Artist Watch: Cheryl Cole

I have wanted to do a post on Cheryl Cole for some time now, and I thought there would be no better time then after her new single dropped. I was introduced to Cheryl Cole about a year ago from my girlfriend who was studying abroad in London. At the time Cheryl was gearing up to release her debut album ‘3 Words’. Her first single, ‘Fight For This Love’ was a massive hit becoming number 1 in 6 countries, hitting the top 10 in 13 others, and receiving a BRIT nomination for Best British Single. After being signed to Will.i.am’s music label for a US release, I think it is time for Americans to start taking notice of Cheryl in preparation of her domination.

Originally part of the successful girl group Girls Aloud, Cheryl Cole branched off to do solo work while the group took a break. She caught the ear of producer Will.i.am, who featured her on the UK version of his song ‘Heartbreaker’. Cheryl began to collaborate with him on what would become her debut album ‘3 Words’. The album was met with huge success and its first single, ‘Fight For This Love’, went straight to number 1 selling 134,000 copies in one day. Cheryl’s music is mainstream, yet she toys around with a number of sounds and styles, making her a very versatile artist.

Her three single, ‘Fight For This Love’, ‘Parachute’ and ‘3 Words’, all have completely different sounds. Unlike many artist today, Cheryl has a hand in all of her music, even when she is not writing it. She has mentioned that each of the song on the album meant something to her, and she has explained both their meanings and histories in numerous interviews.

I would also saying that she is daring because the song ‘3 Words; is very different than anything on the radio. The song is very slow, and has a weak hook, but is hauntingly attractive to listen too. She is not ground breaking, but is certainly daring, which most artists are not.

Vocally Cheryl does not deliver impressive vocals, but she works with what she has. As I said in the ‘Promise This’ review, she is not afraid to stretch herself. She is also an amazing performer and always sings live while she is dancing. Currently, she is a judge on the UK show The X Factor, and is a household name in the country. She is the definition of an entertainer; both loved and revered.

With talk of Cheryl possibly judging the American version of The X Factor, there is no stopping her coming to America. With her star power and loving personality there is no reason why she cannot be successful here.  The US market is notoriously difficult to crack, but she needs not to worry. If she releases ‘Fight For This Love’ or ‘Promise This’ American radio will eat it up.

Enjoy Cheryl before she comes to America so you can have a leg up. Check out songs like ‘3 Word’, ‘Parachute’ and ‘Rain on Me’. Below is her genius hit ‘Fight For This Love’….

What do you think of Cheryl?

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