Welsh singer Charlotte Church credits Joss Stone and Natasha Bedingfield with inspiring her to ditch her opera roots and make pop album TISSUES AND ISSUES instead.

But the 19-year-old star refuses to flaunt her assets like other female stars in the music industry, and hopes she can follow Stone and Bedingfield's examples, by maintaining her sex symbol status without jeopardising her credibility as a singer.

She says, "Those guys (Stone and Bedingfield) are the reason I'm doing pop rock today.

"I like to be sexy, but there's a line between sexy and sensual. Most pop stars are like: 'I can't sing, so I'll bump and grind.'

"But when you think of stars like Joss Stone and Natasha Bedingfield, you think of sexy women who can really sing.

"That's what I want people to think of me."

12/07/2005 09:15