Satellites & Sirens
Satellites & Sirens
In 2008, when Nashville-based Satellites & Sirens singer Geoff Hunker was first looking to start a band, he did what any person might do, he put out a Craigslist ad. It was at the very first round of auditions that he found drummer Jonathan Dimmel, who had only moved to Nashville 5 months prior. It didn’t take long to round out the band with guitarist David Troyer, and former bassist Brandon Owens. Within a year of that first Craigslist ad, S&S not only had a record deal with Word/Warner Bros, but they completed their first full length record. Their self-titled debut was released in March 2010, and was a critical success, garnering 2 Dove Award nominations for “Rock Recorded Song of the Year” and “Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year”.
Recently, their single "Jump Start My Heart" has hit number one on Australia's Top 25 Countdown.
Curt has been making music since he could first reach the piano keys and realized early on that he was destined for a career in music. Fast forward a couple decades and Curt is knocking out 120 shows a year across the US, Australia, and New Zealand. For his self-titled album, Curt teamed up with Grammy and Dove Award winning songwriters who have penned songs with everyone from Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Jesse McCartney to Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Hillsong, and TobyMac to bring listeners a fresh collection of anthemic songs that will both encourage and challenge. Curt has also written songs for other artists, including Satellites & Sirens and Tricia Brock of Superchick. Curt is passionate about music, but he’s more passionate about people. “What I do on stage means nothing if I don’t invest my time off-stage meeting and talking with people.” That connection continues long after the show, through social media. “It’s not simply about amassing followers; it’s about building community with those people...showing them they matter.”
The Germein Sisters
The Germein Sisters
Australian siblings the Germein Sisters are a refreshingly honest young female band, who’s unique brand of pop/folk/rock has lead them to a breadth of experience and credits that defy their years. Having received rave reviews on the national and international stage, their catchy melodies with a message are leaving listeners across the globe spell bound.
Based on a bushland property in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia; talented multi-instrumentalists Georgia, Ella and Clara Germein are currently touring their highly anticipated debut album “Because You Breathe” around Australia, New Zealand, China, Europe and the UK. Recorded in Ireland with producer Billy Farrell (The Corrs, Westlife), and assisted by Jealoustown Studio’s Stuart Gray (Sinead O’Connor), this album indeed showcases their depth of talent.
Twenty years ago he was driving trucks and singing in bars. Today, Steve Grace is an Australian Gospel artist with fourteen albums and a million miles of concert tours behind him. Communicating to thousands of people each year his tours literally go anywhere and everywhere, from remote villages on South Pacific islands, to major venues in big cities.
Skypilot are an Australian, alternative rock band consisting of members Jordan Grace and Trentan Kruger. The pair formerly began writing together in a heavy rock band which creates an interesting and very noticeable dynamic within their songs. 2011 saw Skypilot tour extensively throughout America and Australia after the release of their debut album "Lighthouse", recorded in California and mastered at the highly noted, Capitol Records in Hollywood. Their sound deliberately takes a raw and honest approach to songwriting in an era where overproduction in music has become the norm.
After a remarkable year of building momentum, Skypilot have no intentions of slowing after being well received by audiences of all generations. With a heart for people that extends beyond their music, Skypilot's mission is none other than to hit the road once again and share the songs that have been impacting listeners wherever they go.
The Canadian Reggae Infiltration has begun…
When Al Peterson & Caleb “BraveHart” Hart decided on a whim to climb onto the stage together in January 2013 they could not have predicted what the years ahead held. After only 3 improvised songs, they were surrounded by a crowd of people asking where their music could be found, and so a band (now including Derek Wilder & Bethanie Earle) was formed!
Less than months later they released their debut EP “El Norteño” which rose quickly to #2 on Canadian iTunes charts. The lead single “Take You Away” won a music video grant from Public Records & Telus and continued to win them a larger audience both at home and internationally. Soon after, the band recorded another single “Family”, with Earl Pereira (Wide Mouth Mason & The Steadies). The song received radio airplay both at home and internationally, winning awards from Alberta Music, Free FM, and The Akademia.
From working with former child soldiers in Uganda, to his role as Assistant Music Director for The Choir of Hope and Inspiration (comprised of Melbourne's homeless and disadvantaged) Levi is committed to music and social justice -- and he wants to motivate and inspire a new generation of people who are willing to stand up and make that difference.
Following on from landing a top spot at the Australian National Folk Festival in 2011, Levi won second prize in the Indie International Songwriting Contest, competing with hundreds of international songwriters, with two of his songs from Children of War making the top 5 in the Folk Category.
Recently, Levi was announced as part of an Australian tour with Third Day and Needtobreathe in February 2015.
Chrissie Pearce is an Australian singer/songwriter with a quietly confident attitude and heartfelt lyrics, and is a committed follower of Christ. Her commitment to equipping and ministering to her local community, and the Church at large, is driven by her love and desire to make Jesus known to all. Her own music – a blend of folk, pop, and roots – prompted British music journalist, Mike Rimmer, to note as “acoustic yet powerful, joyful yet deep, mellow yet uplifting.”
After being married in late 2010, Chrissie is now embarking on a new journey in many ways. She has recently founded a new ministry with her husband, called Narrow Path Worship Community, which exists to strengthen the Church’s understanding and practical application of ‘worship’, and to bridge the gap between the Church and the broader community, through seminars, workshops and house concerts.
Ellery Cohen Although being fresh to the Melbourne music scene 19 year old Singer Songwriter Ellery Cohen with have you tapping you feet and singing your lungs out with his pop rock tunes. His Single "Patronise" Charted #16 on release day on Itunes "Singer-Songwriter" charts. His Debut E.P "Songs I Wrote, Tears I Cried" being released on Oct 16,Produced by X-Factor 2014 Contestant Daniel Kelaart.
As an emerging artist, Tyler's music is birthed from his role as a husband and father of 3. His Debut EP, which peaked at #4 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, has been warmly received along with messages from all over the world about how his songs have had an impact in people's lives. Alongside the debut single "I Love Us", a song about the beauty of marriage, audience's have been impacted by "Behind Those Eyes", a song Tyler wrote about raising his autistic son. With the goal of communicating hope and joy in every real life circumstance, Tyler looks forward to sharing his music with many in the years to come.
Armed with a kaleidoscope of musical backgrounds, This Sanctuary is a 5-piece band based in Sydney currently boasting international successes. Influences include The 1975, Paramore and Fall Out Boy, resulting in an eclectic fusion of sounds that has awakened a global fanbase.
Portraits of August
"Wire Bird have climbed the Alternative charts and made an impact in the Melbourne scene with their original and instantly catchy sound. With comparisons to bands who have tasted international success they certainly have a very bright future ahead!" - 90.7 FM Wire Bird are a four piece Indie band from Melbourne who blend guitar melodies and thick bass with primal drums and soaring harmonies to create music you want to put on repeat.
Maddi Rose has crammed a lifetime's worth of musical experience into 4 short years as a singer/songwriter, including recording in Australia and the US, showcase tour of NYC and LA in January 2013 and supporting rock star Melissa Etheridge in Palm Springs, USA in October 2013, all while finishing year 12. After finding her feet in the work force for the first half of 2014, Maddi is now concentrating her efforts on writing and performing. She hopes to release more music in early 2015. Maddi is a determined young lady with definite views on many of today’s issues based on her personal Christian faith, yet sees her faith as something that frees her to be herself, not restrict her. She sings with a passion and conviction that belies her age, while other songs burst with the enthusiasm of her free spirit. Live performances that engage and entertain the crowd are becoming a trademark as she matures in her craft.
Young Vincent, Melbourne based Indie-Folk trio, bring a vibrant and unique sound to the live stage. They take you on a captivating journey with their sweet harmonies and infectious energy. They started over three years ago under the name Corner Shop Kids which primarily focused on raising money for the local homeless and disadvantaged. Since then they have not only used their music to help people but have brought a vibrant colour to the Melbourne music scene.
The Winter Suns
The Winter Suns
When the The Winter Suns aren't playing on words and renaming themselves The Winter Puns, they like to play music together. They are an indie folk 5 piece hailing from the east of Melbourne that will at times have you saying 'ooh that's nice' and at other times have you enthralled in story. Featuring female and male lead vocals & Drawing comparisons from Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons and Angus & Julia Stone, The Winter Suns will ensure you have a foot-stomping good time!
Hailing from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Thomas Dylan weaves heartfelt lyric and folk-influenced sound to give a refreshing, light and touching experience that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
After a whirlwind tour back in March supporting the release of “Hit the Ground Running”, Luke has spent the last few months locked away in his house writing furiously for his very first, full length album. Luke is very excited to share that the album is almost entirely written, and he will be heading back into the studio in August to begin tracking.
Luke will be teaming up once again with producer Jackson Barclay, with whom he co produced “Hit the Ground Running”. Jackson has spent the last few months engineering records out of “The Grove” on the Central Coast of NSW, working with Grammy Award winning producer Peter Henderson (Paul McCartney, Supertramp, Rush), ARIA award winning producer Paul McKercher (Eskimo Joe, Augie March, Josh Pyke, Pete Murray), & producers Burke Reid (Mess Hall, Liam Finn, Dan Kelly) and Andy Mak (Boy & Bear, Darlene Zschech, New Empire). His experiences, as well as his enthusiasm and ingenuity, are sure to be the key to creating a great record.
A Call to Anguish
A Call to Anguish
In the early Autumn days of 2011, a group of heavy-music fans from the Victorian City of Ballarat, decided they wanted to come together as bros and start creating hard-core tunes they could call their very own. After a few months of occupied weekends writing and practicing, the originally formed 6 piece metal-core group came up with enough original material to start performing. They gave themselves the name ‘A Call To Anguish’, after David Wilkinson’s famous speech, then went on to debut live at Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on the 15th of March 2012. Over the past three years ACTA have seen members, Josh Knight (Keys/ Synth) and Joel Jenkins (Guitar), move on to new projects. ACTA now carries on board newest member, Kieran Leach (Guitar), to continue their pursuit of success as a newly developed 5 piece, combining the influences of metalcore and hardcore. A Call To Anguish have performed numerous times in multiple Ballarat music venues, supporting not only local bands but well established acts such as: Deez Nuts, Dream on Dreamer, In fear and Faith (USA), Vanna (USA), and Miami’s Thick as Blood.
Established in 2012, One Kingdom is a Christian heavy rock band from Melbourne. With an EP under their belt, the band is honing their sound with regular live shows across Australia and the thriving Melbourne music scene. Huge guitars are balanced with soaring harmonies, underpinned with grinding drum and bass lines, to form songs that search for meaning in a sometimes lost world. Their sound picks up on the best of their influences, which range from Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Karnivool and Linkin Park.
Build & Release
Build & Release
Forming as an outlet for unrealised musical ideas 'Build & Release' is a group of freinds who are all seasoned musicians both in ministry and around the country in various punk/hardcore bands. Drawing on influences such as Russian Circles, Explosions in the Sky, Isis and My Epic the bands style is dramaticly heavy whilst maintaining melody and stays largely instrumental. The band aims to create an atmosphere that stirs up emotions and invites the listener to consider its meaning and involve God in this exploration. So..like free worship..but heavy..realy heavy.
Steeplejack is a four piece Melbourne based band. Their latest release is called 'Welcome to Ourselves', recorded at the Grove Studios in Sydney with producer Andy Mak (New Empire, Boy and Bear, Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, and more). It is fair to say that a unique combination of powerful rock songs fused harmoniously with an eager longing for purpose and meaning, is a rarity and art. Steeplejack creates music that brings honest challenges and a message of hope.
Mixtape for the Drive
Mixtape for the Drive
Mixtape For The Drive has a vision of creating hopeful punk rock anthems that broken people all around the world can sing along to and feel inspired. Having a sound that has been likened to Angels and Airwaves and Yellowcard, The band is quickly filling up tour dates with the release of the 7 track EP "Stories" which was recorded at Electric Sun Studios with Dave Petrovic and produced by Whak Taahi (Tonight Alive). As well as the Film Clips for the current singles "Heroes" and "save us" receiving over 4000 views collectively over a few short weeks. Recently Mixtape have had numerous spins on Triple J's Short.Fast.Loud and were added as the national support for The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on their 2014 Australian tour. On top of this Mixtape have supported USA band Forever Came Calling and have had a taste of festival stages as well playing a main stage spot on the Black Stump Festival 2014.
After the Curfew
After the Curfew
Since forming in 2010, After The Curfew have built a strong reputation and following amongst the Melbourne alternative music scene. Having shared the stage with high profile bands such as Cartel (USA), MxPx (USA), A Loss For Words (USA), New Empire, Lunatics On Pogosticks and many others! On June 4th, After The Curfew released their EP, Trading Places. Receiving an overwhelming response, After The Curfew have packed out venues including The Evelyn, Espy Gershwin Room and Revolver Upstairs.
Facades are a Mornington Peninsula based 3 piece group that bring a powerfully energetic Indie-rock sound to the Melbourne music scene. With over 7 years of playing experience together, these boys decided to launch their sound to the public in June 2014 and have developed a passion for a strong and dynamic live performance. If Facades don't get you up and dancing with their fanatical stage presence, the solid rock grooves and funky breakdowns will be sure to keep you on your toes!
Established in early 2014, Innersense is a 3 piece rock band based in Brisbane. Their debut single, 'Blackout', was released on Bandcamp on July 5th. The trio are currently writing and preparing for upcoming shows as they make their way into the music scene.
Blending folk, gospel, blues and funky-Latin grooves comes naturally for performer Jesse Mitchell who supported Pete Murray, Michael Paynter and Thirsty Merc during their Australian National Tours. Originally from Melbourne and now based in Sydney, Jesse has been impressing crowds ever since he stepped onto the scene in 2009 with acclaimed single 'Fingertips'. Launched to a sold out Manchester Lane he quickly went on to tour the UK, Europe and Australia's east coast. Media was quick to jump on the surf-soul train as he performed live and was interviewed around the country on Channel 31 (VIC), Crow FM (QLD), Southern FM (VIC), Yarra Valley FM (VIC) and many other stations. He has also been a favourite at Music Festivals like the St Kilda Festival, High Vibes Festival, Warrandyte Festival, and leading Melbourne venues the 'Northcote Social Club' and 'Ferntree Gully Hotel'. In 2010 he was awarded runner-up for Best Singer-songwriter in the MUSIC OZ AWARDS for folk ballad 'My Own Two Feet'. Discography also includes 'Surfing Paradise' released in Dec 2011 is a positive and inspiring retelling of his travels through Latin America.
Tuena’s music style can be described as honest and thoughtful. Their song writing is well crafted with ideas deriving from life experience, culture and personal beliefs, interperative to each listener. Tuena are known for their powerful and emotive performances, drawing in attention and providing feel good textures, rhythms, and atmosphere.
After being raised in a christian musical family, Jed has experimented with most genre's and styles of music and has come to realise the mixing of many influences can help mould and create the purest of emotions to be naturaly expressed through all musical forms.
The Ash Ball Project
The Ash Ball Project
Ash Ball is a young, enthusiastic songwriter, making his mark on the local Melbourne music scene, collaborating and building friendships with other local artists and honing his songwriting skills. Ash’s musical journey began at the age of 7, where his interest in music was initially piqued by the piano. The journey progressed quickly from there, and it was at age 15 that Ash began to discover a talent for lyrical expression and dedicated himself full-time to doing what he loves. This resulted in Ash growing exponentially as an artist, not limiting himself to any one instrument. Ash has supported bands such as Stonefield and My Escapade, as well as taking every opportunity to showcase his original music to anyone who is willing to listen. The release of Ash’s most recent EP “The Reason of Fate”, saw Ash winning the prestigious Catapult Songwriting Competition for his song “Burns So Cold”. Ash has been hard at work in the studio producing his new single with the “The Ash Ball Project”. With his undying passion and incredibly lively stage presence, “The Ash Ball Project” provides the perfect platform for creative expression, and a terrific opportunity for Ash to exceed previous milestones.
The Luke Inglis Band shares a unique story of inspiration and encouragement with with audiences everywhere they go. Luke’s music has been described as “a sound to lift your spirits and inspire your heart”. 10 years of solid dedication to his writing & stagecraft has seen Luke and the band perform at many Hotels and cafe’s across Melbourne, Perform and speak at many schools and churches across the country and play live to air on two popular Melbourne radio stations (99.1Yarra Valley FM) and (89.9Light FM). Incl appearances at The Toff (Melb. CBD) and Festivals such as the Forest Edge Music Festival (VIC) and Easterfest (QLD) . Luke has created his own truly unique sound by blending a mix of folk, acoustic surf rock and finger picking styles to produce some very catchy and tasteful original songs. If you enjoy the like of Ben Harper, Pete Murray and Matt Corby your going to love to hear Luke Inglis.
I (Katie) have been writing and performing music since I was in my late teens. My primary instrument was the piano and I was strongly influenced by artists such as Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell and Ben Folds Five. After we got married, my husband joined me in making music with his minimalist, melodic, finger-picking style as a guitarist. In more recent years he has written some of the music and I have put words to it, creating quite a different style to what I previously created on the piano. Keeping it in the family, we have enjoyed performing with my brother Tim on percussion and his wife Mel, who complements with high, sweet harmonies.
Brother to the Birds
Brother to the Birds
Brother to the Birds is the music and songs of Andrew Englezos. Following the release of his self-entitled debut EP in May 2014, he began performing his ethereal folk songs to audiences around Victoria including Soul Survivor and the Newport Folk Festival. When he isn't on stage he has been spotted in the wild preaching to the birds like St Francis before him. Whether you be human or animal, the homegrown music of Brother to the Birds will take you on a journey through nature, love, grief, hope and seasons.
Fatai is a Melbourne-based singer who is signed to Mercury Records Australia, which is part of Universal Music Australia. Fatai began singing professionally with her family from the age of seven.
In 2009, she began a solo career, singing to audiences at various festivals and community events. In 2012, Fatai was a semi-finalist on the first season of The Voice.
You will hear the usual chaos of a family reunion; tiny riots of laughter that reduce the span of absence to a distant memory. You’ll hear the in-jokes, the memories and the recalling of age-old embarrassments. These are all the sounds of home.
The Soorleys are a tousled bohemian outfit. Sisters Beth, Laura, Shelley and Millie are up front, with husbands Sam and Christopher in tow, rounded out by honorary cousin Phil - when it comes to bands, few people can boast such familial chemistry.
Selahphonic (See-lah-fon-ik) offer a unique blend of electronic infused indie pop. Ushering listeners into a neon mosh ecstasy, their four-on-the-floor beats celebrate analog-synths & chimey lead-guitar hooks. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club and The Killers the boys from the Sunny Coast breathe infectious energy into their tunes and live shows.
It is a declaration of hope that says tough times are what make us who we are. It is an anthem that cries with passion that we should not be silent. We are the voice for the voiceless. A cry that says our eyes need to be opened, aware of who we are, those around and for us to walk into the freedom that was bought with a price. This is the lyric and messages that Aussie band Alabaster Box has entwined into anthems that the lead singer Naarah delivers with such passion and conviction. Anthems that have seen Alabaster Box become a household name in their homeland down under.
With this the fifth studio album for Alabaster Box the journey is as exciting as ever.
Eyes be Opened is a declaration that is relevant to all, it’s a cry for those of us who have become numb to the realities of all we see and hear every day. It’s a lyric that is sung in the hope that all who hears will respond and their lives as well as those around them will be impacted.
Rising Australian Hip-Hop star Dylan Joel has been keeping busy. Along with putting in countless hours in the studio, preparing for his upcoming release ‘Authentic Lemonade’, the talented wordsmith has also been crossing the country, supporting such international artists as Pharoahe Monch and Hopsin, as well as iconic Australian Hip-Hop stars Illy and Bliss n Eso on their national tours.
Dylan’s combination of samples, live instrumentation, poignant lyrics and effortless adaptation from rap to vocal harmonies has heads turning and people talking. Taking on the role of singing his own hooks and melodies, Dylan pens his observations with lyrics discussing topics that most others fear to broach. His selflessness and vulnerability spills over in almost every song, and these traits are the defining element in Dylan being so much more than just a ‘rapper’.
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