South African born vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling, is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has imprinted herself as a formidable and in demand performer. Her transcontinental roots powerfully augment her unique musicality and interpretations. “A breathtaking storyteller through music.”
The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook, ‘then one comes along with an instrumentalist’s refrain”, extending tandem voice and violin improvisation. A master force in the art of standard’s-singing and equally at home with the soul, funk side of jazz. Fem has a sophisticated palate embracing a spectacular breadth of range and genres.
Hailing from musical dynasty, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Solo projects & collaborations: Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Soho, Bennetts Lane, Jazz Lab, Paris Cat, The Royal Variety Show, North Sea Jazz Fest, Hong Kong Jazz Fest, Melbourne Int Jazz Fest , WOMAD, Stonnington Jazz Fest, White Night, Port Fairy Fest, Joy of Jazz (SA), Madajazzcar,.
She has performed alongside Gregory Porter, Emanuel Harrold, Reggie Watts, Franck Amsallem, Shalosh Trio, Joe Chindamo, John Foreman, Hugh Masekela, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (ARIA nomination)
Fem shot to international attention turning all 4 chairs on The Voice with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem fighting for the chance to mentor her. Jessie J won out, saying she has been “waiting for someone like this”.
Awards: NOW THEN – Best Jazz Album Nominee The Age Music Awards. Recipient of 5 VITA AWARDS. Green Room Award nom: Best Leading Actress. Performing for Her Majesty the Queen. Lead roles in West End shows include Hairspray, Fame, and Footloose. International shows Cats & Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ.