Levi-X Live at The Gallery
Iconic Live Jazz Covers and an original with Levi’s startling voice
Release Date: November 20 (Foghorn/MGM) ALL Digital Platforms
At only 12 years old, Levi-X performs his first original composition “I Need to be Me”, in a live session set at the MerchWorx Galley Session. Recorded on Oct 17th2020, the session lets listeners share Levi-X’s young passionate approach to music and cross over style between contemporary and easy jazz that is rarely seen in someone so young. Supported by piano, bass, drums, and guitar, he also brings an emotional take on John Hiatt’s “Have a little faith”, freely working with his fellow musicians to create the rich delivery of the song’s roots. He then picks up the saxophone on what can only be described as an extraordinary performance of Grover Washington’s “Winelight”.
I Need to Be Me – Levi-X
I Need to Be Meis Levi-X’s first song written wholly by himself, aged 12, lyrics and music. The magic of this song is not only the way the song melodically flows and sweeps its listeners into an emotional centre but is also about the strength and depth of the how the lyrics speak to people of all ages.
“To be the person I need to be….I need to be me”. A simple truism relevant to young and old, whatever your walk of life. Aim to be truthful to yourself – who you are – what you stand for. Then comes the matching counterbalance in the song – the recognition that to really be yourself, is never a path without failure, but it is a worthwhile goal to keep reaching for. “I know I’m trying again…I gotta get back up then.”
It sometimes takes a young mind to remind us that being real to ourselves is a struggle for all, not just youth. I Need to be Me, is a song that wholeheartedly delivers a message of compassion and encouragement to everyone.
Considering that “I Need to be Me” is Levi-X’s first debut into song writing, it is going to be very exciting to see where this Australian musician and performer takes us next.
Levi-X, live at the Gallery Sessions, is a fearless delivery of youthful talent on many levels that should not be overlooked.
Levi X – Live at the Gallery is OUT NOW – via MGM
Adam Blacksmith is a thought provoking songwriter from Sydney, Australia. He is a talented wordsmith and a storyteller. He draws his influences from far and wide, from his contemporaries Augie March and the Drones to his workplace, Long Bay Gaol in Sydney where he works as a Special Education teacher. Blacksmith’s music doesn’t fall neatly into any conventional category although musically, he gives folk and blues an indie make-over resulting in a refreshing and unique sound.
Adam describes the moment he decided to become a singer:
“I was driving in my car In 1999 when I heard, “Asleep in Perfection” by Augie March on JJJ. I had to stop the car to take it all in. I had loved folk music for years but had lost faith in the radio to play bands with the lyrical substance of Dylan, Joni and The Tea Party until that moment. Hearing it renewed my faith in radio and music at the same time and it gave me the hope that I could transform my poetry into music. All of friends at the time were in metal bands and were very supportive of my direction and my family felt the same, however, If I am honest, I don’t think they believed I’d stick with it.”
Like so many other songs, the catalyst for “Sometimes I miss you” was a break-up, however that’s where the similarities end. This is not a song about heartbreak or pining over future loves, nor is it a declaration that “I’ll never love again” … That’s all been said.
“Sometimes I miss you” is no ordinary break-up song, but a penned commitment to giving aspirations their deserved priority, shaking old habits, facing hard truths and resisting the urge to self-sabotage when things finally go my way. It’s, a farewell to Codependancy, being the perpetual roadie and giving flowers to those with allergies.
Musically, this song combines folk inspired verses with a souped-up Fuzz guitar chorus, a howling Hammond Organ and distorted vocals to augment the refrain “I Don’t miss who I am when I’m with you”.
Production: Jordan Ellery (Dulwich Hill Sydney)
Mixing: Jordan Ellery (Dulwich Hill Sydney)
Mastering: Don Bartley (Blue Mountains, NSW)
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‘STEVE KILBEY (THE CHURCH), AND HIS WINGED HEELS- GARETH KOCH (SAFFIRE) , ROGER MASON (ICEHOUSE) and BARTON PRICE(MODELS)
LIVE AT MAX WATTS
The Entertainment Quarter-Fox Studios
Saturday 21 November 2020
The live performance includes the full Eleven WomenAlbumwhere Rolling Stone Magazine said:
“Eleven Women is the first solo record from Steve Kilbey since 2018, and sees the Church frontman delivering one of his most immersive releases to date.”
Other selected tunes including some from the recent Ancient Music albums Chryse Planitiaand Songs from Another Lifeas well as new unreleased materiel and a surprise encore will be presented as a complete 90 minute set along with special guest artist Maia Marshopening the show.
The show is not to be missed and encapsulates Steve’s prodigious output this year despite the hindrances of Covid19.
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Limited Numbers due to covid restrictions so get in quick.
Eleven Women is OUT NOW via FOGHORN/MGM.
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Levi-X is a young singer/saxophonist (12 yo), based in Queensland. Levi has been performing at several markets in North Brisbane with his father since he was 11 years old, entertaining crowds with his saxophone and singing. He plays all genres of music but has a style that is rooted in light Jazz improvisation. His debut song, Amazing Grace (Grace Amazing) was recorded when he was 12 years old and is the first of a number of songs he is working on.
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Expat Aussie Singer Faces Christmas in Quarantine
Trysette Loosemore, Australia’s own back-up singer to the legendary John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) returns to Australia after a whirlwind 12-month tour of the US, Canada and Europe in 2019.
Like the rest of the world, faced with an uncertain and challenging year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Trysette says “I had to make the decision in March this year whether to return home to Australia when the panic was on to repatriate Australians living overseas, but Los Angeles has been my home now for three years and I thought, like everyone else, that this pandemic situation would pass within a few months or sooner than all of us imagined. So I dug in and rode the wave, confident that the touring scene would start up again and everything would be back to normal. I was wrong”
Touring musicians are among the hardest hit of all this year, relying on crowds of people to attend their shows, and in the USA especially, the coast is far from clear for acts to be back out on the road doing what they love to do.
Just as Trysette did with the John Fogerty World Tour in 2019 (pic below)
Photo Credit – Greg Lewis
Trysette says that “once I decided to return home until work starts up again, I discovered what was really going on with the international travel situation, flight debacles and the two-week mandatory quarantine enforcement on return to Australia. I had no idea how difficult it would be to not only secure a seat on a flight home as the prices are skyrocketing up to $20,000 right now, but to arrive in time to spend Christmas with my family. As it stands, I will arrive in Sydney (Brisbane not possible) mid December just in time to spend Christmas in Quarantine. All this said, I feel very fortunate that I have friends and family in both NSW and QLD who I am extremely excited to see and spend time with, and I have my health. For that I am truly grateful and all the rest of this shall pass”.
2020 has definitely been a defining and transformative year for all, and Trysette has made the most of her time focusing on her songwriting, on-line concerts and a new youtube show she has created called ‘Shoot The Breeze’ where she interviews some of her “Rockstar Friends” so that people who are interested can get to know these stars through her eyes. So far these interviews include Kenny Aronoff (iconic rock drummer to John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and many more), Bob Malone (Singer Songwriter and “Keyboard Wizard” to John Fogerty), Randy Ray Mitchell (guitarist to Donna Summer, Warren Zevon, Keb Mo and more), and while in Australia, Trysette hopes to surprise us with some of our own “Aussie Rockstars” as well. Follow Trysette on her socials below and stay tuned for new music in 2021.
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MrHarvey New Ep It’s Kool to Be Kind
Release Date: October 23 (Foghorn/MGM) ALL Digital Platforms
MrHarvey is the stage name of singer-songwriter Nathan Harvey. Having only picked up a guitar in 2015 at 44 years old, his music is as interesting and diverse as his life! A blend of blues, folk, country and rock, Nathan’s music is very lyrics focused as he draws on a myriad of musical and life experiences.
Former Channel V host and media personality in the 90’s, Nathan retreated from the spotlight leaving his hometown of Sydney for the Gold Coast working as a show announcer and FOH mixer at SeaWorld. It was here that he literally learnt the ropes from scratch after befriending the Ski Captain to become a professional water skier.
In 2010 a near fatal water-skiing accident in Canada whilst skiing with old SeaWorld buddies saw Nathan return to Sydney with a titanium plate and 4 screws holding his neck together. Always loving music and being a drummer in his teens, Nathan played in a fun “pisstake” band during his V days called “The Velvet Underpants” alongside Ken Stewart from Mr Blonde and Anthony Ousback former MTV host. His debut single “Brand New Day” was played nationally on the Triple M / Austereo Network and reached No 3 on the overall Triple J Unearthed Charts.
Arranged and produced by Nathan Harvey with Magnus as co-producer the EP features Nathan on vocals, guitar, some keyboards and various other instruments, Magnus on Clarinet, BVs and lead keyboards along with Catrina Bargwanna, Tara Resch on Violin / BVs, Alex Gresley on lead and bass guitar, Luke Spies on drums and Brett Chapman on Harmonica.
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