With the recent loss of Prince and David Bowie, now is a better time than ever to appreciate the incredible musicians who helped shaped the industry to make it what it is today. Carole King is one such musician, and her ability to create such hits as ‘(You make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ will stay in the hearts of many. We had a chat with Michelle Brasier who is one part of the show honouring the musician, and talked about touring regional, her love for Carole King and the show in general.
Hi Michelle, thanks for taking the time to chat with Forte Magazine, how are you and what are you up to at the moment?
I’m great thank you! I’m just rehearsing and getting ready for tour life!
You’ll be doing a few shows in regional Victoria, with one tonight [as we speak] at Bendigo, how have they all been?
It’s been great so far. I love regional shows, I’m from Wagga so I love going to the country.
And of course it’s the songbook of Carole King’s life. While we mightn’t have quite the back catalogue as Carole, what songs do you think best tell the story of your life?
Oh wow. I have no idea! Maybe Damien Rice’s music.
Telling her story is an incredible one, how did you come to get involved with the show?
I have worked with the producer, director/choreographer and musical director/arranger before so I knew about the project early on and got on board.
What do you think it is about Carole’s songs that connect so well with a broad range of people?
Her music is about heartache. Good, bad but always heavy chest feelings. People like things that make their hearts heavy.
What kind of impact did Carole’s music have on your life?
I grew up listening to her music so there is so much nostalgia attached to her songs. It’s warm and beautiful.
Do you have a favourite track to perform?
The ‘First day in August’ because of the incredible arrangement Shanon Whitelock has done. Also The Reason because of the ’90s guitar solo!
While it’s guaranteed Carole King fans will love the show, is this something only for fans or will newcomers to her music love it as well? [It's for] both!
Thanks again for taking the time to chat with us, is there anything else you’d like to add before we finish up?
See you at the show!
When & Where: Arts Centre, Melbourne – May 7 & GPAC, Geelong – May 19 & Wyndham Cultural Centre, Wyndham – May 27