The frontwoman for Adelaide cover band Chunky Custard and former Formula One Grid Girl Becky Blake is back for the 2013 Fringe with two shows; her acclaimed Piano Chicks (a sellout in 2012) will return to The Promethean, 116 Grote Street Adelaide for three performances only on 2, 10 and 12 March. Her new show Piano Boys will premiere at The Highway, 290 Anzac Highway Plympton on 22 February and then transfer to The Promethean for three performances on 2, 10 and 13 March.
Piano Chicks is a 90 minute cabaret with Becky on piano and lead vocals. The show weaves the tales and tunes of a dozen piano chicks together along with anecdotes from Becky's own international career.
Piano Chicks is supported by a dynamic band comprising Gary Isaacs - MD and bass (Taylor Made, Catherine Lambert); Andrew Bignell - drums (Goose, Zkye); Sandy Hosking - cello (Acoustic Juice); Paul White - Hammond organ (Lucifer's Lounge) along with members from the Brighton Secondary School Choir, Becky's former high school.
Becky says 'Piano Chicks give the audience the opportunity to reflect upon life over a drink or six; love found, lost or unrequited. Youth, growing up, celebration, friendship, conquests. It's a show about the girls who sit behind the piano for a living; from Carole King and Carly Simon, Tori Amos and Sarah McLaughlin, Norah Jones and Diana Krall, Alicia Keys and more.'
Piano Chicks' song list includes; I Feel the Earth Move; Superwoman; It's Too Late; Scar; You're So Vain; Don't Know Why; Nobody Does it Better; Angel; Cornflake Girl and Foolish Games.
Whilst Piano Chicks covers the women, the glamour, the gossip and the music Becky's new show Piano Boys features the music of Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Peter Allen, Ray Charles, John Lennon and more.
Piano Boys is supported by the same band as Piano Chicks plus special guest artist, Ian Blake (Becky's husband who is also a member of Chunky Custard). 'It's a riotous celebration of talent, flamboyance and fruitiness plus all the gossip, drama, costumes, tiaras and tantrums. And that's just the boys!' says Becky.
Becky Blake has enjoyed a colourful solo career. She has worked internationally in various duos and floorshows and has had the opportunity to perform at some of Australia's best venues with popular show band Chunky Custard.
Starting her musical training at four, Becky won scholarships to Brighton High School and Adelaide University, studying under internationally renowned concert pianist Clemens Leske.
She launched her solo career, working at international hotels around her hometown of Adelaide and the eastern seaboard. Becky also performed at events such as the Adelaide Grand Prix Ball, Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve Concert and Carols by Candlelight, sharing the stage with the likes of Kate Cebrano. Becky also hosted HQ nightclub's retro night for 5 years.
In 1994 Becky toured South East Asia with duo Nothing But Red, receiving continual media attention. She also performed at corporate functions and wine bars with duos Diamonds and Pearls and True Colours.
In 2001, Becky joined Chunky Custard as blonde bombshell Miss Candy Bar and various other characters, (www.chunkycustard.com.au) performing at many prestigious venues including Twin Towns RSL, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jupiter's Casino, Hayman Island Resort and the Sydney Showgrounds. She married co-singer in Chunky Custard, Ian Blake, in 1997.
Becky also performed with glamorous floorshow Motown Dream, which saw her sing at the Variety Ball, Ted Whitton Foundation luncheon in Melbourne and The Advertiser/Sunday Mail Foundation Clipsal Ladies Luncheon, at which she performed 3 days after giving birth to her first baby.
Becky continues to perform as a soloist, with Chunky Custard, and with her cabaret shows as well as providing voiceovers and working as host and MC at events. She is Mum to two daughters, Chelsea aged 5 and Ashley aged 2.