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Sunday, January 15, 2012


The Stirling Theatre is happy to welcome two Durban girls sharing the stage to showcase each other’s original music. Having each launched new albums recently, Melanie Lowe and Krystle T decided to share the bill for four nights only at Stirling Theatre in Durban North.

Melanie Lowe is no stranger to Durban audiences. She first became a household name after her run on Idols, where she was second runner up. She has performed all across South Africa alongside international stars, won a South African Music Award, released several successful albums, and her music has been played on every radio station.

September 2011 saw the release of Melanie's fourth studio album to date, I Choose Me. A far rockier, more honest look at her life through song, Melanie has stripped herself of all her previous personas and taken a deep, hard look at the woman she has become. This year, Melanie became the first female celebrity to take part in a same-sex marriage after grappling to come to terms with people’s perceptions. After taking such a bold step, she has laid herself bare to the public and has been met with much support and respect by not only the gay community, but the rest of the country as well.

An honest, rocky confession, I Choose Me was co-produced by Tree63 front man John Ellis, and maintains a far more organic and raw sound than her previous work.

Durban singer/songwriter Krystle T will join Melanie on stage fresh from her appearance as one of the Ugly Sisters in the Playhouse Company’s successful festive season production of Cinderella. Krystle T`s journey has been an interesting one. Resigning from her day job to audition for Idols in 2009 and making Top 35, Krystle started the journey to write her first album, while performing in and around Durban in various supper theatre shows.

After some complications, her album was delayed but Krystle soon found the right team in producer and fellow performer John Ellis, Greg Bedford, ace guitarist Josh Klynsmith and Tammy Saville and the album Closer to the Fire became a reality.

Melanie Lowe and Krystle T will perform at Stirling Theatre from February 9 to 12. Performances are at 20h00 on February 12 at 15h00). Tickets R80 booked on 076 786 1127 or email BYO picnics & snacks. There is a cash bar available, but no credit card facility. Stirling Theatre is situated in Durban North at the Italian Club, 82 Fairway. CD’s and other Melanie Lowe merchandise will be on sale.