Most of you might already know that the Jimmy Barnes’ 1991 ‘Soul Deep’ album is not only the biggest seller in his already illustrious solo career, but was also the most successful in Mushroom Records history.
Containing a stellar list of smash-hit soul covers such as ‘I Gotcha’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ alongside Motown classics ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Reflections’ and ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’ it was as successful as it was ground breaking back in the day and as we all know a raft of soul tribute albums has followed in its extraordinary wake...
For Diesel, the blues are never far away. From Come to Me to last year’s Days Like These to his blues-based 1996 collaboration with Chris Wilson, Short Cool Ones, he’s always infused the spirit and the sound into his music.
But Diesel’s blues have never been as blues-to-the-wall as they are on Project Blues: Saturday Suffering Fools, a loose-limbed, fired-up trawl through the music that inspired one of Australia’s rock legends. “The album is like an encyclopaedia of what blues is to me,” Diesel says. “You’ve got your Chicago style from the ’50s, you’ve got the ’70s funkier blues, the feral mountain blues, and there’s an Australian tinge too, that colonial, convict blues.”
With his prolific song writing and unique vocal style, James led Australian Crawl to the top of the Australian music scene. The band's popularity skyrocketed with all of their albums achieving top 5 status, winning numerous band, music and video awards, while James won hurrahs for the best male vocalist for 3 consecutive years. He also won acclaim as a songwriter - the song "Reckless" earning him a place in the league of home-grown greats.
Australian Crawl achieved a success that assured them a place in Australian music history.
Chris Doheny returned to the festival scene recently when he fronted a band performing classic Aussie Hits.
Performing with an act billed as “Oz Made” the band played renditions of classic numbers from acts such as Cold Chisel, Dragon, Daddy Cool, Hunters and Collectors and many others. The bands itself is comprised of members from past Aussie acts including Chris Doheny (Geisha), Steve Morgan (Icehouse) and Tom Hoise (models and James Freud band).
“Johnny Wonderpants” the band is an acoustic trio playing an eclectic mix of cover songs (see attached song list). The line-up has changed over the past fifteen years, but the live acoustic format and rocking vibe remains the same.
The band is generally booked as a three piece, but can adapt to be a four, two or one piece, offering a flexible line-up and a wide selection of different tunes. All of the band members contribute vocally, with Andrew Curry on acoustic guitar Mark Farrell playing bass, and Nick Farnell on percussion. When playing as a four piece, the members can also double as acoustic percussionists using bongos, tambourine, shakers, etc, and Andrew also brings out the trumpet from time to time. The instrumental composition of the group and harmonic vocals give the band a complete and full sound, with the songs they cover being faithfully, yet originally, rendered.
Former Taxiride lead vocalist and songwriter Jason Singh is set to unleash his first solo gem, “I Can Dream”
Written by Jason and produced by legendary hit-maker and producer, Charlies Fisher, (Savage Garden, Hoodoo Gurus, Air Supply) this slice of dreamy pop perfection was mixed by sonic genius Dace Way (Pink, Foo Fighters, Shakira).
Jason adds, “I Really wanted to work with talented people who made records that I love, as well as the best sounding & biggest albums of my generation.”
Cedar is one of Melbourne’s premium Duo’s or Trio’s providing professional classy entertainment that can cater for any occasion. Cedar can be booked as a two, three, four or five piece band. It features Michelle, Tony, Dave and Nathan. All the members are highly talented tertiary trained musicians and music teachers. They have been performing professionally in the music industry for 10 years. Playing at weddings, birthdays, the Australian Open and Melbourne F1. From an acoustic duo at a small intimate function to a full five piece band for an end of year corporate function, Cedar is your band. Cedar perform a diverse repertoire that ranges from jazz to music that will get the party started including classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90 and top 40 hits of today.
Calling All Cars are a rock band from Melbourne consisting of brothers Haydn and James Ing as well as Adam Montgomery. They formed in 2005 and since then have toured with rock heavyweights including AC/DC, Queens Of The Stone Age and Grinspoon as well as headlining their own tours. In 2010, Calling All Cars released their debut album entitled ‘Hold, Hold Fire’ to extremely positive reviews and have recently returned to the studio to produce their next album ‘Dancing With A Dead Man. “Being able to deliver onstage is at the core of what we do but at the same time we are very song driven and it's the combination of both elements that we try to balance and expand upon.”
Formed in Perth, WA in 1994, Australian alternative rock band Jebediah has gone from strength to strength, cementing their place on the Australian Music scene. Made up of four members, the band has played alongside acts such as Powderfinger, Bikini Kill and Presidents of the USA and has performed at Homebake, Falls Festival and the Big Day Out. Their debut album ‘Slightly Odway’, released in September 1997, sold 150,000 copies in Australia and made the national top 10.
Jebediah has successfully toured the UK, headlining shows in London and Edinburgh and after taking a well-earned break in 2005, the group reformed in 2007, producing some of the best music they have made to date.
Bonnie grew up surrounded by music so it’s no wonder she is such a natural performer, Coming from a family of musicians, Bonnie’s time was often spent jamming and singing in the living room after school and taking singing lessons from the age of six. When she was only 12 years old, Bonnie won first place in Australia’s Got Talent, capturing Australia’s heart with her incredible voice and big personality. Recording contracts began to flood in and since then, Bonnie has taken to the stage with some of Australia’s biggest acts including Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Kasey Chambers.
At the young age of 15, Bonnie released her debut EP, incorporating raw tracks in order to reflect her honest sound. She is on her way to living her dream.
With a career spanning more than 35 years, Daryl Braithwaite has made his mark in the Australian Music Industry. He was initially successful with his band Sherbet and then broke out as a solo artist in 1998, releasing an album titled ‘Edge’ which spent over a year on the national charts. As well as topping the ARIA charts, Daryl Braithwaite toured Canada, the USA, the UK and Europe. His next album ‘Rise’ was equally as successful, producing his famous hit ‘The Horses’ which was named Song of the Year at the 1991 Australian Music Awards and achieved platinum status. With his unique voice, Daryl continues to be in high demand as a live performer in both the corporate and public arena.
Australian APRA award-winning dance sensations The Potbelleez emerged from their Bondi Beach ‘Wonderland’ studio in 2011 where they had been writing and recording their second album, Destination Now, which was released in May dropping three massive Platinum and Gold hit records in its wake. The Potbelleez are one of Australia’s most in-demand bands, so much so they were the supporting act for Usher’s OMG tour. With their high energy and sold out concerts, the band continues to wow crowds.
Sophie Louise is one of the most quintessential jazz performers playing in Melbourne today.
Smooth jazz piano and saxophone accompany her ethereal vocals, as her group takes jazz and soul standards to a new level.
As an acclaimed vocal coach, teacher at Kangan and Aitkin Universities, and an accredited performer, Sophie and her trio are sure to bring that touch of class and professionalism to your special event.
The Sophie Louise Trio are available for corporate functions, wedding ceremonies/receptions, venues, birthdays, private parties or any special events. At your request, Sophie can also put together a specific line up to suit your taste and budget.
Singer-songwriter Jaime Robbie Reyne has been on a musical path right from the beginning. Releasing his debut EP Tex Sessions at the age of 20, then wasting no time releasing the critically acclaimed album Fallen Flower the following year, Reyne was already well in tune with a his style of music, citing influences from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and John Hiatt to Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello and Gram Parsons.Reyne has lived and played all over Australia, America, Asia and the UK, as both a solo artist and in bands, most notably as founding member and frontman of Rushcutter.Whilst spending time in Nashville with Rushcutter he brushed paths with legendary producer Niko Bolas (long time collaborator of Neil Young, Keith Richards and Warren Zevon). Upon returning to Australia, Rushcutter were signed to Mercury Records/Universal and worked with Bolas at Melbourne’s famed Sing Sing Studios to produce their debut release, Call High Water.
Andy Pobjoy combines the elegance of jazz classics with the fun and energy of party hits, making him the perfect choice for your wedding or next corporate event.
The secret to Andy's success is his versatility and breadth as a performer. You could literally book Andy as three performers all-in-one. Everything from the mellow sounds of the soprano sax to the sultry sounds of Sinatra and Bublé, to the all-out wacky fun of your favourite retro hits -- Andy has it all covered.