“You’ve got it girl” - a throw away comment made recently by a celebrity music manager to jazz performer Cathrine Summers is just one of the indicators which has seemingly set the local Perth girl on a stairway to success, and the launch of her debut album in November 2016 has set her on a path to journey even further.
Often compared to Julie London or Carmen McRae, the UK-born vocalist fostered her career in Perth and is acclaimed for her rich timbre, vocal range and a warming, husky quality to her voice. Her undeniable on-stage charisma and playful banter gives her audiences a female Michael Bublé style of performance – a voice with power, a fun mischievous candour, and a passion for jazz that transcends eras.
Her repertoire spans beyond jazz into Motown, soul and Top 40 which means that Summers is just as at home belting out a rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough as she is delivering a sultry version of Cry Me a River, or purring out her version of Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose.
Since her performing debut in 2008, Cathrine Summers has lit up many Perth events, festivals and has performed nationally and internationally, including sell out performances at Perth’s Fringe World Festivals.
Her deep respect of the great jazz vocalists of the past and the Golden Era of Jazz, her love of the French language and France and her natural at-ease fun nature brings a new yet timeless feel to these classics.
She’s more than just a singer, with an audience engaging performance which is sexy, sassy and captivating.
Here’s what the experts are saying;
“The quality that sets her apart from other singers is that people of all ages feel ‘instantly familiar’ with her and soak up her banter and on-stage charisma.” The Music Review, Perth.
“ She’s got style, she’s got flair, she’s definitely got talent – and an amazing magical stage presence, so much so, that on Saturday afternoon I was transported into some deep, dark roaring ‘20s club. Her exquisite and perfect French accent shone as she belted out Edith Piaf’s ‘Non, Je Ne Regret Rein’ – her performance of such an iconic song was incredibly moving. From Parisian jazz to modern swing uptempo – with a great twist on Adele’s Rolling in Deep – Summers’ charismatic engagement with the audience is exhilarating.” Nicola Heyes – Giggysound.com
“With incredible vocal range, tender sense of comedy and comforting stage presence, it is as if the audience has known her for years. Cole Porter, once said, ‘I wanted every kind of love that was available, but I could never find them in the same person.’ Yet in the beautiful and talented Cotton Club singer, all these forms of love seem to coalesce.” Perri Watson, Buzzcuts
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