Narelle Belle and the Carpenter Band prepare for a beautiful Karen Carpenter tribute show at BREC

Narelle Belle and the Carpenter Band are gearing up for a beautiful Karen Carpenter 'celebration' show at BREC in September this year as part of her first regional tour.
Narelle Belle and the Carpenter Band are gearing up for a beautiful Karen Carpenter 'celebration' show at BREC in September this year as part of her first regional tour.

The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is set to host a special Evening with Karen Carpenter this September, reliving all the hits from The Carpenters.

Richard and Karen Carpenter spellbound a generation with their vocal harmonies and Karen’s unique voice and quickly became one of the most popular artists in the world during the 1970’s.

Hosted by Johnny Young, the show stars Aussie singing sensation Narelle Belle and the Carpenter Band for a musical tribute to the brother and sister duo.

Set to be a night of magic, music and memories featuring the songs that made The Carpenters famous, host Johnny Young said it will be an evening to remember.

“The world of show business is full of wonder and surprises and I have had the thrill of introducing undiscovered and talented performers such as Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue and so many others throughout my career,” he said.

“Then I heard Australia’s singing sensation Narelle Belle singing a Karen Carpenter song as it was sung by Karen originally and I was filled with a similar thrill, prompting me to showcase her extraordinary talents.

“And so An Evening with Karen Carpenter was born – a wonderful evening filled with all The Carpenter songs that are close to you and the stories of the adventures of Karen and Richard Carpenter with the music that I am proud to present.”

Mr Young said audiences can expect an impressive seven-piece band accompanying Narelle Belle and her backing singers on stage blasting all the hits that made The Carpenters famous including We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, Top of the World and Close to You.

Star of the show Narelle Belle said she’s honoured to take the tour across the country and share the timeless tunes of The Carpenters with loyal fans.

“It really is the highlight of my career because I get to sing in my true voice,” Belle said.

“I’m a tribute artist so I’ve been singing Karen Carpenter songs for quite a few years, but also Liza Minnelli, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash and June Carter, but this is a dream come true for me to play Karen.

“It’s not a tribute, it’s a real celebration of her music and her story. People can really expect to be emotionally moved at the show.”

Belle said even she has to stop herself from tearing up during her performance as one half of The Carpenters.

“Their music is extremely moving and if people get right into the lyrics, they all tell a story,” she said.

“I get a lot out of all the songs – they’re melodic and just beautiful.

“I have to actually hold back myself sometimes because I get quite moved singing them so I have to keep my emotions in check.”

Narelle Belle and the Carpenter Band will perform An Evening with Karen Carpenter, set to be an absolute night to remember, at BREC on Saturday, September 16. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit bunburyentertainment.com.