DJ Paul Oakenfold is convinced Brittany Murphy would have had a stellar career as a singer after impressing him with her vocals in the recording studio.
The British DJ recruited the Clueless star to sing on the track Faster Kill Pussycat in 2006, which eventually reached the top of the dance charts in the U.S.
But he admits he had to convince her to release the song under her own name - because she wanted to record her part anonymously.
He recalls, "I said to her, 'Why hide behind something? You have a really great vocal. People are going to be shocked and pleasantly happy with what they're going to hear. You are not one of these actresses who are trying to sing and not doing a good job of it.'
"I demoed three other girls on that song and some of the girls were pretty big singers - and Brittany blew them away."
Oakenfold reveals Murphy was in the process of recording her own blues album - and he is adamant she could have been a best-selling artist.
He tells People.com, "Brittany trained as a singer before she did as an actress. She was a great actress but she had great vocal potential.
"She would have done well. She wanted to try (an album) with me, this smoky blues sound with electronic rhythms. She wanted to sound more traditional originally but I told her we should go more edgy. She was really excited by that and it's just a shame it never got as far as people thought it could. It's just a shame that the world is not going to hear more songs of Brittany Murphy."
Murphy died after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this month (Dec09).