
Sinead: The only songs I guess I don’t identify with are ones I wrote when I was fifteen..
Like Troy and Drink Before The War … And never get old…
Q. What were your main musical influences as a child?
Sinead: My heroes as a kid were Elvis, John Lennon, Dylan,Barbra Streisand and The Sex Pistols. So I had
Pretty broad tastes myself : )
Q. Any advice for young and upcoming musicians?
Sinead: My advice to musicians is get a real job.
I, and on behalf of Guardian Liberty Voice, would like to thank Sinead again for graciously taking the time for this interview and we wish her all the success with her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. An album I cannot wait to hear. Here at Guardian Liberty Voice we would also like to thank all of those who participated in the ‘What Would You Ask Sinead O’Connor Contest’ and congratulate the five winners whose questions are included above.
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