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Gary Pinto Chats About His "Sam Cooke Show"

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Wendy and Pete were really excited to have a chat to Gary Pinto about this amazing show, his music, and his successful career as one of Australia’s finest vocalists. He also gives us some insight into his many musical collaborations, which include some stories about his great friend, Jimmy Barnes.

Multi-platinum Australian soul and R&B artist Gary Pinto brings his love and respect of Sam Cooke, to life at MEMO Music Hall in his new live show “Sam Cooke – The Music” on Saturday, the 15th of July 2023.

Gary, a founding member of 90’s Australian R&B pioneers CDB, has gone on to forge a successful solo career, working with a vast array of local and international artists including Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, Christine Anu, Taylor Dane, and Ronan Keating and has received accolades from Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

Gary has mentored many of Australia's recording artists and worked on Australia’s biggest music shows, X Factor and The Voice as Vocal Director and Vocal Coach for the past 10 years.

Be mesmerised by Gary’s soaring vocals in the hit “A Change Is Going to Come” and “Unchained Melody” to the soulful “Another Saturday Night” and the melodic love song “You Send Me”.

About Sam Cooke: The Music

Aria Award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist, Gary Pinto has stepped back into the spotlight with his album, SAM COOKE: THE MUSIC, released through Sony Music.

The album is Gary’s unique tribute to an American icon - the man known as the ‘King of Soul’ and a key figure in the American Civil Rights movement - who died in December 1964 at age 33.

Gary has long been respected as one of Australia’s greatest Soul and R&B Singers. At a prayer meeting at Smokey Robinson’s House, Gary received a standing ovation from Smokey and his guests, including Greg Philinganes who said that Gary reminded him of the great Donny Hathaway. The joy that he exudes whilst singing is infectious and has drawn comparisons to Sam Cooke’s approach to performing- the charismatic smile coupled with the soaring melodies.

The album features new readings of such Sam Cooke classics as ‘Wonderful World’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Cupid’, ‘You Send Me’ and ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ as well as duets with Jimmy Barnes and Guy Sebastian.

Dates & Times: Sat 15 July 8pm show– doors open 60 mins prior to show.

Tickets: $65/55/45+bf @

Venue: MEMO Music Hall - 88 Acland Street, St Kilda Victoria

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emma luis
emma luis
Jul 13, 2023


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