Since first stepping on stage a year ago, Belle Benét’s star has been gathering momentum.
The chanteuse has been performing her unique show around Byron Bay and Brisbane, sometimes with the accompaniment of her band, The Sound Pimps. Earlier this year the jazz crooner took Wollombi Music Festival by storm and it’s this effervescent stage presence she’s planning to deliver within the intimate surrounds of the Stockholm Syndrome space.
“I love the sultriness of all of the jazz and blues singers, obviously Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington are my idols. And just how they are actually able to express themselves through song, you know, with beautiful accompaniment of the blues instruments and blues sound,” Benét says.
And just like her idols, Benét draws inspiration for her songs from all around her.
“I’d say that the inspiration actually comes from relationships, I think, and life in general. Every time I’ve been in a sort of long-term relationship that has gone a little bit... for one reason or another it always gives me really good material to go write a song about it.
“As well, just the other songs that I sing are kind of all about what I go through in life with the blues — they either might be having a bad day or the moon might be responsible for the way that you might be feeling on a particular day. I mean I do have a song that I sang at the Wollombi Music Festival called ‘Full Moon’. That song was actually about how I am affected, just like a lot of other people are affected, by how the moon is and how that kind of gets me down, but then I know that within a couple of days that moon is gonna be gone and I’m going to be all happy and bubbly and bright again.”
With a slew of new projects on the horizon (including a spot in the finals of the Miss Ink Australia competition in November), Benét is definitely one to watch.
“The year has been absolutely amazing, and I hope this is the start of many good things to come for me.”
Belle Benét performs at the Stockholm Syndrome Saturday October 13.