One of Australia's true vocal treasures and self-confessed 'difficult woman', Renee Geyer brings a 40-plus year career to the stage when she goes on a short tour during March.
An essential mainstay of Australian music since her early teens, Renee has risen to the top as one of our most acclaimed and beloved jazz, soul and R&B singers.
Her upcoming tour sees her playing a few, select shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Wollongong. “I never really stop, so I'm looking forward to doing these shows again because I haven't been to some of these places for a while, so it's good to be going back,” Renee says of the tour.
“It's been 23 or 24 albums and I'm always doing some shows somewhere; I get invited to a lot of things and if it's good timing and everything lines up then I go. So it is just a few gigs in these areas.”
At this stage of a long and storied career studded with multiple achievements and accolades, Renee often only plays when she is invited. “I don't have anything else better to do, it's what I do. As long as I get invited I keep going. We very rarely book our own shows now, we pretty much go where we're invited and that means a bunch of people want to hear me, so off I go.”
Renee has recorded and released 15 studio albums under her own name, her self-titled debut coming out in 1973. By 1974, with the release of her second album 'It's A Man's Man's World', she had her first top 50 single with a cover of James Brown's 1966 song 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World' from which the album title was taken.
Her 2003 album 'Tenderland' became the highest-charting album of her career, earning her two ARIA Award nominations; the following February it was awarded gold status.
Now, Renee is considering the next, and what will most likely be her final, album she'll record. “I think my next one will be a blues album, I'd like to do that to finish off,” Renee says.
“I think I have one more album in me. I'd like to do a tribute to blues because it's what influenced me so much through the years. I don't know how or what, I've got a few ideas, but you'll find out when I do it. It's something I'm interested in pursuing.”
For her March tour, Renee will be presenting a well-rounded show that encapsulates her extensive career and all she has accomplished across the various styles of music, backed by a full band.
“People who come to see me know I always have incredible musicians, I always do the songs that they know me for and I always introduce new things, and I'm always doing my versions of things that exist of other people's.
“It's a combination of all those things, of course with an accent on the things people know me for.”
Renee Geyer Tour 2019
Fri 15 Mar - Palms At Crown (Melbourne) Sat 16 Mar - Garden Of Unearthly Delights (Adelaide) Thu 21 Mar - Camelot Lounge (Sydney) Fri 22 Mar - Heritage Hotel (Wollongong) Sat 23 Mar - Brass Monkey (Sydney)