QUEANBEYAN singer-songwriter Jane Sage remembers performing ballads by 80s Australian pop star Rick Price when she was a high school student in Moruya, and on Friday night she'll be opening for him at Canberra venue The Abbey.
Price was an 80s and early 90s pop lothario with a string of hits including 'Heaven Knows' and 'Not a Day Goes By,' and has since developed his early success into a long-lasting career as a country-tinged songwriter living in Nashville, Tennessee.
He'll be performing songs from his new album The Water's Edge at the Abbey on Friday night, and ran a competition to select local original artists to be his support acts across the different locations of his new tour.
Sage was the lucky artist to win the local support slot, and said it was a special opportunity for her.
"I'm always nervous for a show, but I think with this one it is a bit more daunting because there's an artist who I looked up to when I was a kid, someone who I always thought 'Wow, what an amazing voice, what an amazing performer.
"And now I'm not only going to get the chance to meet that person and hear him play, but I get the chance to share my music with him as well, which is a pretty special thing," she said.
As for her own career, Sage has described her sound as a soulful mix of folk and rock with a hint of blues and country thrown in.
Growing up in the small coastal town of Moruya, Sage was influenced by sing-alongs around the campfire as a small child and developed a passion for singing and songwriting at an early age.
She quickly developed her own style that can be generally described as acoustic folk rock, and she recorded her first album Worlds Apart at Queanbeyan's Infidel Studios in 2009/10. Her second album is now well under way and will be released later this year.
Catch Jane Sage and Rick Price at The Abbey, Canberra tonight. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: $30 show only, $75 dinner and show.