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
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