Passion beats fears
CRIPPLING stage fright kept Cathrine Summers from sharing her musical talent with audiences for years.
But the jazz singer, who has performed at the Captain Stirling Hotel, ultimately overcame her fears and has come a long way since busking for produce at the Subiaco Farmers Markets.
Summers was last year nominated for a Fringe Festival award and released her debut album in November.
This month, with that fear a distant memory, she returns to the festival with her show A Summers’ Night in Paris.
“It took years to get the courage to sing in public,” she said.
“I think when you love something so much, you get over your fears.
“Now, embarrassingly, I talk too much between songs.”
Summers said despite previously being nervous in front of a live audience, an album was always a goal she hoped to achieve.
“I would get a lot of requests from people who would ask when they could buy an album of mine,” she said. “With Through Rose Tinted Glass, I tried to emulate the live performance.”
Making her third appearance at Fringe with her show at Babushka in Leederville, described as a lively homage to the fabled ‘Cabaret de Paris’ era, Summers said she was more refined musically after the experience of making the album.
While she would love to start working on a second album, Summers has a European tour in 2018 to prepare for.
“This year there is the potential to tour nationally and perform over east, then Europe next year,” she said.
Cathrine Summers in full flight.