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“I feel honoured that my song VOICES was selected as a finalist in the world’s first major ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE @environmentalmusicprize!”

Sage conjures songs with powerful lyrics, beautiful melodies and unique vocal phrasing, referring to her song writing style as futuristic folk. Sage is a genuine storyteller, immersing her listeners in themes traversing past and future landscapes. Sage’s music is utterly captivating.

‘Voices’ is Sage’s third Single release following on from ‘Werewolves’ and ‘Here Are The Mountains’. It’s a song she wrote after attending the ‘School Strike for Climate’ rally and it offers a critical view of the Australian government’s response to the students who were actively calling for a transformative and urgent climate response.

Voices is a powerful song with an important message, calling out those in charge, who value Capitalism over a sustainable future and dismiss those who dare to strive for a clean planet. This song is a call to action, as well as casting a light upon the toxicity of ageism as felt by every student rallying for Climate change. This is a race and the time is NOW.

 

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“I grew up listening to a lot of strong, independent women,” she says. “People like Sheryl Crow, Anne Wilson and Pat Benatar. That was the music I listened to a lot with my parents, particularly my Mum.”

And the strength, power and lyrical smarts of these women clearly started surging through Kaitlyn’s veins and psyche from an early age. In fact, Kaitlyn was just 12 years old when Beccy Cole declared to her audience, “There’s a star in the making right there”.

This young star has grown up, but she’s not only not forgotten all the lessons she’s learnt on that journey – she’s developed and expanded them. Kaitlyn is not only a country artist but a powerhouse singer of just about anything she feels like tackling. She’s a forceful presence who continues to evolve – exactly as you would expect an artist who’s going to be around for a long time to be.

“This is the music I love, this is what I want to do,” Kaitlyn says of her recent songs and performances. “I started exploring and diving into country music from around the globe. Initially I fell in love with Carrie Underwood. I have a very similar vocal style to hers and I love the story telling she does. That’s what I wanted to do”. “Over the years my tastes have broadened to include Linda Ronstadt, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton.

When you go to country music you go straight to Dolly because she is the Queen.” Kaitlyn’s musical development and evolution isn’t just within the world of country music. As a university student she’s been exposed to an enormous array of music and that’s also shaped the sort of artist she’s become. “I listen to so much music and love it for all sorts of reasons but I always go back to country music because that’s what I want to do and I want that to be my musical outlet.”

“I have spent the last few years writing songs and evolving my sound that reflects my country core and influences I grew up on. Right now, I feel like I’ve finally found who I am as an artist”. Born and raised in rural Victoria, Kaitlyn’s love for music came at a very early age.

Soaking up the music that was being played around her while growing up, they inspired her to begin writing her own songs at the age of 8. And she hasn’t looked back since. Just developed and expanded her pallet. Kaitlyn Thomas is a graduate of both the junior and senior CMAA Academy of Country Music and was awarded Australian Youth Songwriter of the Year in 2012 and again in 2018. She is an entrepreneur who has her own singing school and has also developed song writing workshops for beginner and intermediate songwriters.

Her workshops have been praised and used within Local Government Areas including the Murrindindi Shire. Personal highlights also include performing at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Caf  and Honky Tonk Central in 2016 and receiving an endorsement from Maton Guitars. She has been developing her craft under the guidance of some amazing producers and mentors for many years and has worked with some of the best in the business including supporting artists such as Casey Donovan, Beccy Cole, Darlinghurst and Andrew Swift.

Kaitlyn also had the pleasure of touring with Carter & Carter on their Taste of Tamworth Tour and working with musicians of the calibre of guitarist, Brett Garsed, who is best known for his work with John Farnham and US rock group, Nelson. Kaitlyn’s debut country single, “First Kiss” was co-written with Katrina Burgoyne and is an up-tempo & fun country pop song that matches Kaitlyn’s bright and bubbly personality. Her follow up was the cracking, “Coulda Shoulda Woulda” released in 2020.

“I wanted the song to have a Shania Twain rock feel as I felt the song has her kind of sassiness. I’m super happy with the result and I think we achieved that Shania vibe”. Kaitlyn took 2021 by the horns and showed a completely different side to her music and a growth as a songwriter with her most recent single,

“Make Your Move.” Kaitlyn says the song is “about the state of being carried away by an unreasoned passion and tirelessly waiting for them to make the first move but eventually taking matters into our own hands by giving them an ultimatum so we can move on”. With each new release there’s a definite feeling that Kaitlyn has arrived at a music place where she’s truly comfortable and knows who she is as an artist and what she wants to do. “It’s taken a long time to find out who I am,” she says. “There are a lot of people in the country music world.

Over the last eighteen months during COVID and the lockdowns I’ve been listening to many female artists, trying to work out what makes me different, what makes me distinctive. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m country rock/pop.

With everything I write the songs all have catchy, melodic hooks. That’s my speciality and what I’m good at”. With the rock side of things, all the women I grew up with had that grit and backbone, and I’ve also got that raspy thing going on with my vocals. “And I want my personality to shine through.

I have a big personality and when people come and see me perform they really experience who I am. They’re welcomed into my musical family.” Kaitlyn Thomas is a young star on the rise – don’t miss a second in the journey of this exciting young artist.

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Growing up in a small town was the perfect backdrop for her to nurture her talent and create her own entertainment, by learning every song on the radio. She started off singing covers of songs but over the past few years has evolved into writing her own music inspired by life experiences, the people around her and her favourite artists.

Tayla takes on every musical opportunity she can and has done many performances at different places such as markets, mini festivals, cafes, concerts and more. Last year she expanded her musical skills and began learning acoustic guitar. One of her many goals this year is to write some original songs with her guitar and release them. Ever since Tayla discovered her passion for singing, she dreamt of sharing her own music with others.

‘How Far I’ve Come’, a meaningful song Tayla released in 2019, is dedicated to a very important person in her life, her Nan, who sadly passed a few years ago. This song intends to inform her of the growth she has experienced over the years, all while still deeply missing her

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‘Beautiful To Someone’ is a heartfelt call for people to look beyond the battle-scars and floors. Beauty is there if you care enough to look for it and we are all beautiful to someone.

Georgia co-wrote this song with Australian country music star Kaitlyn Thomas and producer Paul Ray and it was recorded in Paul’s new studio in Pheasant Creek, VIC. Georgia is looking forward to sharing more of her story in 2022 and enjoying her music journey.

If others also enjoy her songs then that is a big bonus for this aspiring young artist who is keen to get more experience as she progresses through a challenging time in the music industry. Follow Georgia on Instagram where she posts content regularly and stay tuned to this talented artist. 

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Alverie’s sound is reflective of her passion for a broad variety of genres, from Country and Blues to Pop. Much of her younger years were spent writing songs in her bedroom and becoming inspired by artists including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Missy Higgins and Christina Perri, however Alverie draws most of her musical inspiration from Troy Cassar-Daley, after discovering a love for country music and his story-telling style of lyric writing.

Alverie expresses her experiences through her own exciting melodies, harmonies and soulful lyrics. With a song for every mood, she is filled with anticipation to share her music with the world.

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  • Debut EP ‘Hold On Me’ released May 2021
  • Co-wrote ‘Big Sunshine’ with Cameron Deyell (producer/performer on Sia’s Grammy nominated album ‘This Is Acting’)
  • Latest single ‘On The Inside’ co-written with Australian Blues legend Slappin’ Gums Murphy

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In May 2021 Molly released her first EP ‘Hold One Me’ featuring three original songs that featured on radio across Australia as well as gaining her many fans across the world. It was the culmination of years of hard work with her producer and co-songwriter Paul Ray and both are immensely proud of this achievement.

Molly has gone on to co-write with other artists, Cameron Deyell (producer for Sia) and Australian Blues legend Slappin’ Gums Murphy. After a big year of study and graduating high school, Molly is ready to take her music to even greater heights with more songwriting sessions and time in the studio as well as getting back out on the live music circuit. Follow Molly on Instagram where she posts content regularly and stay tuned for new music coming soon.

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  • Debut single ‘Spotlight On The Weekend’ released March 2021
  • Radio play across Australia and the UK
  • ‘Lakeside Sounds’ songwriting award winner 2021

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‘Spotlight On The Weekend’ was Emma’s first commercial release and it immediately resonated with fans and radio presenters across the world. A gorgeous song designed to bring the feeling of young summertime energy and fun. It was backed with the release of ‘Party On A Houseboat’, co-written with friend Maya O’Loughlin and winner of the ‘Lakeside Sounds’ songwriting award in 2021.

Emma has worked with her singing teacher and producer Paul Ray to develop her craft as well as taking part in artist initiatives run by Murrindindi Shire Youth where she recorded two songs ‘Big Mistake’ and ‘Overcome’ – the latter written at only 12 years old and one of the most beautiful songs you will hear reflecting on how to cope with bullying when it takes you to your lowest point.

Follow Emma on Instagram where she posts content regularly and stay tuned for new music coming soon..

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Maya was able to chat with and learn from UK pop star Katie Kittermaster early in 2021 and was very keen to record her own version of Katie’s beautiful song

‘Friends’ keeping pretty close to the original but adding the Pop Country style Maya continues to embrace. ‘Friends’ continues to showcase Maya as an emerging artist to watch hitting #1 on the Amrap regional chart and being played on radio across the world.

Maya has written songs with Australian Country star Kaitlyn Thomas ‘Summer Days’ and ‘Who’ll Ride The Bus With Me’ and has performed at the Whittlesea Show, Kinglake Country Fair, Montville Lane Sessions showcase events and Murrindindi Shire events.

Follow Maya on Instagram where she posts content regularly and stay tuned for a new ‘all originals’ EP later in 2021.

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