Dubbed the best female vocalist in Australia, musical theatre superstar Jemma Rix has released her much anticipated debut album, GRAVITY. To launch her new album, Jemma will also perform three ‘one night only’ concerts in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne throughout August.
After clocking up an astonishing 1200 performances as Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch in Wicked, the aptly named album is a compilation of Jemma Rix’s favourite musical theatre songs. From soaring power ballads including Someone Like You to Queen’s Somebody to Love as well as the iconic Defying Gravity, GRAVITY is a masterclass in vocal perfection. The album also features two stunning duets with musical theatre favourites Rob Mills and Kane Alexander.
“The songs that I have chosen come from a variety of musicals that I have either performed in or have a deep connection with,” says Jemma. “My first love was pop music, so this album features the songs you would expect to hear me sing but with pop undertones you weren’t. I hope you like it!”
Heralding from the Central Coast, Jemma moved to Melbourne to follow her dream of becoming a Musical Theatre performer. Following her first contract as a performer at Japan’s Universal Studios, Jemma was cast as Elphaba Standby in the original Australian cast of Wicked, and performed the leading role of Elphaba across Australia during both Australian tours, as well as in Singapore, Seoul, Auckland and Manila.
She went on to star as Molly Jensen in Ghost: The Musical during the Australian tour, and made her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert Witches. Jemma will next be reprising the role of the Wicked Witch in the upcoming GFO London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz that begins its national tour in Brisbane in October.
GRAVITY is available now from www.jemmarix.com and will soon be available from www.itunes.com.au. Jemma will perform at the Hayward Street Studios (12 & 13 August); Hayes Theatre Co (20 August); and Chapel Off Chapel (27 August).
Image: Jemma Rix GRAVITY