Smooth Radio is launching a new Global Original Podcast, Famous Firsts, hosted by Smooth Breakfast presenter Jenni Falconer.
Jenni will chat to music legends to hear the stories behind their firsts: first gigs, first record deals, first TV appearances and more. Hilarious, heart-warming and, at times, heart-breaking stories will be told by guests each week as they reminisce.
Ed Sheeran talks about his hero Elton John; Michael Bolton opens up about his parents’ divorce and their unwavering support of him, while Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne reveal what made Westlife get on their feet for their very first key change.
Episode one launches next Monday 8 November with Ed Sheeran. Future guests confirmed for the podcast series include Gabrielle, Westlife, Richard Marx, Tony Hadley, Paul Young, Billy Ocean, Leona Lewis, Michael Bolton and Marti Pellow.
Jenni Falconer said: “It’s been such an exciting opportunity to chat to some of the most iconic artists in music and to ask them about their first experiences.
“I’ve loved hearing each artist talk about their first TV appearances – hearing the moment they met their own idols and how they spent their first big pay cheque.
“And then there are the individual stories such as Ed Sheeran sharing the times he was booed off stage, how Sir Elton John has mentored him throughout his career and Marti Pellow reminiscing about his first time at the BRIT Awards. I have loved hearing their stories and I hope listeners enjoy them too.”
Smooth Radio’s Famous Firsts will be available on Global Player and other podcast outlets.