Merilyn Steele

Merilyn Steele

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

From roots to country blues with elements of folk and rock, with every song written and performed for a reason - to move you! Take the roller coaster ride of emotion with sounds reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt and Mary Chapin-Carpenter.

Biography

Experience the talents of Merilyn Steele

A soulful & versatile vocal style, vivacious personality with heartfelt songs that evoke every emotion - that�s the magic of Merilyn!

After the success and string of awards that came with her debut CD �This Passion� comes the much anticipated follow up album �Extraordinary Daze�. With her latest offering comes both a brand new sound and fresh new image for Merilyn. This album is the result of a journey of events occurred, emotions felt and places travelled over the last 2 years. Expect to hear rootsy blues with sassy slide guitars reminiscent of Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Bonnie Raitt for starters.

After the demise of her health in 2006 to the highs of an award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007 at the Horsham CM Awards, VIC, Merilyn�s musical tastes have matured and blossomed into a sound that is very much her own style now.

The new album covers contraversial topics like the story of Hermannsburg in NT, about the first Aboriginal mission in Australia and her views on the politics of war in another.

Sydney born and bred, it�s hard to figure where Merilyn�s desire to be a singer/songwriter came from. Although both her Mum and Grandmother played piano, it was mostly for their own pleasure and neither had ever played professionally. It was Merilyn�s Dad who bought her first guitar when she was just 12 and began taking her to music lessons. From there her love for music developed. Growing up she was influenced by her parents with Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Lynn Anderson and Dolly Parton.
Today some of her influences include Kasey Chambers, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette and Bernard Fanning.

Merilyn is a regular at the Tamworth Festival and has appeared at many other festivals such as Kempsey Trucking festival, Wauchope, the Heritage Miners festival in Port Kembla, Mildura and the Newcastle Steel City festival.

Merilyn has a driving passion for her music and a craving to perform. Particularly, she loves the feedback and buzz she gets from a live audience. An experienced performer, she has worked successfully for many years with her duo/trio, Alter Ego, around Sydney and the east coast.

She has recently formed her own showband of professional musicians who are eager to support her and showcase her songs which they love.

Merilyn's been instructed by some of the best in the industry including songwriting workshops with Kasey Chambers, Garth Porter, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole & Catherine Britt to name a few. Merilyn has been support act to entertainment greats like Lucky Grilles, Chad Morgan and Normie Rowe.

"Without a doubt her best work yet.� (Extraordinary Daze) Frankie T. Thatcher Radio 2MCR-FM Sydney
�A wonderfully positive new album�great songwriting and Merilyn�s vocals are strong and vibrant as ever � Deb Minter, Capital News
BRAG BAG & CLAIMS TO FAME!
2008 - 'If I Were a Bird' nominated as a Finalist for Childrens Song of The Year with the TSA Song Awards
2008 - Second single off Album released to radio - If I Were a Bird with another appearance on TVS
Songwriters Across Australia
2008 - New album �Extraordinary Daze� released in May with first single �When Will (My Heart Start Singing Again?)� released to radio
2007 - Winner - Female Vocalist of The Year - Horsham VIC on the strength of her CD, �This Passion�.
2007 - Finalist for Best Group/Duo, Horsham CM Awards VIC for her song, �When It Rains�.
2007 - Feature artist on TVS, Channel 31 with album review and videoclip broadcast of �Forever�
2006 � Top 50 MusicOz finalist (#49) with �Forever� for Best Country Artist of The Year
2006 � Single release of 'Charades' to radio in March
2005 � Top 100 MusicOz finalist (#84) with 'You Don't Wanna Know�
2005 � 2nd place Finalist for Independent Artists EP Award, Tas & NZ for EP �Forever�.
2005 � Released singles �When It Rains� and �You Don�t Wanna Know� on GSL label
2005 � Released debut multimedia album, �This Passion�
2005 - Semi-finalist for both �Ten Less Candles� & �Charades� with Tamworth Songwriters Professional Section
2005 � �Ten Less Candles� goes to #1 on the playlist of Radio Midtfjord in Denmark
2004 � Released Single �Ten Less Candles� on Steer Records label
2004 � 3rd Place winner in Tas.NZ Songwriters Awards for her title song, �This Passion�.
2003/04 � Twice State Finalist in the NSW �Champion of Champions� quest, Newcastle.
2003 - First video clip �Forever� featured on CMC,,PayTV, A Little Bit Of Country - Prime 7, Nu Country, Channel 31
2003 � Three television performances on Channel 31 Sydney
2003 - Top 40 hit with �Forever� on Mildura�s HOTFM radio charts
2002 � Released debut EP single �Forever�
For bookings & interviews contact:
Alter Ego Promotions
alteregoprom@gmail.com
www.merilynsteele.com

Album available at

Discography

2002 - Single: Forever
2005 - Album: This Passion
2008 - Album: Extraordinary Daze

Set List

This would depend on the venue, the audience, the mood of the room and the requirements of the booker.

1 - 3 sets of 40 to 45 mins