Australia’s Celia Pavey, better known as Vera Blue, is a lyrical singer/songwriter who combines her love of folk music with moody electronica.
Born in 1994 in Forbes, Australia, Pavey grew up listening to classic folk and pop music of the ’60s and ’70s while spending time surrounded by nature in her horticulturalist father’s nursery. By her teens she was a gifted performer who could sing and play guitar and violin.
Despite her initial success, Pavey was restless to try something different and incorporate other influences into her sound. After meeting sibling producers Andy and Thom Mak, she began writing new material and experimenting with mixing her folk style with atmospheric beats and electronics. To mark the change in her approach, she adopted the stage name Vera Blue and in 2016 released the EP Fingertips. A year later, she delivered her sophomore full-length album Perennial. On the heels of her success, Pavey collaborated with Flume on the song “Rushing Back,” which hit number 12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. She also toured heavily, headlining her own shows as well as supporting both Flume and Maggie Rogers.