After falling in love with the MEMO Hall back in 2015 and 2016, Australia’s high priestess of pop, an award winning jazz singer, artistic director and award winning songwriter KATE CEBERANO can’t wait to be back in St Kilda’s gorgeous bayside venue. Joining Kate will be seasoned band members PAUL CECCHINELLI on Keys, ROD BUSTOS on Bass, JESS FAIRLIE on backing Vocals and introducing new members, one of Melbourne’s best Drummers, JOHNNY SALERNO and Guitarist KATHLEEN HALLORAN. Kate and band will be performing songs from her 25 year musical career including ‘Brave’, ‘Bedroom Eyes’, ‘Pash‘ & much more.
“I love song writing and grew up in a pub rock culture where you could present new original work (and all the hits) to intimate up close and personal audiences. Venues like MEMO allow to me to experiment, be off the cuff, honest, and improvisational”, Kate says.
This show offers you a perfect bayside Sunday
First female singer/songwriter inducted into the hall of fame and having a career spanning 30 yrs, Kate is no stranger to live performance from stadium musicals, studios, concert theaters and pubs….come join her “Sunday jam”!
MORE ABOUT KATE CEBERANO
In 2014 Ceberano became the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. Joining such luminaries as Don Walker, The Easybeats, LRB and The Angels.
Time Out Melbourne got it right when they wrote “(the) first thing you notice about Ceberano is her energy, which actually sends the atoms crackling as she walks in the room. Flashing eyes, a ready roar, warm and funny – she’s your dream conversationalist”. Whether it is that soulful voice, her charismatic nature or exotic looks: Kate is captivating. Over a thirty four year period she’s earned her ‘Australian icon’ status.
A woman widely respected across various mediums, Kate as a singer has gathered numerous awards: as well as occasionally lighting up our big and small screens (Dancing with the Stars, Who Do You Think You Are? and Getaway), she is also well known for her charity work. Then there was her award winning performance in South Pacific and the penning of her acclaimed autobiography I’m Talking. She counts motherhood to daughter Gypsy as her biggest achievement yet.
Kate first found fame with her funk band I’m Talking. I’m Talking are acknowledged as the band “who pioneered New York-style art pop in Australia during the Jurassic Period of Pub Rock”. The group was managed by Ken West, now famous for being co-founder of the Big Day Out. The group’s ‘platinum’ debut album included three top ten singles and won the Best New Talent (1984) gong at the Countdown Awards. Kate followed that up the following year with the award for Best Female Vocalist (1985). Kate won Best Female Singer (1985) at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. After such an auspicious debut album, the group broke up and Kate went solo.
Quite rightly radio labeled her as having “one of the greatest voices our music industry has ever produced”. Kate’s first solo album was the live recording Kate Ceberano and Her Septet (1987). Her following platter You’ve Always Got The Blues (1988) earned her an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (1988). A year later, she won another ARIA for Best Female Artist (1989), as well as one for Highest Selling Single (1989) for Bedroom Eyes from her triple platinum effort, Brave.
In 1992, Kate hit the stage to perform the role of Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. The show, which had a star-studded cast which included John Farnham, toured nationally, and the album was the biggest hit of the year – earning four times platinum status. In 1993 Kate won the Logie Award for Most Popular Music Video for ‘Everything’s Alright’.
Kate followed this success with her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV simply dubbed Kate Ceberano And Friends (1993-1994), the album from which went Gold. In 1996 Kate released her next solo album Blue Box, which also went Gold and saw her nominated for another Best Female Artist at the ARIA’s. In 1997 Kate wrote and released what has become an Australian pop classic – Pash. A gorgeous slice of three-minute pop, the song went Platinum and established Kate as one of our leading female songwriters. The subsequent album shot to #5 in the ARIA charts. Richard Wilkins of the Today Show simply referred to her as “Australian Music Royalty”.
Her achievements now included five Platinum albums, five Gold albums and over 1.5 million albums sold in Australia alone.
Like many high-profile musicians, Kate Ceberano uses her celebrity to support and bring awareness to many causes close to her heart; for many years Ceberano has been an Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This role sees Kate help raise funds and awareness about an illness that affects so many lives.
“I like to be as involved as I possibly can in causes I feel strongly about” Ceberano said of her appointment. “Yes I am a musician, but if I can do more to help others then I will.”
In 2013, Kate recorded a new album of original material, Kensal Road, at Kensaltown Studios, London. The Daily Telegraph’s Kathy McCabe was moved to write “Kensal Road fits perfectly in the pocket of dreamy folk pop that has captivated the airwaves for the past couple of years…Ceberano is a true original” while Cameron Adams reminded us “in case you’d forgotten, that voice is still something special”.
Annette Sharp of The Daily Telegraph went on to say: “There is something undeniably mighty about Kate Ceberano. The singer has always been a fascinating character in the Australian rock industry. Luminous and vibrant, she has, since the age of 19.
In April 2014, Kate released her autobiography, the aforementioned, I’m Talking. The Daily Mail noted that I’m Talking documented “the milestones in the iconic jazz and pop singer’s life”. At the same time she was also nominated for the Instyle Women of Style Awards in the Arts & Culture category.
23 albums over 30 years makes Ceberano the most prolific Australian female artist of this era. Her work, her craft and her vision are now imbued in our collective DNA. Kate Ceberano is a bone fide national treasure, possessing one of the great voices of her generation. Long may she run.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT KATE;
“I have always had enormous respect for Kate, her passion for music and incredible work ethic has ensured a long and successful career.” Denis Handlin, Sony Music
“Truly one of the great voices this country has produced. Kate sings with such passion, heart and joy it is impossible not to be completely carried to wherever she wants you go!!!! Not only an amazing singer but an extraordinary performer – Kate’s singing simply melts your heart.” Hugh Jackman
“Kate has an expressive, supple voice, equally at home singing pop or jazz….. she’s doing it all, eating her cake and having it too.” Paul Kelly
“Pure, soulful and powerful” Rolling Stone Magazine
“Kate Ceberano. Certified star. Voice par excellence.” Sunday Times
“Kate has an uncanny ability of turning three or four words into a breathtaking experience. Her vocal range and performance style is a combination that defies description.” Sir Tim Rice – Lyricist of Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, winner of three Academy Awards & numerous Grammy’s.
“Kate Ceberano; Chanteuse, Icon, Goddess. An artist so gifted she can even make my ukelele playing sound good. She not only rocks our world, she also fills it with glorious colours.” Sam Neill, Actor
“Ceberano’s performance is the films major revelation, delivering a hypnotic, naturally charming performance…she glows on film.” Sydney Morning Herald (“Dust Off The Wings” movie review)
“Kate has such a magical aura, it’s empowering to be in the same space as her. She’s virtually the most alluring and emotionally potent performer I’ve ever seen.” Collette Dinnigan, Fashion Designer