How Songs from the Crib came about:
When Covid 19 hit back in March 2020 we were all plunged into something quite unique that literally brought the world to a standstill. Being a musician meant my work stopped immediately. Then came the worry, anxiety and the simple ‘not knowing’ of what the future held. This situation didn’t go away as we’d hoped and soon something far from normal was being called the ‘new normal’. Settling into the understanding that this was to be part of our new reality was difficult. The thought that I wouldn’t be able to play live gigs and connect to my audience in the same space was a mental hurdle I had to overcome, but as the desire for music and entertainment increased so did new pathways open up to entertainers to reach their audiences through the online world. Live streaming of gigs quickly took off and this phenomenon enabled many artists to continue to share their love of art and music and still draw an income. Realising this was the way forward, I set myself up with a Paypal account to receive donations and tips, then transformed my loungeroom into a performance space. Thankfully my fans and friends came to the party and in some ways we all became closer because of it, with people commenting on other people’s comments and new friendships forming through the love of music. During this time I put together a variety of themed shows and learnt and arranged many new songs, writing a few new ones as well. In the end I decided to make an album of some of my favourites that I’d performed. Call it a tribute to my fans. So here it is, my first instalment with another soon to follow, ‘Songs from the Crib’.
Peter Cupples Bio:
Peter started playing in a band with his brother Terry at the age of 12. It was his calling in life, even though at one stage he had to make a decision between AFL and music. There wasn’t really much to weigh up though, as Peter told his teacher at the age of 7, he wanted to be a singer when he grew up, not even knowing if there was such a profession.
Peter formed STYLUS in 1974 and they released their debut album, Where In The World early 1975.
The band went on to record 4 albums during the late seventies, constantly touring and performing on Countdown Sounds Unlimited and even Hey Hey it's Saturday, which back then was an early morning cartoon show with Daryl and Ozzie.
Stylus went on to become the first all white band to record for the internationally aclaimed Tamla Mowtown at that point a 'black only' label. Stylus released 2 albums internationally through Motown, and their name stood proudly on the honour board at the London season of Motown the Musical.
Through the eighties Peter released 2 solo albums and became a regular on many TV shows: Midday show, Tonight Live with Steve Visard, The Lane Show, The Morning Show with Ernie and Denise, plus many more.
Peter performed at the opening of the entertainment centre in Sydney with John Denver and also did the opening of Sanctuary Cove with the legendary crooner, Frank Sinatra.
Through the late eighties and ninties Peter joined the Carols by Candlelight team at the Myer Music Bowl.
Also in the nineties Peter recorded 3 more albums and toured with Jon English in the Pirates of Penzance.
Jon and Peter would go on to perform together in their own show Uncorked, a fun show full of good music and good humour.
In the 2000’s Peter would continue touring, writing and recording. Peter has written a musical and is now in the process of getting it workshopped.
In 2017 Peter put a show together called, Songs in the Key of Life a celebration of the musical genius of Stevie Wonder. It was a sell-out opening night in Melbourne and is now being booked all around the country.
Peter continues to write, play and perform, growing his fan base every day with his unique talent.