Residency – 19th-22nd April 2018
By popular demand, Byron Bay’s soulstress Lisa Hunt returns to The Reef Hotel Casino for her annual pilgrimage, performing for four massive nights this April. Last year this enigmatic musician completed a two-week residency at BAR36, packing the house and making every night a party. Due to her busy touring schedule, this year she returns for four jam-packed nights and they are guaranteed to go off!
Lisa Hunt is something of an honourary local to the Far North, having made her trek to Cairns for her shows at The Reef Hotel Casino for almost a decade. Kicking off the weekend early, Lisa will get the party started on Thursday evening with the best of soul, ramping it up with disco and Motown on Friday and Saturday night. Sunday will kick it old skool, with reverance for the greats in the classic gospel-style Sunday Session Lisa is renowned for. As every Sunday should be, it will be the day to soothe the soul with some amazing music and cleanse the palette with some great music.
With a repetoire that includes hits from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, as well as a swag of Motwon greats, its not suprising that her shows are always full houses. Lisa’s vibrancy as an artist has seen her trek the globe and perform at some of the most coveted venues and festivals in Australia. Starting the early days of her career in the great African American gospel church tradition in New York, she has gone on to share the stage with some of the world’s greats.
She has an enviable list of admirers, from Eric Clapton, Dionne Warwick, Brian May, Randy Crawford, to Andrea Bocelli – all have been impressed with Lisa’s versatility and immense vocal ability. She’s also performed and toured with the likes of Ronan Keating, Macy Gray, Mousse T, the late Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) and Tina Arena.
In Australia, she’s shared the studio with Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Darren Percival, Jon Stevens and Midnight Oil. Her other international recording credits include sessions with famed producers Jellybean Benitez (Madonna), Toni C (Whitney), Frank Farion (LaBouche) and The Berman Brothers (Amber, Ultra Nate) to name a few. Her vocals can also be heard on several top 10 dance tracks around Europe including being ‘the voice’ of Lovestation (UK), Club X (Germany) and D1 (USA).
Internationally, Lisa has songs on numerous compilation albums. Her debut release, A Little Piece of Magic, was released through record giant Universal/Polydor. She was also on the chart topping Lovestation’s Soulstation CD. Embracing both sides of the spectrum, Lisa also independently released Can You Feel It on an indie label. She has also been credited for her work with American soundtrack compositions for shows such as HBO’s Subway Stories and Goodnight Moon, to name a few. She’s also appeared as an actress on several off-Broadway musicals such as Dreamgirls and Ballad for Bimshire. In Australia, she’s also put together her own production of The Roots Of My Soul.
For her Saturday and Sunday night performances, Lisa is bringing up Gold Coast band McKenzie as her special guests. McKenzie will be opening the show with their rock, pop and soul style. The band recently released their debut single Living For The Moment and are no strangers to performing with Lisa, sharing the stage with her for their official single launch show in March.
Lisa Hunt is the Queen of soul, disco, Motown and gospel and her residency will be one not to miss.
Lisa Hunt performs at BAR36 at The Reef Hotel Casino from Thursday 19th April to Sunday 22nd April. Her show kicks off at 8.30pm on the Thursday night. On Friday and Saturday night, the show starts at 9pm. The gospel Sunday Session starts at 7pm. Gold Coast band McKenzie will be opening the shows on Saturday and Sunday.
*** Live at the Casino shows in BAR36 are non-ticketed shows.
For more information, please visit www.reefcasino.com.au