Kate Winslet What If

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What if…actress Kate Winslet became a singer?

Sometimes actors sing and sometimes singers act. British actress Kate Winslet falls into the former category. She made her debut in the film ‘Heavenly Creatures’ in 1994 and three years later was left floating on a bit of wood in the freezing Atlantic ocean while she plucked her boyfriend’s fingers off and let him sink beneath her. Following appearances in ‘Hideous Kinky’ (1998), the WW2 drama ‘Enigma’ (2001) and her Oscar nominated performance in ‘Iris’, Kate voiced the role of Belle in the animated version of ‘Christmas Carol: The Movie’, later on that same year. Not content with that, Winslet also turned her hand to singing, and rather well as it would turn out. Hit songwriter Steve Mac, who had been one-third of British group Undercover in the early 1990’s, together with Wayne Hector (Damage, Westlife) wrote the song “What If…” for the movie and, as it fell to the character of Belle to perform it, Kate decided to have a go at it.

Her vocal ability was more than credible and one could be forgiven for thinking they had hired a professional singer for the job. This leaked to the press in late November 2001 and immediately attention focused on Kate being a contender for the Christmas number one that year. At a cost of £6m, the film was not met with great critical adulation and in the end, was released straight to video and DVD, bypassing the cinema. Happily, the same was not accorded the song, which would peak at No.6 in her home country, where it holds a Silver certification for sales of more than 200,000 copies. “What If…” was even more successful outside the UK where it charted top ten in twelve countries and went all the way to No.1 in Austria, Belgium and Ireland! So what happened? Why have we not heard more from the lovely Miss Kate since? Well, that’s for her to answer. But what a pity that she did not give us at least a whole album of material…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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