Sarah Blasko still finds it hard to be­lieve she is forg­ing a ca­reer for her­self in mu­sic – but finds in­spi­ra­tion from that in­se­cu­rity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - NOEL MEN­GEL

The daugh­ter of Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies, Sarah Blasko started out singing in church. She was part of a band and a duo be­fore re­leas­ing her first solo stu­dio al­bum in 2004, win­ning the ARIA for best fe­male artist in 2009 and be­ing nom­i­nated on sev­eral other oc­ca­sions.

Blasko’s child­hood in the ’80s pro­vided rich in­spi­ra­tion from pop stars rang­ing from Tina Turner to Michael Jack­son and Diana Ross, who all spe­cialised in mat­ters of the heart. “I loved singing and found pop mu­sic re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ Blasko says.

“When I started pur­su­ing mu­sic more se­ri­ously, I don’t think I al­lowed my­self to imag­ine a life in it be­cause it’s a tough road.

“So many are do­ing mu­sic and I never as­sumed there would be a place for me and still don’t.

“You’ve al­ways got it in the back of your mind that things could change with a lit­tle puff of wind.’’

Five al­bums into Blasko’s ca­reer (six, in­clud­ing her 2011

Seeker Lover Keeper col­lab­o­ra­tion with friends Sally Selt­mann and Holly

Throsby), there is no sign of any such change in the wind.

Blasko re­leased her de­but al­bum The Over­ture And The

Un­der­score in 2004 and has since been one of Aus­tralia’s best-loved song­writ­ers.

Af­ter liv­ing and record­ing in the UK and Europe for three years, Blasko re­turned to Aus­tralia in 2012 and threw her­self into di­verse projects.

She started with theatre, and her first fea­ture film sound­track, for di­rec­tor Bren­dan Cow­ell’s Ruben

Guthrie, and the songs for her lat­est record, Eter­nal Re­turn, were all writ­ten be­fore her re­cent preg­nancy and recorded dur­ing it, with pro­ducer Burke Reid.

His en­ergy was in­fec­tious. And even when she was preg­nant, there were ear­ly­morn­ing fin­ishes.

“I had a real sense of ur­gency; I guess like I felt like I wanted to get a few things out of my sys­tem be­fore hav­ing a child,” Blasko says.

“I can re­ally stress my­self out with record­ings, and I did this time. They were hard songs to sing at that point and I think that’s of­ten when singers are at their best.’’

Sarah Blasko plays The Tivoli, For­ti­tude Val­ley, April 15

Sarah Blasko stresses her­self out when record­ing but loves per­form­ing.

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