Sue Ray was coining the Americana genre fifteen years ago when she first stepped on stage. The multi-award-winning singer/songwriter captivates audiences with her haunting and emotionally charged lyrics, considered compositions and really hits them in the sweet spot with her smoky, molasses-rich voice. Following a “gap” year or two in Nashville where she worked alongside industry greats and connected into the scene, gigging and writing, she returned to Australia in early 2017 to release her album Live at the Junk Bar and later that year the long awaited EP I Would Never Do That.
Sue Ray has released three critically acclaimed albums: Best Beware in 2008, Red Roses in 2011 produced by Aria award winner Magoo, Live At The Junk Bar in 2017 recorded and co-produced by renowned engineer Jamie Trevaskis followed by an EP titled I Would Never Do That recorded live in Nashville by Pal Sheldon at Artec Sound Vision Productions.
In the past five years, Sue has had a number of awards and nominations, from “Most Promising New Talent” in the 2013 Deadly awards to “Female Artist Of The Year” in the QLD Music Awards that same year.
In 2012, her album “Red Roses” was nominated for “Country Album Of The Year” in the AIR Independent Music Awards, and later that year her title track “Lover Evermore” received the award for “Best Indigenous Track” in the QLD Music Awards.
2013 – Most Promising New Talent – Nominee – Deadly Awards
2013 – Female Artist Of The Year – Nominee – QMusic Awards
2012 – Best Country Album – Nominee – for Red Roses in the “AIR” Independent Music Awards
2012 – Best Indigenous Track – Winner – Qmusic Awards
2012 – Best Regional Track – Nominee – Qmusic Awards
2012 – Grant McLennan Fellowship – Finalist
2011 – Breakthrough Emerging Indigenous Recording Initiative – Winner
2009 – Billy Thorpe Recording Initiative – Finalist
Festivals performed at
– Woodford Folk Festival – Americana Music Conference, Nashville TN
– Clancestry, Brisbane – International Film Festival, Nashville TN
– Bigsound, Brisbane – Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Moree
– The Dreaming Festival – Tamworth Country Music Festival
– AWME World Music Conference, Melbourne
– Blue Mountain Blues & Roots Festival, Katoomba
Performed along side such artists as
– Luka Bloom – Troy Cassar Daley – Dan Sultan – Darren Hanlon
– Carol Lloyd – Felicity Urqhart – LJ Hill – Kevin Bennett
– Jordi Lane – The Apartments – James Blundel – Keith Potger
– Anne McCue – Mental As Anything – Megan Washington
“A hugely impressive debut album from Queensland songwriter Sue Ray, Red Roses, is an alt-country delight of the kind that will sit neatly among those Neko Case and Cowboy Junkies albums on your shelf”
Noel Mengel – Chief Music Writer – The Courier Mail (AUS)
“Sue walked on stage and my jaw hit the ground. Her voice was so strong and confident. Her guitar playing is excellent and her songs heartbreaking. A consummate performer” Mardi Lumsden – 612 ABC Radio (AUS)
“Sue Ray opened the show with a mesmerising performance. Ray’s subtle humour had the cosy venue in hysterics. You could’ve heard a pin drop during the heartfelt Whispers In The Dark but it was Best Beware that showcased Ray’s vocal and song writing ability”
Madeleine O’Gorman – Reviewer – Unpaved Magazine Melbourne (AUS)
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