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"Merilyn Steele releases second radio single If I Were A Bird"

If I Were A Bird the quirky title of Merilyn Steele’s second radio release from her latest album
Extraordinary Daze, is out now on NfS radio compilation this month.

Described by Capital News writer Deb Minter as ‘A wonderfully positive new album ... ...
great songwriting and Merilyn’s vocals are strong and vibrant as ever.’

Merilyn wrote the track sometime ago and reviewed it after considering it for inclusion on this,
her second album ‘It’s a song of pure escapism and imagery, like going back to your school

The Sydney based artist signed a national and US|Canada deal with WJO Distribution last month, boosting her career with the distribution through music retail stores and online direct
to consumers.
‘I signed a national and US/Canada deal with them in August. They specialise in independent artists and are associated with Leading Edge Music so it’s a really good move.’
Merilyn added.
The second single taken from Merilyn Steele’s new album ‘Extraordinary Daze’ has been described in a
review as ‘light and hopeful with an Irish air and a childlike delicacy of spirit’. Indeed, the Irish folk
overtones certainly stand out in this tune. It has been voted as one of the most popular songs off the CD
which was a real surprise to Merilyn.
‘It’s a song of pure escapism and imagery, like going back to your school days when the teacher used
to ask ‘if you could be any animal, what would it be and what would you do as that animal?’ type of
thing. It’s a song from years ago that I have rewritten but thought it would be viewed as pretty corny.
Strangely it has turned out to be everyone’s favourite.’

It’s sure to become your radio favourite too once you hear this hauntingly catchy tune!



It was only in 05/06 Sydney singer/songwriter MERILYN STEELE was fighting back from a debilitating series of health crises that
would have crippled a lesser woman.

THE recently released new album Extraordinary Daze is the follow up to her debut release This

Along with a new physical makeover (including a vibrant new hair colour) Merilyn has added depth to her musical mind-set.
“It’s vastly different (to This Passion),” she said. “It’s a much more rootsy, sometimes bluesy sound with a bit of folk weaved in. My
fans have embraced and welcomed the new maturity and style. I think it’s essential to keep
evolving, not just as an artist and musician
but as a person too.”
Then choice of CD title seems entirely
appropriate considering the ‘whirlwind of
events’ Merilyn has lived through over the last
few years.
“I decided to use ‘daze’ instead of ‘days’ to
add a further twist to the title as a couple of
those experiences did seem to leave me in a
bit of a ‘daze’!” she said. “Most of the songs
are about ‘here and now’, living in the present,
making most of life etc. It’s a bit of a soul
searcher really – because that’s what I am.”
Merilyn’s newest single is If I Were A Bird;
a sunny track with ‘an Irish air and a childlike
delicacy of spirit.’ “It’s ironic in that while it
sounds like a simplistic song on the surface,
there is a deeper message underneath saying
that it’s better to face your problems than
running away from them,” she explained. “The
song also acknowledges that I am thankful for
what I have and who I am. There are lots of
others worse off than I am.”
While You Can is another positive, uplifting
song with a clear and simple message; live
life while you can as no one knows what can
happen tomorrow. “It’s my latest philosophy
on life!” Merilyn said. “As we get older our
mortality becomes more apparent. Don’t put
off your dreams and desires! Don’t take your
life or health for granted! Get that silverware
and crystal glasses out of the cabinet, invite
family or friends over for dinner and use them
tonight! What are you waiting for? I think you
have the idea by now.”
Information Blues is a tongue in cheek
dig at today’s modern technology and
communication. “We seem to have so many
avenues of communication now – phones,
mobiles, SMS, instant messaging, Facebook,
My Space, emails, faxes, letters and so on.
Some days it just seems to be overload! But
with all this communication ironically people
are not connecting with each other on a
personal level at all any more. We have so
many modern conveniences that are meant to
save us time and effort, yet nobody has time
to relax, chill out and just talk.”
Another positive for Merilyn’s future is
her recent signing with distribution company
WJO Distribution. “It is SO exciting and
I’m wrapped!” she enthused. “It’s great
timing too with the new release and the
singles coming up.” WJO Distribution /
Salamander Sound are associated with
Leading Edge Music – an Australia-wide
group of independent music stores.
Merilyn’s indomitable courage and
fighting spirit have brought her out of the
dark times. She knows that every step forward
is a blessing to be appreciated and anticipated
with hope and gratitude.



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



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
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�
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