Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
“Dear Me” is our debut EP and we are touring it to Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and home to Perth.
Title track of our EP is “Dear Me” and it is a letter to our younger selves urging them to carry on through the struggles they will face in the future. We are so excited to be playing at some of the best venues Australia has to offer. The Basement – Sydney, Lizottes – Newcastle, Meredith Functions Centre – Bankstown, MEMO Music Hall – Melbourne and
Ellington Jazz Club – Perth.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Clay: my favourite work so far would be writing “Dear Me” as it came to me one late night when I was feeling frustrated at life.
Paula: my favourite work is a song called “Perfect” I wrote this for my daughters and it’s about how children feel when their parents separate or divorce. Pulls on my heart strings every time I sing it.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
When we were on “The Voice Australia” and we had chosen Delta Goodrem as our coach we got to meet Ricky Martin and Ricky asked us what AViiDA was and Clay says “you know like Livin AViiDA Loca”. We don’t think he got the joke as he was very blank faced and made for a very awkward moment on national TV.
What, or who, inspires you?
Clay: My wife Paula, no matter what happens, no matter what drama happens she always pushes through with a smile. I try to be more like her.
Paula: Single parents inspire me. Working and raising children alone is a hard job. Everyday you are needed by a small person. Someone who always relies on you to know the answers to everything.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Paula: “Someone Like You” by Adele. When this song came out it was at a time I could relate to every word. She sang the words straight from my heart and I will forever love this song.
Clay: ‘Smile’ by Kirk Franklin because the chorus lyrics are; “Smile, even though I’m hurting I smile”. It’s relevant in everyone’s lives because we all need to hear it.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Clay and Paula: Fried chicken lol. It’s soul food right there. Makes you feel warm and loved and tastes sensational.
What’s next for you?
Clay and Paula: Creating our next NEW exciting show and working on our Album, planning an NZ Tour and a Qld Tour
What’s your scene?
Clay and Paula: If there are no gigs or meetings we love staying home, cooking dinner and watching “Downton Abbey” ha (don’t judge) or anything on Netflix. Family time is most important to us. Spending days with our handsome grandson who brings joy to our lives.
AViiDA are husband and wife duo of Clay Darius and Paula Parore who appeared on Season 4 of The Voice Australia 2015 where they joined the team of International superstar Ricky Martin.
Clay, also known as The SOUL MAN, moved to Perth Australia in 2010 with
an extensive background in acting and musical theatre also having made feature films and television shows in New Zealand.
Paula Parore is affectionately known as “Powerhouse Paula” with vocals that capture your soul as she commands your attention when she sings. She famously featured on the first season of The Voice Australia 2012, where she had international singer/songwriter SEAL fighting for and winning her undivided attention. She was also “The Voice” of Channel 7’s “Nobody Knows News Like 7” and was selected to sing the New Zealand National Anthem for the Bledisloe Cup.in Sydney and Brisbane 2014 and has also done support shows for Emmy Award winning singer/songwriter Toni Childs.
Wednesday July 27th – The Basement Sydney
Thursday July 28th – Lizotte’s Newcastle
Saturday July 30th – Meredith Functions & Events Centre – Bankstown
Sunday July 31st – Memo Music Hall – Melbourne
Sunday August 7th – The Ellington Jazz Club – Perth