Q&A With Gwen Stefani: A Strong Voice For Girls

By Mikael Wood
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great Q&A with superstar Gwen Stefani who is returning to television with an animated series on Nickelodeon called “Kuu Kuu Harajuku.” Built around characters she dreamed up as she was writing “Harajuku Girls”, a track from her 2004 solo debut about the fashion-forward women of that Tokyo neighborhood, the show follows the members of a young pop group, HJ5, who have to “come together and use all of their individual strengths to get through obstacles”

Los Angeles Times

Gwen Stefani has spent 2016, in her words, “on output.”

In March, the pop singer released her first solo album in a decade, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” on which she addressed the unraveling of her marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale and her subsequent romance with country music hunk Blake Shelton.

Then she went on a summer tour, performing songs from “Truth” and her first two solo records along with classics like “Don’t Speak” and “Just a Girl” by her long-running Orange County rock band, No Doubt.

Now the former star of “The Voice” is returning to television with an animated series on Nickelodeon called “Kuu Kuu Harajuku.”

Built around characters she dreamed up as she was writing “Harajuku Girls”, a track from her 2004 solo debut about the fashion-forward women of that Tokyo neighborhood, the show follows the members of a young pop group, HJ5, who have to “come together and use all of their individual strengths to get through obstacles,” as Stefani explained.

Yet she won’t be offstage for long. Following the Nick series’ recent premiere, Stefani, 47, will perform hometown gigs Oct. 15 and 16 at the Forum and Oct. 29 and 30 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, where her shows will serve as that venue’s last before it’s razed to make way for a new housing development. She recently sat down at Nickelodeon’s animation studio in Burbank to discuss the concerts, the TV series, and her all-time-favorite roadie.

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