JULIANNE HOUGH FEATURE - What's On Magazine
She may have jitterbugged, shuffled and foxtroted into America’s hearts as one of the professionals on “Dancing with the Stars,” but in the last year, Julianne Hough’s focus has shifted from fancy footwork to vocal virtuosity with the release of her eponymous debut album in May 2008, featuring two singles, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song.” Currently, the talented singer is working on a second album and writing some of her own songs. Hough, who recently turned 21, is also a becoming a true triple threat, taking on a role in the upcoming remake of Footloose. Hough performs at Mandalay Bay Beach Sept. 5 and promises audiences a sneak peek at some of the songs from her new album.
Whats On: Is there more pressure to be the headliner than when you’ve been the opening act for other country music stars?
Julianne Hough: I like to headline because opening up for somebody, you only get a certain amount of time to connect with the audience and, sometimes, it’s in the daytime, nobody can see, everybody’s doing their own thing, they’re not really settled yet, so I like to headline. I think it’s more relaxing. I feel like I can take my time onstage and really engage with the audience.
WO: Are you still dancing or is the focus completely on your music right now?
H: It’s completely on music. I’m going to take a couple of seasons off [from “Dancing with the Stars”], but then I’ll be back. I’m working on my new record, and I’ll make sure it’s the best it can be.
WO: How do you compare preparing for a concert to preparing for a dance performance?CLICK HERE to read the entire exclusive at www.whats-on.com