Perth songstress saves the day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

IT helps to know peo­ple in high places.

Perth songstress Jess White, who ap­peared in Grease along­side Rob Mills, an­swered an SOS from the cel­e­brated singer last Wed­nes­day to join him on stage at a Telethon fundraiser.

Mills was in town to per­form at Cabaret for Telethon 2015 but a flight de­lay meant another ex­pected spe­cial guest, for­mer Perth break­fast ra­dio host Em Rus­ciano, was left grounded in Mel­bourne.

Mi­nus his duet part­ner and just hours be­fore the show at Friends Res­tau­rant, Mills di­alled up White and asked if she would learn a song to sing with him.

The 24-year-old star­let didn’t dis­ap­point and no one at Friends seemed hap­pier or prouder than Mills him­self.

White is a WAPPA grad­u­ate and for­mer Su­bi­aco res­i­dent who held two un­der­study roles in the mu­si­cal.

She told Matilda she was “be­tween roles” at the mo­ment and was walk­ing her King Charles cava­lier in Ap­ple­cross when Mills’ un­ex­pected phone call came through.

Ir­ish song­writer Ciaran Grib­bin, who in more re­cent times has fronted INXS, and a cou­ple of le­gends of the Aus­tralian mu­sic scene, Don Spencer and Peter North­cote, rounded out a night of top billing and ter­rific en­ter­tain­ment.

Rob Mills and Jess White on stage.

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