Seven Questions In Heaven With Penelope Austin

Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Penelope Austin!

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Lyrically it's honest. There is highs and lows throughout my album which I guess is a true reflection of my life. This is evident not only in words used but the way in which it has been produced. Delicate & extreme. This question in particular has always been a very difficult one to answer as there is a mix of genres that influence my album. But in a nutshell - it's sexy, suggestive, melancholy in moments and real.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
I have a massive soft spot for music from the '90s and for the legends even previous to this era. I suppose these beats and themes influence my music today with a modern twist. I dig power ballads although I know this sort of statement isn't deemed cool in this day and age! I love Stevie Nicks. Carol King. Janis Joplin. Amazing. Bruce Springsteen. Elvis Presley. Bob Seger. Elton John. Stop it. I also admire artists such as Lana and Florence but i'm teetering on dangerous territory here as they are not too dissimilar to me!

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
If i'm being honest here, the first song I ever bought with my own money was Brandy's single "Have You Ever" from The Sanity store in the Southern Highlands. However prior to this before I was introduced to pocket money, I pleaded with my mum to purchase for me two albums in a life or death manner. Boys II Men and UB40. Kind of surprising I didn't go into R&B.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Not so much a gig but the weirdest/hardest crowd I played in front of was 100 kids at a Primary School. They RIPPED. ME. TO. SHREDS. It really made me question myself haha.

What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate in bed. After I've brushed my teeth. Its a thrill.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Coconut Swirl. Hard to crack, but once inside the exterior its all kinds of sweet & sentimental. Swirl because I like to think I can hula hoop. I can also promise unlike the coconut, I do NOT have a beard.

Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Freddie Mercury. Elton John. Meatloaf. Stevie Nicks & Annie Lennox. No divas in this bunch although Elton is known to sometimes have a doozie. Fuck the stage would be fun. Closing song... It would have to be a medley. Or if Elton chucked a tanty I'd suggest "Across The Universe" by the Beatles for shits & giggles.

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