So very humbled and honoured to be co writing and working with Australian TV, Film and Theatre Actor, Aussie icon, John Waters. John has an accomplished career in Film and on stage, and his musical talents are extraordinary. He has recorded and written his own album, Cloudland and released another album, titled Brel, which he sang entirely in French and his Double Live Album, Looking Through A Glass Onion.
He also worte and composed his one man show 'Looking Through a Glass Onion', based on the life of John Lennon, with his friend Stuart D'Arrietta. He continues to tour nationally in Australia, in London's West End and more recently on Broadway. John is one of the hardest working and most employable actors in Australia. He has appeared on screen in ABC TV's Rush, All The Rivers Run, Man from Snowy River, Singapore Sling, Alice To Nowhere , Offspring and many more. On stage John has starred in all the classics, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music to name a few. To read John's full bio Press here
What an amazing opportunity this is, to be working alongside such a beautiful soul.
Can't wait to share all the details soon, A new song, 'Streets of Morocco' with John as Artist and Musical director. It's going to be special ....
Also a big shout out to some of the musicians who have kindly come on board to bring the music to life...Paul Berton on guitar, Tony Azzopardi on percussion and Dave Ellis, Double Bass. Backing vocalists Louise and Fiona Stack .
So excited to preview my new song, Somebody's Someone featuring Vocalist and X Factor Grand Finalist AMALIA FOY. Sometimes you just have to write a little love song and this one's for all those hopeless romantics, both young and old, who have lost love and hope to find it again.
Special thanks to Amalia for the gorgeous vocals and interpretation of this song. Such a joy to work with and her vocals captured the intention and romance of the song perfectly .
You can preview the song on Soundcloud Press Here
So excited to announce that my song SNOWFLAKE has won the Hollywood Music In Media Award for best holiday song.Special thanks to Laura Zarb on vocals, Matty Zarb on guitar, Juen Van Hand onviolin and production and arrangement by Pete Stevenson, Turn Around Music.
So special that my daughter Lucy could be there with me to celebrate on the night. We had the best time ever. Hollywood certainly knows how to throw an after party.
To hear all about it Press Here
The Hollywood Music In Media Awards is always an amazing night but this was extra special as I got to walk the red carpet with my daughter Lucy . We had a ball travelling together from Sydney, Australia to attend the event in LA . Thanks to all involved for making us feel so special . Hope we get to do it all again next year .
Honoured to have Won a Silver medal in the Global Music Awards in America . So thrilled to be given this award for Compostition , Lyrics and Music for my Folk / Acoustic song, Just Wanna Say Hello. Many thanks to guest artists Laura and Ollie for the gorgeous vocals , Mark Cawley for the wonderful mentoring on this song and Turn Around Music for Production . Huge thanks to Thomas Baker , CEO and Founder of the Global Music Awards for this great honor from such a prestigious organisation . So excited to be a part of this wonderful competition again . To hear the song Press here
So honoured to receive an early nomination in the 2016 HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS in the Folk/Acoustic category for "Just Wanna Say Hello ". Award winners will be announced at the HMMA annual Red Carpet and Awards Event in LA this November .
To see all the early Nominee's Press here
So honoured to announce that SNOWFLAKE has won the coveted Vox Pop Fan Vote in the Independent Music Awards in America . This song was inspired by the exquisite snowflakes 'dancing' in Les Gets, France. I was totaly mesmerised by their beauty and grace.
THANK YOU to all of you who voted for this song. Special thanks to Laura Zarb for the beautiful vocals , Matty Zarb on guitar and Pete Stevenson from Turn Around Music for production and Arrangement. To hear the song Press Here
SNOWFLAKE is also available to buy on itunes.
We had the best time at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards . So excited and humbled to have been nominated in this fabulous competition with such wonderful musicians and composers . Huge thanks to Brent Harvey , Founder and EP of the HMMA awards and special thanks to all the photographers , organisers and staff who made the whole night an unforgettable experience. So glad we flew from Australia to attend this brilliant event, we met the most beautiful people and made some speical friends along the way .
Well, what a fantastic way to end a brilliant year of Songwriting .
So excited to have Won the Christmas song category in the 2015 Uk Songwriting contest . Many thanks to the judges, organisers and promoters of this contest,and for choosing SNOWFLAKE as a winner . Huge thanks to Laura Zarb on vocals, a wonderful musician and such a beautiful friend ,THANK YOU for singing this song so well . Thanks to Matt Zarb on guitar , just perfect and to Pete Stevenson from Turn Around Music , specail thanks for the brilliant production of this song .
Congratulations to all the Winners , Finalists , Semi Finalists and everyone who had the courage just to enter the contest .
To listen to SNOWFLAKE Press here
I'm absolutely thrilled to have WON a Gold Medal for my song FLY featuring special guest artist Rachael Beck. What an honor it is to receive this accolade for such a special song , and Im so humbled to have won this award amongst a field of such incredibly talented artists.
Huge THANK YOU to the promoters and Judges from the Global Music Awards , what a brilliant platform to promote so many truly wonderful artists from around the world. To hear all the winners and their music Press here
Enormous thanks to the 26 Regional Newspapers across NSW that shared my songwriting story recently. It was such an honour to be a guest speaker at the Women Of Influence evening at my old school Loreto Normanhurst, as it was here, that my songwriting journey began. It's been 27 years since I left school, but even today, Loreto continues to support and ecourage me, and for that, I'm truly grateful.
SNOWFLAKE feat laura Zarb has been nominated for an independent music award in the Holiday Song category . Unfortunately we didn't win this one but we did place in the top 5 , SO, we are still in the running to receive the 14th IMA VOX Pop honors , the fan determined portion of the Independent Music Awards . Laura and I would love it if you could vote for us and help us across the line . To hear the song and vote Press here
Huge thanks to the #IMA for the wonderful nomination this year . So excited to be nominated alongside an amazing showcase of Independent Musicians . Yay team SNOWFLAKE :)
WOW , what an absolute honour to be nominated in the Hollywood Music Media Awards for my song FLY feat my beautiful friend and artist Rachael Beck . This nomination means the world to me as the song was written for my daughter Lucy and tell's the story of a young girl leaving home for the first time.
Special thanks to Peter Stevenson , my producer /arranger on this song ..wow , you are the musical genius behind this and I thank you for always believing in me . Rachael Beck , WOW , what an honour just to have you record this for me , you are Australia's leading lady in musical theatre and your interpretation of this song was stunning , I couldn't have done this without you. Micahel Bardon, your Cello playing was magnificent and played with so much passion , thank you !!
I am so excited that Fly has received such a wonderful nomination and we can't wait ot go to LA to celebrate at this fabulous event . What a wonderful opportunity for an independant artist in Australia to recieve. To see all the nominees in the first quarter Press here
Best mail ever came from America today . WOW , HUGE THANK YOU to Steve Cahill , President of the Songwriters Resource Network and Judge in the Great American Song Contest. Im so blown away by such kind words that I just had to share it. Also thrilled to be a Finalist in this contest but equally happy to receive such wonderful feedback . Press here for all the results.
" You are clearly an accomplished songwriter, with a special talent for instrumental compositions. Each of these lyrical songs is also quite impressive. Each has an exceptional melodic structure. The most effectively realized lyric here is SNOWFLAKE , because of the amazing poetic imagery . Of the songwriters who regularly enter our contest, you are one of the most talented. Keep composing beautiful compositions and working woth lyrics, Congratulations!" ~ Steve Cahill
SNOWFLAKE feat Laura Zarb has been nominated for an Independent music award in the holiday song category . So excited to be part of this wonderful contest . Thank you to the organisers and promoters , what an honour to be chosen amongst a field of such talented artists . If you can , we'd love you to vote for us in the peoples choice award , just follow the links to vote for snowflake Press here Thanks heaps !!!
WOW , some days are just fabulous and today is one of them. It's not everyday the opportunity to be mentored by none other then Hit Songwriter Mark Cawley comes around . After winning the international Uk Songwriting contest for best Acoustic/Folk song , I connected to Mark , one of the songwriting judges from this contest . Mark is an acclaimed songwriter who has written songs for Tina Turner , Diana Ross , Wynonna , Billie Piper and the Spice Girls , just to name a few . His songs have appeared on more then 15 million records to date .
The opportunity came up for me to sign on for a month of songwriting/mentoring lessons , and you can only imagine how excited I was . After my initial nervousness upon meeting Mark over Skype , after just one lesson I came away totally inspired and thirsty for more . I have now completed 4 weeks of songwriting sessions and come away so inspired and enthusiastic that I just had to sign up for more.
Mark has this incredible way of teaching you through humour , colour , imagination and so much encouragement . His ability to share his songwriting expertise so generously is really quite something . He has certainly taught me to be 'brave' with my songwriting , pushed me where I needed it and encouraged me to keep writing even when time poor with my rather large family of 6 . In just 4 short weeks I have learnt some really valuable tools to apply to my songwriting, and hopefully , I can make my lyrics more endearing to you the listener. What an absolute priviledge it is to be mentored by such a truly talented man and icon in the music industry .
Mark's humble approach to songwriting is just fabulous and Im so grateful to have had this experience. How very exciting that all this is done over Skype from Australia to Nashville. I would certainly recommend all songwriters needing help with Lyric writing to contact Mark as Im sure you would be just as grateful as I am . Press Here for Mark Cawleys website .
Many thanks to the Uk Songwriting Contest , so glad I entered it .
Can't wait to share my new song with you all soon :)
It's Not Goodbye feat Laura Zarb is debuting on Women Of Substance Radio and Podcast on the 16th Feb .This podcast is No 1 on itunes and we are so excited this song was chosen. Don't forget to tune in , you can also vote to keep our song in the top 20 which means it will stay in rotation . Huge thanks to Bree Noble for this wonderful opportunity . Press here to follow the links and hear the song .
So excited to hear early Christmas Morning that my single "It's Not Goodbye" was the winner of the 2014 UK Songwriting Contest Acoustic / Folk category. What a wonderful Christmans present this is !
Special thanks to Laura Zarb for her stunning vocals, Matty Zarb for your wonderfully sensitive guitar playing and Pete Stevenson for production and arrangement and always believing in me even when I didn't.
Thank you to the UK songwriting judges for awarding my song 1st place in the competition, it means the world to me. Congratulations to all the other winners, finalists, semi finalists and all the songwriters who entered this year.
To see the awards show and results Click Here
What an honour it is to place 2nd in the Open Category of the ASA National Songwriting Contest 2014 with SNOWFLAKE. Special thanks to Laura Zarb for the gorgeous vocals , Matty Zarb for the wonderful guitar work and Juen VanHand on violin. Enormous thanks to my Producer and Arranger Pete Stevenson , thank you so much for bringing the dancing snowflakes to life .
Snowflake was inspired by the exquisite snowflakes "dancing' in Les Gets, France . I was mesmirized by their beauty and grace , and time really stood still as they were falling to the ground. I wrote this song over the course of 2 weeks and was very quickly known as "that person who keeps stopping the ski Instructor to madly put lyics into a phone " . Thank you also to the ski resorts in Les Gets and Morzine for totally supporting this song. We don't have snowflakes in Australia but too me , the magic of Christmas is the truly magnificent SNOWFLAKES falling at Christmas Time.
To hear the song Press Here
I am so honoured I had the opportunity to work with artist and musical theatre performer Rachael Beck on my new single FLY. It's not everyday you get to work with such a beautifully talented artist. I wrote this song a few years ago and couldn't quite get the emotion in the recording I was looking for . I asked my lovely friend friend Rachael if she would be interested in singing this song for me , in the most humble of ways, Rachael agreed. I am thrilled with the final version of this song as it carry's all the emotion of a parent saying goodbye to their child when it's time to leave home . I am so grateful and would like to thank Rachael for being the wonderful artist that she is and singing the stunning vocals on this song .
Special thanks to Pete Stevenson , Turn Around Music for production and arrangement and Cellist Michael Bardon .
Fly is now available on itunes Press Here
Rachael has also debuted her Solo Album This Girl .
Rachael Beck is one of Australia's most in demand performers widely known for her performance as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast . Other theatre credits include Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes, Cabaret , Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh's Les miserables , Maria in the Sound of Music and Kathy Seldon in David Atkins Singin in the Rain . Rachael most recently starred as Truly Scrumptious in the Australian tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang .
Rachael had also appeared in numerous television productions and concerts .Television credits also include Sam in Hey dad , The Flying Doctors, Home and Away and many more.
Many thanks to the Manning River Times for this lovely article on the current UK Songwriting contest . Im thrilled to have all 6 songs progress to the Semi Finals . Huge thanks to Pete Stevenson from Turn Around Music for production and Arrangement , all the vocalists and all the musicians who continue to bring my songs to life .
For the full story Press Here
Excited to place in the Folk category of the West Coast Songwriters contest with It's Not Goodbye feat Laura Zarb. Laura has recently returned from the USA and Europe. Laura's compelling voice , infectious folky grooves and contagious energy will have you hooked as soon as you hear her . Thanks Laura , great job xx
Very excited to be awarded a Double Finalist in the Great American Song Contest Instrumental category for So Beautiful and If I stay . Huge thanks to Pete Stevenson for production and arrangement . To see all the finalists Press here
Absolutely thrilled that So Beautiful has won second place in the pop category of the Indie International songwriting contest.
Special thanks to all the musicians involved especially Pauly Zarb on Tin whistle , Pete Stevenson my Producer and Vocalists Jarrod Sherman and Liz Hewitt .
Snowflake - Instrumental also received 9th Place and an Honourable mention
For the list of all winners Press here
Special thanks to Jo Atkins for the wonderful article on all things songwriting in the Manning Great Lakes Focus Magazine for 2013 ..it's been a huge year with many projects on the go . It's so wonderful that the arts are covered so well by media and newspapers on the Mid North Coast . Click on the article (page 6)
I think this just about sums up the past couple of years .
I am totally blown away by this speech given to Parliament by Steve Bromhead on my songwriting achievements . Thank you so much Steve, I am so grateful for all the support I have received from so many wonderful people and thank you sincerely for your encouragement and enthusiasm. To read the article , click on Parliament Speech
The first ever Rotary Schools Spectacular was just magic . Over 300 children and our ACMF kids performed over two concerts raising money for the local branch of the Australian Children's Music Foundation. Massive thanks to our celebrities, George Houvardas MC , John Waters , George Ellis and the incredible Don Spencer. What a truly magnificent day /night for all involved Click here
The whole #imjustachild team are so excited to be a Finalist in the Australian Art Sales short film awards. We are one of 24 Finalists in this global competition and thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful line up of cinematographers You can watch the video on You tube or go to our website www.imjustachild.com.au
So excited to be part of the judging panel for the recent ACMF National Songwriting competition .What an honour to hear all the fabulous songs submitted by such talented kids. The calibre of songs was outstanding and I think it safe to say these kids have a very bright future in the music industry . So lovely to work with Samantha Jade ,Peter Northcote , George Ellis , and the wonderful Don Spencer . Click here for results
Huge thanks to the Taree Manning River Times for this fabulous article on my songwriting . To read the article Click here
Massive thanks to the Manning River Times for this fabulous write up .Our Antibullying package is now complete and we are starting trials in schools up and down the coast .Our message is simple , Don't hate Be A Mate . For more information Click here
So thrilled to be a category winner in the Dallas Songwriters Association Songwriting contest. Thanks to the organisers, promoters and judges of this contest for awarding, So Beautiful, a Winning position. To hear all the winners songs press here
Chuffed to be amongst the Top 5 Winners of the Song of the year contest with my single So Beautiful ~ instrumental category
See the link here
Super excited to win the Adult Contemporary category in the West Coast International Songwriting contest. Special thanks to vocalists Jarrod Sherman and Liz Hewitt, to all the musicians who played live, extra special thanks to Pauly Zarb, for recording the Tin Whistle and Flute before heading back to England and my friend, producer, arranger and co writer Peter Stevenson, Turn Around Music !
So Beautiful was written for my Dad, my friend, my hero …. How special to win with this song !
To see all the winners click here
Very excited to place as a Finalist and Semi Finalist in the 2013 UK Songwriting contest . You can hear all the category winners here
I recently met with Gayle Forman, Author of ‘if i stay’ in Melbourne for dinner. What an inspiration this lady is and I thank her so generously for not only writing such a stunning book but allowing me to be part of such a special,special journey.
What an absolute honour it was to meet the beautiful Author of ‘if I stay’ Gayle Forman, New Yorks no 1 best selling teen author. It was pure luck and my destiny that we could meet,of all places, here in Australia. I figured if Gayle could travel 24 hours to get to Australia then my daughter and I could travel 12 hours to make it to Melbourne for dinner. My daughter was the reason I read the book so it was only fitting that I took her with me on this big, spontaneous, amazing adventure. We had such an incredible night with an extremely gracious and lovely lady who was such fantastic company to be with. Im sure there will always be a lovely connection between a “writer” and a “musician” for a long time to come!
Years ago my Daughter Lucy was given a book to read and it was suggested that I should read it too. After reading the novel,”if I stay”, I woke in the middle of the night with the most amazing melodies and lyrics in my head, so at 1am I began writing this song. I wrote to Gayle (through social media) asking her permission to use the title and themes of the book as inspiration for my song and to my absolute surprise Gayle not only replied but also agreed.I spent the next 12 months writing the lyrics and the melody and then presented the song all finished to Gayle. I was so excited she liked it!
Fast forward 4 years and ‘if I stay’ is signed to Red Lab Records in LA and part of my compilation album, A Moment in Time, which was recorded and arranged by my wonderful producer and friend Pete Stevenson from Turn Around Music.
Oh and ‘if I stay’ looks set to be made into a major Hollywood movie with RJ Cutler as Director and and Chloe Moretz as Mia !
I have decided that anything is possible if you dare to let yourself dream!
Here is the article from Hypable and an interview with Gayle and a mention of my song . Just click on the link Hypable Hypable
Very excited to release my new single, So Beautiful, on itunes.Thank you so much to special guests artists Jarrod Sherman and Liz Hewitt. Your vocals are stunning.So very honoured to have Pete and Sharen Stevenson as my co writers and Huge thanks to Pete Stevenson, the Best Producer/Arranger in the world! Big thanks to Pauly Zarb form England who so graciously recorded the flute and Tin whistle on his last day in Australia ! Awesome! Huge thanks to the many wonderful musicians who played on this tract. To buy this song click on the So Beautiful link, So Beauitful
I am so excited to present to you this Animation, I’m Just A Child – A story about love triumphing over judgement and a story we hope to use in Anti Bullying campaigns across Australia and beyond !!
This has been a labour of love over the past 4 years with the project starting with the song Im just a child . The song needed a little more and so this beauitful animation was created!
We are especially grateful to have worked alongside Jan Kenny ACS, Paul Newell Animator for Nickelodeon / Disney, Peter Stevenson, music arrangement and production and our youngest artist, 9 year old Charlotte Reece on vocals!! My beautiful friend, artist/ illustrator and creative director, thank you for the most amazing journey over the past 12 months !! Together we will take on the world!!
To view this video please click on the link I’m Just A Child
We are very pleased to announce that my song I’m Just A Child has been turned into an Animation ! Multi talented Artist and Illustrator Monica Markovina had sketched all the magnificent drawings and directed this film alongside multi award winning Animator and Cartoonist Paul Newell who has also animated characters for Nickelodeon and Disney! This project is nearing completion with some very exciting news to finish off in the next month or two… Stay tuned!
We would like to introduce you to one of the characters from our animation!
Very pleased to have placed as a top 5 winner in the songwriter universe contest in LA with my song A Love Song… Special thanks to Dan Markovina for the wonderful vocals! To hear the winning songs just click on the link ..Winners songs
Happy to have placed in the 29th Mid Atlantic Song contest in Washington! Honourable Mention in Adult Contempory for A Love Song! To see all the winners click on the link 2013 Mid Atlantic Song Contest Results
Very excited to receive 3 top 10 placements at the recent ASA songwriting awards in Contempory pop, ballad and instrumental categories!! Many thanks to the wonderful people from the ASA for a fantastic night!
All results click here ASA Songwriting results, 2012
Very happy to announce that songs from my new album, A Moment In Time are short listed in the ASA National Songwriters competition in Ballad, Instrumental, Contemporary Pop and Spiritual categories!
href=”http://www.asai.org.au/contests”>Press here for all the top 25 lists!
Wonderful article from the Manning River Times about the ACMF National Song writing competition and much needed funding for the ACMF music programmes here in Taree!
Huge congratulations to class 4B on winning the special anniversary category in the ACMF National Songwriting competition. I am so proud of all my 27 songwriting kids! Special thanks to Musician and friend Matt Zarb who was such an inspiration to this class and their classroom teacher Robyn Bielby for all her support all year!
Click on the link to see the article by the Manning River Times …Wahoo, front page …Press here
To read about this wonderful foundation please click on the link ACMF
What a wonderful write up by Gayle Forman talking about my if I stay song!
I’m so touched by this!
To hear their fabulous song press here
I’m very proud to announce the release of my latest clip, it’s an homage to ‘If I Stay,’ a book by Gayle Foreman, who is a New York Times No.1 Best Selling author.
It’s a beautiful story of love and loss.
Here’s my clip:
Australian Songwriters Association article on the ACMF
ASA sings ACMF praises
On a recent weekend away to Melbourne, it seemed that everywhere I looked someone was sleeping on the streets! This inspired my latest song, So Sad and this song is my view of their forgotten lives …although this is extremely sad, unfortunately, it is real life and I thought it important to share!
You can see the video here Homelessness
I am so excited to have made the Semi Finals in the Show Me The Music Song Contest for 2012 for 3 of my songs!
As always,thank you to my wonderful Vocalists for bringing my songs to life so beautifully!
Stay tuned for the results in September!
I recently wrote a song for my beautiful daughter as she leaves home to go to school in Sydney. It’s words express how I feel for her.
Please click the link below:
My new single, It’s not goodbye for my daughter Lucy xx click here
Very excited to announce my Vocalist and friend Dan Markovina has placed in the top 5 in the June Singer Universe Contest in LA…. He wins with Katie’s song, A Love Song….
A love song and If I Stay ( instrumental) have progressed through to the Semi Finals in Dallas…. Excited!!!
A packed crowd of over 150 people were captivated by the stunning vocals of Sharen Stevenson and Dan Markovina who performed Katie Hardyman’s songs, If I Stay and A Love Song…… The performance was made even more special by Celloist, Michael Bardon and Ben Opie on Oboe . A wonderful night was enjoyed by all!!
I’m extremely proud to announce that my album is now available to purchase at Leading edge Music in the Manning Arcade, Victoria Street, Taree for $15 you can purchase this gorgeous collection of chilled music, a sample of which is on the home page of this site.
It is also available to buy on itunes here
Nice work guys…we made it to the news! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting such an important cause!
“Across the nation today schools joined forces for a National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. There were dozens of activities, which helped spread the message, but one group of students took to the recording studio to get theirs across.” Click here to view.