Touted by many as the new ‘Queen of Aussie Rock’, Nicole Hawkins, frontwoman and singer-songwriter of GRANDHOUR (who were recently crowned ‘Australian Independent Rock Artist of the year’), will captivate you with her emotive vocals. A blend of sensitivity, storytelling, power and raw emotion makes Nicole a vocalist who demands the attention of her audience.
As one of the country’s most talented emerging songwriters, there is a refreshing honesty in Nicole’s emotionally thoughtful lyrics, whether written from a place of heartbreak or hope. Nicole’s influences stem from artists such as Carole King, Jeff Buckley, Queen, Led Zepplin, INXS, Chris Cornell & U2 to name a few. Writing songs since the age of 12, at 18 she was selected as a winning songwriter for the International Year Of Tolerance National Songwriting Competition and her original song was included on a commercially released CD with the likes of Kate Cebrano & Died Pretty.
Nicole was immersed into the world of music at a young age with a father who is a Jazz musician. Her first instrument was piano, and although she began with the Suzuki ear training method and performed at the Sydney Opera House, Nicole didn’t continue with formal classical musical training, instead opting for guitar as her instrument of choice to accompany her songwriting; preferring the freedom of basic training and self-experimentation. Vocally, Nicole has worked with various teachers including David Jaanz and studied under Ken Taplin’s rock vocal method.
A born performer, Nicole has performed her original music in venues around Melbourne and supported the likes of Bic Runga, Shawn Mullins, Russel Morris, Dallas Crane, Karnavool, performed as backing vocalist with Christine Anu on National television and performed the Australian Anthem to a crowd of 35,000 people at the Drag Racing Nationals to a standing ovation. Although she loves recording in the studio, Nicole’s favourite place is on the stage performing – it is her happy place – whether performing on a large stage with a rock band or in an intimate solo or duo setting.
Nicole is currently recording the second album with her band GRANDHOUR and is working on a new duo project ‘DIAMOND & NIGHTHAWK’ which promises to display another side of Nicole’s songwriting and musical style.
What others have said:
“You can’t help thinking of some of the female legends of rock like Lita Ford or Pat Benatar when you hear Nicole sing”
- Black Velvet Magazine – UK
“[GRANDHOUR’S] sensational debut sits nicely alongside other female-fronted rock acts such as Halestorm, NR, RD & Benetar.”
– Mark Donnelly, Rocktopia
“Fabulous diverse vocals from Nicole Hawkins, a lady who has a set of pipes up there with the best of them.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.