Aidin Vaziri | How weird is it to see Charlotte Church’s name on a multi-act bill at a little rock club? The 27-year-old Welsh singer was once a teen superstar who performed her tunes for everyone from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Prince Charles and Pope John Paul II. She sold 10 million albums, wrote an autobiography and hosted her own prime-time talk show in Britain. But after some time off, Church – now the mother of two young children – returns with a new album, “One and Two,” that finds her channeling the dark textures of Radiohead and Björk. She performs Thursday at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop.
Q: Is it as exciting playing a dive like King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut as it is performing for presidents and popes?
A: Probably more, for many different reasons. Those experiences were incredible. I played Carnegie Hall. I played the Hollywood Bowl, which was a massive highlight. I brought my whole family out from Wales. With this new material, it’s pretty emotional and it’s quite dramatic. I enjoy being able to see the look on people’s faces. Sometimes it’s more disconcerting, but it’s more fulfilling to see someone really connect with the music.