Meet Bee Virginia, the up-and-coming blues-soul star

Meet Bee Virginia, the up-and-coming blues-soul star

Photo: Aneta Urbonaite

For those who aren’t across your music, how would you describe Bee Virginia in under 40 words?

Bee Virginia is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter serving up music that’ll beckon you like a hot morning coffee. She sets the listener on an emotional trip that uplifts and soothes the soul with a warming vocal elixir of jazz-infused R&B and top notes of blues and neo soul. 

Tell us about your new single, ‘Won’t You’.

Let’s set the picture: The weekend has just arrived, the night settles in and it’s time to let loose, let your hair down and start feelin’ yourself ‘til you shake all the worry off. ‘Won’t You’ is a song about that initial attraction or crush (if you will) you have with someone. You can say it with eyes, body language or, if needed, words. The night progresses, you are fearless, you are painting a picture of the act in your mind. You are moving towards the inevitable.

Are there any bands or musicians that stand out as particular influences for you?

Jeff Buckley, for his poetic and emotive lyrics, and his raw passionate vocal delivery. John Mayer has also been influential – he’s undeniably one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of this age. There’s also Michael Buble, who has the smoothest voice I’ve ever heard. People think I’m lame for this, but he is definitely one of the most charming, charismatic performers in my opinion. Then there’s Drake. I admire his determination, drive and stamina. It’s like he views his music career as a sport – he’s always on the way up, at the top of his game.

Bee Virginia plays her debut show at The Gasometer on Friday December 20. Find out more and grab tix via the venue website.