Sue Ray returned to her hometown after being away for seventeen years and noticed a lot had changed. Same Train is Sue’s dedication to her hometown, the changes and growth within not only the town, but herself, and a reminder that no matter what side of the tracks you come from you can all hear the same train rolling on. A metaphor for sometimes the very thing that divides us, is often the very thing we all have in common.
Sue Ray’s track “Take Me Away” really is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did it just win the 2022 Queensland Music ‘Blues & Roots’ award, the track was also used in an ad campaign for Queensland Tourism. Such a wonderful night at the QMusic awards and such a privilege to be recognised alongside some of Australia’s best and brightest musicians and artists.
Sue Ray is proud to release her second single for 2021 “Demons Will Win“. Written, recorded and produced by Sue Ray, the song was mastered by Michael Flanders.
This is an intense sneak peek into the heart of a relationship, drowning in addiction and nostalgia, and praying for a ray of hope.
Reminiscent of artists such as Chris Stapleton and Lucinda Williams, Sue felt inspired to take an unedited look inside the destruction that can occur when the lines between passion, obsession and addiction get blurred. A dark, yet somehow hopeful song, seeped in sentimental memories and a promise for the future.
Sue Ray is simply thrilled to be releasing her first Single of 2021. Co-written with the incredible wordsmith and pop singer/songwriter Sean Sennett, All The Lonely Ones is a mystical track, and a little bit left field for Sue Ray. A simple message seeping with an old country vibe, yet crafted with intricate sweeping harmonies and instrumentation, it evokes haunting emotions and a vibe reminiscent of Springsteen’s Nebraska album. With this track, Sue and Sean felt inspired to look outside of the familiar country clichés, and explore the sentiment of living as a songwriter, the sacrifices, the joys, and the relentless uncontrollable drive to pursue a dream. Essentially songwriters writing for the songwriters, whilst also dedicating it to the audience with love and kindness. Stepping seamlessly into the role of sound engineer and producer, Sue is proud to release this beautiful track. It is a small taste of what is to come later in the year with her up-coming album Demons Will Win due November 2021.
Sue Ray has started her year with a bang, performing to packed tents through Woodford Folk Festival and delighting audiences at Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide. The multi-award-winning singer/songwriter captivates audiences with her haunting, emotionally charged lyrics, considered compositions and smoky, molasses-rich voice.
She’s joined on stage at The Bearded Lady with her band and support act Nathan May from South Australia.
Nathan May descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin clans who hail from nations around Australia. On the cusp of releasing new music, this talented artist brings a breathy fresh voice to an array of narratives around heartbreak, journeying and experiences that belie his youth.
Come and enjoy an evening where you will journey across lands, hearts and your ears will be rejoicing!
Doors at 7pm Nathan May – 7.45pm – 8.45pm Sue Ray – 9.00pm – 10pm.
Much like the Kaurna word, the TARNANTHI Sunday Sessions will celebrate new beginnings, showcasing new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent and luminaries from Adelaide and across Australia. Sit back and soak in the afternoon light.
Experience the sultry vocals of award winning singer songwriter Sue Ray and be introduced to new talent Nathan May.
Mentored by Troy Casser-Daley and Col Hardy, May descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin language groups and has been performing modern folk in and around Adelaide for almost five years.
Ray has three critically acclaimed albums under her belt and comes to Adelaide shortlisted as one of Australia’s most exciting Indigenous acts.
Sue Ray’s latest EP I Would Never Do That is finally available for digital download! Currently only available at Bandcamp, however soon to be available on ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other leading streaming services.