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Kate
Ceberano

The voice of a generation and bona fide national treasure.

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Multi-ARIA-award winning artist, Kate Ceberano, has been excelling in the music business for over 35 years - writing and performing both jazz and pop music - with seven Platinum and seven Gold albums to her name.

Kate first came to prominence in the mid-80’s as a 15-year-old sensation fronting pop funk band, I’m Talking. They notched up five consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album, Bear Witness (one of The 100 Australian Best Albums), which led to a swag of Countdown Awards. After launching her solo career, Kate took out Best Female Artist at the '89 and ’90 ARIA awards. Her triple Platinum album Brave was nominated as Album of the Year and Bedroom Eyes won the ARIA for highest selling Australian single.

In 1992, Kate hit the stage to perform the role of Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar. Starring alongside John Farnham, the show toured nationally, performing in over 80 arena shows and achieved 4x platinum sales.

Kate has barely drawn breath since, racking up 28 albums over 35 years to become the most prolific Australian female recording artist of the era. In 2014, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters' Association (ASA) Hall of Fame and was honoured with an Order of Australia medal in 2016 for significant service to the arts and charitable organisations.

Kate is widely respected across multiple industries of film, television, music and theatre with countless highlights; hosting her own award winning TV series Kate and Friends (ABC), starring alongside Sir Peter O’Toole and Sam Neil in the acclaimed movie Molokai, winning Dancing with the Stars (Series 6), a three-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival which transformed it into one of the most successful festivals in the country, and in 2014 her autobiography I’m Talking was published through Hachette.

Current Work:

2019 has been another extraordinary year for Kate; an ARIA award (Best Jazz Album) for Tryst, returning to TV series Getaway as a guest presenter, a live I’m Talking album released to rave reviews and sell out tour with Bryan Ferry, an unexpected appearance as the Lion on the surreal TV hit The Masked Singer and three new original singles (music written by Ceberano) from the forthcoming album The Dangerous Age.

The future will see more exciting and unexpected projects, confirming that Kate Ceberano is an immensely diverse and creative tour-de-force. Her work, her craft and her vision are now imbued in our collective DNA. Kate Ceberano is a bona fide national treasure and the voice of a generation.

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At the conclusion of her keynote speech, the audience stood and clapped, applauding a woman who has faced it all and lived to tell the tale. The Industry Observer review of Kate’s Keynote Speech at the Australian Womens Music Awards

The first thing you notice about Ceberano is her energy, which actually sends the atoms crackling as she walks in the room. Flashing eyes, a ready roar, warm and funny - she’s your dream conversationalist.

Time Out Melbourne

Wonderful speaker and performer - Kate had our audience entranced and the feedback has been marvellous. It was an emotive start to a very special day - we could not have asked for a more perfect keynote.

Royal Hobart Hopital Research Foundation
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