It might have been almost a decade since Vanessa Amorosi performed to Australian audiences, but she is certainly back home on the stage. After joining John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Thirsty Merc & Dragon on a run of dates for the Red Hot Summer Tour earlier this year, Vanessa has announced her highly anticipated ‘Heavy Lies The Head’ tour dates, again cementing herself as one of the best vocalists in the country.
It was 2011 when Vanessa moved to Los Angeles. When speaking with our Drive time announcer John Bond, she described feeling as though she had no stories to tell through her music, and everything feeling ‘bland’. Her trip to LA was a journey of self-discovery and to develop her music career in different ways. Once in LA and somewhat anonymous for the first time, Vanessa immersed herself in all kinds of musical experiences. She became obsessed with exploring the real roots of her first and greatest musical love — gospel. And it didn’t take long for the hardcore and influential LA music scene to realise this ‘new kid in town’ had an unmatched voice.
Returning to Australia for the first time in a decade has been a special experience. “I have been absolutely thrilled and even sometimes emotional during my shows on the Red Hot Summer Tour,” she says. “I feel very blessed to be travelling this beautiful and vast country of ours and being reunited with the audience I grew up with.”
After wrapping up the dates on the Red Hot Summer Tour and a few select shows alongside Jon Stevens, Vanessa is heading out on the road for her solo tour Heavy Lies The Head, which celebrates the single release of the same name. The breathtaking, emotional and long-awaited new song is the first of more tracks to follow in coming months and marks a triumphant return for this amazing musician.
It’s incredible to think it’s almost 20 years since a teenage Vanessa Amorosi from outer-eastern Melbourne burst onto the Australian charts with her debut number one album The Power, which featured four massive hit singles: Have A Look; Absolutely Everybody; Shine; and The Power, and who stole the show at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, seen by an estimated two billion people.
Vanessa Amorosi Heavy Lies the Head Tour
When: Thursday 9 May
Time: Doors 7.00pm | Show 7.30pm
Where: EVAN Theatre, Panthers Penrith
Listen below as Vanessa chats to Bondi about everything from why she left Australia for so many years, to working alongside David A. Stewart (Eurythmics) and her excitement to be celebrating her music career at her upcoming shows.
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