The following interview is written by Flavia Bazzano and released on Metal Babe Mayhem. Here’s the link
A consuming passion that feeds on the memory of what has been, a dialogue in two voices that tells about true, burning feelings. The direct voice of Damiano Borgi meets the talent and technical skills of Amanda Somerville for the actualization of the cover of the new album by Stage of Reality: “Back to black,” the 2007 song by the songwriter Amy Winehouse. Multifaceted artist and vocal coach, Amanda Somerville is one of the two guest stars (along with Blaze Bayley) flanking the Italian band for the realization of “Stage of Reality.” She’s the chosen singer for the only song of this album to be performed by a feminine voice, which is also a reinterpretation of an evergreen, even ten years after its release. Please see below for her impressions on the experience.
Hi Amanda, thanks for your availability. First of all, what made you decide to work with Stage of Reality?
– I’m always keen on new collaborations because I believe it makes you grow as an artist to do a variety of work and music that you wouldn’t necessarily have done on your own. I liked the idea of a new take on the Amy Winehouse song and was glad that, although I’d heard the song, of course, I didn’t know the song that well, so it was easy to pick it up and put my own spin on it. I think the guys in Stage Of Reality did a great job with it.
2016 was a hectic year for you. You’ve been touring with Avantasia, you took part in the Eurovision Song Contest and you worked with the Docker’s Guild for the album “The Heisenberg Diaries – Book A: Sounds of Future Past” (not forgetting that you’re also a mom now)! Is it hard to keep up with all these different bands and styles?
– It’s most certainly been a challenge to combine being a mom with touring, studio work, etc., but it was a priority to somehow make it all work. I’ve got an amazing husband and a great family, who all help out with my daughter, which is an essential element in orchestrating career and parenthood. Since I’ve always done a huge range of projects and styles of music, it’s kind of the norm for me, so this past year wasn’t anything out of the ordinary on that front!
In the upcoming album by Stage of Reality we will hear you performing a cover: “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. Was her vocal
technique as distant from yours as some people may think?
– I wasn’t trying to emulate her style when singing the song. If you cover someone else’s work, I think you should bring your own interpretation of it to the table and that’s what I did with “Back To Black.” Stage Of Reality set a very good framework of the song with their arrangement and so it was fun to play around with that.
How would diehard metalheads react to a pop song revisited in your opinion?
– Hey, I’m an American, so I don’t believe in “purist” anything! If something is well done, should it seriously matter if it was originally jazz or reggae or pop? I don’t think so!