Dar­ren finds his own voice

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

DAR­REN Per­ci­val is ex­cited for his au­di­ence to get a bet­ter in­sight into his per­son­al­ity and per­form­ing skills when he brings his Up Close & Per­ci­val Tour to town.

The Voice 2012 run­ner-up says while the re­al­ity TV show por­trayed ‘‘the real me’’, there are still sides of him his fans don’t know about.

‘‘Peo­ple who come to my gigs get to see things they didn’t see on The Voice – I use loops, play pi­ano, beat­box and tell some sto­ries,’’ says Per­ci­val. ‘‘They get to see other el­e­ments of what I do.’’ Per­ci­val says the show is very dif­fer­ent to his last tour. ‘‘I will be play­ing songs from The Voice as well as some orig­i­nals and cov­ers. There are a cou­ple of guests coming to Twin Towns. My vo­cal mates will get up and sing with us as well, which will be fun.’’

Ray Charles fans will be in for a treat – Per­ci­val’s last al­bum, A Trib­ute To Ray Charles features a col­lec­tion of cov­ers of songs made fa­mous by the late, great US mu­si­cian. Per­ci­val cites Charles as one of his big­gest in­flu­ences. ‘‘Ray Charles changed my life. He makes me smile and I sing the way I do as a re­sult of learn­ing from him,’’ he says.

‘‘He crossed so many gen­res in his ca­reer and the way he de­liv­ers sto­ries in­spires me. It was a huge project to tackle but I feel I do the songs jus­tice.’’

Per­ci­val says his next al­bum will fea­ture orig­i­nals, some of which he will show­case on this tour.

Dar­ren Per­ci­val plays Twin Towns to­mor­row at 8pm. Tick­ets are $27. The Voice re­turns, cover story, TV, Page 13.

– ROSE SADLEIR

Dar­ren Per­ci­val is get­ting up close.

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