Coronation Street star Matthew Marsden reveals Beyonce sang BACKING VOCALS on his song


Coronation Street star Matthew Marsden reveals Beyonce sang BACKING VOCALS on his song as he reveals the superstar was ‘super shy’

Former Coronation Street Matthew Marsden has revealed that Beyonce once sang backing vocals on his song.

The actor, 49, who played Sally Webster’s love interest Chris Collins back in 1997, told how the superstar singer and her group Destiny’s Child were roped into performing on the track back in 1998 by her father Mathew Knowles.

And despite being one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Matthew, who launched a short-lived pop career following his exit from the cobbles, told how Beyonce was ‘super shy’ when they met. 

Say what?! Former Coronation Street Matthew Marsden has revealed that Beyonce once sang backing vocals on his song (pictured as Chris Collins in Corrie in 1997)

Matthew started off as a model before turning to acting, with the hunk landing a part in Emmerdale prior to his role as a mechanic in Corrie. 

And after waving goodbye to Weatherfield, Matthew then bagged a £500,000 record deal with Columbia Records, who are owned by Sony.

He initially found success with his first single The Heart’s Lone Desire, but it was his second single in which he got a helping hand from the Say My Name hitmakers. 

Detailing the experience on the Fascinated podcast, Matthew told how he was playing a demo of his second track, a cover of Hall & Oates She’s Gone, when Mathew Knowles, burst into the room.

Star: The actor, 49, who played Sally Webster's love interest Chris Collins back in 1997, told how the superstar singer and her group Destiny's Child were roped into performing on the track back in 1998 by her father Mathew Knowles

Star: The actor, 49, who played Sally Webster’s love interest Chris Collins back in 1997, told how the superstar singer and her group Destiny’s Child were roped into performing on the track back in 1998 by her father Mathew Knowles

The then Destiny’s Child agent and Bey’s father, 70, was so impressed by Matthew’s smooth vocals that he declared: ‘You’ve got to sing with my girls!’

He explained to podcast host Gearóid Farrelly back in January 2020: ‘We went and recorded that afternoon. It was really crazy.

‘Beyonce was amazing. All the girls were lovely. She’s just unbelievably beautiful. Believe it or not she’s super shy.’

Nervous: Despite being one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Matthew, who launched a short-lived pop career following his exit from the cobbles, told how Beyonce was 'super shy' when they met (pictured in 2016)

Nervous: Despite being one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Matthew, who launched a short-lived pop career following his exit from the cobbles, told how Beyonce was ‘super shy’ when they met (pictured in 2016)

The recording was before Beyonce found global solo success, but at the time, someone in the studio told Matthew that she would be ‘the biggest star in the world’. 

He went on to add: ‘She was unbelievable. She’s so skilled as a vocalistic. It’s a nice thing.’ 

The pair got on so well that Matthew recalled that Beyonce greeted him with a hug when they ran into each other some time later, he said: ‘It was great, I had a good time. And I saw her over in LA at a big party. She came over and gave me a big hug and it was really nice.’

Big deal: After waving goodbye to Weatherfield, Matthew then bagged a £500,000 record deal with Columbia Records, who are owned by Sony (pictured with Michael Le Vell, Denise Welch and Sally Whittaker)

Big deal: After waving goodbye to Weatherfield, Matthew then bagged a £500,000 record deal with Columbia Records, who are owned by Sony (pictured with Michael Le Vell, Denise Welch and Sally Whittaker)

Wow: He initially found success with his first single The Heart's Lone Desire, but it was his second single in which he got a helping hand from the Say My Name hitmakers (pictured in 2002)

Wow: He initially found success with his first single The Heart’s Lone Desire, but it was his second single in which he got a helping hand from the Say My Name hitmakers (pictured in 2002)

Sharing more about working with the megastar, Matthew, who is now a US citizen, said: ‘I think most people are like “the guy from Coronation Street did a song with Beyonce? That’s so random”.

‘The funny thing is I think we tend to do that in England but no one sits there and goes ‘hold on a minute, Nicole Kidman is doing a duet with Robbie.

‘Looking back it’s kind of random. I don’t tell anyone what I’ve done in the past anyway. The majority of my friends here don’t really know my life before I came to America. I don’t talk about it much.’

What an experience: The then Destiny's Child agent and Bey's father, 70, was so impressed by Matthew's smooth vocals that he declared: 'You've got to sing with my girls!' (Matthew pictured in 2021)

What an experience: The then Destiny’s Child agent and Bey’s father, 70, was so impressed by Matthew’s smooth vocals that he declared: ‘You’ve got to sing with my girls!’ (Matthew pictured in 2021)

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