Christine Anu – The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Christine Anu is one of Australia’s most popular recording artists and performers of all time, and she uses her voice and reputation to spread a message of unity and hope. With 17 ARIA nominations, including the APRA AMCOS award-winning ‘My Island Home’ and her platinum album ‘Stylin’ Up’, she has one of the country’s most enduring and recognisable voices. Her acclaimed 27-year career spans across all forms of media including music, theatre, dance, film, television, radio, children’s entertainment, and one of the most influential keynote speakers. Her broad range of achievements include platinum-selling solo albums, acting in Hollywood blockbusters such as Moulin Rouge and The Matrix – Reloaded, performing in the hit sell-out musicals Rent and Little Shop of Horrors, and featuring roles in high-profile TV shows The Alice and Outland. Over the years, Christine has been central to a number of memorable historic moments, with her performance of ‘My Island Home’ at the Sydney 200 Olympics Closing Ceremony a notable standout. Many Australians consider Christine’s ‘My Island Home’ as the unofficial Australian National Anthem. Christine has and will always be proud of her Torres Strait Islander heritage and at any given opportunity will use her public profile as a platform to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and others from marginalised backgrounds. Anu is a prominent voice of multicultural Australia and in 2016 was appointed host of the Evenings ABC radio program and now presents her own national radio show on ABC Radio every Friday and Saturday. When speaking to Anu about her proudest career moments, she speaks of becoming a mother to her two children and mentoring her now 18-year old daughter Zipporah as an entertainer in her own right. Christine and Zipporah have naturally taken the stage together and in 2019 they performed at the Women’s NRL Grand Final. This year, we will be very lucky to welcome Christine to the stage for the first time on the Blues on Broadbeach stage.

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