FANNING THE FIRE
The melodies of Wendy Matthews will add to the flavour of a night of iconic Australian music bringing together some truly legendary acts
It’s not every day that Australian music greats Russell Morris, Wendy Matthews, Mental as Anything and Daryl Braithwaite will perform live at the same venue but the hitmakers will take to the stage as part of the One Night Stand event at Jupiters Hotel & Casino this weekend.
Canadian import Wendy, who first came to Australia in 1982 before making it her home, is looking forward to an extension of the festival circuit.
After amassing seven ARIAs, 19 hit singles, and seven multi-platinum selling albums, the talented songstress will also perform songs from her new album The Welcome Fire.
“Songwriting is different for everyone, but I find it hard to do when I am on the road,” she says.
“Life takes over, but a few years ago I took some serious time out to do some long drives, get together with friends and open myself up to songwriting again.”
The result is a beautiful album of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace. She says she hopes fans will relate to the songs that resonate deeply with the human experience.
“This is the first fully original album I’ve written for about 12 years,” she says.
“It’s real, and I hate the word, it’s so overused, but it was a journey. It was about a year and a half of writing and recording.
“The only redeeming factor of getting older is that you just don’t care what people think any more. Some of the songs are very honest and some are a little angry.”
Matthews recorded the album in the backyard studio of friend John Castle and says the process reminded her of where she started – putting together songs in a shed with her brothers.
Singer Wendy Matthews heads to the Gold Coast this weekend.