Music Profiles


Kerrianne Cox

TAOH: Kerrianne, I understand you were bought up in Beagle Bay in the North West Kimberley region of Western Australia which is at the heart of the proposed gas and mining leases. Would you like to comment on where this is up to?





Kirtana began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 11. On a spiritual path from a young age, Kirtana’s music reflects her own personal journey and spiritual evolution as she has shifted from transformation and healing, to concern for the planet, to the necessity for awakening to your true nature.




Stiff Gins

After almost twelve years making music together as the Stiff Gins, long time friends Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs have shared many major turning points and challenges in each other’s lives. Guided by their experience as connected, soulful performers, they have seen firsthand the power of honesty, openness, and intention when it comes to healing. And while it may seem surprising, granted their branding as one of Australia’s best loved Indigenous acts for over a decade, it’s the confluence of truth, leading by example and facilitation that has had an impact on their understanding of healing as much as their cultural heritage.




Renee Searles

The healing power of the voice and music has fascinated Renee her whole life, however it is only recently that Renee has begun to delve deeper into what songwriting and singing may reveal to herself and others. Through the humble ukulele, Renee is discovering her true calling …





Born in Aotearoa (NZ), the most precious gift I had as a child, was an intense love of nature, of Io (the Divine Supreme) and the many Mãori Atua (Gods & Deities). It helped me so much knowing that there was a different world that existed that was beautiful, mysterious, magical and joyful.




Ruby Hunter

Ruby Hunter came into the world on the banks of the Murray River in South Australia in 1955. As she was immersed in the billabong waters, her mother knew little of what the future would hold for her and her siblings. Growing up on the Coorong, Ruby remembered hearing stories told on the banks of the river about Pondi the Giant Cod who cleared the way upstream for her ancestors.




Ego Lemos

On the eve of his performance with Gurrumul Yunupingu at the Perth Concert Hall, Ego Lemos walked into the house he was staying at and discovered his permaculture-loving hosts planting out their verge. In an instant he had joined them, thrusting his hands into the dirt.

It’s a hard call for Lemos to say which is more important – his love of land or music. Both have etched themselves upon his heart and soul, and are so intrinsic to his being that the lines become blurred. Above all, Lemos has faith in the healing power of both – for people and for nations – a characteristic he attributes to his mother and the traditional knowledge of his people. ‘The Timorese people have so much traditional knowledge … of land, of music, art and everything,’ says Lemos.




Jonathon Welch

Going into my interview with Jonathon Welch, after reading his recently released biography ‘The Choir Man’, I was both curious but also just a little in awe of this acclaimed tenor/conductor/choir master and now author. The TV series of his work with homeless and disadvantaged people in Melbourne, and how he had shaped them into an awesome and inspiring choir is now almost legendary in Australia, and was also instrumental in Jonathon being awarded Australian of the Year in 2008, and an Order of Australia in June 2009. His musical career alone has seen him work in some 70 roles with opera companies (within almost every state of Australia) and ultimately with Opera Australia. Singers, directors and conductors of notoriety have included Dame Joan Sutherland, k.d.lang, Baz Luhrman, Graeme Murphy, Richard Bonynge, Anne Murray, Jimmy Somerville, Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers - to name but a few.




Toni Childs

Toni Childs began her traveling early. Born in Orange, California, she grew up in small desert farm towns and moved to distant states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nevada. Raised in a family where movies and rock'n'roll were forbidden, she ran away from home at 15 and hitched up and down the West Coast jamming with local blues bands.




Moana Maniapoto

My mountain greets your mountain, my river greets your river, my tribe greets your tribe.

In the landscape of New Zealand music one genre stands out: music by Maori artists. Traditional music sung in te reo (the Maori language) has found its way onto mainstream radio as more and more indigenous singers find poetry and emotional depth in their own tongue.




Archie Roach

Archie Roach is a singer, songwriter, and story teller in the tradition of his ancestors. Having survived a personal history that would have left most artists scarred and defeated, Archie Roach has emerged as an extraordinarily gifted Australian artist with a truly visionary talent. His first album Charcoal Lane recorded in 1990, was produced by Paul Kelly and Steve Connolly, and featured the Aboriginal anthem Took the Children Away. This song tells of the forced separation of children from their parents during the implementation of the government's assimilation policies. Many Aboriginal people identify strongly with the story carried by this song.



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