Posts tagged Missy Higgins
AYLA considers herself lucky, but this 21 year old singer/songwriter is one of the most focussed artists in Australia right now and her hard work means she deserves every success

Ayla Scanlan is one focused woman. The 21 year old singer/songwriter from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland has been publishing her original works since she was eighteen and it seems that everything she does just works.

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Episode 9: Vera Blue on her favourite women in music: "It's a great time to be in the industry for us. We all hold each other up."

Celia Pavey is wide-eyed, ambitious, gracious and grateful for everything that she has achieved and is achieving. And in this conversation with Music Love's Julie Kerr, she opens up about how thankful she is for her supportive family, her experience on The Voice, her record label, singing with Illy at the ARIAs, her new album, her tour - all of which she says, "All these moments I'm having....are stepping stones, and they are all so positive." 

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ARIA announces their new Music Teacher of the Year Award. What a wonderful moment for teachers who invest countless hours into students all over Australia.

What a great day for music teachers in Australia. ARIA have just announced a brand new award called Music Teacher of the Year.

Four ARIA nominees will be selected and partnered with an "Aussie music legend" such as Jay Laga’aia, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Katie Noonan and Missy Higgins, who will visit a school or private music studio, and help tell Australia about the incredible job they do.

And for the first time ever, one teacher will receive an ARIA Award as part of the 2017 ARIA Award celebrations. How cool.

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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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Amy Shark: "The best thing I ever did was not care about the game."

Amy Shark has tapped into something. Her songs are extremely emotive, and her lyrics unpack dark and heavy themes, yet when it lands, they weigh no more than a dandelion. This is her appeal. Light, shade, heart-warming, super cool. 

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Ella Macens and The National Women Composers Development Program: I couldn’t quite comprehend that I would be composing for such esteemed Australian ensembles and musicians

It may only be a couple of weeks into the working year, but already Ella Macens has composed two songs for Australia's leading vocal ensemble The Song Company. This driven and talented woman has just returned from an intense two weeks at the Gondwana Composer School being mentored by the Company's artistic director Antony Pitts and composer Paul Stanhope. Composing original works and having them performed by some of Australia's greatest choral and orchestral groups is not something many women have the opportunity of doing. However, Ella is about to head into her second year at a brand new Masters degree created by The University of Sydney called the National Women Composers Development Program. The NWCDP - rolls right off the tongue - aims to bring some change to the under representation of women composers in Australia, and indeed around the world.

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Australian Women of the ARIA Awards from 1987-2015

The countdown is on between now and Wednesday 23 November when the red carpet will be rolled out at The Star, Sydney to celebrate the Australian music industry. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards, the first of which was held in 1987 with Sir Elton John at the Sheraton Hotel Sydney. Music Love takes a look at the women who took home the Aussie music gongs from 1987 to 2015, as well as the women inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. 

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About the night before last. The powerful moment at the Her Sound Her Story launch

I travelled down to Melbourne on Wednesday night to witness the launch of the Her Sound Her Story exhibition which celebrates decades of Australian women in music. It would have been no easy or quick task to pull everything together in order to eloquently showcase the diverse and long-lasting talent that exists within the roster of Australian women in music. The exhibition and accompanying documentary,  which will be shown tomorrow from midday, was two years in the planning. By Julie Kerr

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Melbourne Music kicks off with an all female concert and photographic exhibition

Melbourne Music Week will open with a statement on 11 November with a concert called Her Sound, Her Story, featuring Julia Stone, Ella Hooper, Mama Kin, Montaigne, Mojo Juju, Ecca Vandal, Elizabeth Rose, Airling and Nyne. It’s already sold out, but if you’re in Melbourne and still want to be part of the action, get to the free photographic exhibition of the same name. 

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