Carmen Electra is back—and she’s making music! The actress and model actually first got her start in the industry as a dancer and singer after she was discovered by none other than Prince himself. Carmen just released a hot club-banger of a first single, “WERQ,” with a full album on the way in 2014. Find out more about the music, and whether she still chats with her pal Prince!
OK!: How would you describe the sound for “WERQ?”
Carmen Electra: It’s part pop, dance, electro—something you can dance to.
OK!: What inspired the single?
CE: Self-empowerment and empowering others. Taking what you got and making it WERQ!
OK!: What can we expect from a full album?
CE: More fun, uplifting songs that you can dance to with a positive message.
OK!: Are you planning to go on tour in 2014? Who would be your dream artists to tour with?
CE: My plan is to finish the album and in between that, shoot the new video for “WERQ,” and I will be popping up and performing the new material.
OK!: Why did you want to make music again now?
CE: I’ve always wanted to continue making music and I’ve always tried to incorporate music and dance performance in some of the other work I’ve done. This time it was all about meeting the right people at the right time. This all happened in a very organic, natural way.
OK!: What other music are you listening to these days?
CE: Avicii, Kerli, Kaskade and Krewella.
OK!: Do you stay in touch with Prince to this day?
CE: No, but I will always have gratitude toward him for believing in me as an artist and giving me the opportunity to spend every day playing at Paisley Park studios, which was like the Willy Wonka of music, performance, and creativity. I felt like I had been given the golden ticket to the chocolate factory!
OK!: Your body has always been amazing! How do you change up your fitness routine so you’re never bored?
CE: Dancing rehearsals and performances are, to me, the best way to stay in shape. We spend about 6 to 8 hours a day rehearsing while prepping for a performance. It’s fun and I don’t think of it as a workout, but I notice the most results during those times.
OK!: How would you describe your style, and how has it changed over the years?
CE: When I was growing up in Cincinnati, it was all about gold, sneakers and baggy track suits. When I moved to Minneapolis and signed with Paisley Park Records, I started dressing sexier—high heels, tight dresses and hot pants. Later in my career, when designers started lending me gowns for red carpets, I became obsessed with old Hollywood glamour. I like to incorporate different elements from different times in my life through my style. I guess you would call it glamour with a little edge.
OK!: What’s your favorite new beauty trend right now?
CE: I love eyebrows – the bigger, the better!
What do you think of Carmen’s new song? Did you know about her connection to Prince? What are you listening to these days? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.