Melbourne born singer-songwriter Shannen James found a love for performing and singing at the young age of six. Throughout the following decades, her passion for music developed into a love for songwriting and melody. Her new EP ‘Getaway’ released late last year is a nod to her individualised sound, melodic sensibility and features her youthful and coloured vocals. Influenced by artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Jack Johnson for her ‘dreamy folk pop vibe’, Shannen’s live performance creates the same pleasantries and easy listening atmosphere during that are are just as much captivating as they are hypnotising.
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend vintage Americana with widescreen, dark country. Their second full length album, The Way You Leave was written between Nashville and Melbourne and is out on October 18, 2017. Sweet, sultry and soaring, this new collection of songs document love, loss, friendship and regret and feature co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.
Exceptional songwriting is what has always stood out first and foremost for Melbourne artist Sean McMahon.
Across five albums, including recordings with outfits Downhills Home, Western Union and The Moonmen, he has traversed a musical highway from densely textured alt-country through to an eclectic blend of folk, blues, ‘cosmic’ country and rock and roll.
Largely inspired by the American songbook, its traditions and its champions, his melodic and poetic style of songwriting is loaded with confessional narratives and vivid storytelling that explore and exploit familiar themes, however it's his ability to craft a song and his warm and honest vocals that set him apart.