Posts tagged Clare Bowdtich
Introducing the Australian Women in Music Awards led by an all star cast of iconic Aussie ladies

Some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry have united to create and support the very first Australian Women in Music Awards & Forum (AWMA) in Brisbane in October this year.

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Queensland Music Festival: Australian icon Deborah Conway says "I am always heartened at how many women there are making successful careers for themselves in the Australian music industry."

If you were to list Australian women in music, there is no doubt Deborah Conway would be top of mind. Deborah is woven into the fabric of the Australian music scene in a glorious way. Deborah took some time to talk about women in music and her time at this year's Queensland Music Festival.

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Sophie Koh: Being independent has had its ups and down. But I’m still here. Mainly because I’ve taken charge of my music career from the very start

Sophie Koh has been writing, recording and performing music most of her life. Impeccably and flawlessly classically trained on the piano, Sophie branched out into the indie-pop scene in her early twenties. In 2003, at 23, Sophie won triple j's Unearthed competition while living in Darwin. From there, Sophie has continued on to great things, having many songs played on popular television shows Grey's Anatomy, Neighbours and Home and Away, as well many television appearances herself on Rockwiz, Spicks and Specks and even Neighbours. Winning international songwriting competitions, and playing and working with Australian household names like Ben Lee, Jimmy Little and The Church's Steve Kilby has been par for the course. Sophie gave Music Love this interview about her musical and medical pathway so far, her new album, and how surprised she was that some tracks from Book of Songs have ended up on popular radio. 

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Helen Shanahan - the stunning singer/songwriter from Perth whose honesty, melodies, and generosity, will make your spirit rise

Upon hearing Perth songstress Helen Shanahan's new song I Only Hide, it is easy to be reminded how compelling organic instrumentation, a good recording room, an alluring voice, and a great story or message can be. Such is the case for Helen who has been laying down music since 2009 with her debut EP Girl in Love. Since then, she has gone on to record a second EP Finding Gold in 2015 to much acclaim, and to be a recipient of the Telstra Road to Discovery Award. Clare Bowditch, with whom Helen once performed a duet, said, “I did not know Helen before I heard her sing. Once I heard her sing, I couldn't un-hear it: she has such talent, such a beautiful voice." Helen has recently taken herself over to Nashville, and into the talented hands and ears of producer Brad Jones. He and Helen spent ten days working on her debut full length release. They have created a wonderful recording in the first single I Only Hide, released a couple of weeks back, which leads to much excited anticipation for the rest of the album due out in the coming months. Helen chats to Music Love about her new confessional song I Only Hide, its accompanying video which deals with how her anxiety makes her feel like two people sometimes, her musical pathway so far, and hot chicken in Nashville.

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Gretta Ray: The songstress who won two major music competitions in 2016, is on her way to Nashville. And we can't wait to hear the new music that follows

The musical complexities found in Gretta Ray's singles Drive and Unwind, along with four tracks from her debut EP Elsewhere are striking and the mark of an intelligent, thoughtful musician.Despite the accolade and major invitations to perform which ensued from the wins, Gretta continued to stay dedicated to her VCE studies, knowing that all of her education including non-musical subjects, would be beneficial to her craft. A more thoughtful, grounded, focussed, and dedicated musician would be hard to find, and after a summer in Australia, Gretta is on her way to Nashville to begin to produce her next project. Gretta Ray speaks with Music Love about that tremendous winter's triple j day, her new music video, and offers some advice for high school students who want a career in music. 

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Ngaiire and the National Live Music Awards

On Tuesday 29 November, every capital city across the country will hold an event to commemorate the inaugural National Live Music Awards (NLMAs). The purpose of the NLMAs is to celebrate and reward the many performers who contribute to a huge live music scene in Australia. There will be 51 awards presented across the country, divided by State, with eighteen national awards presented at a Sydney gala event held at renowned jazz club, The Basement.

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