My life in Songs – Dami Im

Dunstan Playhouse – June 14th 6:30pm — 4.5 Stars

Wow what a voice  !  If you have never heard of Dami Im you probably dont know that she won The X Factor in New York in 2013 and came second in The Eurovision song contest in 2016. That she is managed by none other than Danni Minogue. And even if you were aware of these milestones in her career you probably woudnt have realised this “shy” Korean born immigrant to Australia arrived on these shores as a 9 year old classical piano prodigy entering the Conservatorium of Music  at the ripe old age of 11. That she completed her degree and ventured into a Masters in Jazz  vocals scoring her first paid gig in a Chinese restaurant playing piano then eventually as a singer.   But if you had been at this world premiere performance of “My Life In Song” you would have discovered all this and much, much more.

Dami is engaging upbeat warm and very very talented !  This night there was a full house and even Julia Z dropped in to join us.  We were treated to a selection of songs carefully chosen to represent  an event or stage in Dami’s  life and career interspersed with stories and anecdotes giving the audience an insight into the real Dami Im.  And nothing gets more real than when Dami belts out her special brand of power pop, torch songs and original offerings.  I have never heard anyone come anywhere near her amazing rendition of Purple Rain. Every song though was a highlight.  As a performer, musician and singer she is flawless !

Dami is a rare talent indeed.  We were treated to versions of her hits including Sound of Silence, Super Love and the sad and moving Crying Underwater and even some flourishes of classical piano to thoroughly entertain her appreciative audience.   Supported by her four piece backing band of Joey, Michael, Steve and Bobby, Dami pumped out a delightful version of Summertime  and even the quirky K Pop hit Gangman Style with panache, rounding off 90+ minutes of entertainment with a rousing finale of Fight For Your Love. A great performance that deserved the accolades.

Review by Gary Clarke
for Kryztoff RAW                                                 4.5stars

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