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All the hits!
Fronting pop funk band ‘I’m Talking’, Kate notched up 5 consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album. The year was 1986 and Michael Hutchence from INXS won Most Popular Male Artist and Kate won Most Popular Female Artist at the Countdown Awards.
Kate has barely drawn breath since, racking up 28 albums over 35 years whilst effortlessly moving around genres. With 3 x ARIA awards and 7 nominations for Best Female Artist, and dozens of other major awards, Kate is Australian entertainment royalty. She has starred in seminal productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and South Pacific, had her own tonight show Kate & Friends (ABC TV), won Dancing With The Stars, was first woman inducted in Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame, curated 3 record breaking years of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival just to name a few of her milestones.
SWEET INSPIRATION – Kate’s latest album is OUT NOW.
“Kate came on stage, handling a keyboard and a percussion skin, with only a guitarist by her side. But my, what a guitarist Ben Butler has lived in America since the 90s and has worked with Bruce Springsteen and toured with Sting. Even though this was their first gig together, there was a natural connection, a real spark. They even tackled a brace of Sting songs – Roxanne, Can’t Stand Losing You, Fields of Gold – to the audience’s delight. Kate knew how to please, with renditions of Bedroom Eyes, Pash, Brave and I Don’t Know How To Love Him, which she dedicated to our mutual friend Sir Tim Rice. She concluded with a fabulous new song, Hold On, which, like the new album Sweet Inspiration, she wrote during lockdown.” Glenn A Baker