SONA is so ex­cited

Kyabram Free Press - - WHAT'S ON - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

WITH a voice de­scribed as ‘‘an­gelic’’ and mes­meris­ing elec­tronic pro­duc­tion to match, artist and pro­ducer SONA (aka Kelsie Rim­mer) prom­ises an up­com­ing tour that will be noth­ing less than oth­er­worldly.

Known for her past ap­pear­ance on the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show The Voice Aus­tralia, the Mel­bourne-based singer/song­writer has since spent her days craft­ing self-pro­duced EP Run­away, which in­cludes sin­gle Al­ready Gone, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with US pro­ducer OTR.

And next week, she’ll be bring­ing her haunt­ing vo­cals and evoca­tive lyrics to Stan­hope as part of SONA’s Run­away EP Tour.

‘‘I’m so ex­cited for this tour. It’s some­thing I’ve been work­ing up to for years now and I can’t wait to share my mu­sic with re­gional towns such as Stan­hope,’’ Kelsie said.

As it’s her first tour, Kelsie said she’s feel­ing the nerves.

But af­ter per­form­ing in front of the likes of Delta Goodrem, Seal, Joel Mad­den and Keith Ur­ban, Kelsie will no doubt be able to rein them in for our lo­cal crowds.

Kelsie’s mu­sic ca­reer be­gan when she first picked up her fa­ther’s gui­tar at age 14.

Be­fore long, song­writ­ing be­came an out­let for her, a ‘‘di­ary’’ for ev­ery­thing she was go­ing through in life.

Now, it’s her great­est pas­sion.

With Daugh­ter, Vera Blue, Bon Iver and James Blake counted among her great­est mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions, it’s no won­der Kelsie’s mu­sic is a blend of del­i­cately crafted mu­si­cal po­etry.

‘‘Gen­er­ally, when I’m writ­ing lyrics, I’ll have a con­cept or feel­ing in mind and then I’ll slowly be­come more fig­u­ra­tive,’’ she said.

Kelsie said this po­etic form of writ­ing not only keeps her lyrics safely vague (par­tic­u­larly when writ­ing about past re­la­tion­ships), but also opens them up to dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing is open and in­ter­pre­tive. I love that peo­ple can find their own mean­ings in the words I write be­cause maybe they could help peo­ple in ways I never imag­ined.’’

Ini­tially kick­ing off her ca­reer with a dis­tinc­tive folk acous­tic style, SONA has since evolved to be­come a blend of pop, elec­tronic and folk.

‘‘It’s so lib­er­at­ing to just write mu­sic be­cause I love it, not be­cause it’s the genre peo­ple want or ex­pect to hear,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple still ask for the folk acous­tic be­cause it’s what I per­formed on The Voice, but I’m want­ing to steer more to­wards am­bi­ent, at­mo­spheric ma­te­rial.’’

Look­ing to the fu­ture, Kelsie — who is al­ready mak­ing waves in the elec­tronic mu­sic scene — hopes to con­tinue do­ing ex­actly what she’s do­ing now.

‘‘I just want to keep grow­ing as an artist, pro­duc­ing mu­sic and play­ing it live. Above all, I want to do it be­cause I love it.’’

SONA will be per­form­ing at Stan­hope Ho­tel on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22 from 8.30pm, sup­ported by Kyabram’s Vic­to­ria Faith.

For more in­for­ma­tion on SONA’s Run­away EP Launch, visit the event page here: https://www.face­book.com/ events/267709957079228/

Singer/song­writer SONA will per­form in Stan­hope.

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