A beautifully illustrated memoir from beloved Australian musician Kate Ceberano, featuring her inspirational song lyrics, stories, paintings and embroidery, and celebrating four decades of songwriting and recording on the release of her 30th album.
Kate Ceberano is used to a hush descending as she draws breath to release that magnificent voice but when the whole world quietened in 2020, she found the silence disorientating.
Without an audience or long hours of travel with her tribe of musicians, there was time to think. But what does an artist do when they can’t make art? They find a way.
With characteristic passion, abundance and joy, Kate liberated her unsung songs. They flowed through her paintbrush as she embellished guitars, her needle as she stitched quilts to envelop her beloveds and her pen as she unfurled stories, poems and songs.
In Unsung Kate muses on the people and experiences that have inspired her, on what has humbled her, what hurts and what sustains. This is the story of a powerful woman in her prime, but also of a reflective, romantic and vulnerable artist making sense of the universe.
It’s proof of a lifetime lived in music. It’s a tribute to songs, wherever they come from and wherever they go.
Singer, songwriter, performer and artist Kate Ceberano celebrated one of the most enduring and inspirational careers in Australian music with the release of her 30th album in 2023. The album My Life is a Symphony, a collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, went straight to the top of the charts.
Over four decades, she’s notched up an incredible 10 Top 10 albums, 11 Platinum and 8 Gold status, 15 Top 40 singles, 3 Countdown awards, 4 ARIA awards and over 6000 live performances.
Kate’s jaw-dropping voice first came to national attention with her band I’m Talking. Their debut album is enshrined among Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time.
Career highlights include her record-breaking run with John Farnham in Jesus Christ Superstar, her triple platinum debut solo pop album Brave, and her 2014 induction into the Australian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Kate is a musical force, an electrifying live performer and one of the greatest voices of her generation.
Image: Unsung – courtesy of Simon & Schuster Australia