Blue Eyes to cry with soul on return home
ISEULA Hingano is looking forward to returning to her hometown of Woolgoolga at the end of the month.
It will be the first time the striking lead singer of blues and soul band Blue Eyes Cry has been back in the area after being lured by Melbourne's music scene in 2011.
"We still have family and friends in the area so we're really excited about our gig at the Seaview Tavern," the self-proclaimed 'Woopi girl' said.
A love of music was instilled from a young age in Iseula, who grew up with a deep appreciation of soul and gospel.
She found a kindred spirit in guitarist Nathan Brett, who she describes as being 'born into blues'.
"Nath grew up listening to his parents' records and playing guitar with his dad, they're a family of serious music lovers.
"When he and I met, he played me his blues collection and I was hooked."
Blue Eyes Cry is made up of Iseula, Nathan, bassist Stuart Prendergast and drummer Cameron Smith.
The four have have wowed Melbourne blues fans with their unique and powerful sound.
They've played countless swanky bars, been on the lineup of a couple of festivals and recently won Melbourne's annual Blues Unearthed competition.
The band's debut album, 'Sleepin' Alone', is a blending of stinging blues guitar, funky rhythm section and rich, soulful vocals.
Inspiration has been drawn from artists as diverse as Eva Cassidy, Robert Cray and Stevie Wonder.
The album is due for release on the eve of the band's East Coast Tour, and will be available at the Woolgoolga show.
Blue Eyes Cry are urging locals to get ready for a 'foot stomping night of rhythm and blues' at the Seaview Tavern on Friday, May 31.
Support band is Coffs Harbour's Wasabi.
Doors from 8pm and entry is free.