US based Australian singer songwriter Shelley Segal will return to Australia at the end of the year for shows over New Year.
Shelley has three regional shows planned to showcase her new song ‘Somebody Like You’.
‘Somebody Like You’ is a rocked up Shelley Segal about what she says was a difficult time in her life.
“When I was 18 years old my family told me I needed to break up with my partner because he wasn’t Jewish – in line with our religious traditions,” Shelley says in a statement. “I chose to fight for the relationship with my then-partner, leaving home and moving in with him and his family. This was an extremely painful experience for me. I am no longer religious but I know that many people still experience this tension between their families, traditions and the person they love for various reasons, religion, race, gender, orientation. The truth is, you cannot help or control who you love. You cannot love someone or stop loving someone, just because that is expected of you.”
Shelley weighed in on the same sex marriage debate, “I know how it feels to be told who you should love and how you should love and it’s absolutely heartbreaking…having this kind of debate publicly has brought up a lot of pain and abuse for LGBTQI+ Australians; for our families and friends, and it should never have been allowed.”
For the past year Shelley has been living in Los Angeles where she has started her own publishing company and got one of her songs played in the webseries ‘Venice’.
There is also more new music on the way. “These new songs have a rockier edge than I’ve had before and I’m excited to share that energy onstage,” she says. “Coming home will be bittersweet as it makes me a bit homesick but it will be special to be at home and play these new songs to my fans and friends. As usual audiences can expect lots of stories. Maybe even a bit of the shiny sheen of shameless LA pop will make it back over the pacific with me, we’ll see…!”
SHELLEY SEGAL ‘SOMEBODY LIKE YOU’ LAUNCH SHOW
FRI 29 DEC | YARD BIRD, BENDIGO, VIC | 18+ | Free Entry 8-11pm
THU 4 JAN | CALLY HOTEL, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | 18+ | Free Entry 8-11pm
FRI 12 JAN | PAYNESVILLE WINE BAR, PAYNESVILLE, VIC | 18+ | Tix at the door 7-10pm