FORMER Marloo Theatre performer Mel Kay (23) will take the stage with her band Liberte at the Ellington Jazz Club this month.
It follows the release of their latest single Let It Burn, which Kay wrote as an anthem for the underdog and a way of finding inner strength in the face of destruction.
The Ellington gig – dubbed Personality Disorder Catalyst – aims to bring to light mental struggles that people go through daily.
“We wanted to showcase a range of songs focused on the mind, trauma, the cycle of abuse, domestic violence, healing, defence mechanisms, love, life and the in-between,” Kay said.
“There will be a heap of new songs with some written expressly for this show; the idea behind this gig was to showcase the new material and also gauge which songs our audience would like to hear recorded next.”
She launched singles Feel Alright and Upside Down Town with her 10-piece band last year.
Kay said the more recent Let It Burn was a song close to her heart.
“It represents standing in spite of the fires of life that threaten to burn us,” she said.
“I wrote it for anyone who might be like me out there and needed a voice.
“To be different from the crowd is often one of the hardest things.”
Mel Kay and Liberte play at 7.30pm on September 5 at the Ellington Jazz Club. Tickets are $15 seated or $10 standing from www.ellingtonjazz.com.au.