July 14, 2017
Songs That Made Me – The Daily Mercury
SONGS That Made Me brought together some of Australia’s finest singers to discover and nurture local female talent in regional Queensland.
A concert in Mackay Thursday night, one of several in regional Queensland, featured high-profile performers Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin on stage alongside Mackay region singers as they shared stories of their influences and artistic journeys, and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives.
The concert also featured an all-female rhythm section, Queensland choir Cheep Trill, and regional Queensland musicians Megan Sarmardin, Kristin Berardi and Hayley Marsten.
The concert was part of the broader Queensland Music Festival’s Songs That Made Me program, which involved a unique mentorship and performance experience for a selected group of emerging female singer-songwriters from Mackay, Mount Isa and Gladstone.
Designed to empower and support female singer-songwriters, the program involved mentorship from Conway, Bowditch and Macklin along with Katie Noonan and Leigh Carriage.
Jessikah Baillie, Emma-Kate Stampton, Jamesley Gourlay and Karla Brechin were finalists chosen to perform at the MECC in the Songs That Made Me performance.