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Anthea ‘Jewels’ is a Melbourne-based singer/songwriter performing home-grown original and traditional Blues. Her blues-and-soul-queen muses – including Aretha Franklyn, Tina Turner, Etta James, Koko Taylor and Irma Thomas – inspire Anthea’s soaring vocals with soul-stirring interpretations originating from New Orleans, Mississippi and Chicago blues stylings. Anthea’s self-penned originals are drawn from her life, as evident in her shows of story-telling through song. The repertoire reveals a continuous love affair with the blues. Decades of established live performance at major festivals and events both locally and internationally demonstrate her appeal. She has performed in New Orleans, Memphis and San Francisco USA.

Anthea’s personal story is one of courage, determination and survivorship. Recently penned works include “I’m a Blues Woman” and “Chemo Blues”. Other tunes were co-written by Anthea Jewels and bass player partner-in-crime Bill Ruffle, during their years travelling to New Orleans and Louisiana. Both are award-winning singer/songwriters holding finalist positions and best performance award nominations.

Anthea Jewels has the three elements that make a good blues singer – passion, energy and soul! – Barry Maxwell, Vice-President Blues Music Victoria & ‘Blues on The Hill’ radio presenter.