South African born jazz vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling's versatile voice and powerful stage presence, lends authenticity, verve and warmth to the jazz classics.
Born to an artistic family, Fem's father is a renowned jazz pianist and made sure she was bathed in the soul of Duke Ellington, Stephan Grappelli, Count Basie, Nancy Wilson, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and many more. Fem used to raid her father's record collection with unsaturated ears.
Bewitched by the magic of the Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Gershwin, Fem pursued a international career in Musical Theater playing lead roles on the West End stages. After spending the last 5 years treading the boards of the West End in London, playing the lead role in Hairspray The Musical, Mabel in Fame, Rusty in Footloose and Cats and others, she has returned to Australia.
On her own path of musical discovery she had been hugely influenced by Rachelle Ferrel, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Manhattan Transfer. Throwing her own spin on jazz standards and paying homage to the Jazz Greats, Fem showcases her passion for scatting and her sheer joy of making music.
She will be performing along side Joe Ruberto (piano), Michael Tortoni (bass) + Anthony Baker (drums)