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Our featured artist profiles this week are…
Pop, R&B, South Pacific flavour
Vanessa recorded her first album at age 9 and the following year was one of 3000 competitors at the South Pacific International Song contest held in Gold Coast, Queensland, and was the only child competitor. She won third prize in the Gospel/Inspirational Category. Later that same year, she took first prize at the Nile International Children Song Contest, in Cairo.
She went on to release 3 more albums over the following 5 year. Her music topped radio charts in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and ranked second on the charts in Papua New Guinea. In 2012, she was preparing her tenth album and a tour in the United States where she performed at the Gentilly Festival in New Orleans.
Quai is a very popular artist throughout the South Pacific region.
See more at: Vanessa Quai
PETE ALLAN COLLECTIVE
Acoustic Surf, Rock, Roots, Looping
Sometimes you can just tell the artists that grew up on the coast. Their music and their lyrics all seem to reflect the smoothness of the sea breeze or the relaxed pace of coastal life, transporting the listener from wherever they are to wherever they would rather be. This capability is the heart and soul of Pete Allan’s latest EP ‘Ripples’. A native of the Sunshine Coast hub of Noosa, Pete’s blend of effortlessly cool vocals and hypnotic, swaying rhythms are the musical epitome of the paradise he grew up in.
Following on from early taster and widespread radio gem ‘Treading Water’, new single ‘Lost and Found’ highlights Pete’s gifted trademark storytelling while set to a tune fit for every upcoming Spring and Summer playlist. Produced by Elliot Heinrich at Heliport Studios, ‘Ripples’ is a leap forward in full band sonics without adding any unnecessary weight to Pete’s feather-light musical agility.
Perfectly described by Sea FM for his “smooth Sunday arvo feel”, Pete’s music matches his lifestyle – a blend of coastal warmth and down-to-earth honesty. Capturing one of the most beloved aspects of Australian life, Pete Allan creates music that represents the vastness of coastal culture on a continent girt by sea. ‘Ripples’ will see Pete Allan continue to win over new fans all around the country.
“Tightly packed with good vibes.” Dave Ruby Howe – triple j Unearthed
See more: Pete Allan Music
With a heart filled with adventure, a soul inspired by the Australian landscape and a voice that soars, Melanie Gray is putting a modern spin on Australiana music.
Inspired by a life of adventures around Australia, Melanie Gray writes songs that entice you back to the country. There’s a refreshing authenticity to her songwriting. It’s unashamedly celebratory, it’s genuinely optimistic and her songs have a knack for creeping into your heart and filling it with sincere joy. Musically it feels like you’re flying above incredible Australian landscapes – almost like a bird’s eye view of our beautiful country translated through song.
As a performer Melanie Gray is distinctly Territorian. Laid back, humble, engaging and likeable. She creates comfort and familiarity at her live shows – you feel like you’ve known her for years. That warmth comes from an honest love of performing and storytelling. And a warmth that comes from growing up in the Northern Territory.
Melanie Gray’s style is reminiscent of down-to-earth and lyrical country music singers John Williamson and Graeme Connors. But she owns the modern Australiana country music style with her own heart-felt, catchy and sometimes comical interpretation of stories. Her unique compositional style has been influenced by experiences in pop, bossa nova, jazz and classical bands, but the undeniable influence on her music is the celebration of panoramas, histories and cultures that make up our beautiful country.
Melanie’s debut EP “Calling Me Home” expresses her deep ties to the Northern Territory, the laid back lifestyles and the constant warmth it provokes. The five-track release celebrates the adventures that the Territory brings and the comfort of family ties. Produced by Rod McCormack (Sony) and co-written with Gina Jeffreys and Max Jackson it was a massive first release for this young singer/songwriter and one that forges her position in the Australian music landscape.
The first single Calling Me Home is about the Territory’s most beautiful places including the impressive Kakadu sceneries and Mindil Beach sunsets. While her second single Nature’s Lullaby celebrates the NT weather with green tree frogs echoing after the monsoon rains.
See more at: Melanie Gray