Q&A Scene: Kate Cebrano

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I’m currently recording on my 25th album. Mostly known songs, some duets with some of the artists that I’ve worked with over the years. I feel in love with the Robert plant alison krauss record and have been applying that lovely earthy country sound to the production. Playing piano and drums ( when they let me :) just because….!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

A luau!  Food that makes you find a harmony and sing along.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

“Brave” has been a stoic friend over the years. Styles of production go in and out of vogue, but that song has held steady for the entire journey. The message remains as relevant today for me as the day it was written.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

I always think the most rock n roll thing I’ve ever done,was getting a tattoo because Angry ANDERSON told me that the famous tattooist from “the illustrated man” was in Hindley st…! And if I’d ever wanted one, she was the chick to see!

I was 25 at the time, experiencing one of the most memorable experiences of my career touring Jesus Christ Superstar! The memory is engraved in indelible ink… On my ass!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

From different places, people mostly! Storytellers, authors, painters. Funnily enough from visual things rather than sonic.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“Because the night”… Patti smith

What’s next for you?

I love collaboration. I’ve been composing music for a well known Aussie artist ( who shall remain nameless till our release) he sends me lyrics, I compose the music! We’ve never met! He calls me his mail order bride and I kinda like that… We should never meet! It might spoil the romance of the project.

What’s your scene?

Good question…I’m still working on that! But I think it’s always gonna be…. “more than I can manage, I’m a girl who wants to try everything!

About Kate Cebrano

She’s been Australia’s high priestess of pop, an award winning jazz singer,wears the hat of a fine artistic director and, above all that; Kate Ceberano is a songwriter with the talent to take a tune to the top of the charts.


On November 24th 2014 Ceberano will become 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.

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