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BNE AUTUMN 2014
G
eorgia Potter is a surprise package. She grew up with music,
theatre and acting – even sang with a bowl of fruit on her head
Copacabana-style in a song and dance group at high school – but
she almost went on to study law at university. She changed her mind at
the last minute and studied audio engineering, yet her music is driven
by a classic sense of storytelling rather than techno bells and whistles.
She is a singer songwriter forging a solo career yet, as often as not, you’ll
see her performing with bands such as Laneous & The Family Yah, The
Cool Calm Collective and Yeo & The Fresh Goods, and she is constantly
exploring new and unusual collaborations. Her next one might be as part
of a Divinyls Reworked project she has signed up for on crowdfunding
platform
, even though she has never done covers before,
ever, in her repertoire but she says she’ll change her mind for the chance to
reimagine the songs of the great Chrissy Amphlett, one of her idols.
It’s surprises like these that draw fans to Potter’s modern style of
storytelling which wins her accolades from all sides. Her music has been
called an eclectic mix of contemporary folk, neo-RnB and alt-electronic
pop but fellow artist Rüfüs put it more simply when he said on Triple J:
Potter tells a different story
Georgia Potter is a talent to watch with her soulful stories set to smooth tunes
SHOWCASE
The King and I
Hot from their success in
South Pacific
, Lisa
McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes return to
Brisbane as stars in another Opera Australia
and John Frost opulent production,
The King &
I.
Inspired by the memoirs of a British governess
who falls in love with the King of Siam. At Lyric
Theatre, QPAC, from 13 April. Tickets from
$69.90 plus fees at
Rigoletto
Opera Queensland’s artistic director Lindy
Hume reimagines Victor Hugo’s controversial
play about a philandering French king in
a debaucherous Berlusconi-inspired Italy.
Brisbane tenor Rosario La Spina stars in his
OperaQ debut. Only six performances at Lyric
Theatre, QPAC, from 15 to 29 March. Tickets
from $73 plus fees at
Brisbane will be
alive with the sound
of music this autumn
with performances
to suit all tastes
and ages, from
contemporary
opera to popular
Broadway shows
and chart-topping
concert artists
what’s on
I’m fascinated by the comedy of errors
that is our lives and how we relate
to the world around us. I write about
society and politics and all that stuff
“Oooh la la, she’s got a sexy voice…she has this killer RnB vocal…”
Potter admits her influences are the classic storytellers in music from the
legendary Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie to contemporary artists such as
Ani Di Franco, but she’s also passionate about soul music, neo-soul and
RnB influences from the likes of D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Georgia
Anne Muldrow. “I hope to mix that storytelling foundation with smooth
grooves and beautiful vocals,” she says.
And the storytelling is important to Potter. “I’m fascinated by the
human condition and the comedy of errors that is our lives and how we
relate to the world around us. I write about humanity and society and
politics and all of that gritty stuff. I relish it,” she says.
Triple J first identified Potter as one to watch back in 2009 but last
year her trajectory started to take a sharp swing upwards when her singles
‘XO’ and ‘Reckless’ moved into the Top #20 and #5 in the Unearthed Pop
charts. She has become a favourite performing in Brisbane’s City Sounds
outdoor live program and late last year she won a Queensland Music
Award for Best Video (for her song XO, brilliantly directed by her friend
Bryn Chainey). Since then she has been to New York City to record part of
her new EP with ARIA award-winning producer Lee Groves. With the EP
due for release by mid-year and an east coast tour to follow it amounts to a
busy year ahead for the West End-based rising star.
See Georgia Potter 20 March 12pm to 2pm, Post Office Square, city
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