Jude Perl
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Jude Perl

Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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Melbourne funkster Jude Perl performed an hour-long set at Pure Pop Records that was so impressive a great deal of passersby stopped to listen.

At one point, a pair of young girls were coaxed into coming into the store, fell in love with the music, bought Jude’s debut EP 3amand asked her to sign it!

Performing covers as well as originals from 3am - recorded and produced at Sing Sing Studios andreleased earlier this year – Jude charmed the crowd with her vocals, piano playing and the occasional joke or too in between tracks. Luckily for Jude, the crowd laughed at her daggy jokes. She even attempted imitating the sounds of her absent band members instruments with comical results.

Jude’s performance was soulful and funky with a touch of humour. The new fans giggled during Girls & Boys as Jude sang the lyrics ‘boys want their fingers in every pie.’ Girls & Boys is currently doing the rounds on commercial radio around Australia.

Jude finished off her set with hilarity with one of her favourite musicians tracks, Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing. Jude got the crowd singing and paused throughout the song to discuss the obscurity of some of the lyrics.

Located in Barkly Street, St Kilda, Pure Pop Records, owned by Bon Scott’s (AC/DC) son, Dave Stephens, puts on shows almost every night featuring local up-and-coming artists as well as well known international artists. - Lillian Altman


Let's Get It On: The Life And Music Of Marvin Gaye

After posting herself on You Tube doing her own interpretation of her long-time hero Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, Jude Perl was talent spotted and head hunted by the producers of a show about the man himself, Let’s Get It On: The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye. “It’s very cool,” says Perl, who’s a singer, songwriter and pianist/keyboardist as well as a stand-up comic. “I put up a silly comedic version of me doing Sexual Healing and it happened naturally from there. You hear people say that they put up videos and stuff happens. I was like, ‘sure, sure, whatever.’ It’s really exciting. It’s happened at a good time for me,” she adds. “Last year I started to do more stand-up comedy, more theatrical stuff; this show is a lot more of what I’ve been focussing on. I’ve always loved musical theatre and I wanted to get be involved. It’s not a musical exactly, but it’s exactly what I want to be doing.”


This very lucky break has led to Perl performing on stage with acclaimed Melbourne singer/ actor Bert la Bonté – between the two of them they bring Gaye’s story to the stage in a celebration of his life and music. The Prince of Motown/ Prince of Soul has long been an inspiration to Perl; she discovered Gaye’s music when she was in high school. “It sounds corny but I actually love all his songs,” she says. “It’s going to be a really, really good show; if you’re a fan of Marvin Gaye or a fan of soul then it’s a really special show with some of Australia’s best soul musicians. It’s a really great band, it’s unbelievable. Everyone’s a big Marvin Gaye fan.”

If you push Perl to name a favourite Gaye song, she admits to Sexual Healing. “I love the tone of voice in this song, his expression. I love the way he sings. He’s been such an influence,” she notes. “Michael Jackson, Prince…Perl admits that he’s been a big influence on her own work. “Especially his later stuff; that has been a really big influence.”

Perl was born in Texas but now calls Melbourne home. She’s been playing piano since the age of seven and is making a name for herself around Melbourne through her remarkable vocal abilities, her original songs and with her own brand of musical comedy.

In Let’s Get it On Perl will cover the female characters in Gaye’s life; there’s not one role as such; there are several, most notably Diana Ross, and Gaye’s close friend and collaborator Tammy Terrell who died tragically young of a brain tumour at 24, the same age Perl is now. “Bert and I are both narrating the story,” Perl explains. “We do duets, and a few other songs of Tammy Terrell that weren’t duets.” Perl says she feels a connection with Terrell. “It’s interesting, they were good friends; it was never anything sexual but they really loved each other. She’s got a sad story, she died really young. It’s so tragic and hard to believe. So I feel her part more strongly because she was my age when she died.”

Performing in Let’s Get It On is a departure from what Perl usually does on stage, both in her musical performance and stand-up comedy. Beat asked Perl what challenges she faced in preparing for the show. “There’s a lot of acting stuff that I haven’t done since high school,” she answers. “It’s a new thing for me; it’s not my forte. I’m a singer/songwriter and I can remember lyrics a lot easier than I can remember lines. It’s really interesting being in a show like this,” she continues. “I’m used to performing all the time; talking to an audience isn’t new. It’s interesting to see how a show comes together, being in the room with the director and the writer…It’s a heightened experience; it’s cool to see.” One happy aspect of the show is the way she and la Bonté sing so well together. “Sometimes when you sing with people it’s a long time til your voices mesh together and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But we fell into place; we’re in sync.”

Perl says that preparing for Let’s Get It On has made her aware of how she performs normally and what is expected of her on stage now. “You have to change how you do things. The differences are in the way you move, how you hold yourself, how you speak; it’s exciting.” “I perform my original stuff and I embrace my awkwardness,” she explains. “I magnify it. It’s a big part of my music. I used to think I should try and not be awkward but that didn’t work. Now I talk about what goes through my head. I don’t have a filter. I want my performances to be like a big lounge room where we’re just hanging out. I’m a piano player and I talk about what I feel like when I perform. I’m embracing the fact that awkwardness is part of my identity. I wonder, can you still be sexy when you’re saying awkward things? It’s weird and funny, you think no-one else is like that, that no-one else is doing it, but then you hear that everyone is like that.”

BY LIZA DEZFOULI
Catch Let's Get It On: The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye at The Clocktower from Friday May 9 - Sunday May 11 and then at the Athenaeum Theatre from Tuesday May 13 to Sunday May 25.
- See more at: http://www.beat.com.au/arts/lets-get-life-music-marvin-gaye#sthash.bEMOagXJ.dpuf - Beat Magazine - Liza Dezfouli


Discography

"Girls & Boys" single package
https://itunes.apple.com/album/girls-and-boys-ep/id722137473

"3am" EP
https://itunes.apple.com/album/3am/id714357270

www.judeperl.bandcamp.com

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Singer/songwriter Jude Perl is an infectious blend of catchy pop and funk-driven soul with mouth-watering vocals and a unique stage personality
Perls debut EP 3am launched to a packed crowd at Melbournes Northcote Social Club. The lead single Girls & Boys made early waves on Triple J Unearthed (Hard to fault something as bouncy and grinning as this Triple J) and has recently been receiving airplay on commercial radio all over Australia, notable 2day fm in Sydney and Fox fm in Melbourne.
Girls and Boys was mixed in L.A. by Grammy award winning engineer Brian Paturalski of Outkast fame. The music video for Girls & Boys has also been played on Rage TV across Australia.

Headlining venues such as Northcote Social Club, Revolver, Evelyn, Veludo, and The Espy, Perl has been rapidly making a name for herself in Melbourne and interstate as being a must-see performer.
Apart from having an amazingly strong voice, Perl oozes an infectious positive energy undoubtedly brought on stage at her live shows. (The Ripe)

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