Ooh Yea! — The Betty Davis Songbook is the new album collaboration between Mahalia Barnes, her band The Soul Mates and blues guitarist legend Joe Bonamassa. The crowd at the Factory Theatre were recently treated to a performance of the 12 track album which highlighted the vocal talents of Mahalia and the sophisticated guitar playing skills of Joe Bonamassa.
The collaboration between Mahalia Barnes and Joe Bonamassa worked a treat as they powered through songs made famous by Betty Davis during the 70′s including “Steppin’ In Her I. Miller Shoes”, “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up”, “He Was A Big Freak”, “Game Is My Middle Name”, “Ooh Yea!” and “Walking Up The Road”.
Joe Bonamassa was no stranger to the crowd and they were mesmerised by his playing ability and how he could make his guitar talk. It was my first time hearing Bonamassa and I left the Factory Theatre knowing why he has so many fans including the guy standing next to me who drove all the way from Canberra and back that night just to hear him perform. I am sure that a good proportion of the crowd, and it was packed, were there to hear this legend.
The back up singers on the night were talented in their own rights and included Juanita Tippins, Jade McCrae and Darren Percival.
Mahalia Barnes has certainly inherited her fair share of talent from her father, legendary Australia rocker Jimmy Barnes who joined her on stage to sing Walking Up the Road.
Darren Percival, The Voice runner up in 2012 again showed why he is was so popular on the show and would have been a worthy winner. His vocal skills are matched by his passion for performing and putting so much emotion into every song.
Mahalia Barnes can belt out a song just as good as her father and sings with a passion that can’t be denied. It is easy to understand why she is so often described as a powerhouse singer.
The Lachy Doley Group not only supported Mahalia on the night but were also part of her band for her set and played on the album too.
If you would like to sample a song before you buy the the album then click on the link to download a free copy of Steppin’ In Her I. Miller Shoes
Details of future gigs will be posted on Mahalia Barnes’ website
Originally Published in the Get Shot Magazine 23.2.15