Jessie J, Cher, Stevie Nicks

Jenni Murray introduces interviews with some of the best Woman's Hour music guests from 2013 - including Cher, Stevie Nicks and Jessie J. We hear from Kanya King about running the MOBO Awards and there's music from Meklit Hadero and violinist Midori. Also playing for us in the studio - one of the young artists on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist - Chloe Howl.

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Age 67, back after 11 years with a new album, a US number one single called Woman’s World, and as the only artist to have had a single on the Billboard pop charts in each of the last six decades, Cher joins Jenni to describe her life as a powerful female icon across these changing decades, and how her experiences as a woman have shaped her.

Original interview with Cher, 16 October, 2013

Power List Interview: Kanya King

The MOBOs, or Music Of Black Origin awards, are a huge event on the UK music calendar, playing host to artists like Beyonce, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, and Rhianna, and with a global TV audience of over 250 million. However before their launch in 1996 they were an idea borne in founder Kanya King’s bedroom. As a young single mother who had dropped out of university, she used her vision and determination to create awards to celebrate the music she loved, and to make a huge impact as a mixed-race woman in the male-dominated music world.  Just three years later, in 1999, she was awarded an MBE, and earlier this year she was named as one of the 100 most powerful women on the Woman’s Hour Power List. “Success in life is not always about having the right education or the most money,” she has said, “sometimes it’s about having the right mindset.” So what is that mindset? The MOBOs were founded 18 years ago, and so to mark their coming of age, Radio 1Xtra presenter Sarah Jane Crawford met Kanya King to find out just how she made it - how she took the MOBOs from bedroom to boardroom, and how she gained power, and also helped others, all along the way.   Original interview with Kanya King on 11 June 2013


Violinist Midori Goto made her international debut with the New York Philharmonic at the tender age of 11. She played the big first movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and charmed the audience. Now Midori is not only a renowned soloist, but also a teacher, a UN peace Ambassador, and founder of several music non-profit organisations for under-priviledged children.

Original interview with Midori Goto 28 August 2013

Chloe Howl

Chloe Howl is an 18-year old pop star who sings about the stuff teenagers REALLY do.  She describes her music as pop – but more “steak and kidney,” than bubble-gum.  Chloe is on the long-list for the BBC Sound Of 2014.  So is she the next big thing?  She joins Jenni to perform and tell us about her new single.  

Chlöe Howl's new single Paper Heart is on Columbia Records.

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks has been called “the ultimate rock goddess,” and now at 65 is certainly not about to retire from the role. Reunited with Fleetwood Mac, she’s about to play a string of UK dates on a massive world tour, the band’s multi-million selling album Rumours has been re-released 35 years after it reached number one, they have an EP of new material, and tonight she premiers her new film, In Your Dreams – a documentary about her solo album of the same name. But she’s famed too, of course, not just for her music, but also for the ‘soap opera’ of drugs,  relationships and break-ups that was a backdrop to the music of Fleetwood Mac – and particularly for her difficult romantic relationship and breakup with band member Lindsay Buckingham, which she sang about in her hit song Dreams. Stevie Nicks joins Jane Garvey to discuss being a woman in a very male dominated music world, her tumultuous personal relationships, dealing with addiction, her new documentary, being reunited with bandmate Christine McVie, and her relationship today with ex-partner and guitarist Lindsay Buckingham.

Stevie Nicks’ new documentary film In Your Dreams is available on DVD.

The re-released deluxe version of Rumours, Stevie’s solo album In Your Dreams, and Fleetwood Mac’s new material, Extended Play, are all out now.

Original interview with Stevie Nicks on 16 September 2013

Jessie J

Jessie J shot to fame when she won the BBC Sound Of  Poll and the Brits Critics Choice Award in 2011, quickly followed by her debut album Who You Are. She shot to instant chart success with in your face hit Do It Like A Dude and bold challenging image, and she’s been a cheerleader for self-belief in her own career and in mentoring others on TV’s The Voice. However she’s also had to work hard and overcome her own personal hurdles to get where she is today – not least a heart condition, and subsequent bullying as a child. She’s just left The Voice to concentrate on her own singing career, and so, as she prepares to release a new studio album and announces her new single  It’s My Party, she joins Woman’s Hour to talk about the struggles she’s faced, being a role model and mentor, and the self-belief and talent that’s helped her make it to the top.

Original interview with Jessie J on 6 August 2013

Meklit Hadero

The singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero was born in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and raised in the US.  She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music.  Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow and recently attended the TED Global Conference at Oxford University with a group of 24 other fellows (including young artists, scientists, NGO leaders, and inspiring individuals from around the world.)   She joins Jenni to talk about her musical career, arts and culture work, and, along with her band, to perform the track Leaving Soon live in the studio. 

On A Day Like This by Meklit Hadero, available on Porto Franco Records. PFR015 


Original interview with Meklit on 7 March 2013


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestCher
Interviewed GuestStevie Nicks
Interviewed GuestJessie J
Interviewed GuestKanya King

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