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Under Paris Skies (2019)

by Hetty Kate

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Mark Schettenhelm A trip to Paris and beyond (Melbourne). You get here what you might get with a live performance - some favorite songs, with the small combo of James Sherlock and Ben Hanlon that works so well with Hetty. What stands out here is the variety, not just in having English and French lyrics, but the variety of styles from the same three musicians. When you listen you can tell that this is a personal reflection on change, on variety, on bringing different thoughts and styles for each situation. Favorite track: Under Paris Skies.
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Azure-Te (Paris Blues) Leo Robin / Ralph Rainger 1934 Gone and got the blues in paris, Paris blues called azure-te. How can I be blue in paris? Easy, ‘cause you’re far away. Can’t lose this blues, this azure-te. Moments, springtime, Eiffel tower, Funny taxis, kids at play. Paris without you is lonesome, Yearning more and more each day. Can’t lose this blues, this azure-te. [instrumental w/ hum] If you knew how much I need you, You’d come back to me to stay. Having you with me in Paris Really is the only way To lose this blues, this azure-te. Can’t lose this blues, this azure-te.
La Belle Vie 02:57


"In January 2017, I moved by myself from Melbourne Australia to Paris France. I can’t tell you one particular reason why, but I can tell you I was ready, and it felt right. Moving to Paris was, and is, one of the most rewarding and challenging things I’ve ever done.

I love to sing standards, and I chose these beautiful songs to represent the myriad emotions I felt before, during and after my arrival. I flew away from the people and the things I love to try something new, and as I tumbled into France, brave, joyful, hopeful and unprepared, I broke my heart and fell in love again a million times. Sometimes great distance allows us to see clearly, and sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Many of these songs are for friends who were kind to me, friends who have inspired me, and friends I miss when I’m either in France or Australia. So, it’s fitting to think of this album as a love song, to two cities, to new and old friends, and to being brave.

This album took a somewhat meandering path along the boulevards of Paris before it reached its final destination. Now that it’s here, I hope you enjoy it." Hetty Kate x


released November 1, 2019

Voice - Hetty Kate
Guitars - James Sherlock
Double Bass - Ben Hanlon

Recorded in 2017 and 2018 in Australia

Recorded by Niko Schauble at Pughouse Studios, Australia
Mixed by Jake Mason at Soul Messin' Studios, Australia
Mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering, Australia

Hetty Kate "Under Paris Skies"
Lisez l'Etiquette Records 2019

Photography - Woodrow Wilson
Location - Entrecôte, South Yarra, Victoria Australia
Artwork - Hetty Kate

Physical Distribution (AU/NZ) : MGM Australia


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Born in England, raised in Australia and now based in Paris, Hetty Kate swings the vocal jazz standards of the American Songbook.

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