A FORMER Latrobe Valley vocalist with a pedigree steeped in music, is returning to Gippsland to sing with Oz music royalty this week.

Amy Calabro will be supporting singing legend Kate Cebrano at two sold-out sessions at the Bundy Hall (this Sunday August 7), off the back of two live gigs performing her newly released debut EP.

The now Melbourne-based muso grew up in the Valley in a music oriented family.

“I’m the only one in the family who is musical and doesn’t play the guitar. Dad tried to teach me when I was young, but I just wanted to sing,” Ms Calabro said.

“I love being able to make a song my own and interpret it in my own way, this is something I began from a young age.”

Ms Calabro began performing as a kid in school eisteddfods, before progressing to singing in duos.

The Adele and Beatles fan said singing had given her the confidence to take risks and tell her life experiences through song.

“I feel like I come alive when performing and my confidence comes out, I enjoy this more than any other avenue in my life,” she said.

“I’m excited and nervous, because it’s one thing to perform someone else’s song that’s already accepted and another to perform a song so personal to me.”

Ms Calabro is releasing a six-track EP ‘Exposed’ that was recorded at Lee Bradshaw’s Burwood studio, along with accompanying piano and strings.

She will be performing two gigs at the studio this week with the Invictus Quartet and Bradshaw on keys.

But she said playing opening for Kate Cebrano was a “pinch myself moment” when the Bundy Hall hand-picked her as a support act.

“Kate is incredibly inspiring and has an incredibly successful career, I’m looking to her as a mentor as she has a wealth of knowledge,” Ms Calabro said.

“I’ve been working towards something like this for the past 10 years, I’m so proud I’m finally doing it.”