Entertainment Hive 2019

Phoebe Katis sings Carole King from the heart

Following two sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, join Phoebe Katis on a journey through the life of Carole King and her incredible music. Katis gives a fascinating insight into the woman behind the music. The passionate performer says her show isn’t a tribute show, but it’s more “singing from the heart’’. Read what Phoebe Katis has to say below: Tell us about this musical tribute show, what inspired you? “I have always been inspired by Carole King when writing my own music and songs. As a vocalist pianist she is top of my list, with a beautiful way of crossing over genres and cultures. “It’s a real honour being able to sing her songs and delve into the process by which her music came to light. “It’s not so much a tribute show as I’m not being her or trying to sing like her, instead wanting to sing her songs from a place that I feel she would have sung them – from the heart. “In that way I am adding a little part of myself to the show too, which is always an exciting element.’’ What have you learnt about the artist through researching and performing this show? “Her life story is quite remarkable. She has written so many songs that people would not have realised she had written and has worked with so many incredible artists. “She has also had a number of marriages and relationships that have affected her and her music and seeing how these life events have fuelled her song-writing is like peeking behind the canvas at the painter – she has an optimism and true honesty that crossed generations of listeners. A real icon!’’ What is it like performing these much-loved songs to fans? “It’s very special. I often have audience members come up to me after the show and thank me for ‘returning them to their youth’ which is of course a great honour.’’ Can you tell us some of your favourite songs in this show to perform and why do you love performing these songs? “My all-time favourite Carole King song is hard to choose but is a combination of Natural Woman, written for Aretha Franklin, and So Far Away. “The two are just beautiful messages and performing them each night allows me to create a space where the audience can also feel these messages and connect. “That for me is the most important part of music. Connection, feeling, and release of emotions. Carole’s songs do just that.’’ What music did you listen to growing up? “I listened to a lot of musical theatre, Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Aretha franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, as well as your 2000s’ groups S Club and Steps! All of them equally inspirational.’’ What do you love about the Adelaide Fringe? “I have only been here two days now and so far it’s a lot of fun. “I need to check out the main strip near Rundle Mall and am looking forward to getting stuck in to the scene! “My first audience last night was sold out and such a lovely group of people. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the run.’’ The Carole King Story starring Phoebe Katis, Adelaide Town Hall (entry via Pirie Street), until March 16. Bookings: adelaidefringe.com.au
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