Here they are
Born in New York City in 1971, Jack Jones arrived in Australia as a ten-year-old. Even as a youngster, Jack began showing an incredible talent with his guitar playing. At fourteen Jack was already playing professionally in both cover and original bands. At the same time, he was earning a reputation as a very accomplished and well-respected studio musician.
After heading back to the United States for several years to further study his craft, Jack eventually returned to Australia and joined the successful 90’s band ‘Southern Sons’ as lead singer/guitarist. With hits such as “Heart In Danger”, “Always & Ever”, “Hold Me In Your Arms”, “Waiting For That Train”, “I Can’t Wait Any Longer”, “Lead Me To Water”, “Silent Witnesses”, and “You Were There”. His vocal ability was highly praised by both fans and musical peers alike.
He not only enjoyed success in Australia, but in Asia, Canada, Germany, and pockets throughout Europe confirming he was a major talent worthy of recognition. He has toured and recorded as singer/guitarist with the likes of John Farnham, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, James Reyne, Rick Price, Merryl Bainbridge, Graham Goble (Little River Band), Richard Clapton, Gary Garry Beers (INXS), Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Jeff Jacobs (Foreigner), Schuyler Deale (Michael Bolton, Billy Joel), Crystal Talefiero (Billy Joel), Deb Byrne, Kylie Minogue, Doc Neeson, Stoolz Roachman & the Idiot Sevilles, Renee Geyer, Bachelor Girl, Anthony Warlow and countless others…
Jack has featured in a number of CCEntertainment shows including “Whole Lotta Love” and “Beggars Banquet”.
Vanessa is a violinist, composer and arranger based in Sydney, Australia.
Having composed scores for numerous short films, Vanessa applied to undertake studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2011. She completed the year with a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music and was shortlisted for the 2011 European Union Film Award. Vanessa’s diverse performing experience, including classical, rock, pop and world music, has influenced her compositional style. She likes to experiment with new sounds and textures to strike a balance between acoustic and synthesised instruments.
Vanessa started playing the violin at the age of 3, having won eisteddfods and scholarships including into secondary school and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Associate Professor Goetz Richter.
Vanessa is a versatile performer in both classical and popular genres. As a soloist and/or part of an ensemble, she has recorded numerous albums, soundtracks and TVCs. These include productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA and the Sydney Film Festival, films Gabriel and Happy Feet 2, and the game Soul Calibur V. She has also performed at live and televised events for such artists as Leona Lewis, Goldfrapp and Lior. Vanessa also enjoys playing contemporary classical music, having premiered new works by up-and-coming Australian composers.
Vanessa is currently being mentored by Australian film composer Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom, The Slap) of Sonar Music, as part of the Screen Music Mentorship awarded to her in 2012 by Women In Film & TV NSW. She is the recipient of the 2012 Johnny Dennis Music Award for Best Instrumental Piece, awarded by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
British born Ian Tilley arrived in Australia at the height of the 80’s music scene and in 1992 became the Sydney-based Bass player for Boom Crash Opera. Touring the region extensively and recording 4 Albums with the band before departing in 2016. Ian has also performed in CCE’s The Great Gig In The Sky, CCE’s 1976, Steve Balbis Black Rainbow, Jenny Morris and Jon Stevens.
Casper Tromp graduated in jazz piano at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2012. He’s currently based in Sydney, Australia.
After a broad classical training on piano and recorder, Casper began improvising and writing his own piano music under the tutorship of Albert van Veenendaal. While studying his first degree – Industrial Design – he kept developing his improvisation and composing skills, plus organised international jazz festivals. Straight after graduating, he was accepted into the Amsterdam Conservatorium. During his 4 years there he studied and played an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, pop and world music. These influences inevitably found their way into his style of composing and playing.
Listen to his music and you’ll find that Casper combines the energy and spontaneity of jazz with the sounds of pop and modern classical. He draws a lot of his inspiration from Bebop, Ravel and Messiaen, plus the structure of industrial design. His pieces leave space for and inspire creative improvisation, while still telling a story and maintaining clarity.
Casper has had the opportunity to study jazz with a.o. Albert van Veenendaal, Hans Vroomans, Harmen Fraanje, Karel Boehlee and Kris Goessens, plus classical music with Daniël Kramer. He was in master classes by John and Gerald Clayton, John Beasley, David Linx and Danilo Rea. Apart from working on his own music with Black Tulip, Casper works as a freelance pianist with, among others, Lionel Cole, Gregg Arthur, Craig Scott, Cameron Reid and Hannah James.
Since 1997 Glenn has been a freelance musician performing in bands and duo’s and as a solo singer/guitarist. From 2000 through 2007 he was involved with the band, The Dead Abigails, as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist touring both nationally and internationally. The band also recorded at such illustrious studios as 301 Sydney and Metropolis in Melbourne.
In 2007 he started the rock band, The Dog Line, in which he was the songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist. He is also a founding member and musical director of funk/soul outfit, Mayfield.
Glenn has worked on Jersey Boys and is involved with the project, Bobby Fox and The Treatment. Bobby (played Frankie Valli in the Melbourne and Sydney seasons of Jersey Boys) and Glenn have been collaborating since early 2011 and recorded our debut EP over the past summer working alongside some of Sydney’s finest musicians: Marty Hailey (David Campbell, Smoke And Mirrors, Producer/Engineer @ Blackfoot Studios), Joe Accaria (David Campbell, Smoke And Mirrors, Tap Dogs, Human Nature), Nick Sinclair (Tina Arena), Tim Hartwig (Charlton Hill, The Voice Australia) and Michael Azzopardi (assistant musical director on Jersey Boys).
Mark Da Costa is a Sydney based singer/song writer. You may have seen him on Australian Idol in 2007 as a top 12 contestant or simply seen him lighting up the stage live at a local Sydney pub playing with his cover band “The Black List”. When he appeared on Australian Idol, he rocked the house with his renditions of Evie by Stevie Wright and Whole Lotta Love by Zepplin.
Mark Da Costa is now well on the way to establishing himself as an original solo rock/pop artist. He wants to prove that it is possible to manage your own career and release a quality record without the help of a major label. Not wanting to discredit the great work the majors do, but to simply achieve a career in music on his own hard work and artistic integrity would be the ultimate goal.
Mark is an unbelievable vocal powerhouse and demonstrates his love of the Rock genre in every performance he gives.
Pete Drummond is one of Australia’s most phenomenal drummers. His relentless pursuit of technical mastery and his deep-rooted musicality have captured the attention of many of the world’s great drumming artists including Virgil Donati, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang and Mike Mangini.As a solo drumming artist, Pete’s mind-blowing performances at major drumming festivals both in Australia and overseas, have established him as one of the rising stars of the next generation of drummers. As Thomas Lang (Drumming superstar) stated in Modern Drummer magazine: “Pete Drummond is an amazing Australian Drummer”.Since 2005, Pete has been a member of the legendary Australasian band Dragon (ARIA Hall of Fame Inductees). He is one of the main songwriters and the Producer for the band. He also plays keyboards, samples and sings in the live shows. As a sideman Pete has worked with a host of great artists, spanning a wide array of musical styles including: Joan Rivers (US Comedian), The Temptations (US Motown Legends),, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Wendy Matthews, Ricki Lee, Shannon Noll, Choirboys, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Jeremy Barnes (The World’s Fastest Guitarist).Pete Drummond as a session drummer, Pete has appeared on a multitude of albums, commercials and soundtracks, Inc. Shannon Noll’s 2012 ‘Switch Me On’, Dead Ringer Band’s ARIA award winning album ‘Homefires’, Channel 10, NRL, ABC TV and many more.Pete’s performance at The Ultimate Drummers Weekend 2003 received widespread acclaim, and subsequently, Pete is a cover artist on the internationally released DVD of the event; alongside Thomas Lang, John Blackwell JR. (Prince) and Jimmy Degrasso (Megadeth).
Lozz has played and toured with well-established Sydney acts including Urthboy, Pat Capocci, The Drey Rollan Band, Drummer Queens, The JHD Revival Band, Sirens Big Band and Rackett. Lozz is well known and respected in the Sydney music scene as “That Red Head”. Her old school style rockabilly trio blends blues and country together with a dash of punk attitude. Lozz will be joining the team for percussion duties.
2016 has been a very exciting year for Susannah Mirana with the successful release of her debut single with her band Linki and a follow-up single out next month, cementing her roots as an indie rock artist.
Susannah is a charismatic, energetic, and versatile singer/songwriter who has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Her natural vocal style and ability to perform many genres have enabled her to work alongside many profile artists around Australia.
Her talents also extend to radio and TV, where as a traffic reporter and voice-over artist she can be heard across various leading Sydney stations.
Grant Naylor has performed in over 25 different countries, performing the European festival circuit extensively (including Glastonbury, Womad, Edinburgh, North Sea Jazz, and Pepsi Seiget Budapest.)
Grant has performed to audiences of up to 30,000 and more, he is truly a seasoned professional, astounding the crowd where ever he performs. Grant Naylor has performed mainly throughout Europe and Asia, performing with bands of all styles with DJ ‘s and theatre companies.
Grant first played with DJ’s in London @ the infamous club “Heaven” and has toured the electronic music circuit extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe.
Headlining a lot of festivals with trance techno outfit “Tribal Drift” (who were number 3 in the charts in eastern Europe) Grant has been heavily involved with African music for many years and has toured the big festivals of the U.K. and Europe, performing with an array of West African bands and drumming and dance troupes.
In Australia Grant performs with Bands, DJs and African Drumming Troupes You can catch him in Sydney clubs, high prole corporate events or anywhere from coast to coast touring with some of Australia’s best acts.
Dan is a Sydney based Drummer with an extensive background of influences and experience. Starting from a young age and growing up with a gospel background, he was playing live in front of crowds from as young as the age of 6. It wasn’t long before his keen ear for diverse styles and genres fuelled his fire for music, in particularly drumming.
He is a member of Australian indie rock band Battleships, who have been travelling nationally playing with bands including Boy and Bear, The Paper Kites and The Preatures. Dan is also currently playing for X Factor artist Cat Vas and The Voice’s Nick Kingswell. He brings a natural rock edge to his playing and an energy to the stage that is sure to capture the heart behind the music.
Jan has been working as a professional musician in Sydney for the last 10 years, playing, touring and recording with a diverse range of artist both locally and internationally.
These include Boy and Bear, Josh Pyke, Lisa Mitchell, Tin Sparrow, Lachy Doley, Christine Anu, Mitch Anderson, Amali Ward, Casey Donovan, Clare Bowditch, Georgia Fair The Widowbirds and more.
Matt Smith began playing guitar at the age of 8. After high school, he went on to study music further at Southern Cross University under the teaching of Jim Kelly, whom he later recorded a duo guitar album with called ‘Onwards and sideways”.
Matts has always loved a wide spectrum of music, from the most contemporary jazz to rock and pop music.
He was a finalist in the ‘National Jazz Awards’ for the guitar at Wangaratta jazz festival in 2007, and supported George Benson last year in Australia. Matt also plays regularly as James Morrison guitarist.
Matt is a founding member of Reggae/Afrobeat/Hip-hop band “The Strides” who have released 3 albums and toured Australia widely. They also receive airplay on JJJ and have a release overseas where they have found themselves climbing the reggae charts in France, Italy and other parts of Europe.
In 2009 Matt was hired by Warner to play the guitar on Thirsty Merc’s 3rd album ‘Mousetrap Heart’ which was recorded at ‘Sound City Studios’ in LA under legendary producer Matt Wallace. After the album, Matt was asked to join the band.
Since then Matt has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas with Thirsty Merc and performed alongside many great acts.
While Thirsty Merc has taken the best part of a year off Matt has been touring internationally with Pete Murray. Over the years Matt has also performed and recorded with many other artists including Darren Percival, Karise Eden, Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Hunt, Ngaiire, Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano, Wendy Mathews, Steve Kilby, Jonathan Zwartz, Katie Noonan, Ray Beadle, Phil Slater, Simon Barker, The Vampires, Cameron Undy and Terapi Richmond.
While supporting Meat Loaf recently Matt was asked by Meat Loaf to play a guitar solo with his band during his Australian tour.
“…Matt’s a world class guitar player” – George Benson
Robbie Woolf has worked all over Australia and in New York, London and Los Angeles with the following artists as a keyboard player and vocalist. He is also the APRA Award winner of the most performed dance work of 2004. The list comprises live and studio work that has taken him from The Adelaide Cabaret Festival to tours of Europe, and to the recording studios of the U.S.
Diesel, Jimmy Barnes, Nikka Costa, Deni Hines, Silverchair, Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies, Mahalia Barnes, The Sleepy Jackson, Continental Robert Susz of the Dynamic Hepnotics and The Mighty Reapers, Karise Eden, Guy Sebastian, Tim Finn, Jenny Morris, The Falls, King Tide, X Factor, Stranger Cole (Jamaica), Shannon Noll, Darren Percival, Old Man River, Emma Donovan, Ursula Yovitch, Prinnie Stevens, Richard Clapton, The Whitlams, Pnau, Nick Littlemore, David Campbell, Gail Page, and more!
Stuart (Chet) has been playing the guitar professionally since the age of 15. In 1986 he and Jon Stevens formed the band Noiseworks. They released three multi-platinum albums. He was a member of the Jesus Christ Superstar band in 1993.
In 1994 Stuart joined the Farnham Band and became the first Australian artist to be endorsed by Gibson Guitar.
Stuart has worked with Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Kylie Minogue, Joe Camilleri, Tommy Emmanuel, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton-John, Nick Barker, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and David Hirschfelder. He has collaborated on several projects as performer, producer, composer for albums, commercial jingles, television shows and theatre. Stuart worked with Chong Lim on many of the recordings for the Sydney Olympic Games.
“Sounds like Janis Joplin & Angus Young had a baby and baptised it in Bourbon”. – Rolling Stone
Dallas is the namesake front woman of the three-piece, award-winning Australian rock outfit, Dallas Frasca. A stand-out of her class and an almighty presence on the mic. Frasca has not stopped for over a decade. She’s toured the world, clocking over 900 shows with her band including 9 international tours and has managed to pop a Top 30 Australian ARIA charting album under her belt, a #10 Aus album as well as many awards including ‘Artist of the year’ at the Independent Music Awards. Her song, ‘All My Love’ finished 3rd in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC – over 16,000 entries) which landed her band to sign with Verycords in France. ‘All My Love’ also reached the #10 charts in the Czech Rep when re-recorded & released by 18yr old Lenny (Sony). In Melbourne, Dallas runs her own independent record label, Spank Betty Records and has supported the likes of Ugly Kid Joe, Patti Smith, Aerosmith & Van Halen and even been endorsed by ‘Slash’ himself; ‘Great vocals, riffs & grooves’. Dallas has also fronted legendary Aussie rock band Midnight Oil in support of Amnesty International.
Natasha Stuart is one of Sydney’s most in-demand singers. 2012 was a big year for Natasha and included the release of her first full-length album, ‘Light This Fuse’, a symphony orchestra tour with Tina Arena which travelled around Australia (including 4 sold out performances at the Opera House) and 3 separate landmark performances at the State Theatre where she duetted with John Waters, Ciaran Gribbon (INXS) and backed up Richard Clapton.
Her vocal diversity has afforded her a rich and varied career working with numerous high profile artists (including Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee, James Morrison, Paul Mac, and Delta Goodrem), appearing as a featured vocalist on movie soundtracks (‘Razzle Dazzle’) and writing and performing on releases in the USA with DJ Lee Kalt.
Jak’s infatuation with the guitar began when he witnessed The Police play live as a kid. By his mid-teens he was playing regularly around Melbourne and would soon help to form The Badloves. As a member of The Badloves, Jak developed his signature Bluesy/Psychedellic sound, turned heads and won hearts. In 2001 he was snapped up by The Whitlams and has been a significant member ever since. In 2004, Jak released his debut solo album, which featured an array of diverse styles from 60’s garage to disco pastiche.
In recent years Jak has demonstrated his astounding versatility by establishing himself as a highly sought after freelance guitarist. He has performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Jimmy Barnes, Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton John, Abby Dobson, Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews, Daryl Braithwaite, Christine Anu, Nessa Morgan, Foxx on Fire, Shannon Noll, Guy Sebastian, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Luke Dickens and Damien Leith.
Over the last few years Jak has also played with Clayton Doley’s organ Donors. He appears both as Guitarist and Mix Engineer on their debut album Tention!
He is currently spending nights couped up in the studio cooking up some new Psych/Folk/Pop music of his own. Keep an eye and an ear out for some of this in early ’12.
Adelaide-born Zkye Compson-Harris has been performing professionally since the age of 16. She studied at the Elder Conservatorium in Jazz voice. Moving to Holland for the better of 2 years, she followed her nose & found her way into the Dutch music scene writing, recording and performing.
Fast forward to 2007 and Zkye released her debut album ‘Beyond The Pane’. then, a 2009 trip to the USA opened the doors to the next level for Zkye and partner Damien Steele-Scott – Recording with some of the best session guys on offer.
With intense energy & a voice that means business, Zkye will always take you on a musical journey.
Travelling to the States to write and record with Nashville’s best was Zkye’s latest venture – Co-writing and recording with the Wizardz Of Oz in L.A. is looking to be very exciting with a Branch of Sony picking up the tunes.
Recent performance highlights include shows with Brian Cadd and Russell Morris, CCEntertainment including “It’s only Rock & Roll” at Sydney’s Olympic Park to an ecstatic outdoor crowd of 7000, “The Darling Harbour Jazz Festival” 2007 & 2008 with Joseph Calderazzo and The Basement (Sydney).
Continuing to flourish, Zkye possess a voice not easily forgotten nor mistaken.
Jeff Martin was raised in Windsor, Ontario and started playing the guitar at age 8. He formed his first band at age 11 and decided, then and there, that this is what he wanted to do with his life. In high school he was challenged by an older student to learn a blues-inspired Led Zeppelin song which inspired his father, a blues fan, who turned him on to the blues standards. Jeff caught on quickly and could frequently be found jamming with professional bands from the Windsor Detroit area while still in his teens.
During his teens he was also given a copy of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s album and his imagination was captured by the instrumentation of Within You Without You. Jeff developed a fascination with eastern tunings and instruments, a preoccupation he later indulged with great success as a member of the seminal Canadian band The Tea Party, and now currently The Armada with Wayne P Sheehy.
Jeff is also a producer. In addition to producing or co-producing all of The Tea Party’s albums, he has worked with artists such as Tenth Planet and Hundred Mile House and has recorded with David Usher, Conjure One and Todd Kerns.
Born into a family of classical musicians Ian began playing the violin at the age of four. His live television debut was at age 5 and he began competing in Eisteddfods soon after. Ian began his world travels at age six and wowed audiences as a child star in the U.S.A. and Canada, and in following years in Britain, Europe and Japan. At age 12 he performed with the Vienna Boys Choir in their hometown.
awarded a scholarship to the NSW Conservatorium of Music at age eight, Ian continued his training there for the next ten years.
Today Cooper continues to perform classical concerts and is equally at home playing Jazz concerts. He is a regular guest artist of Jazz trumpeter James Morrison and has also appeared with John Farnham, Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, Simon Tedeschi, David Helfgott, Neil Sedaka, Barry White, Deni Hines, Marcia Hines, Wendy Matthews, The Angels, Melinda Schneider and Olivia Newton-John.
Ian has released 8 CDs, the latest being Ballads and Bossa Nova, on the La Brava Music label. He has been awarded numerous Australian live performance awards including 2 MO Awards, 2 ACE Awards, 3 Golden Fiddle Awards and a platinum “ARIA” Award for his Olympic Opening Ceremony composition “Tin Symphony”. Ian also composes soundtracks for Discovery Channel and is a keen pilot, and yachtsman.
Michelle Hood’s love of the Violin has seen her advance quickly despite starting in her late teens in 2003; studying in Holland before returning to Australia to commence Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music.
Michelle has performed at the Darling Harbour Music Festival, with the Joe Davis Band, Le Caberet Gothique, the annual Newtown Blue Moon festival; has played the Rock Opera ‘Tommy’, and was supporting act for Burlesque Dance Troupe.
Her sessions include performing for the film “Estelle’s Etoiles” (to be released); and performed with Wendy Parr (co-composer, “Slum Dog Millionaire)
Janine completed a Bachelor of Music at the Canberra School of Music in 1996 and was Principal cellist of Canberra Symphony Orchestra before travelling to Germany to attend University in Berlin.
Janine performed with the German Youth Orchestra for three years, playing principal cello on tours of Germany and Italy in 2001. Janine won positions with Sinfonietta Frankurt and the Offenbacher Kammerorchester until her return to Sydney in 2007.
Janine now performs with both Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as being on the teaching staff at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Australian Institute of Music.
Janine’s forays into contemporary music have included performances with Bread, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Mark Vincent and Katie Noonan.
Based in Sydney, Greg has been working professionally as a musician for the past 20 years. His list of live performance and recording credits include Chris Isaacks, Glen Tilbrook, Jimmy Barnes. Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano, Christine Anu, Wes Carr, Rick Price, Doc Neeson, Tom Burinson, Tambalane, Damien Leith, James Freud, Lee Kernigan, James Blundell, Jazz Trumpeter, Bobby Shew and Saxophonist, Bob Mintzer from The Yellow Jackets, to name just a few.
Greg was Musical Director for the Fox 8 TV series, ‘The Singing Office’ which was awarded an Astra Award for the Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program in 2008. He has also appeared on Australian Idol playing Double Bass from 2003–2008, the ABC’s O’Loghlin On Saturday Night (2nd series), John Foreman’s Big Night In on Channel 10, Channel 7’s Battle Of The Choirs, and numerous other one-off TV appearances with a variety of artists.
Tony Azzopardi is a Sydney based percussionist consumate in all areas of (Afro Latin) percussion.
He has worked professionally for the last 38 years and in that time has toured internationally including Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, The Montreal Jazz Festival 1995 with the John Forman band, China, Malaysia ,Singapore and the first Jazz Festival of Bangkok in 1996. he has recorded with some of Australia’s best artists including Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson, the lengendary Roger Framton, Jenny Morris, Mark Hunter, Andrew Oh, The Nissan Cedricks, Richard Clapton, Gina Jefferys, Jeff Duff, Tina Arena and many others. He has also played with international acts such as Don Radar, The Temptations, Thelma Huston, Lisa Monelli, Cathy Sledge, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie and Michael Bublé to name a few. Some of the many bands Tony works with are The Prophets, Doug Parkinson, Marcia Hines, Andrew Oh, Grace Knight, seven years with the Australian Idol band, The Beat Goes On, Scandalíus, Superfish, Glen Shorok, Bodacious Cowboys and others.
He has also worked on a number of theatre shows including Fame (both Australian and Asian tours), Grease the Arena Spectacular, and Hair. He was also musical director on an episode of Heartbreak High and works regularly on T.V. variety shows as well as a number of commercials and sound tracks. He was a regular guest on the Club Buggery Show (ROY and HG).He has also done all the percussion on the internationally acclaimed show Burn The Floor (floor play) where he toured around Australia England, and China.
As well as all this he works hard during the day bringing his craft to schools, doing a show called ‘Drumbeat’. This show has received the best of reviews from the Department of Education over the last 23 years. Known for his sense of feel and professionalism Tony is always one of the first percussionists called.
Charlotte first started playing the cello after her move from New Zealand to Sydney as a young child. Her studies at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney were followed by postgraduate study in Moscow and the UK. In 2005 Charlotte was selected to be one of the first ‘ACO Emerging Artists’ and was a fellow with the orchestra and member of ACO2 for two years. In 2008 her string quartet held an artistic residency at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada where they worked closely with the Schoenberg Quartet. Tours and performances worldwide have taken Charlotte to the UK, Canada, America, Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Finland, Estonia and New Zealand.
Within Australia Charlotte has performed regularly with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Orchestras and performed for audiences including Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and the last three Prime Ministers of Australia. Charlotte and her quartet currently tour, collaborate and perform with Lior and Boy & Bear. She has also shared the stage and recording studio with a wide range of artists including Richard Tognetti, Steven Isserlis, Kolja Blacher, Caroline Almonte, Helen Grimaud, William Barton, Andre Rieu, The Beatnix, Sarah Blasko, John Farnham, Joseph Towadros, Tim Freedman, James Morrison, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, John Farnham, Jessica Mauboy, Jess Chalker, Ball Park Music, Passenger, and Angus & Julia Stone. When Charlotte isn’t playing on stage she can be found watching/dancing at Coachella or Splendour in the Grass.
Danny Marx Young travelled Germany and performed 30 dates in and around 35 days, which fuelled his passion for being a frontman. Upon his return, Young started a rock band where he entertained the local surf scene whilst building a following. he came through to win a national song contest presented by 2DayFM’s Ugly Phil.
Danny played several roles in Australian dramas including All Saints, Home and Away and Breakers. He also did a season of Musical theatre and moonlighted for band Deep Squeeze.
looking to bigger and better things, young established a band called Circlework and Toured the East Coast of Australia. Liaising with the likes of Billy Thorpe and Molly Meldrum, Young received Thorpe’s glowing review that he had a singing style which stood out from other singers in the industry. It was then that Circlework began working with legendary producer Harry Vanda, who is renowned for his work writing and producing hits for a number of groups and solo singers including John Paul Young (Danny’s father), Rose Tattoo, The Angels and AC/DC.
Not enough to hold Young’s full attention he began pursuing other projects before being scouted for a new Australian megaband under Vanda’s Management. Following a break up over artistic differences, Zumanity was born.
Since then, Young has enjoyed a triumphant period of song writing and performances, both with the band and on a solo level. Danny also participated on the soundtrack for Australian film Razzle Dazzle doing a blistering cover of Angry Anderson’s ‘Bound For Glory’.
One of Australia’s most highly sought after drummers with an extraordinary ability to cross every conceivable stylistic boundary, gordon brings a unique energy to any performance as both an exciting soloist and a very supportive team player, with a driving, natural feel.
Born in Sydney, 1968, Gordon started playing drums at age 13. Like many young musicians, his initial inspiration came from the raw rock of bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, however he quickly developed an interest and passion for an extremely broad range of music styles in particular, Jazz. He studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music during which time he began playing in Mike Nock’s band and later joined The Don Burrows Quartet gaining amazing international touring and performing experience. Between his travel commitments, he quickly established himself as one of Sydney’s busiest freelance musicians performing everywhere from small clubs to studios and concert halls.
Since then, Gordon has worked with the cream of Australia’s Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Country artists and many international acts including, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, Leo Sayer, Bob James, Tom Jones, Bob Florence, The Commodores, Bob Geldof, Barry Harris, Nat Adderley, Maria Schnieder, Lee Konitz, Suzie Quatro, Lionel Richie, Glenn Shorrock (from Little River Band), Tina Arena, The Sydney All Star Big Band, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Anthony Warlow, Russell Watson, Rob McConnell, Don Rader, Dale Barlow, Eartha Kitt, Jimmy Barnes and many more.
Gordon spends a lot of time freelancing in various recording studios and can be heard on many movie soundtracks, albums, and television themes. he played five nights a week nationally on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard in the early 1990’s, and was the resident drummer for Australian Idol. He also recorded Anthony Callea’s ‘The Prayer’, which is the highest-ever selling single in Australia by a local artist.
New Zealand-born piano virtuoso and composer Charmaine Ford has blazed a trail of awards confirming she is indeed one of New Zealand’s most distinguished musicians. She has also released two self-penned jazz albums, showcasing her extraordinary talent.
Charmaine has played the piano professionally since her mid teens and has been composing since the age of six. At age 19, she was awarded a Travel Grant Scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) to study in London. There, Charmaine spent three months learning from two of England’s top jazz educators, Nikki Iles and Pete Churchill, while also taking lessons from one of the world’s leading classical pianists, (the late) Professor Yonty Soloman.
Ford has performed and toured extensively throughout Australasia and has appeared on New Zealand National Television several times including ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She has been invited to play at many of New Zealand’s international jazz festivals, as well as performing in concert with ‘The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’. In addition to her staggering list of achievements, Charmaine appears on numerous recordings covering a wide variety of genres.
Since moving from New Zealand to Sydney in 2008, Ford has rapidly become in demand as a performer, educator and session musician. “Nothing could have prepared me for this young pianist’s spell-binding virtuosity” BAY OF PLENTY TIMES, NZ
“I feel like I’ve been pregnant for years and at any point I’m just gonna explode all over everyone. Amongst the blood and guts there must be a musical masterpiece or something I won’t be ashamed to call my child. If it’s just blood and guts, I think I’ll quit!” Ngaiire.
Ngaiire has never been one to reside within the confines of a musical box – constantly bleeding out the corners – a reflection of her diverse upbringing. Ngaiire came to Australia at just 16 having spent a lot of her life living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Starting a new life in the little NSW town of Lismore meant a significant change of lifestyle. amidst trying to sync herself with the ways of her new society she sparked an extensive love affair with Sarah Vaughn and Jeff Buckley.
At 18 she began a Jazz degree at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay. half way through her degree she felt Mackay was becoming a creative barrage for her prompting her to move to Sydney. Within a year Rolling Stone had recognised her as a rising star to look out and Her growing reputation attracted bands from Paul Mac, Sarah Blasko, ARIA award winning Monsieur Camembert, and Blue King Brown.
“When I first heard Ngaiire it was one of those moments when you just go, that has all the right bits in all the right places. It was like a soulful massage for my eardrums. Beautiful harmonies, great songs, sass, sincerity and soul to spare.” John Butler.
Turn on the TV and Peter Northcote plays on 90% of the ads you see and hear. Pick your favourite show and there’s a good chance he’s played guitar or written the music…
Peter Northcote started playing guitar at age 9. He took lessons for 6 months whilst also taking tennis lessons. He was eventually told by his parents to choose one or the other. He took guitar, and high school bands, wedding receptions and cover bands led to touring bands of the likes of RICHARD CLAPTON, DRAGON, STEVIE WRIGHT, DARYL BRAITHWAITE, JENNY MORRIS and THE MONKEYS to name a few.
In 1985 Peter started doing session work and over the years it has garnered him the reputation of being arguably the most recorded guitarist in Australia. His client list is a who’s who of Australian recording artists and advertisers. Having 12 Library/Production albums under his wing, his compositions have had a regular spot on Oprah, Dr Phil and every sporting and lifestyle program known to man. He has also two solo albums to his credit – ‘Conditions Apply’ and ‘Pointdexter and the Genius Sex Act’, which have won critical acclaim from the likes of Steve Vai.
Highlights of recent years include winning Best Instrumental Artist in the 2007 Musicoz Awards, supporting Joe Satriani at the Enmore Theatre in 2008 and his first tour of Japan in 2009.
Peter has also made a name for himself as a producer and runs a professional recording/production studio in Sydney, as well as running educational clinics and mentoring sessions for music students.
Born 1977 and bred in the West of Sydney’s outer regions, Simon Meli began his musical affair in infancy. His Maltese Grandmother initiated things, teaching him organ and singing about her kitchen, but it was before Simon could speak, his father (fuelled by motorcars) handed Simon an unused gearshift from an LJ Torana, Simon thought straight away to use this as a make-shift microphone.
Whilst his unschooled voice and technique is one to his own… Simon has developed a unique and soulful voice in the Sydney and Australian market, ever willing to take abroad. To listen to Simon’s voice can be tonally compared to Robert Plant, Lou Gramm and a voice that could bend all the black keys on a piano. Heavily inspired by Frankie Miller, Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers of Free, Simon hopes to carry the same soulful torch.
Sharing stages with national & international greats is not an uncommon occurrence in Simon’s career. Highlighted by the Greatest of International artists… Paul Weller (UK, The Jam, The Style Council) – Bon Jovi and Swamp Legend, Tony Joe White (US). Not to mention local touring and sharing stages with Australian greats such as Jimmy Barnes,The Backsliders, Kevin Bennett, and many more.
John Swan was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and immigrated with his family to Australia when he was still a child. He has been on the Australian music scene since he was 14 years old and has become part of this country’s musical backbone playing first as a drummer, then as a singer with many of the country’s top rock and roll outfits.
In 1978 he released his first album “Into The Night” with WEA Records. Swanee’s first major chart success was a great rendition of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were A Carpenter” from the album “This Time It’s Different”. Success with the next 2 singles from the album immediately followed. “Lady What’s Your Name” and “Temporary Heartache” both screamed straight up the charts.
Swanee played all over the country, winning new fans wherever he went. He built a reputation as one of the best and most respected rock‘n’roll singers in the country.
John has supported many international tours including AC/DC, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Robin Trower, 10CC and Johnny Winter. Also, by invitation on the Australian tours of INXS, John Farnham, Marcia Hines, Tommy Emmanuel, Midnight Oil, Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes and many others. Swanee enjoyed continued success leading up to a phone call from Party Boy Paul Christie looking for a new front man and he needed, by his admission, “the best rock ‘n’ roll voice in the country”.
Along came the Party Boys’ self titled album which went #1 in 3 weeks thanks to the success of the number one single ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ and two top 10 hits ‘Hold Your Head Up’ and ‘Gloria’.
After a break Swanee released a new CD ‘Heart and Soul’ with his old record company Warner Music as well as the compilation ‘Days Gone By’ – Swanee’s hits that had not previously been available on CD.
In 2000, John came off the road to get sober after too many years of hard partying. A long distance recording project with Australian producer Mark Moffat, now based in Nashville, soon turned into a full blown album, ‘Have A Little Faith’. “It was initially going to be an acoustic album but then it started to rock… I truly believe my singing has gotten much stronger since I’ve been sober.”
“My main thing these days,” he says, “is working with the next generation. I’m trying to show them from my own experiences that you don’t have to screw up your life and that you can be more creative and challenge yourself when you’re straight… in fact, the longer you do it that way, the better you get!”
Swanee has become the ambassador for the Orana Inc disabled workshops. To do this properly he is moving back to Adelaide. Its very exciting times – “I will also be taking a drug and alcohol program into schools in S.A. Its unfinished business; i want to give back to the community.”
Dave’s musical career has seen him careen across stages from Newcastle (Australia) to Nevada (USA) as the vocalist with Australian rock band Screaming Jets, who formed in 1989 when they won the Triple J national Battle of the Bands. Influenced by the likes of AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo they released their debut album All For One in 1991, with the single “Better” an instant classic, accompanied by success with other singles “Stop the World” and “Shine On”. The Jets were based in the United Kingdom for two years following All For Ones’ release, touring across the UK, Europe and the United States of America, and have gone on to become one of Australia’s hardest touring bands.
In 1992 the album Tears of Thought was released and a cover of Boys Next Door’s ‘Shivers’ saw the Screaming Jets back in the charts. In 1995 The Jets self-titled album was launched via live webcast. The band made a high profile tour across Australia in 2000, including the inaugural Brisbane to Sydney flight for Impulse Airlines. In 2001 they toured Australia with KISS and Alice Cooper. In 2002 they did a short tour for a self titled live album and in 2004 toured again. In 2006 David Gleeson appeared as a singing coach for actress Kate Fischer in the Australian television program It Takes Two. He again appeared with TV host Julia Zemiroand in 2007. The Jets songs Helping Hand, Eve of Destruction and Shivers were featured in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown. Their latest album release is 2008’s Do Ya.
When The Jets are not touring Dave Gleeson works on numerous music related projects including: DJ on Triple M’s National Network, Channel 9 NRL Footy Show and has starred in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Dave has also released a solo album, Wanted Man. Dave performed on the 2009 ‘Whole Lotta Love’ concerts and is warmly welcomed back for the 2010 shows.
Steve Balbi has transformed from one of Australia’s leading songwriters, first with Noiseworks, followed by Electric Hippies, to become a dynamic solo performer. His compelling music and unique style transcends generations.
Steve recalls… “It was my teenage years and the Mosman Hotel on Friday nights grew out of control. We would pack this joint out and shortly after we started to play around town. I was spotted at a joint in Kings Cross by Kevin Borich, Australian Blues Legend. He asked me to join the Kevin Borich Express and I still hold this as an honour.
At age 20 I met Justin Stanley from an ad in the Herald that read, ‘Song writer looking for song writer to write with’. I met Stuart Frazer at a gig I was doing with Kevin Borich – he was working with Jon Stevens and Kevin Nicol (The Change) at the time and needed a bass player for a session… I did the session and they kept bugging me to join the band for about a year. I kept telling them I was already starting a band with Justin and I really wanted to play guitar and sing, but Stuart in his comical way said “well, can we join your band”. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have a jam, so Noiseworks began.
Ten years on, Justin and I started producing different music – Vincent Stone, Jenny Morris, Max Sharam, Leonardo’s Bride, Juice, Nikka Costa. Then came the Electric Hippies, in fact we always were the Electric Hippies. We made one record that took us back overseas to Europe with eager fans, a record label and radio play all believing in us big time…”
After playing sell-out concerts, touring the world and receiving numerous awards including three ARIA Double Platinum Records and three ARIA Gold Records, Steve emerged from the darker side of rock‘n’roll with an energy and authenticity that has created an underground swell amongst new fans.
Steve connects with his audience through his genuine, expressive and powerful performances that leave fans, new and old, truly captivated. He states… “To express oneself through the arts is a true gift and comes with it, an opportunity to create something new and unique.”
Dr Danielle Bentley is a cellist, academic, writer, poet and curator. She has performed in countless tours, concerts and recording sessions around Australia with acclaimed classical and popular music ensembles and artists.These include: the Paris Opera Ballet, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Australian Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s, Olivia Newton-John, Pete Murray, Harry Connick Jnr, Kanye West, Missy Higgins, Xavier Rudd, Kristen Chenoweth – to name a few. Since 2002, she has run Bentley’s Agency which provides music for corporate events and weddings.
With a repertoire of over 100 Operas and Ballets, Adrian Keating is a Principal Violinist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has achieved an International Masterclass for Conductors in St Petersburg (2005).
Adrian performs and arranges regularly for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, led ‘The Sydney Opera House Orchestra’ for Sir George Martin’s ‘All You Need is Love’ tour; and has booked and led orchestras for Al Jarreau, Sir Cliff Richard, and Rod Stewart.
In 2007 Adrian provided the Sydney Lyric Orchestra for the Paris Opera Ballet and has provided Orchestral services for Jose Carreras, Tina Arena, Opera in the Vineyards, ‘PSYCHO – with Orchestra’, and Tim Woods Entertainment. For CCEntertainment, Adrian arranges and leads the ensemble music for the ‘Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love’, and ‘Beatles – A Day in the Life’ homage performances.
Katie is a violist embarking on a many-faceted career. She has recently been appointed Associate Principal Viola with Orchestra Victoria, and in the last few years has been a part of programs such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist Program, the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian National Academy of Music, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy, among many others.
She has always had a passion for creating her own music, composing casually through university and more recently, exploring improvisation in many forms. Katie has been involved in many recordings, both classical and popular, most recently of folk artist Packwood’s mammoth four-part album, Vertumnus.
Her love of music stems from its capacity to communicate to many different kinds of people, across languages and cultures.
Since she was 19 Talia Browne has been studying percussion with premier and renowned Sri Lankan born percussionist Ray Pereira.
In 2002/03 Talia traveled to Ghana, West Africa to study intensively with the Nii Tetty Tetteh and the KUSUN Ensemble. After 6 months of intense training in West African percussion, Talia returned to Australia to further her studies with Ray Pereira, playing with the African Ensemble ‘Owusu’ from 2003-05.
In 2008 in Talia joined the Afro-Pop band Keshie, since the start of the project they have graced such stages at festivals around Australia including St.Kilda Fest, Head lined at Yakandanda Folk Festival, Food Bowl Festival, ShepArton Arts Fest, Healsville Fest, MOOMBA Melbourne, and the Tasmainian Taste Festival NYE two years running.
In 2009 she was invited to tour with the band “Decoy” in New Caledonia, Noumea. Then again 2012, with original Techno outfit Rex ‘N’ Chappo playing side by side with renowned Jazz musicians; bassist Phillp Rex and Saxophonist Ian Chaplin.
Talia has travelled to Sri Lanka twice to study Sri Lankan rhythms and most currently the 2012/13 Summer festival season saw Talia playing with either her original alt-pop band Zikora or afro-pop band Keshie at such festivals as Queenscliff Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk festival, The International Harp Congress, Anglesea Music Festival and the local annual Yarraville Festival.
Coming from a musical family, Ben studied piano, guitar & theory until settling predominately as a jazz guitarist, playing with successful acts Hot Club Swing and Shandelle Cooke, also releasing albums with both. He also plays latin percussion with big bands and smaller ensembles and is a composer, having contributed music for short films as well as pioneering his own original soul/gospel outfit Bamboozle.
Ben is also the recipient of the Young Composer Award at the National Jazz Convention. He teaches at the esteemed Kardinia International College and is very much in demand for sessions, recordings and gigs, Ben has devoted his life to music and pours his heart and soul into every thing he does.
Jerome Smith, born in New York City, grew up in Harlem. Raised on soul and country & western music by his father T.J; a sax player from South Carolina. Steeped in gospel music by his mother Lenora, a devout Baptist and choir singer from Georgia. From the age of 7 Jerome knew he was destined to play bass. His exposure to music was vast and constant. His influences are wide ranging.Growing up just blocks away from the Apollo Theater, he saw the greatest performers there and studied Vaudeville, Tap and comedy.
After years of the public primary school music curriculum and a few years at Riverdale Country School, where he met William Galison and began playing bass guitar in his band, Jerome developed his own special style.
By age 15, he landed a gig with Kathie McDonald and was off to San Francisco. That was the beginning to a long, colorful career of touring and recording.
He was soon working with groups like The Manhattans, The Persuaders, Eddie Floyd, and Rufus Thomas. He co-wrote and recorded as a member of the New York rock group “Body Bag” which led to work with Mick Jagger, followed by gigs with Divinyls and then Keith Richard. Jerome moved to Sydney Australia 1996 where he worked with Bridie King, Billy Thorpe, Jackie Orsaczky, Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss.
After moving to Melbourne in 2001, Jerome formed his next original band “Ronimo”, which has performed at many different venues and festivals including The Melbourne International Blues festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and a few times at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival.
He was also musical director for “Rock for The Roses” charity event for Cystic Fibrosis, where he and his mates Tex, Don And Charlie, The Screaming Jets, The Kelly Gang, and Rose Tattoo all donated their time and talent out of respect for Jerome and dedication to humanity and such a worthy cause.
Jerome has a number of projects that suit many different venues and occasions. Jerome’s music is a diverse and irresistible collection of old and new, blues, rock, funk, dance, and even the occasional dash of reggae, R&B and Jazz.
Davey has toured & recorded with – Ian Moss, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson, John Farnham and Electric Mary.
Pete was born in Southport, England, his father was the singer in a band that did numerous tours in England and Europe but alas his parents decided a better life was to be had for the family so at age 6 Pete and Family moved to Australia. At age 8 his parents bought him a guitar and he hasn’t put it down since.
In the late 90’s Pete started performing with Aussie Aria award nominee Marie Wilson which took him on extensive touring throughout Australia and then on to USA to record with producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top) the soundtrack for ANYWHERE BUT HERE, starring Susan Sarandon.
Now Pete is playing guitar with some legends of the Australian music industry, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Masters Apprentices, Darryl Cotton and Jim Keays. This has taken him to play for the troops in East Timor and The Solomon Islands. He has also recorded 2 albums with Russell Morris and is contiuing to write and record more with Russell Morris and Electric Mary.
Lead singer with Australian rock band SHARAYA who are captivating audiences with their explosive energy and unmistakable, massive rock sound. Their debut album “The Road to …”, is already making waves around the world. Imagine Garbage on steroids, the energy of the Foo Fighters, throw in a little Evanescence … then add to the mix a montage of blues/rock influences from Janice & Zeppelin to Heart & Aerosmith, and you’ll discover the undeniable uniqueness of SHARAYA, with their distinctive and dynamic sound.
A contestant in The Voice AU 2014, but where did it all begin?
Five years ago Rattlesnake was born, a hard rock band on a mission to bring Rock ‘N’ Roll back onto the airwaves. Playing iconic venues such as Metro Theatre and pretty much every pub in NSW, Rattlesnake made a mark in the local rock scene. But the impact was not big enough and so it was decided that Frank Lakoudis would audition for The Voice to show all of Australia what he has to offer.
Frank has come a long way, starting out in the school choir he was lucky enough to join his school and other schools to sing at the Sydney Olympics 2000 Closing Ceremony. After he started a school band and the rest is history.
Honing his voice over the last 10 years its time for the world to see what he has to offer.
Stonefield is an Australian rockband made up of four sisters, Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay from Darraweit Guim, a small town in rural Victoria. Previously known as Iotah, the band won the 2010 Triple J Unearthed High contest in 2010 with their song “Foreign Lover”.
After the win the band was placed on high rotation and they recorded Through The Clover with ARIA winning producer Greg Wales. Stonefield were an Unearthed J Award nominee in 2010.
After the band played at the 2010 One Movement Festival in Perth they were approached by a booker for Glastonbury and asked to play at the next year’s festival. They did so, playing second on the John Peel Stage from 12:00-12:40 on the first day of the festival, 26 June.
In June 2011, they performed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, providing the pre-match entertainment at an AFL match celebrating Womens Round.
As seen on the TV show The Voice, Australia 2012. Jimmy Cupples is one of Australia’s biggest rock voices. He has worked professionally for over 15 years. A tour of the States in 1998, with his band Oscar, ended at the famous Whiskey a Go Go. Jimmy is well respected in the business as hardworking and a great front man with a huge vocal range.
His television appearances include: The Footy Show (AFL), GMA, The Steve Visard Show, The Midday Show and more.
Jimmy’s career highlights include supporting the legendary Deep Purple and performing at the Grand Prix Grand Ball, Crown Palladium 2011. His most current and memorable appearance has been on The Voice.