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Trial Gig May Launch Stellar Career in Country

Trial Gig May Launch Stellar Career in Country



Who: Julie Wilson

NEWCASTLE singer JULIE WILSON will showcase brand new country material from a completed album for record industry movers and shakers in Tamworth tomorrow night.

Wilson, whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to KD LANG, recently completed a debut full-length CD with Newcastle producer and songwriter MARK TINSON. Tomorrow night's gig at Tamworth Workers Club is open to the public, and could land her a distribution and marketing deal with a major label she has declined to name.

'They really liked my voice and the songs but they wanted to see me perform them live,' she said.

Mark Tinson, who wrote most of the songs and co-wrote some with Wilson, described the album as 'out to the left of what people normally do in Australia with country'.

'The songs we've written suit Julie's beautiful voice,' he said.

Wilson will perform 'three or four' songs tomorrow night at Tamworth Workers Club with the STEVE GIBSON BAND, better known in the Hunter as the Newcastle-based SHOOT LUCY. 'I guess because of the music I've listened to in my life, it sounds more on the country pop side, rather than that kind of die-in-the-woods country and western thing,' Wilson said.

She began working with Tinson four years ago as a session vocalist, adding vocal tracks to instrumental beds laid down by Tinson on guitar, GARY WILSON on drums and BOB SPENCER. The singer's voice has drawn comparisons with Lang and one of her inspirations, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. She is also inspired by singers DUSTY SPRINGFIELD and LINDA RONSTADT. On Friday, from 6pm, the versatile singer will perform at the Warners Bay Foreshore, where she will perform jazz standards as the front person for SUITE SOUNDS jazz band.

With Suite Sounds, featuring PETER HOGAN on drums, CHRIS DAWSON on double bass and KIM PINK on saxophone, Wilson performs songs by ELLA FITZGERALD and BILLIE HOLIDAY. TE



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