Singer’s voice is her Bond

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - By TANYA MACNAUGHTON

KATE Ce­ber­ano is a huge Shirley Bassey fan, so it is lit­tle sur­prise she jumped at the chance to sing along­side Michael Fal­zon and WASO in TheMu­si­cofJames Bond.

“I love Shirley’s en­durance, her com­mit­ment to her­self and the sound of her voice,” Ce­ber­ano said.

“I love that she’s not im­i­ta­tive of any­one and she’s a solid char­ac­ter in my scale of fe­male artists.

“And she has com­pletely and ut­terly been suck­ing on the foun­tain of youth.”

Ce­ber­ano said she longed for “a rab­ble-rous­ing crowd” dur­ing the per­for­mances, as au­di­ence mem­bers cel­e­brated their favourite Bond songs with WASO.

“I’m go­ing to use ev­ery ounce of my core to sing that note at the top of Goldfin­ger,” she said en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

“What­ever emo­tion elic­its from them, I beg the au­di­ence to be vo­cal about that.”

Ce­ber­ano said there was an ex­pec­ta­tion of en­ter­tain­ment when watch­ing a James Bond film, which al­ways started with the song.

When asked who her favourite Bond ac­tor was, the singer said she loved Roger Moore, Daniel Craig was do­ing a great job but Sean Con­nery re­ally owned it.

“And I’m so thrilled that my favourite actress in the whole wide uni­verse, Mon­ica Bel­lucci, is go­ing to be the next Bond woman,” she said.

“She’s the first that’s ac­tu­ally go­ing to be the same age, if not a few years older than Daniel Craig.”

Ce­ber­ano will be joined by mu­si­cal theatre per­former Fal­zon ( Rock­ofAges, We Will Rock You) who cred­its the pro­duc­tion of Je­susChristSu­per­star, which Ce­ber­ano had a part in, as the rea­son he got into the in­dus­try.

“It was Su­per­star that got me started on my ca­reer too,” Ce­ber­ano said.

“I saw the Robert Stigwood film and there was an artist Yvonne El­li­man who played Mary and she was from Hawaii.

“I’ve got to say that I’d been strug­gling as a coloured singer to get a gig in mu­si­cal theatre be­cause I’m not quite black enough and not quite white enough.

“When I saw El­li­man, I de­cided I wanted to be her one day and then stand­ing on that stage so many years later made an im­pres­sion on Michael, which was great.”

Kate Ce­ber­ano is in­spired by the ex­am­ple of the leg­endary Shirley Bassey.

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