Hurstville Entertainment Centre
MacMahon Street, Hurstville
P: 9330 6400
Friday 20 November 2020
Doors open 6pm
Show starts 6.20pm
Ticket on sale HERE
Tickets $38 + B/Fee & charges
Great Southern Nights presents Steve Clisby with special guest Lauren Dawes
Steve Clisby comes to Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Friday 20 November in a special intimate show as part of the Great Southern Nights series of events throughout NSW.
Steve Clisby’s career has been about breaking down barriers. Growing up as a young black man in a largely segregated 1950s America he created an unlikely life for himself bringing soul music to Europe. Holding on to his love of jazz, gospel and R&B he carved out a 50-year career in a world besotted with rock n roll. Here in Australia he has also collaborated with Australian Hip Hop artists Thundamentals, Hermitude and New York DJ producer Chew Fu. At the age of 68. Nobody told Steve Clisby he couldn’t. So he did.
A novice to fame, but not to music, Steve Clisby spent over fifty years as a musician, living an inspirational life in the US, Europe and finally in Australia following his muse and love of rhythm & blues and jazz before finding his breakthrough moment.
It was TV juggernaut The Voice that changed his life, captivating audiences as he reached the semi-finals, broadcast into more than two million living rooms, introducing the nation to Steve’s muse and soul.
Now Steve Clisby begins another chapter in his music, with a new album that sets out to give a fresh interpretation to his heritage and inspire a new generation of fans.
Recorded and mixed at The Grove Studios with Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Empire Of The Sun, Birds of Tokyo) and Andy Mak (Vera Blue, Tina Arena), the album is a true contemporary statement, reinventing classic soul, funk and jazz inspirations into a quintessential pop record. From the raw power of the album’s lead single “Walking These Streets” as well as subtle reimagining of modern classics like Coldplay’s “Magic” and John Legend’s “All Of Me”, the album is a triumph of timeless music which transcends age, genre and demographic, creating a sound dripping with the life experience and joy that only an old soul with a young heart can lay down on a record.
From jamming with Hendrix at the Experience Club on Sunset Boulevard to being broke and homeless in Torremolinos Spain, in the late sixties, the talented twenty one year old decided to make music his life’s work. In the early seventies, he and seventeen musicians followed the infamous Hendrix trail to Europe – and there they stayed, making Holland their base and beginning a two decade career as American Gypsy.
A record deal, a string of hits and numerous television appearances cemented the group as one of the first African American soul voices in Europe, touring alongside Chaka Khan, Hot Chocolate, Kool and the Gang, Santana, Frank Zappa and Taj Mahal.
Joining Clisby is talented and soulful vocalist, Lauren Dawes.
Lauren has spent many years performing as a session singer and backing vocalist for some of Australia’s most prominent artists including James Morrison, Paulini, Guy Sebastion, Troy Casserdaley, Evermore and the world renowned Steve Clisby who Lauren has been touring with since early 2014.
Lauren’s love of Jazz has stemmed from a life of being surrounded by the most influential musicians in Sydney and having the pleasure of playing and growing with them from a young age. Her sound is soulful, rich and musical. Her appearance on The Voice Australia in 2013 has also led her to become a household name.
Don’t miss Steve Clisby with special guest Lauren Dawes at Hurstville Entertainment Centre’s Civic Theatre in this special performance as part of the Great Southern Nights series of events.