Pop Quiz: Karen Elson

Aidin Vaziri | Karen Elson knows what you think. Just because she’s a famous model and wife of Jack White of the White Stripes, her new album, “The Ghost Who Walks,” must be some kind of vanity project. But calling from the couple’s Nashville home, where they live with their two children, the 31-year-old British-born singer says that impression couldn’t be further from the truth. And to prove this whole rock-star thing is no whim, Elson is on the road promoting the White-produced record.

Karen Elson
Q: Was there any hesitation on your part about working with Jack, knowing what everyone would say?
A: Initially, there was. I thought, “Wow. First of all, I’m a model. Model-slash-anything is a tough sort of thing to get people over. And then having Jack as my husband, who is such a wonderful force of nature.” But his reaction was, “That’s so silly. I love you, and I don’t want you to feel my influence will be a hindrance. You have a studio in your back garden. Why should you not have these people on your record?”
Q: Is he a difficult boss?
A: Jack didn’t cut any corners for me. He left it entirely up to me to come up with the lyrics and the music. I had to come into the studio fully prepared with the songs and be as on it as the rest of the musicians. He said I need to stand up on my own two feet. I had to be ready to put my heart and soul into it. I can understand why people think what they think. But I can’t change people’s perceptions.
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