NOTES FROM DEEP WITHIN

In putting to­gether her lat­est al­bum, Stok­ing The Fire, Gold Coast songstress Na­dia Sunde was chal­lenged to look in­wards for in­spi­ra­tion

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When Na­dia Sunde set to work on her lat­est al­bum, she made a con­scious de­ci­sion not to hold back. The lo­cal songstress wrote Stok­ing The Fire dur­ing the win­ter of 2012 and says it feels like “a com­ing of age”.

“My friend, singer Kacey Patrick, told me at the start of the project to make no apolo­gies – so I opened my heart and wrote from that place,” says Sunde.

“I can hear the in­flu­ences of my fa­ther’s jazz collection and the gritty Amer­i­cana tones of the mu­sic of my early 20s.

“It’s a joy for me lis­ten­ing to this al­bum. I’ve al­lowed my­self to be true – no apolo­gies.”

Launch­ing Stok­ing The Fire to a home crowd on the Gold Coast this weekend, Sunde says she will be joined by her band The Distin­guished Gen­tle­men – Michael Fix, Andrew Shaw, Ross Comer­ford and Doug Gal­lacher.

“People can ex­pect to hear songs from the al­bum that swing in style from French bur­lesque to Latin jazz, Mo­town, soul and folk in­spired bal­lads,” she says.

With a ca­reer span­ning al­most two decades, Sunde wears many artis­tic hats.

The singer-song­writer dab­bles in cabaret, theatre and com­edy, recorded chil­dren’s al­bum Home­spun in 2010 and two years later cre­ated a mu­si­cal com­edy show for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, Na­dia & The Blue Flamingo.

The singer says Stok­ing The Fire walks the line be­tween jazz, folk and coun­try.

“I’ve had some people say it re­minds them of No­rah Jones. I adore that com­par­i­son. She’s won­der­ful,” she says.

Na­dia Sunde plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Satur­day night.

Na­dia Sunde plays The Arts Cen­tre

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