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Churches lead to City of Angels
Churches lead to City of Angels

It's been less than a year since the release of her second solo album, By the Horns, but Julia Stone is already looking to take this year by the proverbials. The multiple ARIA Award-winner kicks off 2013 heading up the latest instalment of Heavenly Sounds, a tour that takes artists out of pubs and theatres and puts them in the intimate surrounds of a church, in our case St Joseph's in Subiaco.

Stone, 28, is no stranger to performing in churches, having played many on various jaunts through Europe, and she says you have to prepare accordingly.

"You lighten up the sound a little because churches tend to get a little swampy if you've got too much going on," she says. "I'm going to utilise the fact that there's a horn section in the band, which isn't that common for me. I think being in a church, you really have to strip it back and let the voice be heard a bit more. There will be a lot of thought that goes into it."

Following the tour, and her set at West Coast Blues 'n' Roots next month, the next chapter in the Stone story begins. After spending a lot of time in Los Angeles working on By the Horns, the songwriter has her sights set on moving to that city.

"I'm moving into a place in Laurel Canyon," she says. "I think I'll make another record, I don't know when and I don't know with whom.

"I don't know any of the details but I've got a lot of songs I've been writing and I think in a few months I'll start to get itchy feet to record again.

"But things change pretty quickly in my head and in my heart, so we'll see," she adds. "I might end up in a farm in the middle of nowhere milking cows."

The last time she was in LA, Stone hooked up with larger- than-life actor Quinton Aaron to film the video for her latest single, Justine. Stone has nothing but kind words for Aaron, who is best known for his starring role in The Blind Side alongside Sandra Bullock.

"Shooting the video, every five minutes we'd get stopped and people would want to get a photo with him," she recalls. "At the end of shooting it was crazy, we'd finished shooting down on the Santa Monica pier and the director called 'That's a wrap', and there was a queue of people just lining up to get photos with him. He was there for probably an hour after just doing photos and autographs for people.

"It's pretty amazing, and he's so lovely and genuine and caring to every person."

'I've got a lot of songs I've been writing and I think in a few months I'll start to get itchy feet to record again.'