Equally at home in a concert hall fronting a symphony orchestra, or serenading intimate jazz clubs in the wee small hours you’ll often find Hetty being compared to the singers of the 1940s and 1950s, with her sweet sound and clear tone lending itself perfectly to the music she loves to sing. Citing singers such as Peggy Lee, June Christy, Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Kitty Kallen, Blossom Dearie, Carmen McRae and Kay Starr in her list of favourites, Hetty’s influences range far and wide.
Since her debut, Hetty has released six albums, appeared as a guest on many more and is thrilled to have two new recordings out this year – one of which is her debut with ABC Jazz. ‘Dim All The Lights’ is an intimate and delicate collection of music made famous by June Christy, Julie London and Peggy Lee.
Since spending four years travelling and performing across Asia, North and South America and Europe, Hetty has become a fixture of the Melbourne jazz scene, performing with her own bands and more recently alongside Australia’s jazz luminary James Morrison AM. A recent highlight being part of ‘A Journey Through Jazz’ with James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.