(SD) 1. Thank you so much for your time. It’s great to catch up with you. As a seasoned artist, after all these years on the road, what do you treasure most about touring?
Well I love to sing of course. It's a beautiful thing to be able to sing and I'm grateful for the gift. (Laughs) I enjoy singing, I enjoy performing with my band, I love my band and I love the energy I get back from the audience. I like the connection with them and I enjoy performing for them.
(SD) 2. What is your secret to staying fit and sounding so good onstage?
I've always worked on being healthy, and I am now married to a man, John Easterling, who owns the Amazon Herb Company which just recently merged with a company called, TriVita so we can reach a much larger audience. We have a treatment spa in
I am really, really happy, and genetically I got really lucky. I train my voice, when I'm doing shows, I do warm ups every day to keep my voice strong because you really need to do that typically as you get older. Your voice is a muscle like any other muscle; you've got to keep it up, so I do that. My singing coach, Steve Real, is amazing and he is also in my band. He really helps me keep my voice strong.
(SD) 3. Being a breast cancer survivor, what have the struggles taught you about life and what can you say to others currently going through it?
It's taught me gratitude particularly for being here and for getting through that, and being stronger than I ever was before. It also taught me compassion for others going through it and understanding their journey. If I hadn't gone through that experience I never would have been able to get involved in building a cancer wellness center, or want to help them build it and raise the money for that. It was very important for me to create a wellness center for people going through cancer so they could get support in mind, body and spirit.
(SD) 4. You recorded country music at one time, how did you deal with the scrutiny from some in the business? I know Loretta Lynn was a strong supporter of yours!
And Dolly too! You know, the truth of it is, I didn't know about it at the time, they kind of shielded me from it while it was going on and I heard about it later. I probably would have been upset, because I don't like controversy and I certainly didn't like knowing that they were upset about it, because I came in as an Australian living in
(SD) 5. Having been in many successful movies, would you like to do another one and what kind of a film would interest you?
Oh gosh, musicals are always up my alley, I doubt anything would come up. Now I don't know, but I would make it something about being environmental or adventure or something out of my youth about Australia, but I don't know that I will do anymore movies because I’ve been very successful in what I have done. I had Grease, which kind of, if you ask anybody in your lifetime, it's still popular (Laughs). I feel very lucky and grateful that I've had that experience. Then I did some that were a lot of fun, I did Sordid Lives, and I did a Canadian musical a couple of years ago that was called, Score; A Hockey Musical which was really fun. I don't know if anything will come up, but I have had a great go at it.
(SD) 6. What do you feel is your GREATEST achievement as an entertainer?
The first thing that comes to mind is the Olympics when they came to
(SD) 7. What is one thing that you have not yet done, but would like to accomplish career-wise?
I have a few. I feel like I've done everything, but you know as soon as I say that something comes up, which is what is so wonderful about this industry. You will all of a sudden just say, "Oh, I haven't done that!" (Laughs)
I've done so many interesting and fun things; you know I did "Glee" a couple of years ago. I’ve acted in things, I’ve sung in things so I don't know what exactly, but I’m always open to new things.
(SD) 8. Can you share a sneak-peek the details behind the new recording projects you are set to release in 2013?
I'm talking with Amy Sky about doing another kind of healing phase record of some kind. I really loved doing “Grace and Gratitude,” that was a really great experience for me. We’re talking about possibly getting together and doing another one like that. I've also talked about doing another country album at some point. I love country music and I love
(SD) 9. When looking for inspiration in life or music, where do you feel most at ease/comfortable?
In nature; I get a lot of inspiration being in a forest, or in the beauty of nature and people too. The people who I've worked with before, like I've written with some amazing songwriters and they inspire me too, we kind of trigger each other with ideas, I love that experience!!
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