Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud fame has signed a record deal with classical label Decca Records.
Her debut solo album Centre Stage will be released on February 4 2013. Walsh started recording the album this summer in Stockholm, working with pop producers including Per Magnusson and David Kreuger.
Talking on the direction of the new record, Walsh said: “I've always loved musical theatre and doing Shrek! The Musical definitely re-ignited the passion in me, I really wanted to share the love I have for musical theatre by taking some classic songs and completely reinventing them.
“The melodies in so many musical songs are so brilliant I knew we could create something special by experimenting with the production and I really feel like we've come up with some interesting takes on classic songs.”
The tracklist is yet to be announced but the album will include a version of One Day I’ll Fly Away from Moulin Rouge.
Currently celebrating ten years of Girls Aloud with the release of a greatest hits album and a forthcoming arena tour, Walsh is also training for ballroom dancing TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing.