Four top female voices sing at Byron for Cancer Council

KATIE Noonan's Songs That Made Me returns to showcase our finest female musicians performing the songs that have shaped their lives.

Growing from its 2013 incarnation, Songs That Made Me the album was released on October 17 via Universal Music Australia, with 100% of monies raised going directly to the Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon campaign, with an extensive national concert tour coming to Byron Bay on Friday, November 21.

>> You can see Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool, and Sam Buckingham at the Byron Community Centre theatre tomorrow (November 21) from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are $43 (children under 3 are free) and can be booked on the Community Centre website.

The all-female tracklist features a stunning array of Australian artists, each choosing a track with special significance, continuing on with the Songs That Made Me theme of sharing stories of influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives.

Katie and friends perform songs made famous by artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Prince, Terence Trent D'arby, James Brown, Feist, Lucinda Williams, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, The Chordettes and The Pretenders.

Songs That Made Me, the tour, unites four of Australia's finest female singer/songwriters: Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham, to share stories of their influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives.

The four singers share the stage for the entire show and collaborate naturally as they discuss and perform the songs, in a relaxed, intimate and spontaneous way.

Katie Noonan explained the spontaneous tone of the gig.

"There is nothing I love more than sitting around with my girlfriends, talking and sharing stories, but as a musician, I find we don't get to share the stage with other artists very often, especially female artists," she said.

>> The Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon raises funds and awareness for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council is works supports research, prevention programs, advocacy and patient support services.

KATIE NOONAN

KATIE Noonan's technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia's most versatile and beloved vocalists.

A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this four-time ARIA Award-winning and six-time platinum-selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced front women of indie pop band George.

She has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through jazz, pop and classical music.

In 2013, Songbook saw Katie lie intimate, acoustic, re-imaginings of her most-loved songs over lush string arrangements.

The Songbook album is launched in conjunction with an actual song book featuring sheet music (for the first time ever), rare photographs and the stories behind the songs. Katie has toured Songbook to the USA, Canada, South East Asia, as well recently embarking on a national tour of Australia.

ANGIE HART

SINGER-SONGWRITER Angie Hart lives in Melbourne.

She is renowned for her delicate song craft, lyrics, and breathy vocals.

In 1989, she began her music career with ARIA-award winning, indie pop band, Frente.

She spent nearly a decade working in Los Angeles, and has appeared on the television cult-classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Since returning to Melbourne in 2005, she has released two solo albums and numerous releases through musical side-projects, such as Holidays On Ice and Four Hours Sleep.

Recently, she has had works published in both the Women Of Letters collections, A Song For The Road edited by Kate Morgan, and pieces commissioned by Going Down Swinging, Lifted Brow, Writers Victoria and Ampersand magazine.

 

MELODY POOL

MELODY Pool's debut album, The Hurting Scene, sends the listener time travelling to coffee houses in the late '60s, with songs reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

Crowd funding enabled Melody, from Kurri Kurri in NSW, to make The Hurting Scene in Nashville, US, with producers Jace Everett and Brad Jones.

After releasing the album independently, Melody the went on to sign with Mushroom Music Publishing and Liberation Music who re-released The Hurting Scene in July 2013.

Tales of lost love, infidelity and asserting independence, The Hurting Scene contains a dozen original songs that are beguiling and bittersweet. "I'm in love," Melody sings, "and you're to blame."

Jace Everett said simply: "The Hurting Scene will break your heart." Melody dedicated the album "to anyone living on the hurting scene".

Melody Pool won the Telstra Road To Discovery (Songwriter Category) in 2013.

SAM BUCKINGHAM

SAM Buckingham started writing songs at the age of 14, when given a guitar for Christmas.

Putting music to the poetry she'd been writing through adolescence, it was a way to make sense of the world around her, and Buckingham started using songwriting as a way to express what couldn't always be said in conversation.

Buckingham has been awarded Finalist with Honourable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition for four consecutive entries.

2012 saw the release of her acclaimed EP Fragile Heart, debuting at Number 3 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.

Fragile Heart served as a delicious teaser to Buckingham's 2013 released long player, I'm A Bird.

From the lead single Follow You to Leave this Town and the raw and honest delivery of the album's title track, I'm A Bird carries the continuing theme of travel and discovery, the constant trademark of a searching soul, and the hallmarks of one constantly asking questions.


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