Natasha Bedingfield first exploded onto the pop music scene in 2004 with her first album, Unwritten, and the title track became the most-played song on U.S. radio stations in 2006. Since then, she’s picked up a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocal performance and watched as her latest hit, “Pocketful of Sunshine,” get stuck in Emma Stone‘s head in Easy A.
So what’s next for the Londoner — besides her new album Strip Me? Club Skirts’ The Dinah, of course, where the singer will be headlining Saturday night’s Hollywood Party. AfterEllen.com caught up with Bedingfield to discuss what she has planned for lesbian weekend, why she’d beat Chely Wright in an oil wrestling competition and who she’d like to share the Dinah stage with.
AfterEllen: Are you excited about playing at Dinah?
AE: You’re following some performers in headlining Saturday night’s Hollywood Party: Lady Gaga and Ke$ha both performed there. What does it feel like to follow in their footsteps?
AE: There’s also going to be an acrobatic performance that’s part of the Hollywood Party on Saturday night with Dreya Webber, who choreographed Pink’s aerial show.
AE: Any chance that we’ll see Dreya take you up in the air with her?
AE: Is there anything special that the Dinah Shore ladies can do to make you feel welcome?
AE: It truly is a unique experience to see a hotel completely taken over by the lesbian community.
AE: Chely Wright is headlining Friday’s famous White Party. Any chance we’ll see you at her show or maybe on stage with her?
AE: So what exactly does a pocket full of sunshine feel like?
It’s basically whatever takes you to another place and helps you escape. There are so many images that I had when I was writing the song. It’s for all people of all communities.
AE: Sounds like you’ll be entering a Dinah Shore hotel full of sunshine.
AE: Absolutely. Speaking of busting out, one of the things that Dinah is known for is debauchery. Last year, AfterEllen.com sponsored an oil wrestling contest. What would it take to get you to enter the contest?
AE: I haven’t the slightest idea! Who do you think would win in an oil wrestling match between you and Chely Wright?
AE: Why is that?
AE: If you could share the stage with anyone at Dinah Shore, who would you want that to be?
Catch Natasha Bedingfield at The Dinah’s Saturday night Hollywood Party, April 2.