“Mel’s a great kisser”

Matt Cardle tells Shelley Marsden about steamy snogs with a Spice Girl and his new album

“She’s a great kisser – I’d give her a 12 out of 10”, says 2010 X Factor winner, Matt Cardle about his new single Loving You with former Spice Girl, Mel C, which he also plays drums on. “I was a little nervous kissing a Spice Girl for the first time, you know? But it was good fun. She’s amazing, a very sweet girl, I’ve got so much time for her.”

In the video, set in a near-empty apartment, the stars play estranged lovers and share a passionate kiss. There were rumours that the pair got steamy off camera as well as on, which Matt is quick to rubbish: “It was a strictly professional relationship. We’ve got to work together, you know?!”

The 30-year old singer, who has Irish roots, said the raunchy scenes were a natural progression and the right thing for the song: “It wasn’t that embarrassing either, because in my last video ?? you’ll remember I did a lot more than that! “

The pair first met while they were both performing at the Isle of Wight Festival. Matt has just finished his set and Mel was arriving to sound-check. Another encounter at a charity event where Mel was singing and Matt knew he wanted to work with her: “

“I was just blown away. I’d never heard her singing live and she was just incredible. So I started thinking about working with her, and I asked her if she fancied coming to see one of my gigs at the Union Chapel, at the end of my last tour. She came along, we talked about a duet I had this song I hadn’t finished, so we recorded it together and… here we are!”

Mel C is no stranger to duets, having previously collaborated with former bandmate Emma Bunton (I Know Him So Well), TLC‘s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (Never Be The Same Again) and most successfully with Bryan Adams (When You’re Gone).

It is unlikely Loving You will prove quite as big a hit as Mel’s duet with Adams, but the catchy romantic track, which fuses country pop and acoustic blues and has a rousing chorus (always a winner), could do well.

The two also recorded the pop number in Spanish as Te Amo, Matt’s first go at singing in another language (“We’ve got fans all over the place, so it was something a bit different!”) and Mel C’s second – The Spice Girls recorded the song  “2 Become 1” in Spanish as “Seremos 1 los 2” in 1996.

So is Loving You, which is on the A List at Radio 2, a taste of the forthcoming album, due in October? ”Yes and no; it’s very eclectic. I’ve been all over the world creating this, working with some amazing artists and producers. To start with there’s Mel C, then Brian McKnight, a huge soul artist from the U.S., and a guy called Conor Reeves that I’ve been writing some stuff with.

“I’ve just been pushing myself even further vocally, pushing my range and experimenting with new instruments. It’s taken a long time to put together, but it’s by far my best work yet.”

Matt Cardle’s last album, 2012’s The Fire, was a soundtrack of what had been happening in his life, and admittedly, last year wasn’t the best year for him, having split from  dancer Sarah Robinson and been dumped by Simon Cowell’s record label Syco.

Now signed to indie label So What Recordings label and apparently “too focused on the music to be thinking about women” right now, Matt says the new album is a reflection of where he is now: “All my albums will, because I write about what’s happening to me in that space and time.  It is a diary of how things are, which right now is… brilliant. I’m a very happy chappy! I’m working hard, there’s loads to do promoting the album…   things are good.”

For the full article, see this week’s Irish World (edition 10 August 2013).

Loving You is out on August 18.




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