Anu pays tribute to a legendary soul diva

Soul sister: Christine Anu pays powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin in 'REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook'. Picture: Supplied
Soul sister: Christine Anu pays powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin in 'REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook'. Picture: Supplied

Australia's iconic Indigenous entertainer, Christine Anu, is returning to stages nationwide to celebrate the life and legacy of legendary soul diva Aretha Franklin in her hugely successful show, REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook.

In this must-see show, Anu delivers a passionate and energetic performance to pay tribute to her idol, the Queen of Soul, who passed away on the August 16 last year.

During the show, Anue will sing Aretha's most memorable and powerful tunes, including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Angel, Today I Sing The Blues and many more unforgettable classics.

Anue will also sing songs from her own incredible back catalogue of hits, including the iconic My Island Home and Sunshine On A Rainy Day.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing my REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook show to the Brass Monkey," Anu told the Leader.

"I grew up listening to Aretha. She is one of my greatest influences and an idol.

"I believe she is the greatest soul singer of our time and I'm truly grateful to have the opportunity to pay tribute to this wonderful woman in this way."

Anu provides the big vocals, the glitz and the glamour of a true diva in the Songbook show which was initially performed in 2012 to coincide with Aretha's 70th birthday and the release of Anu's album of the same title.

The show has been brought back in 2019 after popular demand and a number of sold out performances.

Anu recently wrapped-up her two-and- a-half year tour of her In Conversation and Song show, which saw her perform to approximately 45,000 people in intimate settings at theatres, galleries, festivals and schools.

Anu's illustrious career spans more than 20-years in theatre, dance, music and children's entertainment. During this time, she's amassed multiple awards, including five ARIAs, eight Deadlys, a Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical and she's won Song of the Year for her chart-topping hit, My Island Home.

She has appeared in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, as well as in The Matrix Reloaded, Dating the Enemy and most recently, in the Australian film, UNSOUND.

Anu has also had roles in a number of TV series including Wildside, The Alice, Playschool, Outland, Black Comedy, Kiki and Kitty and many more.

Currently, she is the host of the national radio show, Evenings across Australia, on Friday and Saturday nights on ABC Radio.

Anu will perform The Aretha Franklin Songbook, at the Brass Monkey Cronulla on Thursday, September 19, from 8pm.