Beulah Joseph is turning things upside down and taking charge. ”It’s time,” she says with a gleam in her eye. Having been one of Melbourne’s most mesmerising jazz, blues and soul singers for the past 20 years, this is definitely an exciting turn of events.
“For so long I’ve prioritised other people and other things. I’ve done what I should rather than what I could. This marks a new stage in my life where I am going to reach and stretch and see where that leads.”
It is impossible to listen to Beulah sing and not be moved. From angelic sweetness to raw gutsy power, Beulah draws us in not only with her siren song but also with her incredible stage presence and sheer love of music. It is easy to see why she is in high demand for events and functions.
“What gets me every time is the sounds of the different instruments melding together to produce a rich backdrop from which I can sing. There’s just nothing quite like it.”
Her influences include Billie Holliday, Etta James, Erykah Badu, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and so many more – all strong female vocalists and ideal mentors.
Beulah has also been instrumental in other projects. As lead vocalist in world fusion group, Jadida, Beulah has worked on theatre shows and singing, drumming and dance workshops as well as performances for small, intimate audiences to the large dance frenzies of the festival circuit.
Together with Jadida, Beulah has performed most notably at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Arts Centre, Federation Square, St Kilda Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Globe to Globe World Music Festival and many others. For more information on Jadida, please click here.
Beulah has recently begun performing for seniors. She regularly provides entertainment for nursing and retirement homes in addition to senior citizens’ groups and social functions.
With songs including White Cliffs of Dover, Edelweiss, Road to Gundagai, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean and many others, Beulah leads a good old singalong and manages to engage the shyest audience member.