Growing up Prinnie Stevens says she lived in a fantasy world of music and performance, but today that fantasy world has become her reality.
In a year when everything seems like a weird fever dream or fantasy Stevens explained to City Hub that 2020 has actually allowed her to return to her roots to rediscover the true beauty and meaning of music.
Ahead of her upcoming Music For The Soul tour Prinnie recalled how she first came to be involved in music as a creative outlet.
“I think music found me. I didn’t find music,” she explained. “It was kind of involuntary. I’ve been singing and dancing since I was four years old. Even though nobody else in my family was musically inclined they quickly realised ‘ ok we need to get this girl into music and dance lessons’ because they couldn’t shut me up.”
From that moment on Stevens has been involved in a raft of different creative mediums ranging from, singing, dancing, and cabaret right through to musical theatre. As she went on to explain during our conversation the reasoning behind this career path stems right back to her earliest inspirations.
“I grew up in the time of the Michael Jackson Remember The Time video, Janet Jackson, J-Lo, and Whitney Houston. So for me it was all about being a triple threat as a singer, dancer and actress. All of those artists took music, performance and their videos to the next level.”
Obviously being inspired by such icons of entertainment Stevens realises she has “huge shoes to fill” in order to come close to them. Luckily though, by following in their footsteps the impact of 2020 was slightly lessoned for her as she had so many different outlets.
There was also one other unexpected benefit of the restrictions brought in by COVID. Stevens was able to return to her roots with a stripped down version of her show for the Music For The Soul tour.
“COVID changed my live shows by forcing me to shift to a small setup, which is actually closer to where I started in cabaret,” Stevens explained. “These shows are just myself with a piano, but it has actually led me back to the bare essentials of music, piano, me and great songs.
“Before COVID I would have an eight piece band with two backing vocals and everything was electric to create those bigger pop sounds. But now I’m getting back to basics with the soul and the acoustic and I’m really enjoying this setup because I feel like it’s easier to tell the stories when it’s broken down in that way.”
For Stevens these shows are “for all of us to heal in some way and start to get back to normal.”
Dec 18. Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo. $54-$81+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.foundry616.com.au