My retired parish vicar, Rev Carole Bourne, is also an amazing human being, who I admire greatly.
"What do you most dislike about contemporary culture/music?"
Nothing is private anymore. I hate the transient "throw away" society. There is no mystery. Everything is tweeted/twittered.
Where do you feel most at home?
I feel equally at home AT home and on stage. They are both very comfortable for me.
Where are you right now?
As question 1, I am home in my kitchen making "cowboys breakfast" for the family, dictating my answers!!!
What is your proudest achievement in work?
I have so many, but I was very proud to stand on the stage at the 02 Arena with friends and colleagues in front of my child on the 21st Dec 2012. That was a very special night.
What is your proudest achievement in life?
Having a family. My child.
At what points do life and work intersect?
There is s subtle change from "Me" to the pop star "Hazell Dean" as I get ready to go on stage. Its the hair, the make up, the clothes, but usually its putting on a jacket (I do like to have cool jackets for on stage) that turns me into "Hazell Dean"....and once I have the mic in my hand, and hear my intro - transition complete. Show Time.
What's the best advice you've been given?.
I was a teenager, and went to an audition. I was told by an older lady, that I was very lucky to have a great voice and a baby face. She told me that the baby face would give me longevity, and to look after it.
What is the biggest risk you've ever taken?
Starting a family. Having a child is terrifying, but a risk worth taking.
Recommend a book/poem/song/ that has changed your perspective on life?
I watched a TV show called "All our Yesterdays" when I was about 17 years old. It was about The Holocaust. To this day the images are still burnt into my memory vividly.
It affected me greatly, and changed my perspective on life and humanity enormously.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I almost drowned as a child. My earliest memory is seeing my mums blue and white polka dot dress through the water as lost conciousness. My mum saved me, thankfully she had been watching me. Terrifying.
I was about 5 years old.
My question concerns a band called The Vandals back in the 1970s. My best friend at school was Jamie Holowczyk and his dad Pete mentioned being in a band with you, The Vandals. I've always wondered if that was true as never seen you mention it. Can you remember it/him?
I was in a school band called the Vandals, but I cant remember anyone called Pete - sorry! I played guitar and sang.
Hazell, when you come to perform near us and we come to see you, we are buzzing and cant wait for the show,,,,,,,,,, who do you get like this about??? who do you like to see live and are all buzzin before ya go and see them ?? :)
Of course, if I go to see an artist its because I want to see them. I have seen so many amazing performers, Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Liza Minelli, Gloria Estefan, Janis Ian, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield - ooh a long long list, I even went to see BritnetySpears, but the two artists I have been most exited to see were Barbara Streisand and Annie Lennox - I love them both, and am a huge fan of both.
You have such an amazing, beautiful voice, Have you ever been approached/interested in appearing in a West End Musical...? If so which one?
Yes, I was asked to be in a show called "Pumpboys and DInettes" to take over from Kiki Dee. I was too busy with "Searchin" to take the role. If I were to be offered a role now, I would love to do "Mamma Mia".
When you recorded the single Better Off Without You, did you know that your collaboration time with Stock Aitken Waterman was coming to an end? Would you have liked to work with them again, if they hadn't split as a trio?
No, I didnt know at the time that "Better off without you" would be the last single with them. I had taken my eye off the ball a little, an realised that it was time to move on. That said, I really Like "Better off without you".