Sue Ray• Origin: Toowoomba, Queensland
• Genres: Roots
• Years Active: 2000–present
• Sounds Like: Martha Wainwright, Feis
• Instruments: Vocals, guitar, harmonica
• Influences: Cris Isaac, Gillian Welsh
• Website www.sueraymusic.com
Brisbane's Sue Ray isn't really one for labels. Sure, you could call her a "singer-songwriter" or a "solo artist" - but she prefers simply 'musician'. And when you look at her impressive career to date, you can see why.
There's been the garage rock bands, the country folk songs, the collaborations - even a stint in a philharmonic choir. And it's that wide breadth of experience that has been etched all over her new solo record Red Roses.
Confident, considered, warm, spontaneous – this collection of country-tinged songs showcases a songwriter and performer filled with confidence, maturity and a sense of experimentation. Add in Sue Ray's show stopping voice, a band of exceptional players, and ARIA winning producer Magoo, and you have an album that really feels like the work of someone born to make music.
But then Sue Ray has known nothing else. Growing up in a musical family in Toowoomba - west of Brisbane - she learned from a very early age that music was something to be valued and treasured…that is was more than just wallpaper. So, for the past 15 years she has followed a path that has taken her around the country and the globe.
Moving to Brisbane in 2000, she found herself swept into that city's music community. With her bands The Fondelles and Sugartown she earned plenty of fans, and soon other artists came calling. To date she has performed on stage and in the studio as a guest with numerous bands and artists including The Gin Club, Darren Hanlon, Baron Field & Shifter. While with her bands - and as a solo artist - she has opened for everyone from Faker, The Apartments, Keith Podger, The Purple Hearts, The Kill Devil Hills, and Halfway to The Wilson Pickers, Busby Marou and Dan Sultan.
Sue Ray sees that connection with any number of artists and genres as key to her growth as a songwriter. It's about challenging herself to try new things, explore new sounds and mess around with convention. And soon enough it was her talent and dedication as a solo writer and performer that really started to shine through. .
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The Medics• Origin: Cairns, Queensland
• Genres: Rock
• Years Active: 2007–present
• Labels: Starving Kids, Footstomp/Warner
• Members: Jhindu Lawrie, Charles Thomas
• Members: Kahl Wallace, Andrew Thomson
• Website www.themedics.com.au
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