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Outer space -- really -- is Sarah Brightman's next frontier

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Sarah Brightman is a space cadet. Literally.

The classically trained British singer and theater star is currently going through training in Russia for a proposed 2015 mission to the International Space Station via the private Space Adventures Ltd. She's gone through some physical and psychological training already in Russia and reports that "the journey so far has been absolutely amazing, better than I ever expected I'd do. It's been very inspirational to me as a musician and a creator, and...just knowing you're a very healthy person at the end of the day is nice."

Brightman, 53, says he has another six months of rigorous training ahead and cautions that "anything can happen between now and then," but she's allowing herself to think about projects she might do while in orbit.

"People who go up, especially in the private sector, all do something they're good at or interested in," Brightman says. "Obviously I'm a singer. "I've asked astronauts, and they've said it's perfectly possible to sing up there. Everyone's got wonderful ideas about what I could do, but that's something you have to look into very carefully. So I'm not saying much 'til I know more."

Brightman acknowledges that the looming trip into outer space did make an impact on her latest album, "Dreamchaser," which came out earlier this year.

"I've always themed my albums, often by what's going on in my life and what I'm inspired by at that time," explains the singer, who co-wrote one of the album's tracks, "B612," as well as covering songs by Elbow, Sigur Ros, Sia Furler and, appropriately, Wings' "Venus and Mars." "Because of my sort of interest in space and in the journey I may be taking, I just got inspired to put this album together which is space-themed.

"I think as human beings, at different times in our lives we look up at the night sky and wonder what's out there, and even more so with the Hubble (space telescope) and everything that is happening at the moment. It helped inspire me to choose various pieces of music I thought were expensive, and some of them had deeper meanings. I just started (recording and I didn't know where the journey was going to take me, but actually it was very beautiful."

Sarah Brightman performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $54.50-$255. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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