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Teen queen still on top ""from page ic Maybe most amazing were her song-writing abilities. At 13, she wrote the song Only In My .. Dreams, which in 1986 would be recorded and turned into her first "".hit single off her triple-platinum '" debut Out Of The Blue. By the end of last summer, at 17, she became the youngest artist in the history of pop music to write, perform and produce a ' No. 1 single, Foolish Beat. A heady experience for a teen, - :no doubt. ... , - "The people I work with don t worry about me," Gibson said. , "They know I have both feet on the ground. I'm not, like, unap- proachable. I don't do the whole star-image thing." In fact, Gibson has few vices, but there is one she thinks may 1 become an expensive habit. "I have a '57 Ford Fairlane. It's mint green and white," she said. "I don't like new cars and I think when I get older I might want to have a lot of vintage cars." Another thing she's been learning lately is Japanese, to help her when she hits that country later in the tour. "I forgot the tape at home," she said. "But I do know a couple of phrases." v Such as? "More water, please." She can also say "yes" and "thank you." "There's nothing on the tape like 'which way to the venue?' " Gibson joked. But even if she gets lost on the way to her concerts, she won't get parched. Gibson also loves the idea that her songs are the type that stick in the listener's head long after the tune's finished. "It's great to know," Gibson said. "But if it happens to me, it annoys me, too. Like, maybe George Michael's songs, they stay in my head. It's like, 'get out' It's cool, though." "Some people turn up their nose to pop music," she said. "But Rock Around The Clock or Want To Hold Your Hand are songs that people could sing to. I've always been a big fan of Top 40 radio." Gibson's next venture will be her first movie role, in a flick called Skirts, a '60s story which will begin filming in the winter, after her tour wraps up. She'll be playing a lead role and Kenny Ortega, the choreographer from Dirty Dancing fame, is involved with the project. "He's really great. I worked with him and he got a lot out of me that I didn't know I had," Gibson said of the screen test. Could things get better for Gibson? "Well, I'm always thinking bigger and better," she said. "Things are going great, knock wood. When 1 was getting the first album ready, I was thinking platinum, double-platinum. People were saying 'Don't get your hopes up.' But I always knew it would work out." "But now I know more about the business and there are a lot of great albums that never see the light of day. Some of it is promotion, talent and luck."

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  1. Democrat and Chronicle,
  2. 09 Aug 1989, Wed,
  4. Page 15

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