Adele, Amy in Bloom at GPAC

SOMEONE LIKE YOU: Amanda Canzurlo AKA Bloom

By Luke Voogt

Bloom walks among us as her everyday alter-ego, singing at weddings and selling skin care as Amanda Canzurlo.

“Amanda has all the pressures of everyday life,” she told the Indy.

“I try to remove Bloom from that so when I get onstage I can just connect and perform, and don’t have to worry about those things.”

When night falls her “true self” emerges on stage.

“What Bloom does is way more powerful than what Amanda is,” she said.

“Because Bloom is untouched and untainted from everyday stuff. It feels like the purest part of me.”

The 32-year-old returns to Geelong with her show The Adele and Amy Songbook after first performing it locally at the Gateway Hotel in 2016.

“That was fun from memory,” she said.

This year Bloom is touring Australian and New Zealand theatres rather than pubs and RSLs.

She stops at Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) for a single show at 8pm on 29 June.

“We’ve added a whole bunch of pretty spectacular visuals,” she said.

“The show’s evolved. It’s definitely a world-class show.”

Bloom created the show in 2016 after discovering an Amy Winehouse song inspired Adele to “pick up the guitar and start writing”.

“If you’re going to create something, create something a bit different,” she said.

“There were plenty of Adele and Amy shows but no shows doing both.”

Bloom goes through a musically-challenging four octaves of her voice during the show, which she describes as a “massive sing”.

“Adele’s ballad heavy and Amy’s got a bit more grit and guts,” she said.

“But there are a lot of similarities between the girls.”

Bloom will also bring with her a high-calibre line-up of Aussie musicians, who she met while doing backing vocals for Jon English and at other gigs.

“I’m just lucky I guess – I feel very blessed to be able to play with this calibre of musicians,” she said.

“It’s being in the right place at the right time and saying yes to different projects.”

The Badloves drummer Jeff Consi, The Angels bassist James Morley and Stuart Johnston, who played keyboard for English, will all join her onstage.

“I like being with musicians that are better than me because it makes me better,” she said.

Bloom moved from Perth to Melbourne to pursue her singing career and released an EP in 2015.

“I love being in Melbourne – the music scene’s really thriving,” she said.

The audience would “get a taste of who bloom is” during her GPAC show, she said.

“I’m always writing and we play original music in this show.

“My songs are in that similar vein to Adele and Amy – they’re quite sad and about heartbreak, love, loss and death as well.”

Bloom hoped to record some new material in the second half of 2018.

“I’d really love to get to London and Europe and take it further,” she said.

“(The Adele and Amy Songbook is) just as fulfilling but in different ways.”

Bloom also teaches young singers who she hoped Australia would “hear more about in the future.”

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