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Celebrating the independent music of ListenUp Songwriter’s Festival (Sydney Round): Songs that heal

We don’t see the recent Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth semi finals in the 4th annual Songwriter’s Festivals showcases as competition.  Technically yes, winners must be crowned from each state to proceed to the Grand Final, but the real winners were the artists and music lovers who were able to collectively create moments of healing which is what this year’s theme is and as Founder, Ali Taylor put it, “bare their souls on stage’ it was more a collective assembly of ideas that directed positivity and awareness to subject matter often stigmatised.


For those not familiar with the Songwriter’s Festival, it’s founded by Taylor, who took a personal tragedy of loss and brought together independent musicians in a festival of original written works that hope to prevent the same experience happening to others in the community.

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“Songs that heal” is the 2019 theme and much adversity, challenge and heart ache brought to the stage in an intimate audience of fans and peers at Camperdown’s, The Newsagency.

Genuine musicality and authenticity oozed off the stage as real connection between performer and audience were made, one of the greater strengths in our opinion, when it comes to local and independent music.

Stories of love, personal insecurity, illness, suicide, self doubt, self discovery and hope filled the lyrics of the 12 acts that performed making it so impossible to judge, that an additional finalist to the three grand finalist places was added due to a deadlock.

As we approach the Grand Final, we celebrate the Australian Independent music scene delving into the music of all 48 semi finalists through feature articles, Spotify / Soundcloud playlist, and video clips.




Tori Kelly: Inspired by true events

Tori Kelly’s 2015 debut album, Unbreakable Smile, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Should’ve Been Us” and “Hollow.”

It earned her a 2016 GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist and recognition as a breakthrough artist at Billboard’s 2015 Women in Music ceremony. Unbreakable Smile has earned more than one billion cumulative streams worldwide and sold 1.3 million adjusted albums.

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2 Rob Thomas tracks we completely forgot about!

Screen Shot 2019-08-31 at 10.26.01 PM.pngRob Thomas’s returns to Adelaide, performing at a day on the green at Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale on Sunday, November 10.  Last in Adelaide to headline the 2016 Adelaide 500 Post-Race concert to an audience of over 30,000, Rob Thomas also headlined a sold-out Leconfield Wines concert in February 2010.

Some of Australia’s most popular singer-songwriters have today been announced as very special guests on ROB THOMAS’s upcoming Chip Toothtour in November.

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