Paulini Curuenavuli has flitted between genres since her 2003 stint as a finalist on the first series of Australian Idol — from the urban pop of her solo material to the handbag house of Young Divas to the family-friendly fodder of her appearances on It Takes Two.
But her latest gig, starring alongside Grace Knight and Christine Anu in the Ladies of Jazz concert series, is her biggest stylistic departure to date.
“I love jazz,” Curuenavuli told the Star Observer.
“It might be a shock compared to what I usually do, as I try to stick to pop, urban and R&B, but the love for jazz has always been there. The last song I performed on Idol was actually a jazz song.
“I love having to learn, and jazz is the sort of music you can never stop investigating and learning about.”
While she’s hung up her Young Divas heels to focus on a more sedate style of music, Curuenavuli said she was confident her supporters in the LGBTI community would follow this latest musical venture.
“Gay audiences have definitely always been a very important fan base for me — and a fan base that I’ve always found loving, supportive and encouraging.
“I love performing at gay venues, because the way those audiences respond to the performance is totally different from other shows I do. They love someone who can sing and who puts their all into a performance.”
INFO: Ladies of Jazz, October 28, The Basement. www.thebasement.com.au