Winning hearts with love songs

Winning hearts with love songs
American singer-songwriter Christina Perri

American singer-songwriter Christina Perri made her name with soul-baring love ballads such as Jar Of Hearts and A Thousand Years, so it comes as no surprise that her fans turn to her for relationship advice.

"It's so funny, all my fans are so cute," the 27-year-old singer from Philadelphia says in a telephone interview. "All they want to do is hug me and talk about love. So yeah, I talk to them all the time about it and I tell them whatever I think whenever they ask me."

She is currently riding high on her second album, Head Or Heart, which went to No. 4 on Billboard upon its release in April. It includes the hit single Human, which was in the Top 10 charts of local radio station HOT FM 91.3.

Perri had her big break in 2010 when she performed her tune, Jar Of Hearts, written about a former lover, live on popular American television show So You Think You Can Dance.

The song, which has since sold 3.3 million digital copies in the United States alone, led to a record deal with Atlantic Records, which subsequently released an EP, The Ocean Way Sessions (2010) and her debut album, Lovestrong (2011), that peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard charts.

Perri had her most successful song to date with A Thousand Years, written for the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), part of the wildly successful vampire movie and book franchise.

The singer, who was briefly married to a video producer while she was in her early 20s but is now single, last played to her Singapore fans at Kallang Theatre in 2012. She is in the midst of an American tour to promote Head Or Heart.

She has good news to share with her fans in Singapore.

"I'm coming back, I think in November. You'll know as soon as I know but it's definitely on my calendar."

1 Your song from the Twilight movie soundtrack, A Thousand Years, has been used in many weddings around the world. What would be on your playlist if you get married?

Frank Sinatra is probably going to be on the playlist. The Way You Look Tonight is one of my favourite songs. Also the theme from The Godfather (she starts humming the melody), that's the song I want to sing with my dad, the father-daughter dance. And who knows, man, probably something from Paul McCartney. I haven't found the guy I want to marry yet, so I haven't picked a playlist.

2 Which other book-turned-movie franchise would you have liked to write songs for?

I love 50 Shades Of Grey, I love Hunger Games, there're a lot of cool movies coming out but they are always so one step ahead of everybody. The movie people reach out to the label, so I don't really know what's coming.

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