Days Of The New Singer Reveals Past On Nicole Scherzinger

posted March 21, 2008 08:54:25 AM CDT | 24 comments

As Told To Jonathan Hay

Many know her as the sultry front-woman of The Pussycat Dolls, but Nicole Scherzinger's quiet-as-kept career began on Kentucky band Days of The New's 1999 sophomore album, commonly referred to as "the green album" on Geffen Records. Lead singer and band leader Travis "Maestro" Meeks told HipHopDX, "I was looking for a female vocalist that could execute and deliver some more world/operatic textures and sounds in approach to the composition of the [Green] album."

As fate would have it, a college-aged Scherzinger would record the vocals and allegedly hit the road with the platinum-selling band responsible for such hits as "Touch, Peel and Stand" and "The Down Town." Meeks continues, "So I hired her. I hired her to record the [album] and I wrote [all] the parts for her and she sung backup pretty much on one, two, three, four, five, six six songs on the record. But her vocals were not [buried] way back in the background, it was like me and her singing, like, left to right, like strong." Meeks points out that she can be best heard on tracks from The Green Album such as Flight Response, The Real, Take Me Back Then, Phobics of Tragedy, Bring Yourself, and Last One.

The Days of The New singer admits that he never expected Scherzinger to head in the musical direction that the mainstream would now know her for. After collaborating on an early R&B/Hip Hop track - as Meeks describes it, the two grew creatively distant. "I have nothing to say bad about Nicole or her personality, she just didnt seem to understand music very well. But shes an amazing, amazing, absolutely amazing entertainershes just not much of a musician, nor [does she] understand music. And that was what I knew of Nicole," said the singer, through his publicist Jonathan Hay to HipHopDX.

In addition to revealing the earliest work by the Pop star, Meeks does go on record admitting the relationship was more than just creative. "Pretty much, after those two months of touring, Nicole and I had a small fling. She had a boyfriend during the whole time and I kind of had a crush on her a little bit just because of the music thing," Meeks reveals.

As for Days of The New, the band is working on their first album in close to seven years, the fourth release, reportedly to be deemed The Purple Album. "Im trying to build something again like that, a project. I built a production company called Days of the New Presents Tree Colors and it is not a side project, I call it the 'genre of art music,' which includes: world influence, theatrics, animation, spoken word, poetry, improvisation jam-band stuff on stage, very acoustical, very operatic," Meeks says. He adds, "You might hear some female vocals on this [upcoming] record; maybe Nicole might be interested in doing a few things with me in the future, who knows, maybe its not her forte anymore maybe she misses it, maybe she might want to do it again.

For one of the people responsible for the start of the woman who has since found solo success with the help of Timbaland and Diddy, Travis Meeks states that the image fans see today might not be the real Nicole Scherzinger. "She didnt have that R&B, that kind of sexual thing going on; she wasnt like that at all. No, she was just a sweet girl, you know."

Additional Reporting by Jake Paine.

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