Rating : 4 / 5
Australian music theatre star Jemma Rix is a young lady on the road to great success. Having burst onto the stage in the plum role of Elphaba the Green Witch in Wicked in 2008, she played this killer vocal part more than 800 times in Australia and internationally.
Rix has just released her album Gravity, and it proves she has the voice to sing anything in the music theatre canon. We are used to hearing good sopranos who can belt out a tune, but Rix’s point of difference is her fine, deep voice that handles anything effortlessly.
Listening to Gravity, you never feel that your ears are being assaulted, which shows rare talent. Songs like ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘I’m Not That Girl’ give Rix a chance to use her softer ballad voice, before she hits her straps as a great music theatre belter. Rix includes two duets on Gravity—‘Dangerous Game’ with music theatre tenor Kane Alexander and ‘Falling Slowly’ with fellow Wicked star and Australian Idol finalist Rob Mills. The duets are a pleasing contrast to Rix singing her heart out.
A surprise inclusion is the Queen hit ‘Somebody To Love’ which gives Rix ample scope to use her powerful vocals. Of course her signature tune, ‘Defying Gravity’ is the album’s showstopper.
What Gravity does best is allow Rix to showcase her whole range of voice and emotions. Currently she is about to don the green makeup again as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz in Sydney, so the timing of her debut CD is spot on, and it would be ideal for your Christmas stocking.