Selena Cross

Selena Cross

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Selena Cross, a lush and emotive singer songwriter reminiscent of artists like Dido, Enya, Annie Lennox nameing a few. Fans describe her as having the voice of an angel (myspace.com/selenacross) and critics praise her ability to capture the commercial audience without sounding like everything else.

Biography

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Selena Cross grew up with a musical family and learned to play piano by ear at the age of 5. Practicing at 'Nana Annie's' house with the only piano around at the time, the weekend visits to Semaphore were some of the fondest memories Selena recalls. "I think the piano needs tuning!", Selena would exclaim every weekend. This was however an excuse to have the piano tuner come, just so she could hear him play at the end of the tuning session.

"I would watch him, look at his hands and posture, and notice how his fingers would dance like butterflies up and down the keys. I eagerly waited for the dramatic Low C, High C final chord! When he left, I would play frilly '5 year old' made up symphonies. It sounded awful, but I would always try to get the Low C, High C ending just right."

Selena's passion for music and drive never wavered and in 1998 she moved to Melbourne with a demo of her original songs in hand. In search of a listening ear, and she found many, she met Buzz Bidstrup (The Angels, Gangagang) who would go on to produce 'Strip', Selena's first CD.

'Strip', with its earthy/acoustic pop style, was picked up by GCG Music (US) in 2003. This distribution deal introduced Selena Cross to the US and Canadian market and with an ever growing global online audience 'Strip' was soon being enjoyed internationally thanks to iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. With a fan base growing all over the globe, but not concentrated in any one place, Selena decided it was the right time to start a family with husband and sound designer Paul Hitchens.

One more project Selena squeezed in before the birth of her son was a cover of 'Land Down Under' for the 2004 compilation release 'Women At Work'. For the production Selena chose renowned Australian songwriter and producer Richard Pleasance.

"I was pregnant at the time, so Richard and I were emailing each other mp3's back and forth. I remember being insistent on one thing.... no flute! I didn't see the point in regurgitating the original, and Richard has such a great style, I wanted that to shine too!" Selena recalls.

After time off dedicated to raising her son Sam, Selena came back with a follow up EP 'The Meaning In Sunnyville'(2006). Also produced by Richard Pleasance, it shares the continuing journey in Selena's career. From this EP 'Do As The Angels Do' has been picked up by Nova FM and ABC while 'Silence' from her debut 'Strip' has enjoyed international airplay.

Selena is currently writing and new demos can be heard at myspace.com/selenacross. “Myspace has changed my life” Selena says, “I now have a great manager in Paul Rodger and we have been talking to Grammy winning producers and major labels about my next album. I am excited about the future and love sharing this journey with my myspace fans. They have supported me since day one and I have a lot to thank them for”.

Lyrics

Do As The Angels Do

Written By: Selena Cross

When despair strikes you down
When the tears cease to cry out
When you hide from your fears
When the night just won’t give in

Chorus

Do as the angels do
Just believe and it will rescue you
And if your very best is just to sleep
Dream a little dream for me

They will shine a light on your heart
And you will see the colour of your love

Chorus

Do as the angels do
Just believe and it will rescue you
And if your very best is just to sleep
Then dream a little dream for me

Ride
The wind will carry you
Ride
It will carry you home

Chorus

Do as the angels do
Just believe and it will rescue you
And if your very best is just to sleep
Then dream a little dream for me

Warrrior Spirit

Written By: Selena Cross

Warrior Spirit

I took a trip down to the west line
To watch the sun lie down to bed
And as the moon shone down on my brow
I made a vow to myself
I said friend of mine don't you find burden
Because it's coming soon, the soul of the night
For the moon and I are well acquainted
And I’m sure she'll provide you with the light

Oh, it's a hard life of a travelling warrior
But it's a good life of a travelling warrior
Because my spirits alive

I arrived up at the east line
To watch the sun rise up from the dead
And as it's heat beat down on my heart
I just knew my love and I would be met
So I wandered through the town to meet the people
I showed them how my guitar sung to me
And I played them songs of love ages old
Hoping someone might understand me

But it's a hard life of a travelling warrior
But it's the good life of a travelling warrior
Because my spirits alive

I looked through the crowd, I saw a pair of eyes
Gazing right up at me
Could this be the love I’ve been waiting all my life
Could he be the one waiting for me

Oh, it's a hard life of a travelling warrior
But it's a good life of a travelling warrior
Because my spirit’s alive
Because my spirit’s alive

Blinded

Written By: Selena Cross

Blinded

I can't see past the waters edge
It's like I've been held here captive
And I've wondered if there'll ever be another day
When I can hear someone else

You've blinded me by your heart
You've deafened me by the sound of your love
You've torn away all my fears
And your touch is what I need

What ever made you stop at this ship wreck
This aimless, stranded shell of remembrance
And I've wondered if there'll ever be another day
When I would sail again

You've blinded me by your heart
You've deafened me by the sound of your love
You've torn away all my fears
And your touch is what I need

And the stars, they remember somehow
How to burn so brightly
Is it I am remembering somehow
To finally breath

You've blinded me by your heart
You've deafened me by the sound of your love
You've torn away all my fears
And your touch is what I need

Discography

The Meaning In Sunnyville (2006)

1. There You Go Again
2. I'm Not Lost
3. Secrets
4. Do As The Angels Do
5. Krista's Home

Strip (2003)

1. Strip
2. Funny How Life Changes
3. Memories Won't Fade
4. First One To Try
5. And You Were There
6. Hear How I Love You
7. Always Stay
8. Color Blue
9. Warrior Spirit
10. Fallen Down
11. Save Me
12. Silence

Thanks for the support, Indie music needs you :)

A big "Thanks" to :

All the guys at
NOVA FM

Yianni Johns
ABC Radio
92.5 FM, Central Coast NSW

Alison Lee-Tet
3MBS FM 103.5, Melbourne

Wayne Brennan
QBN-FM
96.7, NSW

David Jobling and
Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM, SA

Arthur Elliott
Sidestream Radio
99.7 FM Brisbane.

DJ Mex at
Green and Gold Radio WA

Andrew Becker at
Acoustical Alternative Radio

Lew Wirt and the great folk at
Pagan Radio,
California, USA

Ron Hoysted at
WICR Geelong, Victoria

Ash at 105.7 ICR FM, UK
www.icrfm.co.uk

Generation Mix Online
www.generationmix.co.uk

Radio Royal Bradford, UK
www.radioroyalbradford.co.uk

Set List

There You Go Again
I'm Not Lost
Do As The Angels Do
Krista's Home
First One To Try
And You Were There
Color Blue
Warrior Spirit
Silence
My Old Man And The Sea (new)
Rocket (new)
The One (new)
In My Smile (new)
Angel From Montgomery (John Prine)