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An Aussie performer often compared to PJ Harvey and Chrissie Hynde is heading to Newcastle this weekend.

Katy Steele, who recently released her second studio album Big Star, will take the stage at Lizotte’s on Sunday 9 July.

And, if there’s one thing that you remember about her, it’s that voice… undeniable, ethereal, dramatic and melodic.

This will be the first time Novocastrians get to hear Big Star in its entirety along with a few crowd favourites.

“We took our time to make every piece of this record sound great,” Steele said.

“All of the elements that you will experience were lovingly and frustratingly harboured and chiselled over which took hours and hours of care.

“The whole record was created in our home studio, by me and my partner Graham Mcluskie.

“The world we live in is forever changing and, hopefully, this album will find its place in that new world.”

The title track touches on embracing the highs and lows of life and urges the listener to do the same.

Steele soulfully sings about resilience and finding inner-strength.

Big Star’s blend of empowering lyrics and captivating melodies ignites a sense of inspiration, resonating with those who dare to dream big and carve their own path.

“The single holds a special place as the centrepiece of the album,” she said.

“We tried to capture the essence of resilience and unwavering determination.

“I feel it touches on my constant perseverance as an artist.”

The Perth-based artist has paired the track with a captivating clip, featuring her as a lone performer in a lit-up amphitheatre.

“We made this video one really humid summer night in an open-air venue in WA,” Steele said.

“It was just Mitch (cinematographer), Graham and myself.

“We didn’t know what we were going to capture that night, it was a very spontaneous shoot.

“But, we did have the loose concept of linking it in with the Feel So Bad video.

“The vision of this singer, playing an empty venue with stars in their eyes.

“The constant self-belief and assurance that you find within you to keep creating and keep striving.

“Finding your own Big Star.”

The album, meanwhile, was an enormous DIY effort, two years in the making; lovingly co-created by Steele and Mcluskie from their home studio.

“The world has changed in so many ways since the day I committed myself to this body of work,” she said.

“However, the bones of Big Star started to grow in 2018 when I was spending some time in Scotland, my partner Grammy’s homeland.

“That’s when the first notions of writing another album came to mind.

“We were then toying with the idea of recording the bulk ourselves at home in sunny WA.

“When things were just starting to cook, COVID hit and everything was delayed by at least two years.

“The industry, as we knew it, was a totally different landscape.

“But, now, we’re finally at the finish line… ready to show the world what we’ve been working on.”

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