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Soul Sister's Homecoming

Soul Sister's Homecoming

Who: Nessa Morgan, Amy Vee
Where: Northern Star Hotel
When: Thursday March 24, 2005

IT will be a bit of a homecoming when Nessa Morgan performs in Newcastle tomorrow night.

The New Zealand-born soul singer, who moved to Australia with her family when she was three years old, spent the large majority of her early years living around Newcastle.

Morgan said things were never dull, as the family constantly moved around, living everywhere from Caves Beach and Morisset to Newcastle and Stockton.

``We moved around all the time . . .

debt collector after us, but I didn't know that!,'' Morgan laughed.

``As a kid you just think everything's a party: `Yeah, yeah. We're moving to another joint!' That's all I knew.

``It wasn't until I grew up that I asked why we moved so much and my mum told me.

``So I've got fond memories of Newcastle.'' These days Morgan is still as close as ever to her musician father who used to support his family by playing in funk bands around Sydney.

He now plays congas in Morgan's band and will be there with her when she delivers her first local performance at the Northern Star Hotel tomorrow night.

She will then head up the coast to perform at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Byron Bay, where she made a stellar debut last year on the back of her debut album Sex and Poverty. Morgan has certainly come a long way from her days in Newcastle.

She recorded Sex and Poverty in the US with legendary producer Don Was, renowned for his work with Bob Dylan, Elton John and The Rolling Stones. She recently supported Alicia Keys on her Australian tour.

A new album is already in the works and Morgan said she hoped to release it independently by the end of the year.

Morgan will be supported by Amy Vee tomorrow night. Entry costs $5.

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