Natasha Bedingfield may be best known for pop hits like "Pocketful of Sunshine," "Unwritten" and "These Words," but the British singer-songwriter has most recently been promoting "Easy," her duet with Rascal Flatts and first foray into country music. Backstage at the AMP'd! Up Opening Concert, a night of performances at New York's Best Buy Theater that kicked off Advertising Week on Monday (Oct. 3), Bedingfield revealed to Billboard.com that she and the country trio will perform the song at the Country Music Association Awards, which will invade Nashville on Nov. 9.
"I may be at the Country Music awards, because I'm singing with Rascal Flatts on the single 'Easy.' I'm not sure if I was allowed to say that, or if that was a surprise that I just gave away," says Bedingfield. Along with Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield, the CMAs will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley, among others.
While "Easy," which Bedingfield also performed with Rascal Flatts at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last month, offers a new look for the singer, Bedingfield says that the break-up song's message made it easier to adapt to its unfamiliar genre.
"'Easy' is definitely the type of song that I feel like I lose myself in," says Bedingfield. "It's a very emotive song. It's just about when you're feeling very strong emotions and you have to hide them and pretend that you're fine… It's a whole new area for me to explore. Music is very universal, and I don't think people my age care so much about styles anymore. It's much more about if it's a good song, and it grabs your heart and means something to you. Whatever it is, it has to do something."
At the AMP'd! Up Opening Concert -- which also featured performances by B.o.B and Far East Movement -- Bedingfield performed hits from "Strip Me," her third studio album released last fall that features tracks like "Touch" and "Strip Me" and a "very vulnerable" energy. "It's just about peeling away the layers," she says. "A lot of times music feels like it's about gimmicks, or artists feel like they have to hide themselves, or put themselves on a pedestal, where I just kind of wanted to bare all."
Check out Billboard.com's interview with Bedingfield and Rascal Flatts on the iHeartRadio Fest red carpet, in which the country group talks about working with the pop star and their forthcoming album plans: