Mount Eliza’s effervescent reality TV star Gamble Breaux continues to surprise and delight with her many and varied talents. This firm favourite from the international smash hit series The Real Housewives of Melbourne has quietly launched her own product range called The Seaside Collection and released a single titled This Time, with Taxiride’s Jason Singh.
A rising singing star before the age of 20, Gamble stepped away from the microphone at a young age after she started to lose her hearing and consequently her pitch. It was devastating.
“When I was a young woman, my life’s direction took a massive detour. My singing career was going well. I was a signed singer/songwriter with Warner Chapel Music. I had plenty of studio time under my belt and I wasn’t even 20 yet. It came as quite a shock when I started losing my hearing. It was due to otosclerosis,” she revealed on her website.
“Although I had surgery to fix the condition, I never trusted my hearing until now. If you can’t hear, you can’t pitch. It broke my heart.”
In an interview with Mornington Peninsula Magazine, this bubbly ‘Melbourne housewife’ described by producers as “quirky” and one who “definitely marches to the beat of her own drum” said producing and releasing This Time was a dream come true.
“I didn’t sing for 20 years,’’ Gamble said. “Rick (her husband, Dr Rick Wolfe) was always encouraging me to get up and he bought me these incredible hearing aids that elevated my hearing to a bionic level.”
So, with her confidence restored, she spent a year learning how to sing again. And she did it right here on the Peninsula, in secret. “I would sneak out once a week to meet up with Carolyn Waddell,” Gamble explained. “There’s really good talent on the Mornington Peninsula.”
Her debut performance at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre in February was for an audience of one – Rick, for their anniversary. Gamble stepped on to the stage and sang This Time. “I cry almost every time I try to sing it,” she said. “It has given me new life. Jason Singh and Lukether Batterbury are the most brilliant producers.”
Gamble’s first single and accompanying video clip have rocketed up the music charts and she has already recorded a second single, yet to be released. “I’ve put down the vocals to it,” she said. “The second one is even better.”
As for whether we will see her on the next season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Gamble is understandably coy. “It depends if I’m invited back,” she declares, explaining she is prevented from discussing upcoming productions.
When it comes to life on the Peninsula, this pocket rocket couldn’t be happier. “The Mornington Peninsula is the most beautiful place on the planet in summer,” she says, revealing she takes a break here in January and finds it hard to get her motor running again.
This Time with Jason Singh is available on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube – download it and boost Gamble’s single into Australia’s top 40!
*The Seaside Collection is a collection of fabulous things Gamble has found while shopping for her wardrobe. She launched it privately without RHOMelbourne fanfare. View The Seaside Collection and find links to This Time at gamblebreaux.com