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The Rock-itt : November 2010
‘Blue Bayou’ before raising the tempo with the great Shania Twain number, ‘Man I Feel Like a Woman’. Jenni took time out to thank the band for backing her so ably and the dancers for their enthusiasm on the floor before closing her set with the Patsy Cline classic, ‘Walking After Midnight’. Finally John introduced our star of the evening Christie Lamb who at just 18 has won numerous talent quests for both her singing and her song writing. Christie recently performed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the Start Up Show as a graduate of the Talent Development Project 2010 – she will return there in November having been selected as a feature vocalist for the School Spectacular. Christie then proceeded to show us all why she is the deserved winner of so many awards; she is a natural performer who already has great stage presence to compliment her beautiful looks – no dumb blonde Christie is studying for a degree in Music to ensure she will have a career in the industry. Having chosen her material to suit the audience Christie sang a great selection of 50’s & 60’s rock music starting with Elvis’s ‘Burning Love’ followed by Cliff’s ‘Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll’. Giving the rockers a breather she continued with “Let Me Be There’ and the beautiful ‘Tennessee Waltz’. Christies next number was her original composition ‘When it Gets This Hot’ which she has been selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House for ENCORE of HSC Music – a hot little number indeed! Keeping the temperature rising she followed with Dolly Parton’s classic ‘Nine to Five’ and made sure the dancers stayed on the floor with ‘Some Days You’ve Gotta Dance’ and ‘Suds in the Bucket’. Barbara Dunstan had been given Christies song list in advance so had the Gold Star Line Dancers sharing the floor with the rock ‘n’ rollers. Those non- dancing members of the audience had plenty to entertain them. Christie then gave her rendition of Shakin’ Steven’s ‘Green Door’ which is the number she has been chosen to perform at the School Spectacular. Next was another rendition of the Patsy Cline favourite ‘W alking After Midnight’ after which Christie asked ‘When Will I Be Loved’ to which several of the audience assured her she already was loved! Another great Elvis number in ‘Jailhouse Rock’ followed before Christie’s final solo number ‘Rockin’ Robin’, she certainly kept the audience rocking all night. For the Finale Christie invited Kaylee, Ashleigh and Jenni to join her on stage and together they paid tribute to one of the greatest groups of the 60’s – 70’s era i.e. The Beatles, singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. After thanking John for inviting them to perform and all his hard work in organising the show Christie led the group into a rendition of John’s favourite, ‘Johnny B. Goode’. A brilliant end to a brilliant night. The move away from classic country to country rock proved very popular with the audience who were full of praise for a wonderful show and are now looking forward to the Rising Stars Show on February 11 th 2011.