Winner 2011 Australian Blues Music "Chain" Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
Winner Victorian/Tasmanian Blues Award Female Artist Of The Year
Winner of the AirPlay Direct / Michael McClune Blues Radio Promotion Contest
Number #3 on B.B. Kings’s Bluesville Picks to Click – 27th November 2010
“Immensely talented…natural Soul-Blues resembling classic Hi and Stax sounds of Memphis”
Al Hensley, Rhythms Magazine Australia
“Thanks for helping us sound good”
Bill Wax, B.B. King’s Bluesville, XM Satellite Radio & President of the Blues Foundation
“Wow…great sound…Paige has a superb and powerful voice…her band is outstanding”
Steve Jones, Blues Blast Magazine
“…an outstanding album”
RadioIndy.com Phoenix, U.S.A.
“Lush, rich, compelling…..an amazing piece of work”
John Lamp Sleepy Hollow Blues Club/Pulse FM Geelong Australia.
“Stevie’s voice is amazing, effortlessly soaring from deep and husky to high and pure and back again. And her guitar playing is great……musically the album is beautiful”
Gary deWall Sydney Blues Society (Blues Times)
“…singer guitarist songwriter loaded with soul and blues feeling…a blues and roots CD with an impressive spread of styles, quality musicianship and a soulful silky vocal”
Geoff Forbes Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Bluesletter
“…Paige has immense vocal and guitar talents.”
Australian Guitar Magazine.
Critics have described Stevie’s voice as “superb” and “amazing.” Couple this with reviews of “great guitar” “Impressive songs” and an “outstanding band” and it is clear this Australian Soul/Blues star has announced her arrival to the world.
Brought up in the country town of Hanging Rock in Victoria, Stevie first became interested in music whilst watching the hit TV show ‘Fame’. So at the age of 10, Stevie grabbed hold of her first guitar and never looked back.
The vast array of music played in the family home would in later years have a significant impact on Stevie’s writing style. Sound tracks to the big musicals like Oklahoma, Carousel and Don Quixote fostered a love of the ‘grand’ production. Even as her attention moved to the classical guitar, the draw to the more dramatic orchestral guitar music as opposed to the solo format was very evident.
Making good on her ambition to attend the ‘fame’ school, Stevie audition for and was accepted to one of Australia’s most prestigious music schools, ‘The Victorian College of the Arts’. Despite excelling at the college as a classical musician and an offer to continue studies at London’s Royal College of music, the growing ambition to explore another side of the music world was proving irresistible. The seed for this was planted quite accidently when Stevie was asked to fill in for a local Blues Brother’s tribute band. Fronting up to the show with her trusty classical guitar, the good humoured band firmly placed a borrowed Stratocaster in her hands with a “there ya go, plug that it in.”
With that, Stevie took her first, if somewhat flustered steps to playing on stage with a band. The band and Stevie were about as rough as they come that night, but the chemistry was magic. The proverbial light had been turned on and it was a significant turning point. With absolutely no doubt in her mind that this was the kind of performer she wanted to be, it was still to be determined what kind of artist she would be. Stevie began performing in numerous rock and cover bands, as well as releasing her first album and an EP. But it wasn’t until Stevie came across a small independent Blues label in Australia that her eventual destination began to take shape. Encouraged to explore the world of Blues, Stevie set off across Australia armed with just her guitar and a stomp box. Four years of solo touring, exploring new songs, a solo album and the energy and enthusiasm from the growing fan base forged a confident and exceptional talent. Stevie was born to sing the blues and soul is her perfect medium.
Stevie’s new soul album “Welcome To The Big Time” marks her departure from performing solo. The coupling of ‘that voice’, signature guitar and a three piece rhythm section, punchy horns and lush strings produces a vibrancy and tone that is reminiscent of the “Memphis Sound” from Stax and Hi Records during the late 60's. Adding weight to the album is Stevie’s pairing with Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite on an acoustic rendition of “Ol’ Man River.”
With the new album already collecting awards and accolades both at home and abroad, an extensive tour schedule is in the planning for Australia, North America and Europe.
“Welcome To The Big Time” out now
Stevie’s new album, is available for radio stations to download from www.AirPlayDirect.com/steviepaige and available for sale from June 25th 2010. For enquiries please contact Stevie’s manager Chris Bailey on (+61) 418 512 067 or at chris@SteviePaige.com. For all other information please visit www.SteviePaige.com.
Bass (Rob Little)
Drums (Mark Kennedy)
Keyboards (Rev. Mick O'Connor)
Listen Up Boys
Break the Sun
Stevie Paige III
Welcome To The Big Time
Welcome to The Big Time is streaming at http://AirPlay.com/steviepaige
Stevie Paige - That's Soul
Stevie Paige - Nothing I'd Take
Stevie Paige - If You Don't Love Me
Stevie Paige - Far From Here
Stevie Paige with Charlie Musselwhite - Ol' Man River
Rhythms Magazine October 2010 Review of "Welcome To The Big Time"
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Stevie Paige is an immensely talented Melbourne based artist whose music is largely imbued with a na...Stevie Paige is an immensely talented Melbourne based artist whose music is largely imbued with a natural soul-blues flavour resembling the classic Hi and Stax Records sounds that came out of Memphis in the 60’s. Formally trained on the classical guitar, Paige has complete mastery over her Les Paul Gibson and plays all guitars heard here, as well as some piano. She also wrote the silky string arrangements and vigorous horn lines that punctuate many of her eleven self-penned songs. A Quintet of first –call musicians with an impressive background in pop, jazz and R&B provide a platform for Paige’s sultry vocals. While most of her material has a solid rhythm and blues foundation, a few of Paige’s compositions border on pop and country styles. She comfortably brushes against the big time performing a closing acoustic duet with US harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite on the old Kern-Hammerstein show tune ‘Ol’ Man River’.
Blues Blast – 24 Sept 2010 Review of "Welcome To The Big Time"
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Wow! I popped the CD from this Australian singer and guitar player in and was immediately taken abac...Wow! I popped the CD from this Australian singer and guitar player in and was immediately taken aback by the great sound. I love being surprised by artists that I’ve never heard of; sometimes it makes me think that maybe I should have already heard of them, but in Stevie’s case she’s from half way around the world.
Paige has a superb and powerful voice. When that voice gets paired up with really strong instrumental work it will get her and this album noticed quickly! Her guitar is clean and not over done and her band is outstanding. Mick Connor on keys, Anthony Norris on trumpet, Paul Williamson on the sax, Rob Little on bass and Mark Kennedy on drums and percussion give this album a big sound. But what strikes the listener first and foremost are Paige’s vocals. She’s a singer who seems ready to grasp any style of music and deliver the goods. While this CD is predominantly blues and soul, one can tell that she could belt out a song in almost any genre with success. I really was impressed with her.
Paige wrote all but the final track on the CD; she is also a pretty darn good songwriter. Here songs are fresh and bright, and range from slow, bluesy ballads and soulful songs to jumping and rocking numbers. There is not a bad song in the set. The last song is a modernized take on “Ol’ Man River” and also features Charlie Musselwhite on harp. A stark and bare song with only Paige on vocals with an acoustic guitar and Musselwhite filling in on harp, Paige closes out her album in a grand down home and gutsy style.
A graduate of Australia’s premier music school (the Victorian College of the Arts), Paige is classically trained but embraces the blues and soul. She is a young, new force to be musically reckoned with. I recommend you check her out!!!!
RadioIndy – September 2010 Review of "Welcome To The Big Time"
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Singer/songwriter/musician, Stevie Paige, releases an outstanding album, “Welcome To The Big Time,” ...Singer/songwriter/musician, Stevie Paige, releases an outstanding album, “Welcome To The Big Time,” that is loaded with impressive soulful Blues. Stevie is a soloist with a backing band and on this album are the following accomplished musicians: Drums – Mark Kennedy (Duran-Duran, Rene Geyer, Leo Sayer), Bass – Rob Little (Tommy Emmanuel, The Seekers), Hammond Organ & Piano – Mick “The Reverend” O’Connor (Australian Crawl, The Black Sorrows), Trumpet – Anthony “ToK” Norris (Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, The Black Sorrows), Sax – Paul Williamson (Dire Straights, Vince Jones, Men at Work), Blues Harp – Charlie Musselwhite (Blues Legend.)
Kicking off the CD, “That’s Soul,” excites the listener with its bouncy beat, soulful vocals, and bright horn riffs. Paige doesn’t hold back with her voice on “Far From Here,” as she is not only rootsy with bluesy attitude but you can feel her strong heartfelt emotions on this melodic tune. Another song, “If It’s Not Your Own,” has a catchy beat that gets your feet tapping to the fun and lively beat while Paige belts out another great melodic melody. If you’re into the Blues and like the sound of powerful vocals with a fantastic backing band, then “Welcome To The Big Time,” is just what you need to hear.
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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M.B.A.S.- Bluesletter Sept. 2010 Review of "Welcome To The Big Time"
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To quote Australian Guitar Magazine “ Melbourne based singer, songwriter and guitarist Stevie Paige ...To quote Australian Guitar Magazine “ Melbourne based singer, songwriter and guitarist Stevie Paige is considered to be the best female rock guitarist in Australia.” Now that’s the sort of press a reviewer likes to see. Stevie hails originally from Hanging Rock, and from there via the Victorian College of the Arts and on to blues stages around the country. Not your classic blues trajectory, but the result is a singer, guitarist, song-writer loaded with soul and blues feeling. The band work hard and Stevie puts a solid stamp on the “out front” role. There is more than a hint of Bonnie Raitt or maybe Deborah Coleman in the guitar and vocal delivery. Her vocals soar and then she throws in a bit of growl for effect, an unbeatable combination.
Stevie’s version of Ol Man River featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harp is a stand out. All of the songs
(except Ol Man River of course) are Stevie compositions and this is a particular strength of the CD. Far
from Here in the style of Try a Little Tenderness is my favourite. This is a blues and roots CD with an impressive spread of styles, quality musicianship and a soulful silky vocal….yum. Stevie has put together a pretty impressive bunch of musicians to help her out on this, her fourth CD
Stevie has a comprehensive website and you can listen to a selection of these tracks there.
Sydney Blues Society – August 2010 Blues Times Review of "Welcome To The Big Time"
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CD review Stevie Paige Welcome To The Big Time (12 tracks, 50 minutes) Stevie Paige has been t...CD review
Welcome To The Big Time
(12 tracks, 50 minutes)
Stevie Paige has been the subject of several of my raves over the years, and here comes another one! This is her 4th album, the previous one being III released in 2006, so it’s been a while between drinks.
Stevie is one of those performers we have in the blues scene who should be a well known player on the larger stage, and who, with a little different focus could appeal to a much wider audience. There’s a bit of jazz in what she does, heaps of soul, and the stuff being put out by all the big name pop divas would be a walk in the park for her.
Helping Stevie out on this album are Charlie Musselwhite (harp), Mick ‘The Reverend’ O’Connor (Hammond, piano, Wurlitzer), Anthony ‘ToK’ Norris (trumpet), Paul Williamson (Tenor & baritone sax), Rob Little (bass & double bass), and Mark Kennedy (drums & percussion). How’s that for a backing band?
Stevie of course contributes vocals, backing vocals and guitars, as well as writing all the songs (except Old Man River) and doing all the arrangements including the strings and horns.
The sound is big and full. In fact you’d swear she had a full orchestra behind her most of the time. And of course all the players are among the best around so musically the album is beautiful.
Stevie’s voice is amazing, effortlessly soaring from deep and husky to high and pure and back again. And her guitar playing is great.
Ol’ Man River is a great showcase for Stevie’s vocals, with just Stevie on acoustic guitar, a little percussion, and some sweet harp from Charlie Musselwhite.
You could call this album ‘blues’, or maybe ‘big band jazz’, or ‘middle of the road’, or ‘easy listening’. Me? I just call it ‘good’! Check out www.SteviePaige.com for more info.
From the Sydney Blues Society’s “Blue Times” August 2010. By Gary deWall
Mostly originals, Sets from 3 x 45 min to 1 x 1.5 Hours.Typical cover would include songs like "Etta James At Last" "Ann Peebles I Can't Stand The Rain"
"Sam and Dave Hold On "
There are no upcoming dates at this time.