The Daily Roxette recently had chance to catch up with Mim Grey, Roxette's support act for the 3 UK dates. Read on to find out a little bit more about Mim, and how she got involved in this part of Roxette's amazing comeback.
TDR: Hi Mim, how are you?
Mim: I am very well, thank you.
TDR: Tell us, how did you get involved with Roxette and how did you end up being their UK Support Act?
M: My manager was approached by the Head of Live Nation after he heard my album 'Chasing Tigers' and he wanted to know if I would be interested in supporting them on their UK Arena dates.
TDR: Would you class yourself as a Roxette fan?
M: I love Roxette... I am an 80's kid so they were an influence in my life growing up and Its great to be supporting them.
TDR: I must admit, I was impressed about the amount of big names that you have worked with - Paul McCartney and Kylie to name just two. How did that come about?
M: I had just done a video and song with Mantronix & he had written a song for Kylie but couldn't quite nail the chorus so I was brought in to re write it and also ghost a few tracks on the album. Very differently, Paul McCartney had heard my vocals with a band and then tracked me down to sing at two of his private parties.
TDR: You've got a new album and single out yourself soon. Tell us all about that!
M: Yes, the new album is called 'Chasing Tigers' and the single is called Mr Big Man which is a little sarcastic nod in the direction of the X Factor & other talent shows. Grey Matters was the first album recorded in LA, Chasing Tigers was done where I live in Buckinghamshire and is fresh and funny and romantic and sad all at the same time.....I'm very pleased with it.
TDR: Im sure many of our readers will be new to your music. What is your style?
M: Hmmm.. Someone described it as 'Soul infused Country' which I thought was pretty much where I want to be given all my influences, though i feel 'Amerciana' sums it up best. If you blend Sheryl Crow with James Taylor and Norah Jones then thats a good start.
TDR: Who would you class as major influences on your music?
M: I grew up with two brothers and two sisters all older than me so I listened to everything from The Doors to Earth Wind & Fire. Amongst those however, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell had the most profound effect on me
TDR: Joni Mitchell is a big favourite of both Per & Marie's! When and where can people buy your new material? Is it already available on iTunes?
M: Grey Matters is on iTunes, Chasing Tigers is available to Pre Order on Amazon etc and Mr Big Man the single is download only now!
TDR: You mentioned earlier that you were involved with Mantronix.
M: Yes, I sang Kurtis's hit song "How Did You Know' a few years ago. Loved it and had an amazing time touring the song and the follow up track all over the world.
TDR: Are you looking forward to playing to 1000's of people at these big venues?
M: Who wouldn't be? It's fantastic!
TDR: It's going to be great to play your music to so many people and have that exposure!
M: Absolutely! I think its the kind of music that appeals to everyone.
TDR: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
M: Definitely singing with Sir Paul McCartney on stage together
TDR: So, come on. Tell us: Per or Marie?
M: Ha Ha.... both.......!!
TDR: Your favourite Roxette song?
M: Listen To Your Heart and I also love Wish I Could Fly
TDR: Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. Much appreciated!!
M: My pleasure
TDR: Enjoy the shows!
M: I'm sure I will and lots more to come!!
TDR: We'll look out for it, and Good Luck!
Follow Mim on Twitter - @mimgrey