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A Chat with Justine Clarke

A Chat with Justine Clarke

She is widely known as the Queen of children’s entertainment, and the lovely Justine Clarke is hitting the road in September and October for her national Silly Songs tour.

Popular with children and parents alike, Justine has also released her ‘The Justine Clarke Show’ DVD and CD, is the voice of Maya the Bee in the upcoming feature film The Honey Games, and also made an appearance in Byron Bay at ‘Little Splendour’ in July.

The fact that she managed to squeeze in a chat with us is a miracle…

Q: You’ve had a long, diverse career, but in the last decade you’ve had a big focus on entertaining children through singing and dancing – what is it about music that you think appeals to so many kids? 

It’s a universal language! It unites us, it encourages listening (which I think is one of the most important skills to learn) and it promotes articulation and communication. Kids are naturally drawn to music – they hear it and either freeze or dance! It’s one of the unique aspects of what makes us human.

Q: While you were producing children’s albums, you were also acting in dramas and comedies geared towards adults. Did you find it had to balance both worlds simultaneously?

I’ve always considered all of it part of a wide body of work and I just cross my fingers that pre-schoolers aren’t up late watching Tangle!

Q: What is it about children’s entertainment that makes you keep coming back?

The audience. I have a deep desire to help – in some small way – to instil a love of singing in pre-schoolers that they will walk through life with, and be able to recall (in those moments later in life when someone may discourage them from singing) that greater memory of themselves loving it and being able to do it without inhibition.

Q: Between singing, acting and producing your own shows and music, you are also a mum to your three kids – is maintaining a good work/life balance a struggle?

Balancing takes focus and practice. I was a gymnast as a kid and I enjoyed the beam, but for all the moments of complete stillness and strength there were one hundred more moments of wobbling, and gripping, and sometimes falling, but always getting back up and trying again.

Q: Tell us about ‘Silly Songs’ – how does it differ from your other tours? 

It’s gonna be sillier and funnier! We’ll also use footage from kids who have sent in videos of themselves singing and dancing, so they really will feel part of the show!

Q: What are you most looking forward to on your Silly Songs tour?

Hearing the audience sing with me!

Q: What should parents and children be most excited to see?

The theme of the stage will be neon, so I think it will be a really pretty atmosphere. The band is also so awesome – I can’t wait for ‘Everywhere’s A Dancefloor’!

WIN // Keen to see Justine’s Silly Songs Tour when it hits QPAC in Brisbane on October 7? You can win a FAMILY PASS (admit four) to the 12pm session! Entries close Wednesday September 26 and only the winner will be notified. Good luck!

www.justineclarke.com.au

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