Posts tagged Renee Geyer
Caiti Baker is one of of Australia's leading ladies of soul, but her journey has been marked with overcoming big struggles. She gets up close and personal in this must read interview.

When Caiti Baker opens up her mouth to sing, you are assaulted with soul, heart and brutal honesty. While she is a typical blues and soul artist influenced by Aretha, Etta and such, her music is not just a nod or tribute to the great sisters of roots and blues, rather Caiti herself has battled and overcome many struggles. Couple powerful stories of living with and through chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder and a time of separation from her dad - a formidable blues musician himself - with a musical sensibility and sophistication, and Caiti Baker has the je ne sais quoi to match the greats.

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Wilsn is one of the finest soul artists and best vocalists in Australia.

In the very early days of the conception of Music Love, Shannon Busch AKA Wilsn was top of mind. She is one of Australia's best vocalists and soul artists and is to be celebrated. Wilsn is about to head to SXSW to showcase her soul to the world. Her songs and her voice are breathtakingly fine, and her commitment and dedication to mastering her craft are inspirational. Her EP is called Don't Give It Up. One listen and it quickly becomes apparent that Shannon was born to sing and write soul. Growing up in a musical family, listening to the greats, singing in the church choir, and then going on to study jazz after school have all been steps along Shannon's musical pathway and a great foundation for the music she is making today. Shannon will stay in the States, in Nashville and LA after her SXSW showss - she's just signed a management deal with Seth Friedman (Natasha Bedingfield, Will.I.Am, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend), a co-publishing deal with labels in Australia and the US and is killing it. Before Shannon leaves, she took some time to chat with Music Love about soul music in Australia and her long list of favourite Australian women in music.

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PLAYLIST: Australian Soul Sisters

There are so many soul artists in Australia. It's not the most played genre when it comes to radio, but that should change. Listen to  Hiatus Kaiyote, Wilsn, Renee Geyer, Thando, Jade Macrae, Kylie Aldist, The Bamboos, Jessica Mauboy, Gabriella Cilmi, Meg Mac, Emma Donavon, Ms Murphy, Vika and Linda Bull, Julie Kerr, and more.

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Frances Madden is Australia's rising jazz star and one classy, classy lady

Frances Madden has been blessed beyond measure with talent, elegance, class and her gorgeous voice. Indeed her cup runneth over. Frances was the recipient of the 2016 102.5 Fine Music FM Stefan Kruger award late last year, has opened for Dionne Warwick, regularly sells out jazz clubs around the country and has been compared to Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Praise follows her everywhere she goes. Frances kindly took the time to talk to Music Love all about her music, being compared to the greats, and the time when she was starting out singing in a hotel lobby and encountered the co-owner of Sydney's jazz club The Basement. Which she now sells out. 

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Renée Geyer: "When you love what you do, you hope that you can do it for as long as possible, and that's where I'm at!"

Renée Geyer famously describes herself as a "white Hungarian Jew from Australia sounding like a 65-year-old black man from Alabama." And indeed she is. Australia's take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards RnB music has meant Renée has had a difficult career path but 47 years on, she is still recording and performing, and has had records in the Australian charts every decade since the 1970s. Renée kindly took the time to talk with Music Love all about her long-standing career here and abroad with some sound words of advice. 

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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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