Country songstress Beccy Cole is bringing her glowing warmth, husky tones and bawdy sense of humour to Ballarat’s Cabaret Club on September 1. She spoke to The Courier about her new album and its message of female strength.
You’re new album Lioness is 100 per cent female produced?
It is. I am really excited about it. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time and worked with some amazingly talented women along the way.
You have written some personal and poignant songs. You wrote on a Facebook post you don’t usually write love songs. Why now?
I think I avoided love songs. I never felt like I was very qualified on the subject I suppose. Why now? Well, I got married in February of this year. I suppose now I understand what all those love songs are all about. It makes sense now.
You have a passion for sharing the idea of female strength and female power. Is that in your thinking when you’re creating music?
Without a doubt. For me it has always been pretty much a blokes world in the music industry in those positions of power – musicians, producers, heads of record companies, things like that.
I wanted to change the way we think, change ideals but also change the perceptions for young girls who are in these positions thinking, ‘actually I want to be a drummer, but everyone says that is for boys’.
It starts when you’re young and is an ingrained misogyny. The more we can change perceptions and do something like this that is a real celebration of women in music even through to the art that is on the album, I think it is really important for everybody.
You can also send a message through your lyrics as well. Is that something you have done with your songs in this new album?
Without a doubt. It is about strength of character for anyone I hope – women and men. From my point of view, I am a woman, writing songs with that kind of message and strength. I write about stuff that is important to me, issues that are important and feelings that I have.
Those songs are going to work the best because they are real, they are experiences that I’ve had and observations that I make and it has all come out in a creative way.
Have you been to Ballarat before?
I have, many times. I love it.
I did one of my very first television shoots in Ballarat 25 years ago. It was a music video program that I hosted and they took me to Eureka Stockade and I had to dress up in old dress. I was about 18 or something and I had to introduce Keith Urban. That was a long time ago.
Tickets are available at ballarattickets.com.au/event/beccy-cole-7335.