“Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down for a rare, one-on-one interview with Barbra Streisand, in which the singer opened up about her newest duets album “Partners,” and about finally having a woman lead the country.
Streisand said, “Finally ready, finally! I mean think of all the countries that have women leaders, you know, like it’s no big deal… America’s quite a young country. It’s taken us a long, long time to come to the thought that a woman could be President of the United States. I think it’s time for a woman to lead, in a nurturing way.”
Barbra said she is a fan of Hillary Clinton, saying she absolutely would support her if she ran for president. “She’s very, very smart and she’s experienced. She’ll have a person behind her that would be a great advisor.”
As for her new album, “Partners” features duets with Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Baby Face, John Legend, John Mayer… and even Elvis Presley.
Streisand shared her first meeting with Presley. “It was 1969 in Las Vegas. I think it was called the International Hotel, yep, and Elvis came. It was my opening night, but I was very nervous meeting him. I remember sitting there polishing my nails while he was talking to me. Can you imagine? When I think of it now, I think, 'How could you have been so stupid?'"
Barbra’s son, Jason Gould, is also on the album. “He makes me so proud. When I heard him sing ‘How Deep Is the Ocean’ like that, he recorded it, and I just fell off my chair. The beauty of his voice, his emotional life, his soul comes through in his music, so it’s fantastic.”
Streisand said everyone on the record is a “magnificent musician,” and shared her thoughts on some of the younger musicians in the industry, like Miley Cyrus. “She’s awfully cute, I must say… she’s audacious, and she has talent. She’s come a long way from the little girl I remember seeing. She has a lot of style, yeah, I think she’s good.”
Barbra also praised Beyoncé. “Beyoncé is beyond, I mean she’s fantastic.”