Updated: Wednesday, 30th July 2014 @ 2:07pm

Interview: X Factor's Kitty Brucknell on her Glamour & Damage tour, gay marriage and 'living the dream'

Interview: X Factor's Kitty Brucknell on her Glamour & Damage tour, gay marriage and 'living the dream'

By Sam Taylor

“My life is a real success story. A few years ago I was broke and living in the middle of nowhere and now I’m living the dream.”

Before hitting our screens on the X Factor in 2011, Kitty Brucknell admits she struggled to get by (see here for previous interview with Kitty).

But now her Glamour & Damage tour is selling out venues in China and she can’t wait for her next performance in Leeds and to continue work on her new album.

“Glamour & Damage is an idea I came up with a while ago,” she said. “It’s very personal and I’ve written a lot of the songs and they are about experiences in my life.”

Songs include ‘Remix’, ‘The Damage is Done’ and her own work ‘Red Shoes’ and ‘Light a Candle’ – which she wrote about her high school prom-date who disappeared at the beginning of last year.

“It was really sad,” she said. “He was a great friend and I wanted to write something personal but uplifting to show people what he was really like. Because, for me, music is at its best when the artist or song writer stays true to who they are.”

And writing an emotive song can come at any given moment according to Kitty – even when she’s buying a coffee or just walking down the street.

“I have this idea in my head, then suddenly music starts coming and I have to record it on my iPhone.

“I then go straight to my keyboard in my room, shut myself away and write,” she said.

Kitty’s 13 performances across China prompted her Biritsh fans to beg her to put on the same sort of spectacle in the UK.

“We all thought the Leeds Variety Music Hall was perfect for Glamour & Damage,” she said. “It had this brilliant mix of Victorian and modern styles which suited the mood of the whole concert. I hope my fans will be pleased. I just can’t wait to do it.”

She will be supported by local band Reaction and will be performing ‘Titanium’ with Bradley Johnson.

And she’s still had time to keep an eye on British politics and is very pleased that gay marriage will soon become legal.

“I’m so proud of my government,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing that’s happening. Everyone who is making it possible should be proud of themselves as well. I hope the rest of the world follows suit.

“I remember speaking to some of my gay friends in America and I was shocked when they told me there was so much prejudice in the areas where they were living.

“I think it’s great we live in such a multicultural country, I love the diversity of my fans and can’t wait to perform like never before.”

Tickets for the Glamour & Damage concert in Leeds cost £23 and can be purchased on her website www.kittyofficial.com/shop

Picture courtesy of anemoneprojectors, with thanks.

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