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Celebrity Spotlight: Kate Ceberano
Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 5, No. 5 - September/October 2013

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How did you become involved in the entertainment industry?

I had my first taste on a show called "Search for a Star" and won a prize to perform at a prestigious hotel. I was 14 years old and challenged by this, but felt a great sense of accomplishment when it was over. And it got me! I had the bug. I thought there and then I could make a life out of this. That was the start of the life journey.

What are your career highlights?

Being in one of the first award winning funk bands in Australia "I'm Talking", a triple platinum first solo album; Singing for Princess Di and Prince Charles, going to Monaco for the world music awards, Superstar, winning 'Dancing with the Stars'...the list goes on and on.

What are the benefits of kids being involved in singing/acting lessons?

I like to suggest lessons in movement and stage craft to give kids a better sense of their bodies and how to use them, especially if inundated with nerves or adrenaline.

Sometimes the greatest singers in the world suffer from undermining their performance. I was from time to time shook up by these in auditions.

Please tell us about your new album.

It's a beautiful album full of songs describing the touring experience for an artist. It's simple and recorded with a very organic sensibility, very little overdub, no tuning corrections, and what we played live together is virtually what you hear, save for the backing vocals that I layered on afterwards.

I had a great opportunity to get involved in the production as well and was invited to be involved in every aspect of its delivery, including crafting the video with "BILLIEJEANISNOTMYLOVER" - Melbourne based design/photographers, the marketing, promo and even down to playing the material live (I have been playing drums for myself when we perform with the stripped back band).

I love this album and experience more than any of the others I've been a part of because I literally feel a part of this. Across every part!

Responsibility makes being a solo artist so much easier.

What is your favourite thing about performing to a live audience?

The sharing of words and ideas, having a conversation with the crowds and giving them an insight to who I am as a person.

Which artists do you find musically inspiring?

Sia, Katie Noonan, Coldplay, Tony Bennett... the list goes on. But there is a thread that connects us all. We are all people first! Their tastes change constantly but they don't feel required to stay the same just to sell records. They are constantly striving to be relevant.

Please tell us about your family.

My family are all artists in one way or another. Not all in music but definitely artists in their fields of interest (you'll have to get my book coming out next year where I reveal the fascinating journeys of my family members and why I am shaped the way I am).

Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?

I love Kauai (Hawaiian Island), where my family members originate. Ancient voices can be heard from every corner and the music is in the swaying palm trees and rolling currents - it's unearthly.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I have been recently creating a Gypsy rug for my daughter. Traditional Grandma squares (crochet) that combines wild colours and textures....reminiscent of my daughter!

What are your top tips for aspiring singers?

  1. Stay true to your own voice & don't imitate others so hard that you can no longer hear yourself in the mix.
  2. Be courageous & experiment with stagecraft. Shyness can be alluring but annoying too if you cannot be heard or seen.
  3. Always know the context of the songs you are delivering. People look to you to sing their life experience (believe it or not, it's usually always about them & far less about you). They want to be transported. You are the journeyman. Take their hand & give them that experience & they will support you their whole lifetime in exchange for that small moment they had in the sun.

About Kate Ceberano

There is something spectacular about award winning singer and songwriter Kate Ceberano - whether it's her soulful voice, her charismatic nature or exotic looks.

For over twenty-five years, Kate has become an Australian icon and widely respected not only for her music, but also for her ability to juggle an abundance of other roles.

Her television appearances include Getaway, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, Kate & Friends, It Takes Two, and Who Do You Think You Are. Kate is also the Artistic Director for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

As a female artist who has been in the Australian music industry for over twenty-five years, Kate Ceberano has defied all the odds and continues to find success in all that she does. "I know I am privileged to be where I am in my career. I don't take anything for granted," she says. "I am very thrilled to have this opportunity to follow my love of music, but I work hard to be where I am."

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