Celia Pavey may not have written Lady Powers as the single for her debut album Perennial, but it’s hard to ever see the song about empowering women not taking off across the world.
Of course, since the album’s release in July of last year it’s done just that, and now Pavey – who performs and releases music under the name Vera Blue – is giving the people what they want: five new versions of the anthemic track.
“My music is so honest and real and I just write it about how I’m feeling and it’s amazing to see all these people connect to what I’m singing about,” Blue said.
“Lady Powers was one of the last songs I wrote on the record and it was the beginning of a new phase with me. I was recognising inner strengths and empowerment, and not being in a relationship, so it was an interesting time.
“I love so much that other women can connect to what I’ve created, and having other women around me in the project is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Blue pointed to the “power of music” that people turn to when going through a significant period of change in their lives, and admitted she felt so “special and blessed” to have her music take that spot for women all over the world.
“I’m hoping my music can connect to people in that way, and Lady Powers is about finding your own strength and how much time that takes,” she said.
“Jumping into new relationships can throw you around a little bit and it changes you a lot, you want to feel desired, so it’s more about empowering yourself and loving yourself. I still feel so much love and empowerment when I sing it.”
Although the Lady Powers EP release last Saturday is still front of mind for Blue, a whole calendar of festival appearances and a headlining tour penned in for the near future is starting to get her “excited to get back on stage”.
First she is set to play as part of the Groovin’ the Moo festival line-up that will include a stop-off in Maitland on Saturday, April 28, before appearing at Darwin’s Bass in the Grass festival in May.
Then her own tour, titled Lady Powers, kicks off at an already-sold out Enmore Theatre in Sydney on May 25, and she’ll be hitting Brisbane and Melbourne twice each for her headlining act.
Blue will also be appearing at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival – a billing she never expected to get.
“When you’re growing up you just hear about festivals that are near you, and as you start getting into music you hear about Splendour in the Grass and Groovin’ the Moo [in Australia], and then when I heard I was doing Lollapalooza I freaked out a bit,” she admitted.
“I grew up in the country so I really love outbacks, big fields and not many buildings, so space and fresh air at Groovin’ the Moo is really fun, I love all those festivals out in the country – I think that’s the coolest thing ever.”
Vera Blue plays Groovin’ The Moo at Maitland Showground on April 28.