Sinead mulls Gregorian chant

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor who once tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on live television has drawn inspiration from the Psalms for her latest album, Theology - and says she may do Gregorian chant next.

Ninesmn reports that Ms O'Connor's new album to be released next month, turns Old Testament psalms into songs that she delivers with the same powerful voice and signature sound that made her instantly recognisable after her major 1990 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U".

"I love the spirituality of it," she said of the double CD - the acoustic Dublin sessions on one side, the London Sessions with full electrifying arrangements on the other.

"I wanted it to be on the right side of the line between corny and cool. When it comes to religious music there is a very fine line between cool and very uncool," O'Connor said.

"It deliberately deals with the Old Testament. If you start writing songs about the New Testament, you're doomed no matter how you say it, people have such a prejudice about it."

"If you start writing songs about Jesus you know no one is gonna listen to you. Obviously, I do believe in Jesus but I am not stupid," said the woman who caused an uproar in her native country when she became a priest in 1999 at a ceremony staged in Lourdes by a breakaway Catholic group.

She has been thinking about this album since she was a child growing up in Ireland - a country she calls a "theocracy".

"Whatever happens around this record will dictate what I go on to do somehow," she said. "I have a feeling that this record is gonna open up an arena creatively speaking that would not have existed before."

She muses that she might want to do a record of Gregorian chants, "kids songs at some point" or arias opera songs. "You know, sung in a normal voice with just like a guitar, a punk version of opera songs, like the Sex Pistols go to the opera."

Sinead O'Connor turns to 'Theology' (Ninemsn, 22/5/07)

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23 May 2007