Genuine kindness. Two words that sat in mind throughout the whole of Vera Blue’s show at 170 Russell on the 10th September. They say an artist’s music is reflective of their personality, and it was truly inspiring to see an artist staying true to their words. Music is about connecting people on a human level, and this is exactly the intimate connection that was shared on Sunday night.
Finalist of the Voice 2013, Celia Pavey – known by her professional name, Vera Blue, blew the audience away with her sequence of heartfelt ballads. Accompanied by her band, Vera also joined in, playing guitar as well as singing.
The performance felt like a tribute to her fans, as Vera threw roses out into the crowd periodically, sending fans of all ages into a frenzy to obtain a rose from their idol. Starting the show with song Settle from EP Fingertips, Vera gave the crowed a pleasant taste of what was in store for the night. The venue felt perfect for such an intimate show, the sound was clear and sharp and the sound of the guitar radiated around the room, perfectly complementing her backup trio’s already melodic drum and bass.
Vera entranced the crowd with top hit single Hold, giving folk and electronica music a new feel. This unique ballad accompanied by the casting of roses to fans mesmerised the crowd, they sang harmoniously right until the end, and even then – demanded an encore! The crowd chanted ‘Vera! Vera! Vera!” until the solo artist returned to end the show on a high with a cover of Jack Garratt’s Breathe Life and her very own Mended.
It ended with fans feeling satisfied with the hour long show, plus encore. Vera’s calm nature charmed the crowd and had everyone wondering, when will she next grace us with her presence?
About Vera Blue
Unstoppable singer-songwriter Vera Blue will release her debut album, Perennial, on Friday July 21st. Today she shares the new video for her current single ‘Mended’ and announces details of what is becoming the most highly anticipated debut album of the year.
Directed by one of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists Cloudy Rhodes, the powerful ‘Mended’video is a celebration of love and womanhood. Cloudy explains, ‘I wanted to make a film where we witness the triumph of a young woman rising-up to the experience of love. I wanted Vera to be the protagonist of the film who falls from the night sky, out of the darkness into the light – her falling is a metaphorical representation of ‘falling in love’. Mended to me is all as about the female experience and that’s what I tried to convey through the visuals in this clip.’
An intensely personal record, Perennial traces the circular pathways between love and loss across its 12 tracks. The album is arranged into three chapters, which chronologically trace the development of Vera Blue; from her very first week writing, raw after the breakdown of a relationship, towards a place of renewed strength and vivacity.
Included on the album is first single ‘Private’, with currently over 2.2 million streams worldwide, and ‘Mended’. The new album introduces a fully-formed Vera Blue, seamlessly synthesizing her folk past with a bold, electronic pop future.
‘“Perennial” is a term for plants that come back year after year, and I like to relate that to memory, feelings and emotions,’ says Vera Blue. “It’s what the record is all about; relationships can be very cyclical, or never-ending, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just part of life.”
PERENNIAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
We Used To
Said Goodbye To Your Mother
**Digital version only
Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, Perennial was written with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy & Bear, Bertie Blackman, Silverchair) as well as engineer Jackson Barclay. It’s the product of countless hours spent crafting songs in the studio as a team and despite its new sonic elements, the album is underpinned by the classic songwriting that has defined Vera Blue’s musical growth.
Produced by Andy Mak, and most recently co-produced with Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, Perennial arrives on the eve of Vera Blue’s fast- selling national tour, including her second appearance – and first as a solo artist – at the sold-out Splendour In The Grassin two years.
Vera Blue’s debut EP Fingertips was released in 2016 and peaked at #3 on the iTunes Album Chart,garnered 3 x Top 100 ARIA Chart Singles and has been streamed over 32 million times world-wide to date. The lead track ‘Hold’ has reached over 19 million streams and peaked at #1 on the Spotify AU Viral Chart, Top 5 UK/US and Global Spotify Viral Charts.
Perennial sees Vera Blue finding arresting new ways to channel a voice Australia has already fallen for. Unflinchingly honest, it’s the album she had to write, with a sound that is entirely her own.
VERA BLUE ‘MENDED’ TOUR
With special guests
Tickets On Sale Now at www.verablue.com/tour
FRI 21 JULY – SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS – BYRON BAY, NSW
FRI 28 JULY – THE ACADEMY – CANBERRA, ACT
SAT 29 JULY – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY, NSW
FRI 4 AUG – THE GOV – ADELAIDE, SA
SAT 5 AUG – METROPOLIS – FREMANTLE, WA
TUE 8 AUG – TAP HOUSE – BENDIGO, VIC
WED 9 AUG – GRAND HOTEL – MORNINGTON, VIC
FRI 11 AUG – 170 RUSSELL – MELBOURNE, VIC
SAT 12 AUG – THE WOOL EXCHANGE – GEELONG, VIC
FRI 25 AUG – THE TRIFFID – BRISBANE, QLD
SAT 26 AUG – THE MILLS PRECINCT – TOOWOOMBA, QLD
SUN 27 AUG – MIAMI MARKETTA – GOLD COAST, QLD
THURS 31 AUG – UOW UNI BAR – WOLLONGONG, NSW
FRI 1 SEP – THE BEERY – TERRIGAL, NSW
FRI 8 SEP – BAR ON THE HILL – NEWCASTLE, NSW
SAT 9 SEP – ODEON THEATRE – HOBART, TAS