Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield better look out! Their younger sister Nikola Rachelle looks set to storm the charts in the near future with her musical talents.Singing on stage beside her two siblings Nikola learnt about harmonies, backing vocals, and performing. She was in the R & B/ gospel band "The DNA Algorithim" with both of them in the 1990s.The family unit would go through vocal routines in their spare time when they were not home schooling and tended to travel a lot singing around Europe. At the age of just 15 she wrote her first songs that she was proud enough of to show her family.Musically she has now been described as lying somewhere between Bill Withers and Sade, a dash of Lisa Stansfield and a healthy sprinkling of Norah Jones but like all these great singers, she is unique. FemaleFirst managed to have a chat with the talented singer/songwriter before she left to record another new track of hers that she has just penned.Youve had a throat operation this year havent you? How are you doing now?
Yeah, that was at the beginning of this year so its really healed and everything is fine now. It was a very interesting operation. I would say dont have it unless you have to. You know Ive broken a few bones here and there but, that was definitely the worst Ive experienced. But as a singer if you are getting sick all the time in your tonsils then it really hinders what youre doing, so its kinda better to get it done if youre having problems that way. So Im glad I did it. Ill never have tonsillitis again thats a joy. Has your outlook on things changed at all after that operation. Especially as a singer, did it make you appreciate your talent more after having your vocals tampered with through surgery?
I wasnt able to talk for a couple of weeks so it definitely has increased my love of speaking and singing. I wasnt able to sing for like, I think it was, almost two months. It was like a whole month I wasnt able to sing at all and I had to be very careful in the second month because the muscles in your throat need to heal properly and not be scratched. I definitely enjoy singing again.
Do you ever worry about releasing music and being associated with Natasha and Daniel at all perhaps worried people wont take you seriously?
No not at all. I love their music. Probably if theyre playing in London youll see me at their gigs. I love their songs and being associated with them is a thing I really enjoy. I think theyre amazing artists.
How are they both doing at the moment?
Daniels doing really well (after his accident) and Natasha did very well in America so its good.
Music definitely is in the blood. Would you ever consider forming a Bedingfield family band with Daniel and Natasha again?
Im sure well all be in and out of each others musical lives. Were all best friends. I live with Daniel and music happens quite naturally. I dont think anything too soon will be done but I think maybe in the future well definitely do a few things here and there.
Youve got several gigs in London next month Are you looking forward to them?
Yes I do. I have one on the 6th November two days before my birthday at the Ginglink. The Ginglink is a place I call home - its in Shephards Bush because I started there. I started singing my gigs there. And then Ive got November 22nd at the Cobden. December 5th at Gibson Guitars and December 10th at Ronnie Scotts with Natalie Williams. Shes really, really good. Shes got an album out called Secret Garden and yeah I think shes invited me to sing before her or something like that at Ronnie Scotts, so thats quite exciting. Its fun!
Youve been quoted as saying you write material from personal experience and observations from the past. Can I ask you more about that?
Thats right. From personal or other peoples experiences. I love people and I love their differences. I love how we all how were inspired by something and we act on it. (Laughs) Or not inspired by something. My parents were counsellors so Ive seen a lot even as a young kid I was very aware that people lived differently. I think my subjects that I write about it's often about their reactions, lives and loves. And my own as well.
Tell us about the story behind the heart-wrenching ballad Dont Talk About this Love?
I think most people have experienced where someone talks about you know, you tell a friend that youre in love and they tell a friend and they tell a friend and it goes on and on. And then all this big thing is being talked about and then it sometimes kinda ruins the beginning of something. Thats why I wrote that song. I kinda wrote it from a guys perspective because you know girls talk about things but the moment you start to do that to a guy, sometimes they back out. I think keeping something precious, keeping something that you love or thats close to your heart, keeping it, and not giving it out makes it not cheap. So thats got quite a few angles on it that one. But very, very personal.
You also love writing poetry dont you? Who is your favourite poet?
I love poetry. Interesting. Well hes not a poet but I started with Shakespeare. Thats how I actually started. Hes not a poet, but hes amazing. Just the way he describes things and I think thats how I started writing poetry. Ive got a load of books on poetry, but theyre not here. I kind of mix up my poetry and the poems that I read. I had a friend read me a Spanish poem the other day and it was just amazing and then they had to explain it all. (Laughs) They read it in Spanish and it was just amazing. I started writing poetry myself - I think I started it in primary school actually. I must have been about six and I think I just continued. I love free flowing thought where you kind of put the pen on a paper and you just let yourself write whatever comes out. You get to experience a lot of what youre actually thinking that way.
A lot of my songs have come from poems. A song called Man from Venezuela started off as a poem and ended up as a song. Its a similar thing youre catching a moment that youve had.
Youre obviously quite an emotive person then with your prose. When was the last time you cried?
Oh the last time I cried? Probably to a movie a month ago, but I cant remember what the movie was. I dont often cry, because when you can write out how youre feeling sometimes you dont need to cry as much.
Do you believe in fate?
I dont know actually Im not quite sure on that one. I believe that things happen for a reason. I think we have a lot of choice in this world but I think that things definitely happen and theyre not always coincidental. But yeah in a way, Im believe that sometimes things are meant to happen.
How was the summer for you cos you were in New York werent you?
I was! How did you find that out? Yeah-cool. New York is always amazing. I went over to see my sister on the last part of her tour. I hadnt seen her for ages and shes my best friend so that was amazing. I went to New York for a two days and then Boston for two days and then we went to La for five days and then I came back and started writing again. It was just awesome. Americas wonderful. I love England but Americas wonderful too though.
Whats the first record that you ever bought?
The Cranberries No Need to Argue changed my life. I was 13 and it completely was everything that I wanted to say. Well not everything but it just caught me it just had me. Actually I did a lot of ironing cos weve got four kids in our family and I used to iron whilst listening to the Cranberries. (Laughs)
Whats the strangest thing thats ever happened to you since youve been a solo artist?
Thats an interesting one. What a good question. Probably people on My Space commenting. I think Ive got a few weird comments just guys getting the wrong idea about the reason why Im on MySpace.
The other thing was again the song the Man from Venezuela. I met a man on an aeroplane and he serenaded me. He ended up serenading me and sung within like an inch of my face, his face was. And that moment had me completely caught, because I was like this is what people want. This is what we . what our hearts wants, what our soul wants. To be completely caught up in what something that somebody else is giving. I just think that is wonderful so that song is about that. I wasnt actually in love with the man at all but he completely serenaded me. It was amazing.
Id never been serenaded before that. Ive tried to find men who can serenade me afterwards and you know, sometimes it happens and sometimes it dont.
Do you have a favourite song that you like to sing live?
Yeah, I really love at the moment singing Bullet. Bullet is actually going to be single of the week on I Tunes (in Novemeber), which Im completely excited about. Its such a privilege. But that song live just gets the audience going from what Ive seen. I also love the movement of the song - its a fun one to sing.
Whats next for you then anything else in the pipeline?
Im currently making part of the album, and next year hopefully it will come out. Im doing a lot of gigs and Im still writing some of the album. Im having fun with music.
For more information about Nikola Rachelle please visit wwwnikolarachelle.com. Her debut release, Dont Talk About This Love EP is released on AWAL on 30th October 2006 and will be available exclusively through iTunes.
Songs on the Dont Talk About This Love EP are:
1) Dont Talk About This Love
2) The Man from Venezuela
3) Colour of Your Skin