Following the successes of previous Sounds Of projects – including the groundbreaking Sounds Of The Pilbara II: Songs In Language and last year’s acclaimed Sounds of the Goldfields - WAM‘s Sounds Of The Great Southern project is now set to showcase a range of incredible artists from across the Great Southern region, to be released to the public mid-year in Albany.

With a record-breaking 115 talented applicants from across the Great Southern region responding to the callout, ten artists have now been selected for the Sounds Of The Great Southern project, set to record over four weeks starting March 9, 2017.

The artists selected are: The Tidswell Twins with The North Albany Senior High School Band (Albany), Willow (Denmark), 40 Kays Out (Katanning), Ron Coyne (Albany), Rastatrix (Denmark), Dave Taylor (Blue Stuka, Takalarup), Carla Geneve (Albany), Mary Jayne & The Smoke Detectors (Denmark), Kris Nelson (Albany) and Isla Imogen (Albany).

In line with WAM’s efforts to promote indigenous artists in the Sounds Of series across regional WA, the compilation is proud to showcase two original nations’ acts. It also covers genres ranging from rock to indie pop, jazz, country, folk-dub, dirty blues, and reggae-ska-dub. The artists selected cover a mix of established and lesser-known artists, yet still only takes a dip below the surface of the immense pool of talent found in the Great Southern region, hence making the selection process a very difficult one.

Along with guest sessions from ARIA Award-winning producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac) and Debaser Studio engineer Andy Lawson (Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy), Sounds Of The Great Southern will see award-winning producers Matt Gio from Rada Studio (Katy Steele, Abbe May) and Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio) working with these Great Southern artists to each leave the Soundtown pop-up studio with a professional recording to use for their own purposes and financial gain. Tracks will be released on the Sounds Of Great Southern CD and digital compilation, seeing these artists promoted far beyond their hometowns, with the CD and digital playlist distributed to radio stations, media and music industry across Australia, and beyond.

WAM extends our warm thanks to each of the project partners who have committed funding to support this important project:


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