atalana

atalana

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A new and exciting story teller who wields immediately engaging lyrics and melodies that speak directly to any audience. You'll be whistling the hooks for days.

Biography

Atalana is a singer/songwriter in every essence of the word. Her evocative music makes a connection with folk, blues, pop and other traditional influences, and through them, still finds a place to call her own. As a self-taught guitarist, Atalana has found herself an individual and organic sound to accompany her soaring and heartfelt vocals. Over the years Atalana has honed her writing skills, and has arrived at a point where she is truly excited with the results, and with the prospect of furthering her career as a musician. Moving to Sydney in 2001, and while developing her music, Atalana matured as a performer, playing a number of shows at the Metro, The Basement, and many other clubs in and around Sydney, forging a steady and loyal following. Atalana even performed in the production; HAIR, in Sydney and Melbourne, under the direction of David Atkins.

The decision was then made to head to Tasmania to consolidate in 2004, and Atalana's writing hasn't looked back. With a swag full of new material she looks expectantly into the future.

Atalana auditioned for the Channel 7 series; Popstars 2, and notably, was offered a solo recording contract, external of the final group.

“There are moments that affirm who we are in life, as an artist, one of mine was during the experience of being a “contestant” on Popstars 2. I have always written and performed my own material, for as long as I can remember, but have never been told that “it is ok to follow your dreams”. So, when I was handed a recording contract, it was more a pat on the back and a word in the ear that told me that I was on the right track”.

“In hind site it was fortunate for me, the record label fell apart, and I was left to go it alone, and since then I have grown immeasurably as a musician and a person, and have arrived at a place in my writing that I am truly happy and excited about”.

Since the experience of being thrust head-long into the music industry, and then just as quickly finding herself on the other side again, Atalana has struggled to find the right producer to work with. A number of attempts have been made with various producers, but the results have not fully realised the potential of Atalana's work.

A colourful life to this point, has given Atalana a wealth of experience to draw upon when writing her emotion charged songs, with many people waiting after at a gig to say “thankyou that meant so much to me” through teared eyes.

“I hail from a the tiny island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, called Groote Eylandt. I grew up there, but left when I was 12, to attended boarding school in Perth, WA, then onto Theatre and Communications at Uni. The stint in Sydney taught me so much about myself, as a person and a musician, but since arriving in 2004, and living in Tassie I have really found my muse, and the songs are really flowing naturally. I just know that this is a great base for the creative juices to take hold”.

Tasmania was to be a time of writing and recording for Atalana, but she has still found time time to gig, from playing at the Republic Bar, and Irish Murphy's, to supporting the Waifs. The future is bright for this untapped talent. Her passion and desire are sure to see her succeeding at an international level in years to come.

Lyrics

Don't Make Me Fall

Written By: Atalana Heale

So you think, this life is all too much
and in your heart, you feel the beauty crushed. So you say, you'll come and go, within this life you don't belong to.

And then before you know the leaves have up and overgrown. Their Beauty take your breath away and Oh, oh,oh, oh no. You want to live again and breath their colors in again it doesn't seem quite real and then your lips they say oh no.

CHORUS
Don't make me fall, right, into a handful of you.
Don't make me say, I'm, nothing when I'm without you. Don't make me feel everything in this life, everything in this life.

Take them back, all of my precious dreams, they held me down although it seems. We won't let go, even when we bleed, our face held down until we can't breath.

And then it's here again that breeze that brings that second wind, that second chance we need before we feel oh, oh, oh, no. And here entwined again our lives they spin and spiral then, they spin out of control and I scream oh, oh,oh, oh no.
Chorus.

BRIDGE
Look to the sky and you will surely see stars, look to the stars and you will surely see something to hope for in part even if you don't believe, if the sky falls apart you will surely find me, and I'll find you.

Chorus x2

all in this

Written By: atalana heale

Here in the back seat of his car
I hear my mother say don't go too far
and I hope you don't mind that i left you alone, but I do what she says I do what I'm told.
Here in the rain as My feet hit the streets, you yell where's your coat you've got nothing on your feet, do you think I don't know what I do with my time, how old must I be for my thoughts to be mine.
I sleep in my clothes, sleep in til noon, then I take those clothes and brush past your suit and I wish I could be the best version of you, I bet you wish that, you could be to.
Chorus
We're all in this
all in this
I'll take my turn
but we're all in this

So you ask me to skim stones in the night, so we can't see who wins who's wrong or right
and I wish I could be in the safest of places where we all have no names and all have no faces, but If I could be truly be here in the night, young and free, if I could stay truly stay, wouldn't I be, wouldn't I be
Chorus x2

Tap your feet

Written By: Atalana heale

Tap your feet to the sound of a lonely beat and make my heart sing out, to the sound of a lonely crowd. Wrap me up in the blanket of a willing love in a loved up soul to bare in an empty but a longing stare.

swing in low, but hold your own, embrace your skin, don't hold it in.
Chorus
Hold on, hold on.

Turn and run from anything that holds you wrong. Don't let it eat you from within turn the radio on again. Move and moan like the body of beyonce knowles close your eyes and just soothe your soul we are the meaning of endless hope.

side by side and skin to skin embrace your mould don't hold it in.
Chorus
hold on hold on

There's a whole in my heart and its filling up
with stuff I can't hold myself up
it's just too hard.

Swing in low but hold your own embrace your skin don't hold it in.
Chorus.

All in my head

Written By: Atalana Heale

There's a rush that draws me in
like a place I feel I've been
and the stars are all a spin
I....wanna slow down
slow down.

Then you make me wake and oh
in this dawn I feel alone
can you hold me close again
so I...oh I
don't fly...right by. right by

Chorus
It's all in my, all in my headx2
and I could Die sometimes
I could cry sometimes
did I let you down.
did I let you down this time.

So we seize up from the pain
and we live our lives in vein
for we wish we want it all this life to be so
Beautiful,,, beautiful...
Beautiful,,, beautiful...

This feeling, is numbing, I'm falling I'm stumbling I'm hurting, I'm drowning again, slow drowning again, from living, I;m drowning.

Chorus
It's all in my, all in my headx2
and I could Die sometimes
I could cry sometimes
break down break free of this life
did I let you down.
did I let you down
did I let you down this time.

There's a rush that draws me in
like a place I feel I've been
and the stars are all a spin
I....wanna slow down
slow down.

Set List

Originals:
All in my head, Tap your feet, Don't make me fall, When the world is better, Easier, Fear, I wish for, True colours, Baby Baby, Please, Try so hard, We're all in this, Run with you, Vapour, etc.
COVERS:
Jewel, David Gray, Tracy Chapman, Van Morrisson, The Beatles, Bic Runga, Lisa Loeb, Suzanne Vega, Cheryl Crow etc.