ENTERTAINER Gabe Middleton grew up watching the footy on television with her father Terry, so she considers being asked to perform at this year’s 2014 State of Origin blue bloods lunch as a “dream come true”.
“It’s actually a dream come true for both of us, that’s why dad’s going to come with me and be my roadie,” Ms Middleton said.
Ms Middleton will perform with her Gabemusic band mate Malcolm Key at today’s lunch organised by the NSW Business Chamber and NSW Rugby League.
At the event, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, a selection of around 450 past and present football players and officials will rub shoulders with politicians and celebrities as the NSW team for the second State of Origin game is announced.
Ms Middleton plans to sing a range of different songs throughout the event including favourites from Etta James, Lana Del Rey and Katy Perry.
When the names of the players are announced she’ll also sing the Tina Turner classic Simply the Best.
“The music that we’ve chosen is supposed to be uplifting,” she said.
Ms Middleton said the duo was chosen to perform at the event after they were spotted singing at a NSW Business Chamber event earlier this year.
Ms Middleton said a lot of work goes into staging the performance and she usually changes wigs and outfits several times during a gig.
“I’m just really excited to be doing it, I know it’ll go fast,” she said
“We’ve got another job in Bathurst that night so I won’t even have a chance to stop and take photos.”