Mahood gets 'Moody' on new album

ANIKA VAN WYK

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

Beverley Mahood is definitely a Girl Out of the Ordinary.

The Canadian country star not only has the talent to become a star, she also has the business savvy.

After the success of her debut album Girl Out of the Ordinary in the late '90s, Mahood took super-producer David Foster's advice and became part of the girl-group Lace.

Lace found some success with songs such as I Want A Man, but it failed to really ignite.

Mahood returned to her solo career, but also decided to invest in the business by helping other Canadian acts by becoming a partner at Spin Records and Cedartree Recording Studio.

Mahood also continued to work on her artistry, particularly her songwriting.

She fine-tuned her craft so well that when she sent her song Come To Me (co-written by fellow Canuck Thomas Wade) to Foster for a listen, he asked if he could pass it on to Celine Dion.

"Right now she's cutting it for her new lullaby album. I can't do any better than that," Mahood tells Sun Country.

The song could still get bumped off the superstar's CD, but the spunky blond doesn't regret giving it up.

"It's another avenue for me to try. A lot of writers became artists when they gave their best songs to someone else -- like Carolyn Dawn Johnson."

Mahood also hopes: "People will think 'OK, she's a serious writer,' and I'll get calls asking if I want to co-write."

While she awaits those calls, Mahood has her own new solo album -- sans Come To Me -- set to hit stores on March 23.

"It feels good to do music that you're confident about," she says of Moody Blue.

Her solo album was originally set to come out much earlier, but when she listened to the light tunes she'd recorded, she knew she had to push the envelope.

"It was time to be more invested in my music and give more of myself to the audience," says Mahood of the more mature work.

"It's OK to let people know you're vulnerable ... the best way to get through things is to talk through it."

In Mahood's case, singing through it also counts. Until this album, Mahood kept a story about abuse to herself. Now, she shares all on You Can Never Tell, which she admits is one of the most difficult songs for her to perform, but also one of the most gratifying.

"I'm willing to show my weaknesses, because they are also, in the end, my strengths," she says of opening up her past.

The secret is still not easy to talk about but Mahood explains that when she was 12 years old "there was a producer in a small town who was very abusive.

"I don't want anyone else to go through it. People need to know that's not what has to happen in this business; you can get there on your talent."

After delaying the release of Moody Blue, and having given up on Lace, Mahood acknowledges that there is some added pressure for her to succeed now.

"I've shared my heart and soul in this CD and I love it. All I can hope is that other people feel the same way."


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