Soul singer, Renee Geyer, will become the first woman inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards on November 20 at Billboard in Melbourne.
Geyer, whose career stretches back to the early 1970s, will play a greatest hits set before joining past inductees, including Paul Kelly and last year’s inductees Weddings, Parties, Anything, in the Hall of Fame.
Long-acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest singers Geyer has released 15 studio albums, beginning in 1973. She relocated to the USA during the 1970s and 1980s and has sung on albums by Sting, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, Chaka Khan, Tony Childs, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt. Geyer was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Age Music Victoria Awards will also celebrate Mushroom Records’ 40-year contribution to the Australian music industry with founder Michael Gudinski inducted into the Hall of Fame (non-musician) and guest singers Dan Sultan, Henry Wagons, Kylie Auldist and more playing with the EG Allstars Soul Revue.
Geyer will be inducted by Arts Minister Heidi Victoria and told The Age that she was thrilled to share the night with so many talented performers. “As a Melbourne girl, getting into the Hall of Fame means a lot to me,” she said. ‘”And as a patron of Support Act Limited, it’s great that the awards will continue to donate some profits to the musicians’ charity.”
Music Victoria and The Age have joined forces to celebrate the state’s music in an all-Victorian awards and that will be voted for by the public. Polls open online at The Age newspaper on October 11.
Other guest singers are Archie Roach, Lance Ferguson, Nkechi Anele from Saskwatch, Talei Wolfgramm, Linda Bull and Ella Thompson.