NMA Live Lounge Wrap-Up

For those lucky people who were at the Premier Hotel last Thursday, they would have been lucky enough to have seen our students welcome a year of amazing performances at the first National Music Academy Live Lounge of 2017.

Every 3 weeks we have our Live Lounge evening, either in Newcastle or Maitland at a live restaurant setting, to give our students the opportunity to perform in a live setting with an encouraging audience. These nights help build the confidence of our students, while also letting us see how they are improving with each one!

As with every Live lounge we do, we always have new faces, and first time performers ready to make their live debut. This night was no exception! First time Live Lounge performer Leilah Tsubouchi overcame some initial nerves to give an amazing performance of Guy Sebastion’s ‘Set In Stone’.

Victoria Pascoe was also a new face to the Live Lounge Stage, and with a fantastic rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Daddy Lessons’ and a different take on ‘Pokerface’ by Lady Gaga.

Songwriter Nick Kehonen also stepped onto the Live Lounge stage, sharing some of his beautiful original songs with the audience. All Performers knocked it out of the park, and were instant hits of the night!

Of course we had our collection of veteran singers and returning performers of the Live Lounge Stage come again to show us again what talent they have. Lucy Phillips gave us two amazing songs, one of which from the recent Disney musical “Moana”.

Chloe Parker, armed with her vocals and her guitar also performed 2 songs, with her brought back cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Sending chills down the audience’s spines.

Jada Lewis again graced the stage, channeling the talents of Amy Winehouse for her cover of “You Know I’m No Good”.

Matilda Hayward, as always, amazed everyone, with amazing versions of ‘Salted Wound’ by Sia and “Oh! Darling” by The Beatles.

Jessie Hughes owned the stage with her renditions of Ed Sheeran’s “A-Team” and Hozier’s “Work Song”, and Mikayla Burnham wowed the audience with her powerful voice; her cover of Adele’s “Skyfall” blowing everyone in the Premier away!

Tonight also saw the return of Live Lounge regular and vocal teacher Kate Smith, serenading everyone with some original songs.

Tonight also saw the use of Loop Pedals by some our our performers. Sid Berry, armed with his arsenal of pedals brought the jams with some original looped Reggie tunes, getting everyone’s heads-a-bopping. The loop pedal also made a return with Mitch Cordingley, who performed funky, upbeat renditions of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Sam Smiths “I Know I’m Not The Only One.”

Of course the night wouldn’t be complete with performances by some our Academy’s ensembles! Kate Smiths Senior Choir delighted the audience with their acapella performance of “Siyahamba”, bringing the classical feel to the Premier.

The night also saw Grace Lovatt and Emily Lam of the NMA senior band “Noodle Sticks” rock the stage with brought back versions of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Vance Joy’s “Riptide”.

If you want to come perform in or to just watch our next live lounge, set aside 9th March at the Maitland Leagues Club in your calendar, as it will be another night of great local entertainment. Hope to see you there!

 

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