Posts tagged Soul
With a voice like medicinal honey, meet one of the stand outs of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Ruva Ngwenya

Ruva Ngwenya made her debut on The Voice just this year, and already the 25 year old performer is embracing every opportunity she gets. With a voice that is strong and soothing as Manuka honey, Ruva is currently blowing people away in the smash hit show taking Sydney by storm, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Jessie Cunniffe profiles the woman with serious drive, and copious amounts of soul. 

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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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Pack away the synthesisers for a moment, and let Carla Troiano and her band Mayfield demonstrate what an electrifyingly fun experience a skilled live band can be.

In a world filled with pre-recorded backing tracks and photoshopped-esque sonics, it is refreshing to get back to a live band - locked in, rehearsed, loose and tight all at once, with riffs and hooks for days, months, years. Meet Carla Troiano as she tells Music Love how she loves live music because audiences will witness something that will never be recreated again. Indeed. 

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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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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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