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  • November18th

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    17.11.2014, 11:55 Uhr Treibender Soul
    Prita Grealy singt 100 Zuhörer in Bad Iburg glücklich

    Mit ihre Bühnenpräsenz brachte sie das „Casablanca“ zum Mitsingen – die „One Woman Show“ Prita Grealy. Foto: MuscheidMit ihre Bühnenpräsenz brachte sie das „Casablanca“ zum Mitsingen – die „One Woman Show“ Prita Grealy. Foto: Muscheid

    Prita Grealy in Bad Iburg by Frank Muscheid

    Bad Iburg. „Ein guter Song muss Gesang, Melodie, aussagekräftige Texte und einen guten Rhythmus haben“, sagt Prita Grealy. Diese Formel hat die Australierin am Freitag eindrucksvoll vor gut 100 Zuhörern im Casablanca in Bad Iburg umgesetzt. Nach der Pause sangen fast alle ihre phänomenalen „Australischen Hip-Soul-Folk Live Loops“ mit, die auch ein Bill Withers-Cover veredeln: „Ain’t No Sunshine“ – es gibt keinen Sonnenschein? Mit Prita Grealy aber doch.
    Denn Musik ist gerade dann gut, wenn sie einfach nicht in Schubladen passt, live aber kompromisslos zündet. Die Liebe zu Hip Hop, schmelzender Soulstimme, vor Gitarrenmelodien überbordendem Folk ist aus jeder Note zu hören. Wo andere eine Band mitbringen, hat Grealy sich selbst, eine Akustik-Gitarre, ein „Loop Pedal“, mit dem sie sich und ihre Hip-Hop-Beats und ihre fesselnde Stimme aufnimmt und „schichtet“. Viele Songs beginnen sparsam wie einige Takte Jam-Session, um dann zu ganz großen Konzerthallenfüllern gemixt zu werden. Sie – im Duett mit sich selbst, mit stampfenden „funky“ Rhythmen als Gegengewicht zu den verspielt-lässigen Gesangslinien und tanzbaren Gitarrenläufen, wie sie etwa Nora Jones so populär machte. Das ist mal cool, erinnert mal an rauchige Bars, wie das Folk-lastige „Whiskey Heart“. Oder das legt das pulsierende, urbane Lebensgefühl mit minimalistischen elektronischen Beats frei, auf denen ihre Stimme in „I got the fire“ tanzt.
    „Ich habe schon viele Jobs gemacht, war Kellnerin, habe auf einem Schiff gearbeitet“, sagt die Musikern aus Fremantle an der australischen Westküste, seit zweieinhalb Jahren Wahl-Berlinerin. Aber Musikerin, „das ist mein Traum, mein Beruf. Ich liebe es, vor so schönen Leuten wie euch zu spielen“, sagt sie auf Deutsch. Das Kompliment darf zurückgegeben werden. Da hat jemand seine Bestimmung gefunden.

    Zwar geht es bald für die Weihnachtsferien zurück zur Familie in Australien. Aber Berlin ist ihre neue Wahlheimat: „Ich arbeite hier, so lange man mich lässt“, sagt sie. Und tourt fleißig durch Europa. Vor kleinem oder großen Publikum, vor 100 oder auch 11000 Menschen als Anheizerin vor Simply Red und Marcia Hines. Musikalische Einflüsse liefern John Mayer, India Arie oder John Legend. „Ich mag R’n’B’-Singer-Songwriter“, erklärt sie. Auf die Loops kam sie, als sie KT Tunstall hörte. Grealy probte ein Jahr, um die Loops gut einzusetzen: „Das Schwierigste ist das Timing.“
    Bei ihrer Musik erzählt sie persönliche Geschichten, „You did me wrong“ ist ein vertonter Blick in das Gefühlsleben. Sie wird aber auch politisch im Song „My Home“, gewidmet den „Boat People“, jenen illegalen Einwanderern, die Australiens Regierung aufs Wasser zurückschickt und ihrem Schicksal überlässt. Eine Frau mit toller Stimme, von der man noch viel hören wird.

    Ein Bild von Frank Muscheid
    Ein Artikel von Frank Muscheid

    http://www.noz.de/lokales/bad-iburg/artikel/523125/prita-grealy-singt-100-zuhorer-in-bad-iburg-glucklich

    AND…. For all my non-deutsch speaking friends.. a very rough google translation of the latest article live review -

    Drifting Soul

    ‘Prita Grealy sings to 100 listeners in Bad Iburg and makes them happy’

    With her stage presence she brought the “Casablanca” to sing along – the “One Woman Show” Prita Grealy. Photo: MuscheidMit

    Bad Iburg. “A good song has vocals, melody, meaningful lyrics and have a good rhythm,” said Prita Grealy. This formula has implemented the Australian on Friday impressively over 100 listeners in Casablanca in Bad Iburg. After the break almost all of their phenomenal “Australian Hip-Soul-Folk Live Loops” sang with that enrich a Bill Withers Cover: “Ain’t No Sunshine” – there is no sunshine? yet With Prita Grealy there is.

    Because music is just good if it just does not fit in drawers, but live uncompromising ignites. The love of Hip Hop, Soul-melting voice, exuberant guitar melodies before folk can be heard from every note. Where bring another band, Grealy has herself an acoustic guitar, a “loop pedal” with the undertake it and her hip-hop beats and her captivating voice and “coated”. Many songs start sparingly as some clocks jam session, to be then mixed to very large concert hall fillers. You – a duet with herself, with pounding “funky” rhythms as a counterweight to the playful and casual vocals and danceable guitar runs as about Nora Jones made so popular.

    Now that’s cool, reminiscent at times smoky bars, like the folk-heavy “Whiskey Heart”. Or exposes the vibrant, urban lifestyle with minimalist electronic beats, on which her voice in “I got the fire” dance.

    “I’ve done many jobs, was a waitress, worked on a ship,” the musician from Fremantle says on the Australian west coast, since two and a half years, Berlin-based. But musician “, this is my dream, my profession. I love how I get to play in front of such beautiful people as you, “she says in German. The compliment must be returned. Someone has found her destiny.

    Although she goes soon for the Christmas holidays back to family in Australia. But Berlin is her new home: “I am working here as long as you let me,” she says. And diligently touring through Europe. Before a small or large audience, in front of 100 or 11,000 people as opening support before Simply Red and Marcia Hines.

    Musical influences provide John Mayer, India Arie and John Legend. “I like R’n’B’-singer-songwriter,” she says. On the loops first started when she heard KT Tunstall. Grealy was rehearsing one year to use the loops well: “The most difficult thing is the timing.”

    In her music, she tells personal stories, “You did me wrong” is set to music, looks at the emotional life. It is also politically in the song “My Home”, dedicated to the “boat people”, those illegal immigrants who sends back the Australian government over the water, leaving their fate. A woman with a great voice, of which one is hearing a lot.

  • November11th

    New Tour Dates..

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    Next tour dates…

    Prita’s on Tour!

    Fri 14th Nov, Casablanca, Bad Iburg
    Thurs 20th Nov, Cafe Wunschloss Glücklich, Würzburg
    Fri 21st Nov, Marstall, Meiningen
    Fri 28th Nov, Kasseturm, Goetheplatz, Weimar
    Sat 29th Nov, Mandy’s Lounge, Homburg
    Sat 6th Dec, Rack n Roll, Remscheid
    Mon 15th Dec, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
    Sat 20th Dec, Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle

    www.prita.com.au

    buy tix for Australia shows online!

    The Ellington Jazz Club – Perth – Monday 15th Dec with Bella Blakemore

    http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule/month/12/show/3507

    Clancy’s Clancys Fish Pub Fremantle – Sat 20th Dec with Lucy Peach

    tix available soon on OZtix..

  • October22nd

    Have you even noticed that when you feel fear or stress you either hold your breath or it is very shallow?

    I’ve been consciously ‘watching my breath’ lately and noticed a lot of the time I’m not breathing deeply, not breathing to my ‘full potential’. Check in with yourself now – are you breathing deeply? shallow? holding your breath? whatever it is try breathing a little bit longer and deeper and see if it changes how you feel! Try watching it for 1 whole day. Just noticing whenever you think of it – and breathing deeper.

    I once did a 10 day silent meditation retreat in the mountains of Italy – the focus of most of those 10 days was – you guessed – BREATH – the most simple meditation is to watch your breath going in and going out – breathing for counts of 3-5 – or consciously breathing in one nostril and out the other..

    What has this got to do with MUSIC you say?? well a LOT to be honest. Breath is a huge part of being a good singer. Using your full breath to support your voice is essential. Breathing deeply helps with stage fright and fear. Try watching your breath for the next few days and see if it changes the way you feel! x P

  • October20th

    I am very happy to announce my special guests for my homecoming shows in PERTH and FREMANTLE!!

    Monday 15th Dec – The Ellington Jazz Club – Perth with very special guest BELLA BLAKEMORE

    Buy Tix here: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule/month/12/show/3507

    Doors 7pm, tix $15 bar / $20 table

    *******AND******

    Saturday 20th Dec – Clancys Fish Pub Fremantle with the amazing LUCY PEACH Lucy Peach

    tix on the door $15

    It’s going to be amazing!!! can’t wait!! :) x P

  • October19th

    Getting Ready for another BIG week!! I’m heading to the UK on Friday to start my UK TOUR!! would love to see your shiny faces there!! xx Prita

    Prita’s UK TOUR

    23rd Oct, The Hideaway, Archway London
    24th Oct, The Beehive, Swindon
    25th Oct, The Boat, Cromford
    26th Oct, Platform Tavern, Southampton
    28th Oct, Mrs Yarringtons, Battle, Sussex
    29th Oct, NN Cafe, Northampton
    30th Oct, The Vic Hotel, Beeston, Nottingham
    31st Oct, Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage
    1st Nov, The Royal Oak, Brampton, Derbyshire
    2nd Nov, Thomas Tripp, Lymington

    www.prita.com.au

  • October15th

    What an amazing week, month, year it’s been.. I know it’s only OCTOBER.. but it’s like OCTOBER already!!! what the…?? and I’m already eating ‘Pfeffer-Nüsse’ Christmas biscuits.. I know it’s a bit early but geez.. can’t get enough ‘Pfeffer-Nüsse’ keks..

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    I have so much great stuff happening right now! Just did a NEW VIDEO shooting today in Berlin with the crew from ‘Berlin Open Stage‘. We recorded a brand new song of mine called ‘White Clouds’ so I got to sing it 100 times or so.. in a lovely balcony in Kreuzberg and entertain the locals.. ( I will let you know when it’s live online ).

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    I’ve also got a (secret audition) this week.. that’s all I’m gonna say.. because it’s secret.. between you, me and these four walls… So I’ve been head-down-bum-up practicing every day learning some new songs and getting my technique down..wish me luck!! (more about practicing on my blog.)

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    Apart from all this I’m teaching a few days a week at an international school in Berlin and loving it! I have great kids and we have so much fun, and I never thought I would be a GUITAR TEACHER!! I also teach SINGING and we generally have a really good time.

    AAAAAnnnd.. I have my next UK TOUR coming up really really soon!! I’ll be there from the 23rd October until the 3rd of November playing shows all around the country, and I’d love to see you if you live in the near from any of these places:

    Prita’s UK Tour..

    (23rd Oct, The Hideaway, Archway, London – to be confirmed)

    24th Oct, The Beehive, Swindon
    25th Oct, The Boat, Cromford
    26th Oct, Platform Tavern, Southampton
    28th Oct, Mrs Yarringtons, Battle, Hastings
    29th Oct, NN Cafe, Northampton
    30th Oct, The Vic Hotel, Beeston, Nottingham
    31st Oct, Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage
    1st Nov, The Royal Oak, Brampton Derbyshire
    2nd Nov, Thomas Tripp in Lymington

    for more details visit www.prita.com.au

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    I’m also coming HOME to OZ for a couple of weeks in December and will be so happy to spend Christmas with my family and friends, enjoy the beach and some sunshine and catch up with my buddies!!! While I’m home I’ve got two very special shows lined up:

    AUSTRALIA SHOWS

    Mon 15th Dec – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth – with special guest Bella Blakemore

    Tix €15 Bar / €20 Table, Doors 7pm

    buy tickets here: http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/index.php/schedule/month/12/show/3507

    Sat 20th Dec – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle

    Tix €15 on the door, come early to get a good seat!!

    Special Guest to be announced soon…

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    We managed to squish in a beautiful mini-getaway to Blanes, Spain just after my birthday which was well worth the last minute mayhem to get there and enjoy some sunshine, beach and exploring…

    Apart from all that my NEW THING is GREEEEEEN JUICE.. I know it’s not really that new but for me to be drinking it every day is new!! I found a super easy, no excuses way to make myself drink it.. you can read more about it on my blog :)

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    Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom!! you made it!! hope you feel inspired to do something good for you.. ;)

    bis gleich (til’ soon)

    Tchuuuuuuuus (that’s how we say ‘seeya-later’ here in German-land)

    x Prita

  • October14th

    I’ve been rehearsing a lot, practicing every day. This is unusual for me because honestly I never used to practice.. every.. day.. just when I felt like it, or was overcome by the urge to write and sing.

    I once got told by an influential person that I wasn’t a ‘real musician’ if I didn’t practice every day. I hate being ‘told’ what to do so almost as rebellion I think part of me wanted to prove that I was still a ‘real’ musician, even if I didn’t practice every day… Look at me now I wanted to say, years later, touring the world, playing my own songs and earning a real living from it. (sometimes our ‘hater’s are our best friends in disguise, they help us grow and learn to overcome something we might have stayed good at, but not great).

    But this last week or two has been different. I’ve actually practiced every day. And, I’ve noticed a big difference, I feel GOOOD, like in my bones something is changing. I have no excuses, I just practice every day. Like a repetition, like a thing I have to do, just do it. I feel in the FLOW. It makes me happy to sing every day. To play my guitar, every day… just to do it, to learn something new, and push through the ‘hard’ parts, that’s how we get better.

    I used to feel a LOT of resistance to practicing every day, because I would feel frustrated coming up against the bits that I wasn’t’ good at, and the only way to move forward was to move through them. It’s a bit like life really.. (what you resist persists). I also made it SUPER EASY for myself – no set time, just do it as soon as you think of it, drop everything you were doing and practice then and there. That was my formula. SIMPLE.

    In the past week I’ve also started a new positive habit of drinking a ‘green juice’ every day. (at no set time – just when I think of it – can you tell I love freedom right?) I have really noticed a HUGE difference in my energy levels. I was sick last week but after much needed self-care, vitamins, sleep, etc etc I got better. Green juice was a part of that for sure! And to make it REALLY SIMPLE I decided to make the easiest ‘can-do’ recipe that I could – so there would be NO EXCUSES not to drink one a day.

    So this is my recipe, get ready, it’s going to knock your socks off!! :) Baby Spinach leaves (stuff a blender half full with them), tropical / or any juice you have (pour in about half a cup), Water.. top up with water so its’ enough liquid to get the blender going… and whizzzz.. what you get is fluffy green juice that is so easy, so delicious and makes you feel good in about 5 minutes!!

    I always wanted to get on the ‘green-juice’ wagon but was procrastinating on and off for about a year because I didn’t think I had the ‘right juicer’ or the ‘right ingredients’ or.. or.. or…I couldn’t always get green leaves at the 3 supermarkets I shop at.. (I now know where I can get it all the time.. ).. no excuses left.

    SO this is my DARE for YOU! What are you wanting to do (that you know will be good for you) but procrastinating about? why? solve your why’s and you will start doing something amazing for yourself… x prita

  • October13th

    Hi lovely Friends!

    I’ve got some great UK shows coming up and am getting really excited to be back in the old blimey :)

    here’s a head’s up to where I”ll be – I’d love you to come and say hi!

    (23rd Oct, The Hideaway Basement, Archway London) TBC
    24th Oct, The Beehive, Swindon
    25th Oct, The Boat, Cromford
    26th Oct, Platform Tavern, Southampton
    28th Oct, Mrs Yarringtons, Battle, Hastings
    29th Oct, NN Cafe, Northampton
    30th Oct, The Vic Hotel, Beeston, Nottingham
    31st Oct, Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage
    1st Nov, The Royal Oak, Brampton Derbyshire
    2nd Nov, Thomas Tripp in Lymington

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    www.prita.com.au

  • October8th

    Just a quick note to let you know that I’m coming home to OZ for a couple of weeks in December and will be playing 2 very special shows at two of my favourite venues!!

    Monday 15th December Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
    with special guest Bella Blakemore
    tickets will be available soon at www.ellingtonjazz.com.au
    $20 Table /$15 Bar

    Saturday 20th December Clancys’Fish Pub, Fremantle
    with special guests!
    www.clancysfishpub.com.au
    tickets on the door $15

  • September23rd

    Uk Tour dates poster Oct

    If I’m in your neighbourhood I’d love to see you at a gig! come down and say hi! request your favourite song or just have a natter!

    UK tour dates.. updated! more gigs = more fun times (are you in?)

    24th Oct – The Beehive, Swindon
    25th Oct, The Boat, Cromford
    26th Oct, Platform Tavern, Southampton
    28th Oct, Mrs Yarringtons, Battle, Hastings
    30th Oct, The Vic Hotel, Beeston, Nottingham
    31st Oct, Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage
    1st Nov, The Royal Oak, Brampton Derbyshire
    2nd Nov, Thomas Tripp in Lymington

    there’s still the possibility of a couple of ‘last minute’ concerts – if you know someone that would love a house concert and would squeeze in the date! let me know xx Prita

    ps. I’d love to do a show in London aswell while I’m in the UK if you know somewhere super-special that I could do a ‘one night only show’ either on the 23rd Oct, 27th, 29th, or the 3rd of Nov! thanks!

    www.prita.com.au