Sophisticated, soulful and daring are all words that have been used to describe Pearly Black, a singer of unusual breadth and versatility. Once described as an “unholy cross between Nick Cave and Shirley Bassey”, Pearly’s enormously eclectic repertoire has ranged over many genres from dark rock, Gospel and even disco through to Flamenco, Latin and Bulgarian folklorica. Her voice is the perfect blend of power and sensuality.
Pearly first came to prominence in 1990 when she and fellow musical adventurer, John Rodgers, created the sex-and-death-cabaret-rock band Madam Bones Brothel. This colourful and inspired group developed a devoted cult following in Brisbane and Melbourne and produced two superb albums of thoroughly unique music.
Following the heady and hilarious days of Madam Bones Brothel, Pearly was to be featured in many of John Rodger’s avante garde works such as The Dream Catchers (QMF 2007) and Where The Heart Is for Expressions Dance Company in 2010 & 2012 (years?)
Pearly has enjoyed many other collaborations as well as pursuing her solo career variously in Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmania.
In Melbourne she was lead singer with Robin Casinader’s Hood, performing consistently in the Eastern states and recording 2 stunning albums “Are You Wearing Despair?” and “Useful Tunes”.
In Brisbane she has enjoyed cabaret success with the Matilda Award winning “Tom Waits For No Man”. Also in Brisbane her long time collaboration with Leah Cotterell “Tell Heaven All Star Gospel Revue” has enjoyed 20 years of warmly loved performances and recordings.
As a solo artist she has graced the stages of leading jazz venues such as The Paris Cat in Melbourne and The Brisbane Jazz Club.
The consistent element in her ever-varying musical landscape is Pearly’s glorious voice. She brings her precise vocal skill and sophisticated delivery to any material she is working with, while her humanity and insight ensure a warm, human and thrilling experience.