BLOG ENTRY 15/06/10
So I’m on the tail-end of my run of gigs which started in mid-April… Two gigs with a bit of a difference flavoured up this long string of engagements.
There was a show-stopping night where I was honoured to be a guest for the Perth-based a cappella male group Vocal Evolution. These guys are the winners of the 2009 National Harmony Chorus Medal and they put on a fantastic show – charming, entertaining and very feel good 🙂 I was a bit nervous, wondering how the audience would react to my music, being soooo different from the main act (charming barbershop and polished a cappella pop covers versus interactive obscure original neo-soul/ funk), but I got some great feedback and some sold CDs to boot! Throwing some name ideas around backstage, my drummer Bronton suggested that we call the band Sugarsmiths, i.e. Shameem Taheri-Lee and the Sugarsmiths. I think it’s a bit of a mouthful, what do you think?
And then the gig at the Perth Jazz Society with Perth’s most celebrated jazz divas (including Libby Hammer of Hip Mo’ Toast) paying homage to the late jazz singer Lena Horne. Awesome music, awesome audience, and I got to wear a long sparkly dress… fun fun fun.