Long before establishing herself as a leading Musical Theatre performer, Louise Dearman was an aspiring pop singer, performing in a band that went under the perhaps discomfiting name of Ill Street, setting themselves up as a British version of Black Eyed Peas, with a rapper, a DJ/producer type, and, in Louise, the band's very own Fergie! They were good, and full of ideas, but Ill Street's metier was essentially pop music, and Louise was finding herself increasingly drawn to a different sound. "And so the band never quite worked out," she says now. "At the same time my musical theatre career was taking off, so I followed that path instead." Louise now wants to reflect her true musical tastes. "And so that's why I'm releasing a solo album now, to highlight, I suppose, the real me." Louise's album is actually her second. Here Comes The Sun released 2012 - is an elegantly crafted record in which she reinterprets some of her very favourite songs: Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time ; Annie Lennox's Little Bird ; Alanis Morissette's Uninvited ; Randy Crawford's One Day I'll Fly Away and an excl recording of Defying Gravity from Wicked . Her voice is crystalline and pure, subtle and serene, and redolent less of the stuff of musical theatre than it is of timeless diva. She smiles. "I'm definitely drawn to the theatrical and the dramatic, it's true," she concedes, "but I grew up on singers like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand - the kind of singers whose songs will be around forever. That's what I aspire to." She also happens to aspire to comedy - the writing of and performing - and also to entrepreneurial business endeavors. But one step at a time. We'll do the music first. Louise is currently starring as Elphaba in Wicked the only actress to have played both Glinda and now Elphaba.