Women In Voice
Next date: Saturday, 09 July 2022 | 07:30 PM
Women in Voice returns for its second year, showcasing more of Central Queensland’s finest female singers in a show that gives each singer the opportunity to explore her own unique voice.
This year’s lineup features: MC Jenny Wynter, Tamara Petersen, Kate Leahy, Rachel Smith and Carita Farrer Spencer.
Whether it’s a collection of songs with a special meaning or by a favourite artist, a story told through song or something served up with healthy dollop of humour, Women in Voice will give its audiences a delicious smorgasbord of cabaret, pop, rock, music theatre and more. It promises a night of superb musicianship and theatricality, a night of both individual brilliance and superlative ensemble singing as the singers come together as backing vocalists for each other.
Directors Travis Hock, Amanda Hock
Musical Director / Vocal Coach Stephanie Quinlan
Women in Voice Band: Naomi Donovan (Keyboard), Cory Owens (drums), Dave Wenitong (guitar)
JENNY WYNTER MC for the evening will be Brisbane-based comedian, singer and cabaret artist Jenny Wynter. Jenny was MC of the Brisbane Women in Voice in 2019 and in 2020 toured regional Queensland extensively as part of the Funny Mummies Comedy Gala.
Her voice is soulful and engaging. Her original music can articulate even the trickiest of emotions. Tamara Petersen is a Rockhampton local; you’ll find her gigging around town in her duo, Louise James FX, alongside guitarist Alex Songoro. She fell in love with country music at an early age finding comfort & solace in the lyrics. This passion for music kicked off her own path of discovery. Tamara has honed her talents developing a vocal versatility that captures listeners. Tamara will peel back the layers and dive into the depths of her torments.
Tamara spent a good part of her early twenties travelling the state competing in Country Music Festivals racking up titles along the way. In 2005 she was a finalist in the renowned ‘Telstra Road to Tamworth’ talent search. Her duo, Louise James FX have opened for Busby Marou, entertained local crowds at the Australia Day Bites celebrations and shared originals at Keppel Vibes on Great Keppel Island.
Tamara has a talent for capturing feelings and images out of nowhere, transporting listeners to their own memories and inner worlds that normal conversations just can’t do. Her duo, Louise James FX currently have an EP in the works of original music produced by well known musician Jeremy Marou of Busby Marou.Tamara is humbled to be sharing the stage at Women in Voice this year and can’t wait to share some rawness with you.
For Yeppoon singer songwriter Kate Leahy, 2022 has started at the top with 2 #1 hits! Kate’s single Smile, dominated the AMRAP Regional Chart in February this year, sitting at #1 for 2 weeks, and enjoying a top ten position for 4 weeks. Her 2nd single of the year Follow Me is the latest to hit #1.
It comes as a welcome surprise after Kate took several years away from the music industry to focus on raising a family. Now with her return to music, the songstress is back doing what she loves! And Kate is currently recording her 5th EP which will be released later this year.
Kate has made a name for herself in the original music scene, having released 4 EPs and toured both East Coast Australia and Europe, performing in festivals and venues across Germany & the UK. Kate was the voice and face of the Summer of Capricorn tourism campaign, featuring her song We Like. Kate’s music has also been used on well-known TV series, including Winners & Losers (AUS) and The Listener (CAN) with international broadcasting. Highlights of her career include a #1 on Triple J Unearthed and being the support act for Matt Corby, Mia Dyson, Bobby Alu, Diana Anaid, Sara Storer, Bill Chambers and Wendy Matthews.
Creative people exist in all sorts of places. Rachel Smith hails from a cattle property near a small town in Central Queensland called Wowan. While her hometown may be small, her performance is nothing of the kind. Rachel makes up one half of sister duo Innocent Eve, touring across Australia, with 3 studio albums and performing internationally including the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Raised in a musically talented family Rachel grew up performing with her family and individually, at local events from when she was a small child. She began writing her own songs when she was 15 years old. Performing in several bands as a musician and vocalist, while studying at university and then after becoming a schoolteacher, music was a passion that couldn’t be ignored.
In 2013 she teamed up with her sister Bec to create Innocent Eve. The girls have toured extensively across Australia from the smallest, most remote pubs to our major festivals. They’ve performed on the high seas of Cruisin Country and even represented Australia at Americanafest in Nashville, performing at the infamous Bluebird Café. They have three studio albums, releasing Temporary Balms in 2015, followed by EP: True North in 2016 and their latest album, Viking, released in January 2021.
Rachel has two sons with her husband, in Central Queensland where they own a farming and grazing property. She is also a primary school teacher. However, her passion lies in making and sharing music. In recent times, live performance has become complicated due to Bec’s ongoing health issues associated with cancer. And while the girls are sisters and band mates, first and foremost they are best friends, so music took the sideline as Rachel supported Bec during this time. Now with Bec on the mend, it’s time for Rachel to take up the music reins again and share her talents. With a dynamic vocal range and flair for storytelling, she will captivate you with her music and stories. With just the right combination of sassy and sweet, you’ll want to hear more from Rachel Smith.
CARITA FARRER SPENCER
Originally from Rockhampton, Carita has most recently performed the role of Mack in Melbourne Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed world premiere of The Heartbreak Choir (written by Aiden Fennessy and directed by Peter Houghton.) Prior work with Melbourne Theatre Company includes Tim Finn’s box office hit musical Ladies In Black (2016 Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work) and Cyrano de Bergerac both directed by theatre luminary Simon Phillips.
Carita’s countless theatre credits also include: The Venetian Twins; Proof; A Conversation (Queensland Theatre); The Messiah (National tour Hothouse Theatre); Speaking In Tongues; The Popular Mechanicals; The John Wayne Principle; and A Paper House (La Boite theatre).
TV credits include Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mystery (AcornTV); Seven Types of Ambiguity (ABC) and Australia By Numbers: Rockhampton 4700 (SBS writer / director). Carita is known for her hilarious cabaret shows including Larry & The Dame (a double bill with herself) having travelled to venues and festivals all around Australia.
Carita has appeared countless times for Women In Voice over the show’s long history and is renowned amongst its audiences for her uproarious creations. Carita is also a visual artist collected both nationally and internationally.
Women in Voice was started in 1993 by Annie Peterson. Since its first sold-out season at The Sitting Duck Café in Brisbane’s West End, it has played to tens of thousands of music lovers.
Produced by Lock&Hock Productions.
Presented by Rockhampton Regional Council.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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Saturday, 09 July 2022 | 07:30 PM
Pilbeam Theatre, Cnr Victoria Parade & Cambridge Street, Rockhampton City 4700 View Map