Forget all the pop star wannabes seeking an easy road to fame offered by the myriad reality “talent” shows that populate our television schedules. If you want to see genuinely talented singers and songwriters, you simply need to head to your nearest live music venue to catch one of the many local artists showcasing their skills and building their reputation through hard work and dedication. The fact that so many of these artists possess wads of talent and a passion for creating their own original music is a stark contrast to the manufactured artifice that has infected so much of the music industry.
One artist very much worth watching (and listening to) is 18-year-old local Sahara Beck, a singer/songwriter with a burgeoning reputation and an increasingly busy schedule of live gigs here in Queensland and interstate. In recent weeks in Brisbane alone, Beck has performed at venues such as The Bearded Lady, Black Bear Lodge, The Zoo, The Old Museum and, most recently, at The Triffid, in addition to shows at regional and interstate venues, both as a headline artist and supporting the likes of Busby Marou.
Having secured regular radio airplay and plenty of mainstream print media coverage, with a her Bloom EP in shops and with several music videos proving popular, Beck seems on the cusp of something pretty special and it is no surprise that she has been invited to take part in initiatives such as The Soldier’s Wife, The Longplayer Sessions and Songs That Made Me. Don’t let the Shirley Temple curls and her itty bitty guitar fool you, Beck delivers her songs with gusto and is an increasingly confident live performer, either as a solo artist, with her band or as a duo with inventive percussionist DJ. She seems to possess a genuine enthusiasm for performing her songs, regardless of the size of the venue or the nature of the gig, which makes each show a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Yet another talented artist to emerge from Brisbane’s fantastic live music scene, it is surely just a matter of time before Sahara Beck becomes a bona fide folk-pop star. With great songs such as Pretender and Brother Sister (watch the videos below), a strong work ethic and an engaging live persona that is both coy and confident at the same time, Sahara Beck seems destined for success.
For more information about Sahara Beck’s music or upcoming live shows, visit her website or Facebook page. To listen to her music, visit Triple J Unearthed or, better yet, pick up a copy of Bloom and catch a live performance, you won’t be disappointed.