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