"Singer/songwriter Grace Barbé is a musician with roots in the Seychelles; a tiny Indian Ocean nation that is home to a unique culture that fuses Africa, Europe and Asia. Raised partly in Australia, Grace’s music reflects and celebrates the diverse influences of her upbringing; a fresh blend of Indian Ocean styles mixed with pop, reggae, funk and afrobeat — a sound she describes as “Afro-Kreol”, Hitting the road following the release of her debut album “Kreol Daughter” in late 2008, Grace and her 4 piece band have quickly become a favourite on the Australian festival circuit, appearing at major festivals including Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival as well as several prestigious support slots. She recently performed her first show outside Australia at the SAKIFO festival in La Reunion. Twice consecutive winner of the WAMi (Western Australian Music Industry) award for “Best World Act” (2009 & 2010), Grace is an experienced and vibrant performer. Reflecting the cultural mix heard in her music, Grace sings in three languages; Kreol, English and French. Her melodic songwriting style has already attracted accolades, including a Song of the Year award in the ‘World and Folk’ category for her ‘Mon Ankor Anmoure’.
Emily Barker hails from a tiny rural backwater in the remote south west of Western Australia.
In October 2005, Emily won both Country song of the year and Regional song of the year at the prestigious Annual West Australian Music Song writing Awards. Also in that year Emily commenced work on her debut solo album: ‘Photos.Fires.Fables.’ The album is an eclectic tapestry of old- timey narratives weaving gothic stories of fire, tragedy, love and hard lessons. It received much critical acclaim when it was released in the UK in 2007.
The release of this album saw the birth of The Red Clay Halo, an all-female trio who play violin, cello, accordion and flute and also all do backing vocals creating mesmerising 4-part harmonies. The band’s last album, Despite The Snow, was recorded over a snowy Easter weekend of 2008 in a 16th century barn in Norfolk. Released in November 2008, the album gained much praise.
Shortly after its release the album’s opening track ‘Nostalgia’ was discovered by composer Martin Phipps and then re-recorded for use as theme tune for Wallander, a major new drama adaptation for BBC One starring Kenneth Branagh. The first series, which attracted over 6 million viewers per episode, won a slew of awards, including a Bafta and a Royal Television Award for its theme tune.
She has won 2 ‘Musicoz” Awards & supported acts such as Sarah McLeod (Superjesus), ozzie rock icons Taxi Ride, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd and The Black Sorrows and all before age 20. Now almost 3 years on, after moving from her hometown of Glen Innes, Sarah Bird has settled into Sydney perfectly playing regular shows @ The Annandale, The Basement & Vanguard with a more defined style of indie acoustic folk Bird never fails to surprise a crowd with her accomplished guitar playing and her vast number of alternate tunings which immediately sets her apart from a typical folk genre & from most female singer songwriters. Her voice embodies a fragility & uniqueness that is simply heart stopping, and the emotion she pours into each performance is real, is touching & is unforgettable. And it is not just her music, but also her humanity that means you cannot help but be compelled to her. There is no doubt Sarah Bird will soon be the name on everyone’s lips. A fantastic songwriter and a world class act
Sweet, Smart and Refreshing, Danielle Blakey is a Sydney based artist/songwriter, blending together the catchy sensibilities of LA pop with the musical embellishments of Nashville- put simply: crossover pop/country. Pop/Country is becoming one of the hottest selling genres around the globe, artists such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum are all extremely successful, proving the new wave of pop elements in country inspired music, is big.
Danielle has recently returned from a very successful 3 month writing and promotion tour of the USA, songwriting and performing in LA, Nashville and New York and is currently working and writing new material for her anticipated second album release.
Danielle released her debut album independently in 2008, having the first 2 singles: "Driving Song" and "Back Home" receive steady airplay on Australian and International Music Radio Stations as well as in the US, UK, Europe and NZ. Reaching Top 10 positions on Australian Country Charts for over 10 weeks.
"Driving Song" is featured on two ABC/Universal Music Compilation Albums released Nationally in Australia- "Hit Country Summer Party" (2008) and "Pop Country Girls" (2009). Sharing the CD with some of pop country's hottest stars such as Carrie Underwood, Le Ann Rimes and Jessica Simpson.
Sydney songwriter Fergus Brown’s melodic guitar-pop is reminiscent of The Shins, Bon Iver and Ben Kweller, but he is equally aligned with the lyrical peculiarities of artists such as Randy Newman, Jonathan Richman&The Magnetic Fields.His debut record ‘Burgers Frown’ is a collection of sometimes quirky, sometimes tender, love songs. Musicians on the record include producers Tony Dupe (Holly Throsby) and Paul Mac (silverchair), Tim Derricourt (Dappled Cities), Jack Ladder and Holly Austin.Fergus’ song ‘Last Winter’ featured prominently on Emmy award-winning US TV series The Starter Wife’. He has performed with Martha Wainwright, Jens Lekman, Sarah Blasko, New Buffalo, Josh Pyke, An Horse, Gotye, Jack Ladder and Cloud Control, among others. Fergus is a former winner of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, an award overseen by the Lennon Foundation in New York City. He was selected by Triple J to play the Laneway Festival in January 2010.He completed a promotional tour of London and New York City in July/August 2009, playing seminal venues such as Borderline, Rockwood Music Hall and Pete’s Candy Store. In 2010 Fergus showcased at the prestigious East Coast Music Awards (participating in songwriting collaborations with Canadian artists), Canadian Music Week&SXSW.‘Burgers Frown’ is available online and in Australian stores now.
Jarrad spent the last ten years composing, studying jazz at Box HIll Tafe; majoring on electric bass, & writing/performing with his own bands - Eagle and the Worm, Custom Kings, Your Animal, Joe Neptune. In 2008, Jarrad focused his song writing into one project- Eagle and the Worm. Since 2008, EATW has recorded its debut record with Aria Nominee Steven Schram (Little Birdy, Little Red, Cat Empire), & have been added to High Rotation on Triple J March-Oct 2010 with their singles “Futureman"" and “All I Know” which have also been synchronised to American HBO series Bored to Death (Aired internationally in October) EATW spent most of 2010 on tour, to support the radio and digital success of 2nd Single ""All I Know"" Jarrad is credited as the sole song wirter, and Producer of EATWs debut LP Of late Jarrad has Co-written, & Co Produced Custom Kings- Great Escape LP released in Aug 2010, receiving critical acclaim and commercial success.
Less than a year after releasing his debut, Andy has returned with the Phantom Pains EP a 6-track EP that casually defies the conventions he established for himself on his first release. Recording the EP in a single room with no separation between instruments, Andy and his long time producer Tony Buchen have discarded many of the formalities of the studio in favour of a raw sound that speaks to the vulnerability implicit in Andy’s lyrics. Phantom Pains may prove to be Bull’s musical coming-of-age. “A lot of the things I used to be very concerned with, musically and personally, started to fall away, and continue to fall away, like a period of correction. I guess I like this idea of a necessary correction” says Bull, who’s elegant lyrics reveal a surprising melancholia, as on the title track, a story about a man who cuts off his own hands to atone for a shameful past, or ‘Dog’, a song about killing a menacing dog who silently stalks him, (a song which also happens to feature the haunting vocal flourishes of his old touring buddy Lisa Mitchell).
The Phantom Pains EP is Andy’s most personal and exciting work thus far, and his musical contemporaries seem to agree, judging by the impressive list of friends who stopped by his house while he was recording it just to ‘do their bit’ and be a part of it all - a list that includes luminaries Lisa Mitchell, Little Red, Adrian Deutsch, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Deep Sea Arcade (whose bassist Nick Weaver and drummer Carlos Adura have become Bull’s rhythm section). “I can’t believe my luck; it all just sort of happened.” says Bull.
“Possibly one of the best performers to come out of Australia for quite sometime” ARGUS NEWSPAPER, IRELAND 2005 “Robert is something different, the music issuing forth was Australian blues, raunchy and interesting.” THE IRISH NEWS 2009 WINNER- THE DECLAN AFFLJEY AWARD AT THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 2006 WINNER 1ST PRIZE -CANBERRA SOLO PERFORMER COMPETITION 2006 Campbell’s entry in to music began at an early age, first picking up a guitar at the age of 10. Born in Australia to an Irish mother and Scottish father, Campbell was introduced to a whole range of music from a very early age, and has built on this diversity by touring the world, playing his songs and picking up influences from the Himalayas to Austria, UK, the USA to Papua New Guinea, Ireland to his hometown of Canberra. Campbell’s wide range of influences results in a beguiling sound that mixes his gravelly vocals with traditional blues, old gospel-soul and alt country. Intensifying Campbell’s sound is his haunting slide guitar style, picked up while playing with local musicians at the Himalayan Blues Festival in 2008, which is heavily based on the sounds of the sitar, Robert’s music and performances have been well received and are greatly appreciated by audiences all over the world, in 2010 alohe he has clocked up over 100 shows all over Australia and in November he will be playing shows in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and has been invited back to headline the Himalayan blues festival in Kathmandu.
After discovering his passion for writing, having won several literacy awards, Stan was encouraged by his cousin to turn his attention to writing rhymes. Stan's hunger for success in the Australian rap scene has seen him front and centre as Tour MC at the Ja Rule / Ashanti concerts in 2003 as well as support act for Ruff Ryder Crew's Jin, the legendary Busta Rhymes in 2004 as well as being a part of the main support act for The Nelly St.luanatic tour. His freestyling skills have seen him appear on the unofficial remix of Jeremy Gregory's "That's What's Going Down", Camielle's "Yada,Yada, Yada" hit, J-Wess album Tha LP on an exclusive track called "Reelin'" and the highly successful and official mixtape compilation Blazin' Vols 1, 2, 3 &4 by DJ Nino Brown & DJ Samrai. Stan has recently appeared on Ricki-Lee's album and scored another underground hit with they're collabo on "Hello". Bravo also gained nationwide exposure being featured on Joel Turner's latest single "All Night Long".
Jack Carty is a rare find. An inspired artist with a way with words and melody crafted by a unique upbringing, a natural flair and a dedication to his craft. Now 23, Jack spent his formative years tucked away in the secluded Bellinger Valley on the NSW mid north coast where music and stories acted as gateways to the wider world over the range and as distractions from the sheltered familiarity of a close knit community. In this environment Jack was afforded the time and the space necessary to listen, learn and write. And write he did, as often and as honestly as he could.
Robert Cini is a 26 year old singer/songwriter from Innisfail in North Queensland. Robert grew up in a musical family. His grandfather played in jazz bands in the early 1900's and his father carried on the tradition in the 70's, playing in a number of rock bands. Robert began to harness his natural musical genes by singing from the early age of 9 and by the age of 12 joined a working covers band with his older brother. Robert would be the Drummer and a vocalist of the band. The two brothers continued the musical tradition of their family with the band publicly playing for 5 years consecutively. Robert moved away to attend university where he began putting all of his musical effort into a solo performance playing for crowds at pubs and festivals. Since then Robert has captured the attention of industry professionals and achieved some great accomplishments in just a short few years.
Since she was a young girl Tessa D's life and passion has been singing and music. At the tender age of 10 she started writing songs. At 16, began her international touring. Throughout the UK, Ireland, and Australia. By 19 she had written, recorded, produced and released her first solo album - Tessa D - Self titled. At 21, began working on some brand new singles with one of the greatest Australian RnB artists in the world Israel ("wiggle it" by rickie lee and "Because" by Jessica Mauboy). And now at 23 she is getting set to release her second album "Summer of love". The past Years have held many ups and many exciting adventurous times for Tessa D. But one thing is for certain this is one ambitious young talent, worth looking out for! Her new single "stars" is out now via I-tunes.
A colourful blend of folk, rock and pop characterises Adam Cousens’s music. With exceptionally written songs, Cousens’s diversity of heartfelt lyrics and upbeat energy translates into a pulsating folk-rock roots show. 2010 had Cousens locked away in the studio working with renowned producer Chris Townend (Silverchair, Violent Femmes, Portishead and The Mess Hall) on his debut album Free Flowin' Footsteps (in stores now through GREEN). Cousens’s music has received recognition through a string of awards and nominations such as the Amplified Awards for Best Song, Best Song Writer and Best Solo Artist. Evolving his show into a five piece band, Cousens has racked up 300+ live shows, a lifetime waiting in airports, 1000s of kilometres on the road and 7000 CDs independently sold at gigs alone. http://www.myspace.com/adamcousens
In 2006, Tobias and his then band The Long Way Home recorded and released Join The Dots, a lauded debut album which marked Tobias as an artist of depth and significance. Earning a nomination for the Australian Music Prize and 4 stars in Rolling Stone, it was described by Mess and Noise Magazine as ‘one of the best albums of this year’. Four years later, Tobias Cummings returned with a completely new band and his second album, A Trophy. A Trophy strikes off in the direction indicated by these first recordings, but moves much further into the intriguing half-light of that terrain. Recorded by Tim Whitten (The Go-Betweens), Scott Horscroft (Sleepy Jackson) and mixed by Wez Prictor (Mick Harvey), A Trophy is out now on digital, C D and vinyl formats through new Melbourne label, Departed Sounds (distribution through Other Tongues).
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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Isaac de Heer was disconnected from the power grid for his first 10 years, and music was magical; consisting mainly of Dylan, Bach, birds, and one noisy generator. Isaac is now on the eve of releasing and touring his second record Wordshapes, produced by Roger Mars (UK). Wordshapes follows his self-titled debut, which was recorded in Northern NSW on solar power in a quiet bushland setting. By contrast, the new record embraces the sounds of city squeeze, with greater depth and lusher arrangements. The songs are carefully constructed and lyrically driven, each with its own individual quirk. “Catchy as a cold that lingers with you the rest of the week” (Party Cool) Richard Kingsmill said of Visiting Hours: “It’s been around a while, but I never get tired of this song 4/5 stars” Apart from performing his own shows solidly since 2007, Isaac has supported well-known Australian and International acts such as Fink (UK), The Temper Trap, Luke Steele, Josh Pyke and Jamie Hutchings – in Melbourne as well as on numerous East Coast tours. His live band includes long-time collaborator brother Nathan on keys, with recent additions including Joel on bass, Kris on electric guitar and Fionn driving the beats. Keep an eye out for the first single ‘Wordshapes’, and its film clip, to be directed by Isaac under the watchful assistance of uncle Rolf de Heer. (Tracker, Bad Boy Bubby & 10 Canoes).
After sharing stages with The Pretenders, The Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and The Zutons as a member of Red Riders, and touring solo with Joan As Police Woman and Aimee Mann, Sydney songwriter Adrian Deutsch is proud present his debut LP Help You! - a shimmering set of classic pop, radio rock and 70’s soul. Full of evergreen songwriting, the album marks a definitive moment for Deutsch, who sets scorching guitar, abundant hooks and lush orchestral arrangements to his own unique groove across 12 varied tracks. “The kind of music that I admire is older, and it’s all about song writing,” he says. “I love 60’s and 70’s pop rock and the playing is 80% of it. There’s something about that music that isn’t self-conscious. I like the sound of people playing together.” “I sought refuge in that urgent, classic pop and soul, and wanted to make something honest,” he says. Co-produced with Berkfinger at Big Jesus Burger studios, mixed by Adrian and mastered by Kevin Metcalfe (Rufus Wainwright, Pulp, Paul Weller) at The Soundmasters in London, Help You! is for anyone who has ever sung along to FM radio; an uplifting, stylish and classically pop-literate debut.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR, 2010, Musicoz Awards; Triple J Top Ten Roots Album 2009; Played Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival and Australia Rocks, in January 2010. Then of course there's the radio airplay, media and album sales to add to the story. But for objectivity, I offer a few recent quotes from major music media: “Currently one of the most successful independent musicians in Australia.” MATT O’NEILL - Time Off - Oct 2010 “The hardest working woman in rock.” - Paul Shields - SCENE MAGAZINE - Oct 2010
Michael Gordon is a songwriter/composer from Bundamba QLD.
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Seabellies are a young six-piece indie rock band from Newcastle, who have already built up an enviable reputation based on their explosive live performances and it’s acclaimed releases. Swapping instruments throughout the set, the bands onstage presence is akin to bands like Architecture in Helsinki, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Stars, and the Go! Team - those who refuse to be boxed into the traditions of four beat rock’n’rolL During 2008 the released 3 stand-alone singles - all with different producers — all gained substantial airplay. Closing 2008 with their first tour of the US, which included the prestigious CMJ festival. New York Post listed Seabellies as one of 5 up-and-coming artists to watch during and closed their tour by playing the Fader Magazine party alongside Passion Pit, School Of Seven Bells. Seabellies have established themselves in Australia playing to audiences around the country and supporting artists including; The 1990s, The Softlightes, Something for Kate, Augie March, Expatriate, Dappled Cities, and played at the inaugural Australian V festival as the winner of Garage To V competition. Seabellies recorded their debut album, ‘By Limbo Lake’, with legendary producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Josh Pyke, Paul Dempsey). Triple J, National Australian Youth Network, have been at the forefront of airplay supporting three tracks from the album with high rotation (Orange X, Young Cubs and Trans Ending). The band has recently been long listed for the Australian Music Prize for their critically acclaimed album.
'Beyond The Satellites' is the debut 5-track release from fresh-faced Sydney bros Lance Gurisik and Josh Matysek.
The EP's eponymous single Beyond The Satellites is serviced to radio w/c 21st June. AEONS will be touring the east coast with Brisbane electro-gaze crew Misère through August.
AEONS secured the production services of enigmatic electro-don DIAMOND CUT - the loveable rogue behind Cassette Kids, Visitor, Matt Van Schie, Delta Goodrem and every memorable remix of '09.
Forming a year ago after deciding there's little to no money from playing in Blink 182 cover bands, AEONS bought some hardware and stared at it until a song popped out. They gave this song to a mysterious person called The Internet, who propagated said tune far and wide.
Before they knew it, AEONS were looking more attractive to females, playing the Parklife festival in Sydney, gigging at Sydney’s biggest clubs, recording jams with Russ Chimes, Dappled Cities, Hot Little Hands and Diamond Cut and remixing the likes of Lisa Mitchell and Deep Sea Arcade.
Recently they were commissioned by Wrigleys and 5 Gum to record a song for their national launch campaign.
After chasing the mysterious Diamond Cut down in a suburban cul-de-sac and threatening to dob him into student loans, DC agreed to join them for a week of staring at synthesizers in a dark, cold room.
While dodging flames (like, actual hot ones) in the studio, the team channeled the best of Australia's electronic heritage, both past and present, to create the future – Beyond The Satellites.
It sends a strong statement for this spanking new electro outfit from the suburban sprawl of Sydneyʼs west.
Diamond Cut says "this EP felt like being back at school running down hallways setting fire to all the classrooms & getting away with it", which we found upsetting as AEONS have never engaged in arson and donʼt plan on it in the near future.
Currently I am songwriter, singer and violinist in Melbourne band The Tiger and Me and songwriter/arranger and singer in The Nymphs. With years of singing and orchestral and solo violin playing I have developed a sound understanding of vocal and orchestral arranging. In 2010 The Tiger and Me released its debut album, and The Nymphs their debut EP, both of which were critically acclaimed. The Australian newspaper rated The Tiger and Me’s album From a Liar to a Thief at 4 stars – “the Tiger & Me is a band of emotional breadth”. I am also a session violinist/vocalist. Bands/artists I have worked with include Major Chord, Jess McAvoy, Vorn Doolette, Potential Falcon, Ancient Free Gardeners, Young Heretics, Katie Underwood and Cash Savage. Currently I am working with Pinky Beecroft (with The Nymphs) to provide backing vocals for his band The White Russians. I am also booked to tour with Mike Noga early in 2011.
I'm Tori Horgan, a 20 year-old Australian Singer, Songwriter and Performer. I’m a member of the songwriting and production team, 'The Senate'. I am currently managed by The Chemists – LA-based company aligned with Interscope Records. I have featured at many major Australian events including 'Carols by Candlelight' (2000/01), 'An Evening With President Clinton' (2001), SANFL Grand Final (2002), 'Mollywood' with Ian 'Molly' Meldrum (2004) and the Tour Down Under (2005/06/09). In April 2010, I was invited to perform the theme song, 'So My Time To Shine' for the Special Olympics National Games and was featured as a guest singer with 'Australia's Got Talent' winner, Mark Vincent. I have also collaborated with some of the world's most prominent songwriters/producers including Daniel Jones (Savage Garden), Toby Gad (Fergie, Beyonce), Gary Pinto (Guy Sebastian), Paul Cecchinelli (Guy Sebastian, Vanessa Amorosi) and Pam Reswick (Vanessa Amorosi, Tina Arena).
TATM blend reflective song writing with unadulterated melodies in a passionate mix of blues, roots and reggae. Behind every song is a story or a snapshot of a moment in time, born out of intense curiosity and observations of a world stripped bare: meditations on themes like love, fear, homelessness, happiness. But TATM don’t just want to get you thinking. They’ll get your toes tapping too, with their irresistible blend of mellow tones and feel good upbeats.
Chris says: “This trio embodies everything I have envisioned my music to be for such a long time. The chance to work with such amazing musicians is a gift. For years I've dreamt of delivering music in the way that we are just starting to. Music is a journey right? Maybe now we can take people with us. And this is just the beginning of what I hope can be a great adventure.”
With an Apra award for “Most Performed Urban Work” already to his credit, “Evil” (as he is affectionately known by his ex-girlfriends), shows no signs of straying from his roots (figuratively speaking) and further hones the Hip Hop/Punk blend that riff raff around the world have come to know and moderately like. His debut album looks set to follow in the footsteps of artists such as Prince, Dave Grohl and that homeless guy in the Valley Mall, by recording all of the instrumentation entirely by himself, with the exception of drums, ‘cause he’s way too unco to do anything remotely rhythmical with more than one limb at a time.
After lying to his friends, colleagues and family about overcoming his long spell of writers block, “Evil Eddie” is now forced to produce something that resembles music before his life becomes a large pit of despair from which there is no return. The first single “Queensland” off of the highly anticipated debut album (tentatively titled “Welcome To Flavour Country”) has already seen critics and friends alike shocked and appalled at the lyrical content and generally brazen attitude that comes with having rock star style delusions of grandeur. The “Queensland” single is due for release Nov 5th 2010 on the self-owned “Bewilderbeats” label (distributed by MGM) followed by the album in early 2011. A clip for “Queensland” (directed by Dave Barker) is also in production but contains such lewd adult concepts that it’s unlikely to be seen anywhere outside of Eddie’s house.
The “Evil Eddie” live show also makes its debut this year with an all star Brisbane based backing band boasting backbone members of ‘Butterfingers’, ‘Laneous and the Family Yah’, ‘Bang Bang Boss Kelly’, ‘The Disables’ and ‘Spitfireliar’. Whether it proves to be a raging success or an epic failure the ‘Evil Eddie’ experience promises to be something of a spectacle for all who are there to witness it.
One listen to Daniel Lee Kendall will spark enthusiasm. His debut EP “Lost in the Moment” sits brilliantly in a picture perfect summer selling, drawing the listener in with sweet melodies and the most infectious of tunes! The experience of an evening spent drinking wine and enjoying the company of fine friends and musicians alike encouraged him to pen a song. The nagging inspiration for which so many artists yearn had hit its mark and from there the textured lyrical landscapes and measured melodies that distinguish Daniel: style began to pour forth.
Working in his studio (a bedroom on the Central Coast of NSW) has been a hub of creativity for some time for Daniel. The absence of an additional set of hands to press play and ears to steer sounds, while at times frustrating for the young songwriter was valuable to developing the uniqueness of his style, a sound which truly is something special to behold. There is a decidedly romantic quality attached to the image of an introverted, tinkering whiz kid who started writing and recording alone in his own space. He had the luxury of time to experiment, to try and try again, to make mistakes and test new things.
Full biography for Daniel Lee Kendall available on the front page of www.redcatsounds.com
Lilith's debut solo album was released in 2008 and recorded at Bakehouse Studios with engineer Tim Johnston. The album features Peter Luscombe on drums (RocKwiz, Paul Kelly), Bill McDonald on bass (Four Hours Sleep, Stardust 5), and special guests Phil Gionfriddo (Jacky Winter, Dynamo, Spencer P Jones), Amanda Roff (the Ukeladies) and Justin Cusack (Black Pony Express). Recorded predominantly live, this self-titled album is distributed by FUSE MUSIC GROUP.
2008 saw the release of Richard's much anticipated debut studio album ‘Force of Nature’ with Curtis Martin on drums and Cameron Potts (Dead Letter Chorus) on bass. The album features a cast of special guests including Clayton Doley (The Hands, Jimmy Barnes) on keyboards, Justin Buckingham on alto saxophone and Virgil Reality on trumpet.
In the past Richard has shared the stage with some of the Australian Music Industries finest performers such as John Swan (Swanee), Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Jeff Duff, Louise Anton (Nissan Cedrics), Simon Meli (Ooh La La), Krishna Jones (Juice), Spencer Jones to name a few...
As always Richard is in high demand and his recent other projects include; Hard Rockin' Amigos, The Dukes, SND, Reckless and Max & The Magnificent Margaritas.
For those not yet exposed to the acoustic stylings of McAvoy, she is a beautiful, self-deprecating and unfairly talented performer of which very few have been able to escape her allure. Jess McAvoy is proud to call herself an independent artist.
She has been attracting rave reviews for the 16 years that she has been firmly embedded in the Australian music industry, and her emotive and energetic performances with her melodic hook-laden tunes appeal to a wide audience, which is reflected in the constant commercial and community support she has received over the years.
Jess moved to Melbourne in 1999 and since then her body of work has grown to mammoth proportions. She has played hundreds of well-received gigs throughout Victoria as well as touring Australia seven times with her nine studio recordings all of which have also received airplay on commercial radio and television.
Jess has toured Los Angeles and New York which included shows at the Bitter End, CBGB’s, Arlene’s Grocery and the Knitting Factory.
She has also toured with Ani DiFranco, Toni Childs, The Waifs and supported New Zealand’s Brooke Fraser, Ember Swift, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set, Kate Ceberano, Pete Murray, Tim Rogers, Tex Perkins, and many more.
In 2008 Jess Released “As the Sun Falls” her finest work to date, which received rave reviews across Australia and continues to spread across the world.
Over a long performing career, Crixus has rocked stages with everyone who’s anyone in the Australian hiphop scene, including performances & tours with perennial ARIA Award winners Hilltop Hoods & Koolism. Along with countless other gigs with popular Australian & international hiphop acts, including Muph & Plutonic, Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Thundamentalz, Quan, Tzu, Funkoars, Pegz, Hunter & Dazastah, Lyrical Commission, Combat Wombat, J-Red, Curse ov Dialect, Lotek, DJ Selekt, etc., etc… the list goes on.
Aside from performing hiphop at his own live shows, Crixus has hosted & performed at Open Mic Nights, MC & DJ Battles, Radio shows, & Poetry Slams around the country dating back to 2003.
With an intensely personal & honest writing style which has earned him recognition & praise as one of the Australia’s finest hiphop lyricists from (often better recognized) peers, Crixus’ 2007 release “Throwaways Vol. 1” was widely distributed to & downloaded from, all corners of the country completely through word of mouth.
Previously the song writer, lead singer and member of 'meridian', winner of National battle of Bands 2006, and 'mad dash', Montgomery Studied performance and composition at the conservatorium high school. He has arranged and performed strings for many local and international acts and his compositions have been performed at a number of events and venues including The Sydney Opera House.
Tessa Nuku is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Umina on the New South Wales central coast. Tessa has a unique voice that will send an unforgettable tingle down the audience’s spine. Her alternative twist on the jazz and pop genres will carve a new spot in listeners’ hearts. Tessa is one half of the Australian Duo Microwave Jenny who met a year out of high school, backstage at a show. With the realisation that they shared the same kind of musical direction and an undeniable chemistry, Microwave Jenny was born. Their silky smooth harmonies have been wooing music lovers across the country and the genre-blending duo is now a strong contributor to Australian Festival circuit. Drawing influence from artists and storytellers such as James Taylor, Bill Withers, Van Morrison, Janis lan and Joni Mitchell they aim to promote good vibes, positive spirited music with honest, and sincere lyrics. Their contagious melodies and unique outlook on life, love and the world around them is hard to ignore.
A songwriter since the age of 18, Mardi has been gracefully and gently gathering the attention of the music industry, already achieving numerous songwriting awards and playing high profile festival shows. Her arresting live show has been winning the hearts of fans across Sydney; most recently supporting The Whitlams.
“It is a special experience when you go out to enjoy a great band that you have seen a couple of times and find the highlight was listening to someone who you have never heard before- the supporting act. We really enjoyed your show.”- writes a Whitlams fan after witnessing Mardi perform.
Her debut EP due for release exclusively on Itunes October 8.
Mardi has stayed true to her art. Intimate, cathartic and bohemian, Mardi Pannan will clear your mind, take you by the hand, and lead you to a beautiful place far from the maddening world.
Cameron Potts plays in the group Dead Letter Chorus (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica). In late 2008 Dead Letter Chorus quietly released their debut album “The August Magnificent” on independent label CodeOne. What followed this humble release was a frenzy of hype and reviews not to be expected by anyone. The Sydney Morning Herald called it “Epic” and gave it 4-and-a-half stars. Rave Magazine and Rip It Up both gave it 4 stars calling it “an outstanding album” of “sprawling majesty and epic intensity”. The following year saw Dead Letter Chorus invited to some of the nation's biggest festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Playground Weekender and Peats Ridge Festival. The band played host to some touring acts including Hey Rosetta! (CAN) whom they took on an East-Coast Tour, they also had Gregory Page (USA) and Jill Barber (CAN) support them on select dates. This led to support slots with the likes of The Panics, Whitley & Clare Bowditch to name but a few. The August Magnificent was released in Canada on 16th March 2010 on the Bumstead Recordings Label.
Ileana Posas was born into a musical family in El Salvador, Central America. Her father, a dentist and also an accomplished musician who taught himself to play marimba and guitar. Her mother, a successful businesswoman who owned several record stores. Raul and Lilian greatly influenced their daughter with their love for music. In 1979, just out of high school, Ileana was invited to join ‘Simiente’, an 18 piece orchestra that combined Indigenous music influences with pop, rock and classical music. Groundbreaking for its time and hugely popular, Simiente released 2 LP’s that topped the charts and played all the major venues across El Salvador. lleana and founder/music director Nelson Huezo were the face and voices of the band. lleana went to university completing 5 years of medical studies, worked as a news reader on TV, and as a session singer in the recording industry. She arrived in Perth WA in 1988, lived there for 11 % years. Remarried and moved to Melbourne in 2000, Ileana has two grown sons and one grandchild. Highlights since arriving in Australia in 1988 • 1993-1999 Fronted 10 piece ‘Tropicana’, Perth’s most popular Latin music band. Consistently packed houses in all the festivals and clubs around Perth. The farewell gig at Fremantle’s ‘A Shed’ attracted over 2000 to the show. • July2004 Appeared on Paul Petran’s ‘Music Deli’ on ABC Radio National, performing and being interviewed. • June2007 Appeared at Hamer Hall with “The Moovin’ & Groovin’ Orchestra” • October 2007 Invited to perform in Melbourne International Festival’s ‘Second Home’ at BMW Edge • October2008 Performed all original show at Melbourne International Festival’s ‘Spiegeltent’ with 6 piece band.
Jessica Paige Romig
25 year old Jessica Paige is a Independent Melbourne singer/songwriter with new band, ""Jessica Paige and the Little Fish"". She is about to release her debut album “Once upon a Time” – including co-writes with nationally awarded jazz pianist, Luke Howard and assisted by a Vic Rocks grant. Jessica is currently working with legendary songwriter, Van Dyke Parks on arrangements for her next album. Jessica met with him on trips to L.A.in 2009/10 when she also co-wrote in Nashville /New York and had meetings with Ariel Hyatt and Derek Sivers. Adam Hills said Jessica is “my favourite singer-songwriter” (she sang live for his new pilot TV show). She performs gigs and special events. In 2006 she won the JB Seed Award, was interviewed in Australian Musician magazine, ROLLING STONE & ""Barry Bissell's Top 20 Countdown"" & her single ""Under My Skin"" was on Video Hits & Rage. Foxtel’s ""The Max"" featured Jessica in documentary ""Launchpad for Legends"".
Anthony is currently on an American tour covering 15 states. He spent his first year in the US opening for Tommy Emmanuel, playing over 18 states and reaching thousands of new fans. In the same year he landed his first American TV placement. “Walking” from his debut album featured on the top rating NBC program "The Biggest Loser 5". In 2010, Anthony was signed to a major college-booking agency and showcased at the NACA nationals as a Main-Stage artist.
From his base in Nashville, TN, Anthony has performed at a variety of venues from theatres (The Birchmere VA, The National, The Majestic) and clubs (The House of Blues LA & New Orleans, BB King’s NYC, Park West Chicago) to performing arts centers (in Virginia, Nashville, Texas, Kansas and Wisconsin), colleges and festivals (SXSW 2009 and The Bondi Beach Festival).
From the release of his album Disappearing Day and with a distribution deal under his belt the first two singles, “Little Piece of Love” and “Daylight” gained radio airplay across three continents (USA - Lighting 100, Europe—Big FM and Australia—Triple M, Nova). Anthony has also won numerous music and songwriting awards (MusicOz, Rising Star, ASA Awards, SongDoor) and has appeared on TV stations in the UK, USA (Fox 19 Morning Show and the Nancy James Show in Ohio) and Australia (Scout TV).
Prinnie is an established young singer/songwriter/dancer and Actress. From a young age she was singing and dancing onstages all over Australia. Prinnie has worked with Guy Sebastian, Jade Macrae, Jimmy Barnes, Human Nature and Marcia Hines. She stared in musicals such as Oh what a night, Leader of the pack and Rent and was featured in the movie Molon ROuge. She has most recently returned from the US where she was signed to a label thru Sony Red. There she worked with producers such as Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin and Toby gadd. She performed next to the likes of Patti Labelle, John Legend and Chaka Khan. Prinnie has now returned to Australia to pursue her solo career. Although she still travels the world to write and record, Prinnie feels the need to stay sydney based. Prinnie is most definately influenced by these regions but wants to collect her sound in her home town Sydney, so that her Australian and Tongan background come shining through Look out for Prinnie's debut album GEMINI
Reese Szabo is a songwriter, producer and performer from Dapto NSW. Reese composes music for short film and also plays in the band Jolan.
2010 saw this motivated young artist promoting her recently released EP, “Universe for Afternoon Tea” in her home town of Perth, Australia. With tours planned across Australia and Asia over the coming months, she also has an opportunity in the pipeline to co-write with songwriters of major international pop and R&B artists in the UK.
Shameem’s track “Undertones” was nominated for the 2010 WA Music Industry Association (WAM) Song of the Year Awards in the urban category. Shameem recently completed a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). This year and in 2009, she was selected as a finalist for the prestigious James Morrison “Generations in Jazz” Vocal Scholarship.
Joanne Volta aka Joey Dee performs in contemporary electric folk outfit The Sign. Their musical style is drawn from rock, blues, pop and folk influences. Continuously evolving, The Sign uses 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitars as well as studio musicians when needed to present their own unique sound. Joey Dee has been a performer all her life and has played in most of Australia, New York and Japan.
Sarah-Jane Wentzki is a songwriter, singer, musician, hailing originally
from South Eastern coastal town of Apollo Bay, now residing in Melbourne
in a big old house with 3 very annoying but stupidly cute cats.
Probably best known for her work as Princess One Point Five, her previous
songwriting credits include; scores for short films Tomorrow (best film,
amongst many other accolades, at St Kilda Festival 2010), and Goggles
(Tropfest top 10 in 2006), the release of 4 albums, including What Doesn't
Kill You (Album of the Month, Melbourne Age Magazine July 2010), The Truth
(Shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize 2006)and At Long Last (which
won SJ the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for musuic in 2005), and a number
of rather high profile licensing synchronizations ( particularly, though
not limited to: "With Light There is Hope", which appeared in the US hit
TV show Gossip Girl, and "Inadequate Response", which was used in the
trailer for US TV show Medium, which screened at the Super Bowl).
Her body of work has taken her on tour with Josh Pyke, and Jen Cloher and
The Endless Sea, as well as popped her stage alongside international
artists such as Françoiz Breut and M. Ward.
Sarah-Jane likes dancing, making lots of noise, baby sloths, meerkats,
and long walks on the beach (...no, really...)
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