Pick­ing up pen again

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

THE last time she re­leased a record of orig­i­nal songs, Kate Ceberano was about to be­come a first-time mother. So it seems per­fectly ap­pro­pri­ate that she chooses to mea­sure the suc­cess of her new record Ken­sal Road, due out to­mor­row, through the eyes of her 10-year-old daugh­ter Gypsy. The opin­ion­ated young lady, who has al­ready told her mother she wants to cover her hit Pash, has given the al­bum’s first sin­gle, Mag­net, and its kalei­do­scopic clip her tick of ap­proval. ‘‘I have to get it on Nova or Fox (2Day net­work) or my daugh­ter will think I’m a no­body,’’ Ceberano says, laugh­ing. ‘‘She knows I am a de­cent vin­tage artist – she doesn’t use that term, that’s me. We were watch­ing the video for Mag­net and she told her fa­ther I’m not old-fash­ioned any­more and that I could have a chance of get­ting on Nova now.’’ From Gypsy’s mouth to the ra­dio pro­gram­mer’s ears, hopes Ceberano. Ken­sal Road fits per­fectly in the pocket of the dreamy folk pop that has cap­ti­vated the air­waves for the past cou­ple of years. Writ­ten and recorded in Lon­don with song­writer and pro­ducer James Bryan (Nelly Fur­tado, Lisa Marie Pres­ley), the al­bum was partly in­spired by the fe­male artists Ceberano was lis­ten­ing to, from Cana­dian in­die in­flu­encer Feist to Cal­i­for­nia chanteuse Lana Del Rey, with nods to Bri­tish folk princess Laura Mar­ling and sin­gu­lar Aus­tralian tal­ent Katie Noo­nan. Af­ter a decade of ex­plor­ing her vo­cal gift with a se­ries of cov­ers records, which did well on the charts, the Aus­tralian en­ter­tainer wanted to re­turn to her first love, song­writ­ing. ‘‘To be hon­est with you, I don’t feel cov­ers records sit well with me,’’ she says. ‘‘I love to per­form and ev­ery­one loves to sing along with the songs they know but to me that’s a cop out. I may re­turn to that but it’s too early in my life to quit work­ing on my own point of view as a song­writer. You put the pen down too long and you lose those skills and I plan to be writ­ing songs un­til I am 80.’’ Ceberano de­fi­antly made Ken­sal Road for her­self and to re­ward the faith placed in her by fam­ily, friends and a con­tin­gent of the in­dus­try that be­lieved she had a voice which needed to be heard. ‘‘My bon­fire of the van­i­ties started prob­a­bly a decade ago and I’m bul­let­proof now,’’ she says. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing is filed in a nice folder called per­spec­tive. Suc­cess is a very sub­jec­tive thing and you have to look at your own life and an­swer the ques­tion as to whether you are purs­ing ev­ery­thing you love.’’

– KATHY McCABE

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