• Name: Kerrianne Cox
• Origin: Beagle Bay, North West Kimberley,
• Occupations: Singer
• Genres: Blues, Country, Folk
• Instruments: Vocal Guitar
• Website: www.kerriannecox.com/
Kerrianne Cox is an internationally renowned independent Original Sovereign Ngombarl performing artist of Australia. Her signature song, "Beagle Bay Dreaming" has brought her beloved home and country - Beagle Bay in the remote North West Kimberley region of Western Australia - into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
After winning the Next Big Thing Competition in 1996 when she was just 22 years of age, Kerrianne Cox said, "I am here to inspire people in all I do". In 1997 Kerrianne Cox was awarded a WAMI (Western Australia Music Industry) Award as Best Indigenous Artist of the Year and in 2000, NAIDOC's (National Aboriginal Independence Day of Celebration) Female Artist of the Year.
In Australia, Kerrianne Cox has performed all over the country including at major events such as 2002 Message Stick at the Sorry Day concert at the Sydney Opera House, WOMADelaide 2003, season 4 of Outback Upfront on ABC TV (Sydney), the Broome Cabaret production of the acclaimed musical Bran Nue Dae, the Sydney Survival Concert '97, opening Perth Artrage in '98, Corroborree 2000, Sydney Mardi Gras 2002 and featured artist at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the Reconciliation Bridge walk (2000) attended by over 100,000 people, as well as the Western Australia International Music Conference in 2003.
Although she regularly conducts songwriting workshops which heal, inspire and uplift diverse audiences such as participants at the Kungka Conferences at Uluru, Kerrianne Cox is more than a singer/songwriter. She has been the Master of Ceremony at these annual events and is considered to be a leader who draws upon her personal experiences to motivate and encourage participants to heal and develop their self empowerment.
Her pioneering work in Beagle Bay has received wide recognition including a shortlisting for the National 2005 Human Rights Community (Individual) Award. In 2005 Kerrianne was named National Artist of the Year (NAIDOC) and awarded the Yvonne Cohen Award for Creative Indigenous Youth. During this year Kerrianne was invited to perform at the National Indigenous Women's Leadership Program and has become an annual guest, inspiring and empowering Sovereign Women of all age groups from communities throughout Australia.
Kerrianne's CD's include "Just Wanna Move" (1999) and "Opening"(2001). In 2005 she began recording her third CD - "Return to Country" - about what it means to live and work from her home in the Kimberley. The CD was released at the International Dreaming Festival in June 2006 and Kerrianne performed again at this event in 2007.
During 2007 to 2008 Kerrianne performed at major festivals throughout Australia and abroad such as the 2007 Adelaide International Guitar Festival, 2008 Nannup Music Festival, 2007 and 2008 Blue Mountain Blues and Roots Festival, Sydney Earth Festival 2008 and the 2008 Festival of the Pacific Arts in America Samoa for two weeks which was screened on Message Stick ABC in late 2008.
"It's a privilege to work hard in my music, my life, my family, my community and with my people".
Kerrianne will continue campaigning to protect her country and community against the LNG Plant which is planned for James Prices Point in the North West Kimberley region of Western Australia. As her latest song, "Mother Song" says,
"Stop raping the land, We can't take what she can't give no more...Motherland is here for us to love and take care of, Who are we to forget about her...We must make a stand, Work with her to exist, Then we will have a place, to live with her in harmony"!
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"Dan Sultan" Blackbird Album Tour
April 4 saw the release of Dan Sultan's new album, Blackbird . And the news that Sultan will hit the road for a mammoth national tour from June.
The Blackbird tour will see Sultan touring for close to two months, visiting every state in the country including capital cities and smaller, regional towns.
Sultan will be backed by a full band at all shows, with gig-goers in capital cities treated to a little extra glitz from a big-band set-up.
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