by Luke Voogt
Vera Blue brings her sweet voice to Geelong this month when her 13-date tour stops at Costa Hall.
“I’m super excited,” she told Indy after her opening show at Wodonga in front of 900 fans on 31 August.
“The first show’s always super nerve-wracking but it went really well. The venue said it was the most they’d had so far.”
Blue returns to Geelong on 21 September after recently releasing single The Way That You Love Me.
She described her last Geelong crowd as “the perfect in-between”, not too rowdy or too quiet.
“The audience was super-respectful and really invested in me as an artist,” she said.
Born Celia Pavey in 1994, she took her stage name Vera Blue after shooting to fame in The Voice in 2013.
Blue cut her musical teeth singing in school concerts.
“I was performing with my sister quite a lot and harmonising with her – she’s quite an amazing singer.
“That’s when I realised I had a big passion for music.”
Blue finished third in the TV talent quest, with her audition singing Simon & Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair gaining almost 12 million views on Youtube.
“The Voice was a really good experience and I learnt who I was as an artist.”
Blue made the most of the experience, releasing a cover album in 2013.
“A lot of people that go on those talent shows, once they come off the show they don’t really know what to do as an artist.
“I think I was just lucky, I was found by a team and a label and people just believed in me.”
Blue found her own sound in 2014 with debut EP Bodies and took her stage name in 2015.
Her single Hold peaked at number five and one respectively on the US and Australian Spotify Viral 50 charts.
“It’s such a beautiful song and it’s nice it resonated with so many different people,” Blue said.
In 2016 she featured on Australian rapper Illy’s song Papercuts, which peaked at two on the ARIA charts.
“He’s such a great dude and I’ve been able to perform that song so many times with him at festivals,” she said.
“Touring is definitely tiring and exhausting but it’s super fun.”