Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand decided to end her singing retirement in a bid to beat the crippling stage fright she's been stricken with for 27 years.

And she reveals she was motivated to return by her determination to kick her fear of singing in front of others

The singer recently revealed she has been terrified of performing sinceshe forgot her lines during a free concert in New York's Central Park inthe 1980s.

Streisand admits she "didn't perform again until they'd invented teleprompters" but even with the assistance of technology she has struggled to maintain her composure onstage.

The star recently returned after a lengthy break to perform at a jazz club in New York on Saturday (26Sep09), 48 years after she first sang there.

And she reveals she was motivated to return by her determination to kick her fear of singing in front of others.

The 67 year old explains, "One day I was at my friend Donna Karan's house and Liza Minnelli got up to sing, and I thought, 'How can she do that?' "I thought, 'Why can't I do that.' It started me thinking I should go back to performing again".

Streisand adds she was terrified her weekend show would be a flop, because she hadn't tested her voice in more than 18 months

"I haven't sung since last January, and I never vocalise, because it's so boring. I've prayed a lot that my voice will still be there".


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