BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!! JANUARY 2019
SALLY-ANNE WHITTEN WINS BIG AT TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tamworth singer-songwriter Sally-Anne Whitten has been recognised for her talents on her latest album “Burgundy Street” at the ICMAs – Indie Country Music Australia showcase and awards.
Sally-Anne was awarded Most Popular Female Artist and Most Popular Independent Album for 2018’s “Burgundy Street”. Producer/husband Alwyn Aurisch received the Most Popular Producer gong for the album of the same name, validating the term ‘keeping it in the family’! This follow’s Alwyn’s 2015 induction into the Country Music Hands Of Fame.
The award-winning album was inspired by a life-long dream visit to New Orleans in 2015. The album cover depicts the singer’s holiday digs - where she wrote some of the tracks and the place where she was inspired to cover Jon Cleary and Alan Toussaint songs.
The album boasts collaborations with Sally-Anne’s favourite singers, songwriters and musicians including James Craswell aka Jimmy Craz, Rae Moody, Allison Forbes and Mick Pealing of Australian country-rock band Stars.
A few days after receiving the awards, Sally-Anne has been able to share her thoughts, “I’m honoured to be recognised by peers and fans alike as an independent artist. It was a wonderful surprise and I’m delighted with these two awards. I made this album completely my own way by my own rules so it feels amazing to be recognised for following my own path. Thanks to the ICMA crew for helping recognise independent artists”.
The ICMA showcase and awards are held annually at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Forget everything you thought you knew about country music- Sally-Anne has blurred the lines between
country, rock and blues to create her very own signature sound.
Her songs, smouldering vocal style and powerhouse band are a little reminiscent of the groove and soulful traditions of the deep south… New Orleans and Memphis. She borrows perhaps a little inspiration from artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, and Sheryl Crow, but with an attitude that is all her own, and that is endearing her to both country and blues fans across the globe.
This multi-award winning chanteuse is making people sit up and take notice of her sleek, no nonsense, funky style, honed to a fine art by years
of touring and recording. (See "About Sally-Anne" for a full biography and list of achievements)
With her highly respected and much sought after band The Rumour Mill, she has found the perfect match of musicians to perfectly compliment her songs- sophisticated, classy and cool.
Her songs are passionate, honest and beautifully crafted-with just a hint of the ascerbic wit she is known
for-and what you hear on her albums is what you get live- no compromise.
It's rare to find - World class vocals, killer musicianship, great live performances, incredible band and real A grade songwriting all in one package.
Sally-Anne delivers the whole experience.
Her latest eagerly awaited album "Burgundy Street” is testament to her talent as a top class songwriter and musician to put together an album of beautifully written songs that showcase her and her band to the best of their abilities. It’s an album of songs reflecting her loves, losses, and lessons... wrapped in rock solid grooves. She wanted to make an album of songs that meant something to her, and that she could and would replicate live, and this is it.
Sally-Anne is touring - watch out for her at a venue near you.