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Vanessa Amorosi

VANESSA AMOROSI (IMOGEN PRICE) – CARAVAN MUSIC 

Imogen Price supported Vanessa Amorosi at Caravan Music in January 2020. Olivia Buckton-Smith sang backing vocals for Imogen at this event.

The Vanessa Amorosi renaissance has begun and at the heart of it is a brand new album, Back To Love. This far into her stellar career, Vanessa Amorosi remains one of the most exciting singers on the planet. Special guest Imogen Price


THE 21ST CENTURY AUSTRALASIAN BLUES BROTHERS TRIBUTE SHOW

In 2018 Olivia Buckton-Smith toured with the show providing both lead and harmony vocals.

The Australasian 21st Century Blues Brothers Tribute Show adds a new perspective and gives a new twist on the movies and the live shows. Having two male and two female leads allows the band to expand the material to suit each individual show. The two new characters bring a new dimension providing more banter, more comedy and a wider variety of material to perform.

They’ve got a full packet of cigarettes, half a tank of gas, sunglasses on, and they’re on a mission from God!


NYE ON THE HILL – IMOGEN PRICE

Olivia Buckton-Smith sang backing vocals for her good mate Imogen Price at 2019 New Years Eve On The Hill.

NYE on the Hill is a 3-day, 2-night boutique music and camping festival for good-vibing, music-loving friends and friends-of-friends. It’s strictly limited to 3,000 people and takes place in the beautifully picturesque rolling Hills of South Gippsland near Loch Village (95mins from Melbourne, 25mins from Inverloch, 35mins from Phillip Island). Guaranteed good times with great people celebrating amazing music in a stunning location. What better way to bring in the New Year!


MAGPIE’S NEST FUNDRAISER

Way back in 2016 Olivia Buckton-Smith was delighted to support the annual Magpie Nest fundraising event accompanied by JDK on guitar.

Magpie Nest Housing is a partnership between Melbourne Project 614 and the Collingwood Football Club Foundation. It provides stable and affordable accommodation in a clean and safe environment, where tenants are involved in volunteering in other programs at Melbourne Project 614 and attends regular house meetings and individual catch-ups.

There are currently around 42 three bedroom houses in Magpie Nest, and 94 adults and 24 children who were homeless or at risk of homelessness are now accommodated.


CLUB VOLTAIRE

Olivia Buckton-Smith performed her first solo show at Club Voltaire, accompanied by JDK, in 2018.

Club Voltaire is Melbourne’s premiere venue for emerging talent in the performing arts. This intimate bar and 50 seat theatre space is located down the Raglan St laneway in the heart of North Melbourne’s bustling arts precinct, where they have been providing alternative, eccentric & unique live performances for audiences since 2003. An integral part of Melbourne’s theatre culture; allowing performers and independent theatre companies to develop, workshop & perform new works in front of a live audience in a supportive environment.

See a video of Olivia singing “I Will Survive” recorded on Iphone by a fan on the night.


SING IT UP 2019

This annual event was held at Brimbank in 2019 featuring guest vocalists Suzanne Shakespeare (Opera Australia) and Olivia Buckton-Smith.

‘Sing It Up’ is an opportunity to bring together choral groups and individuals to corporately share the enjoyment of singing and to present a concert that promotes the value of singing. Its focus is to provide vocal encouragement and a platform for young/emerging soloists to perform and celebrate the gift of vocal music.


COMMUNITY & WELFARE GROUPS

Olivia Buckton-Smith is committed to supporting Melbourne 614 in their work with the homeless people of Melbourne. But she has also supported other such charities and community groups at negotiated reduced rates.

Other charities that she has supported include: Breakaway Youth, Tranmere Street, Crossroads Youth Network & more.


IMOGEN PRICE BAND

A rising star of the music industry Imogen Price is a 19 year old singer / song writer who is equally comfortable whether playing guitar or keyboards. Price has had a jam-packed summer, with a bunch of gigs booked throughout December and January.

Olivia Buckton-Smith sings backing vocals for her. Previous gigs include Vanessa Amorosi @ The Caravan Club, NYE On The Hill, Imogen Price EP launch and a range of others that include:

  • Run Back To The Hills
  • Triple J
  • The Food Truck Festival
  • The Wonthaggi Club
  • The General, Mount Hotham
  • And more.

Buy some of Imogens’ songs on Spotify Here


CHRISTMAS CAROLLING

Every year Olivia Buckton-Smith sings Christmas carols to raise money for Melbourne 614. The money raised goes directly to helping the homeless people of Melbourne.

The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 program consists of a team of staff and volunteers based in the City of Melbourne, who are passionate about working with those who live on the city fringes to address issues of homelessness or risks related to homelessness, mental health issues, addiction or social poverty.  Connecting with many people each day, the program works to achieve positive outcomes for clients.