COWBOY JUNKIES

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  • * Your musical inspirations?

    Neil Young
    Townes Van Zandt
    Bruce Springsteen
    Johnny Cash
    Robert Johnson
    Hank Williams
    Mary Margaret O'Hara

    One Soul Now, the ninth studio release from Cowboy Junkies, draws together all the wisdom, passion, skill and insight collected during almost 20 years of playing, writing, touring, recording and living together as a band.

    Following up the group's acclaimed 2001 release Open, the 10 songs that make up One Soul Now mark an ambitious departure for the group; it's the first time Cowboy Junkies have recorded entirely on their own, without the mediation of an outside producer or engineer. One Soul Now was created in the band's rehearsal space in their hometown of Toronto, which doubled as a recording studio for the project.

    "This is our first time actually making a record in the studio," explains guitarist/songwriter/producer Michael Timmins.

    "Usually, we start in the rehearsal space, figuring out a direction for the songs. This time, we had the luxury of recording everything as we worked through that process of discovery."

    "With Open," adds singer Margo Timmins, "the songs came together while we were on the road. In the studio, I could literally do it with my eyes closed. I knew them so well. For One Soul Now, my eyes were definitely wide open. It means you have to be alive and alert to where the song is going, and I think you can hear that vibe in the album. "

    Thematically, One Soul Now is the most challenging of the group's career. The songs don't flinch from addressing enduring questions about modern life. Michael says many were essentially recorded live off the floor of the rehearsal room, and that's reflected in the album's immediacy and intimacy. That feel perfectly compliments the deep blue musings of "Notes Falling Slow" and "He Will Call You Baby" and reinforces the revelations and resolutions presented in both the album's anthemic title track and the closing song "The Slide."

    Since the platinum success of their seminal 1988 release The Trinity Session - an album which helped set the stage for the burgeoning Americana roots music movement - Cowboy Junkies have attracted an uncommonly dedicated international following which has remained loyal to the band. Although recent Cowboy Junkies albums have employed a coterie of support players to flesh out their sound, One Soul Now was conceived as a showcase for the core quartet of Michael (guitar), Margo (vocals), Peter Timmins (drums) and Alan Anton (bass). Yet One Soul Now is arguably the most outward-looking album of Cowboy Junkies' career.

    "Lyrically, it would be fair to say Open was a fairly introverted album," said Margo. "I think this time we are confronting a lot of the same issues, but taking it out of the personal realm into something more universal. This time the songs deal with relationships over the long term and how they are affected and confused by inevitable but unforeseen forces which enter our lives - death, children, divorce, financial worries, age, sickness and just general fatigue.

    "What's true of our personal relationships is also true of our relationship to the world around us: how we see ourselves fitting in to the grand-scheme-of-things becomes more confused and less stable as we grow older."

    Michael concludes, "The idea of One Soul Now is we are all interconnected. That could be a political statement for these times. But more importantly it is a statement of personal politics. I think that we all go through the same bouts of loss and confusion. There should be a way for us all to pool our energies, our souls, and conquer these interminable cycles. I suppose that is why the notion of a God was invented: a focal point for all of our inner energies …"

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PAMELA SUE MANN

* How has music inspired you?

Music cuts through.
It has always been a  porthole to that which my consciousness may not even have been aware ...the music that comes through me informs me of my present state and present "rite of passage" so to speak.
Music brings colors, spans lifetimes, obliterates boundaries.
The first song I wrote (when i was about five) taught me what freedom was (of course i ponder that now, and did not then).
Music has also been such a communication with others, playing with others, or listening with others, or performing for others.
The first song i remember loving was "Close to You" by the Carpenters,
and that song still evokes that same melancholy and whimsy now as it did then, a time capsule.
Sometimes I feel Music chose me to pursue It...a happy slave to this metaphysical in expression beyond technique.
But I must say though I so cherish silence, and natures sacred noise,
human kind's music moves me beyond
always has
always will
I am in love with It
a nun to the chapel of music...heeheehee

Pamela Sue Mann, who has been called "a new Diva in the making" by MTV Online and hailed by critics for her brand of melodious and haunting "ethereal pop," is a singer/songwriter, keyboard and guitar player, and producer living in New York City. Originally from Milford, Massachusetts, Pamela headed directly to the Big Apple after graduating from Berklee College of Music with a vocal/piano Professional Music degree in 1994.

Blending elements of pop, folk, and electronica on her debut album, pamelasuemann (self-released), she has been likened to artists as diverse as Jane Siberry, Olivia Newton-John and the Cocteau Twins. Pamela's first release was produced by Gerry Leonard, aka Spooky Ghost, who also works with David Bowie, Suzanne Vega and Laurie Anderson, among others; mixed by Kevin Killen, whose credits include Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and U2; and mastered by Grammy award winner Marc Wilder. The highly touted and sought after musicians who play on this recording include: drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John, Beck, Joe Henry), guitarist Gerry Leonard, drummer Matt Johnson (Beth Orton, Ricki Lee Jones, Jeff Buckley), drummer Tim Newton (Duncan Sheik), bassist Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann), and bassist Byron Isaacs (Joan Baez).
Currently working on her second solo album, Pamela also appears singing backup vocals and harmonies on Suzanne Vega's recently released album, "Songs in Red and Gray" (A&M). Suzanne Vega's most recent release, "Retrospect", features "Maggie May" which Pamela sang back up vocals on.

In May of 2003 Pamela sang with Spooky Ghost on tour as the opening act for Suzanne Vega.

In early spring of 2002, Pamela toured with Suzanne Vega throughout Europe and in New York City, singing supporting vocals, and performed in Vega's upcoming video of "Last Year's Troubles." Pamela's breathy vocals also grace the new Gerry Leonard (Spooky Ghost) record, "The Light Machine" (self-released). Her song, "I Quit" is featured in the film Story of a Bad Boy, produced by Jean Doumanian (known for producing many Woody Allen films).

When not performing live across the United States and abroad, solo and with her band, and as a backup vocalist with Spooky Ghost and other artists, Pamela co-produces and writes for several projects. She has written three albums with Gina Fant-Saez of Blue World Music: Rumacea (currently available @
blueworldmusic.com), Broadband, and Roomi. Pamela and Gina have also co-written several songs for Blue World Music and various artists. In addition, she is currently co-producing and writing Cosmic Kin (Cosmic Kin Music) with Byron Isaacs, Jimmy Zhivago, Pete Keppler, Fiona Kernighan, and the Cosmic Kin collective. Pamela is also writing and co-producing Box, a collaboration with electronica artist j9 engineered by Mario McNolte of Looking Glass Studios.

Earlier in her career, Pamela toured the US and Europe with Arista recording Artist and Viva TV's #1 Pop Act of 1995, The Real McCoy, making many television appearances including: MTV's The Grind, Greatwoods Live TV, Viva TV Awards, Pop Komm, and Universal Studio's Latin Nights.

Critics have called her presence "utterly charming," her lyrics "soulful," and her vocal style "sultry," declaring that, "Simply put...Pamela Sue Mann has it!"


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ALEX DE GRASSI

It's the story and the spirit in music--the power to animate the soul--that inspires me regardless of genre. From Wayne Shorter, Egberto Gismonti, Joni Mitchell to Bach, Beethoven and the Beatles, Andean folk music, Bulgarian choral music, or polyrhythms from Africa.  It's that solid connection with the imagination that goes beyond anything that we already know that works for me.

Just the facts...

Born in Yokosuka, Japan but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Grandfather was first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Learned to play trumpet but at age 13, discovered the guitar and hasn't looked back.

Has a degree in Economic Geography from University of California at Berkeley.

Taught himself the guitar though has studied with noted teacher Bill Thrasher and jazz piano with Mark Levine and composition with William Mathieu.

First recording was Turning: Turning Back in 1978 on Windham Hill Records. Other recordings followed - see
recordings page for a complete list.

Has played at such notable venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Belfast International Festival, Telluride, and Wolftrap.

Has taught at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music, and the Omega Institute - and his own workshop series.

Alex is the subject of a PBS concert/interview television show, Alex de Grassi: The Artist's Profile.

Grammy Award nominee and Indie Award nominee for The Water Garden.

Collaborates with Chilean multi-instrumentalist Quique Cruz in the band Tatamonk and with experimental guitarist g.e. stinson.
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PAUL CARRACK

Paul with Ringo

my early musical influences were the Beatles and later in my teens all the wonderful vocalists of Motown, Stax and Atlantic.

Paul Carrack

One of Britain's most beloved and talented voices, renowned for bringing a little soul to artists as diverse as Mike + The Mechanics, Nick Lowe and Squeeze, singer's singer Paul Carrack follows up last year's well-received album of soul covers, Still Groovin, with his latest collection of original material, It Ain't Over...

As with Still Groovin' and 2000's acclaimed Satisfy My Soul, the new album is released through Paul's own Carrack-UK label. The first single from the album, "She Lived Down The Street", is available from April 21st: the most seductive result so far of Carrack's occasional songwriting partnership with Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford, this infectiously catchy pop number seems certain to mark Paul's return to the singles charts. The B-side is a live version of "When You Walk In The Room" - the Jackie DeShannon song which was a huge 1964 hit for The Searchers - which Paul recorded at his triumphant Royal Albert Hall show last November.

Paul was first bitten by the music bug as a small child back in his native Sheffield, where he would bash away at a home-made drumkit up in his parents' attic, playing along with an old wind-up gramophone. By the time he reached his teens, the Mersey Boom was in full swing, and the young Carrack proceeded to inveigle his way into a series of local bands, learning to play the organ and following the gig circuit to Germany, where he underwent the obligatory Hamburg nightclub baptism, as pioneered by such as The Beatles. In the early '70s, his progressive rock outfit Warm Dust released a few albums, but it was only when his pub-rock band Ace had a huge global hit with his song "How Long" that Paul's career really started to take off. Immediately, the band were catapulted from the British college circuit into huge American arenas, as "How Long" soared into the US singles chart, eventually reaching #3.

When Ace broke up towards the end of the '70s, Paul found himself wrong-footed by the punk-rock boom, but secured some session work, playing on albums by Frankie Miller and Roxy Music, and touring with Roxy, an experience which gave him a taste for the big time. Paul's 1980 solo debut, Nightbird, failed to establish him as an artist in his own right, so he continued playing sessions, biding his time and honing his talents as musician and songwriter. As the '80s proceeded, Paul reached a rapprochement with the new-wave scene, playing on albums by The Undertones, The Smiths and The Pretenders, and joining Squeeze for their masterwork East Side Story, helping redefine the group's profile with his soulful vocal on the hit single "Tempted".

After leaving Squeeze, ostensibly to pursue a solo career, he hooked up with Nick Lowe, an association which, though resolutely out of step with public taste and radio formats, would nevertheless generate five albums for Lowe and another for Paul, 1982's Suburban Voodoo. Though largely ignored in the UK, the album was a critical success in the US, where it was cited as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Top 20 Albums Of The Year. "I Need You", a Carrack composition lifted from the album, provided him with another US Top 40 hit, and was subsequently covered by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville.

The biggest break in Carrack's career came in 1985 when he was invited to contribute vocals to a solo album being recorded by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford. Despite the apparent differences in their musical styles, the very first track Paul sang on, "Silent Running", became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Encouraged by such instant success, Mike + The Mechanics developed into more of a group, touring America extensively and securing a string of hit albums and singles over the next decade. Before they could produce a follow-up album, however, Paul found time to sing and play on Roger Waters' Radio KAOS album and record another solo album of his own, 1987's One Good Reason, scoring another couple of hits through the title-track and "Don't Shed A Tear", which again broke into the US Top Ten, staying on Billboard's Hot 100 for nearly half a year.

Even better was to come when Mike + The Mechanics resumed recording. Sung by Paul, the title-track of their second LP The Living Years was a huge worldwide hit, peaking at number one in America, and hoisting the band to megastar status. Further touring was followed by another Carrack solo album, 1989's Groove Approved, whose standout track - the Motown-flavoured Carrack/Lowe composition "Battlefield" - was later covered by Diana Ross. The following year, Paul was co-opted to perform at Roger Waters' grandiose presentation of The Wall in Berlin, where he sang "Hey You" in front of over 250,000 people.

A third Mike + The Mechanics album, 1991's Word Of Mouth, saw Carrack's creative input increasing, with four songwriting credits; the band also donated a performance of "Ain't That Peculiar" recorded with Paul Shaffer's house band on David Letterman's late-night chat show to Nobody's Child, a charity album for Romanian orphans. Between tours again, in 1993 Paul busied himself with Spin 1ne 2wo, a classic rock covers collaboration with Rupert Hine, Tony Levin and Steve Ferrone, and rejoined Squeeze for their Some Fantastic Place album. The next year was spent touring the world with Squeeze, working on an ultimately abortive band project with Don Felder and Timothy Schmidt (which nevertheless garnered Paul an award for the most played song in America that year, when the reformed Eagles covered "Love Will Keep Us Alive", a song he co-wrote with Peter Vale and Jim Capaldi), and recording another Mike + The Mechanics album, ‘Beggar On A Beach Of Gold’. This contained another couple of Carrack co-compositions, including his first collaboration with Mike Rutherford on the hit single "Over My Shoulder", which revived the band's flagging fortunes in the UK and Europe, paving the way for a subsequent Greatest Hits compilation.

Paul's fifth solo album, Blue Views, appeared in 1995, and despite problems occasioned by the collapse of the record label, it was still highly successful in Europe, earning him a gold disc in Spain. When it was finally released a couple of years later in America on another label, the single "For Once In Our Lives" became a Top Five hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, cementing Carrack's growing reputation as a singer-songwriter of class and distinction. He was also developing a parallel reputation as an able and accomplished sideman to the stars, playing keyboards on albums by Eric Clapton, BB King, Simply Red, Van Morrison and Elton John, and being invited by Elton to play on "Something About The Way You Look Tonight", which, as the B-side of "Candle In The Wind '97", is officially the biggest-selling single ever.

Unfortunately, management changes at EMI resulted in his next album Beautiful World failing to get the promotional push it deserved, and a bitterly disillusioned Paul elected to take matters more into his own hands. After years spent biding his time, contributing to other musicians' projects and allowing outside producers to impose their designs on his material, it was a long overdue move, and one which reflected Paul's growing belief in himself as a singer-songwriter. Accordingly, he recorded his next album Satisfy My Soul at his Hertfordshire home studio, relying on his own musical instincts and playing nearly everything himself. Steeped in the classic soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s, but with an ear firmly trained on the future, Satisfy My Soul featured some of Carrack's most accomplished songwriting to date, with three tracks co-written with Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford. The result was a quantum leap beyond Paul's previous work, showcasing his songwriting abilities and allowing his natural soul qualities to shine through with a new clarity and power.

Having re-established himself as a solo artist, Carrack's next album Groovin' was a labour of love on which he paid tribute to his influences with a selection of covers of soulful pop hits from the '60s and '70s - such choice nuggets as the Isleys' "Harvest For The World", Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", Bobby Hebb's "Sunny", Van Morrison's "Crazy Love", and The Young Rascals' title-track. "For me, that's the greatest era of pop music," enthuses Paul. "You could say it's all songs I've been singing in the bath for the last thirty years! They're all just great songs to sing. It was painless, really - all the graft's been done by the writers. There are a couple of tracks from Van Morrison's Moondance, which is a particular favourite of mine - in the days when you just had three albums in your collection, that was one of them: I know every note on that record backwards. I have big respect for Van, not just as an artist, but for the way he's always done his own thing, regardless of what anybody else thought. I just wish I'd taken a leaf out of his book sooner."

Groovin' was reissued with bonus tracks and an additional DVD the following year to meet the demands of audiences on Carrack's lengthy 2002 Tour, which saw him playing upwards of 50 dates throughout Europe and the UK, accompanied by his new band of young musicians from his hometown Sheffield. "Playing live has become a big part of the picture for me since I formed my own band about five years ago," he says. "It used to be a tremendous burden having to put a band together to promote each record, and I could never seem to get together the top session player mates I used to use all at the same time. It's great playing with the Sheffield lads, though, because they're just so mad for it! It took a little time to knock them into shape, but they've really raised their game now."

"The live thing is really important, it sorts out the men from the boys," he continues. "We play a lot of festivals on the continent, which draw a younger audience than I get in Britain, though we get a wide range of ages and types wherever we play, because of the various associations with Mike + The Mechanics, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, etc. I enjoy the whole thing, signing albums for the fans and so on, and that contact, their feedback, works both ways - you get a genuine buzz of appreciation which encourages you to perform at your best."

Last year also saw Paul receive the accolade of being invited, alongside the likes of Mariah Carey and Phil Collins, to serve as a special guest tutor on Operacion Triunfo, the Spanish version of Fame Academy, filmed at Barcelona's Acadamia. The phenomenally successful show, which goes out live 24 hours per day on its own special Operacion Triunfo Channel, has achieved the biggest viewing figures for any show of its kind worldwide - a whopping 70% audience share. "They asked me to go over as a guest tutor, to give a sort of masterclass and talk to the students," explains Carrack. "I would say the standard is higher than that on the British version, and there's a different vibe to it - it's not as cut-throat, they didn't just chop 'em dead; even those who dropped out were kept involved on another level. And they weren't all fantastic looking either - the main thing was that they could sing!"

In between touring and helping young Spaniards sing better, Paul has somehow found the time to write and record his new album It Ain't Over…, the latest step in his progress towards complete autonomy within the music industry. Not only is it released on Carrack's own label, but as with Satisfy My Soul, he effectively wrote, produced and performed the whole thing himself, playing everything from drums and bass to guitar and organ. "It's almost all me again," he affirms, "apart from the horns on about five tracks, and the strings on a couple of tracks, which were played by Wired Strings, who appear on Top Of The Pops quite a bit these days: they're young and gorgeous and they actually like pop music, so they play with feeling, which helps - sometimes it's hard to get the right performance out of older string players. This one's a bit more upbeat than Satisfy My Soul, which was more of a mature, reflective album. That's largely the result of doing so many gigs - and I know a lot of these songs will work really well live, too."

The album's full tracklisting is:

She Lived Down The Street

Nothin' To Lose

It Ain't Over

Happy To See You Again

Where Did I Go Wrong?

Empty Space

One Small Step

Forever

Never Too Late

Just A Little Lie

Ain't No Love

Following the album's release, Carrack and his band will be embarking on another extensive UK Tour later this year - but not until Paul has fulfilled a boyhood dream by performing with former Beatle Ringo Starr at a series of American concerts. "He does a tour every year as Ringo's All-Stars," explains Carrack. "He basically puts together a band made up of people who have had a hit or two somewhere along the line and can do a turn. He does "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", "Photograph" and all those great songs, so everybody‘s turn comes round a few times. I've been up for doing it for a couple of years, but for one reason or another it didn't happen, and fortunately he asked me again this year. And when a Beatle calls, you have to say yes!"

April 2003

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FREYjA

photo by Wendy MacDougall

* How has music inspired you?

   Music is my life - it is the spiritual air I breath. It moves people from all walks of life - everyone has some affinity with music & this is what amazes me about it. There is some message the angel are sending us through music. It is the language of the universe. It is mathematics & pure symmetry. It is the vibration of the mantra. It is a flower for the ear & heart.

* Your musical inspirations?

   JS Bach & Bela Bartok is where it all started for me. One showed me the beauty in perfection & the system of music & how that can move in composition. The other showed me modernity & what is possible. As a songwriter for FREYjA on the piano & lyricist I am inspired by Ricki Lee jones, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Sara K. As interpreters I am inspired by Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Ellen MacIllwaine, Eva Cassidy.

* Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?

All CDs songs by the above but particularly Sara K - song "I couldnt change your mind" Ellen macillwaines version of the song "up from the skies" amongst others. Sophie B Hawkins album "timbre" cos I think it is utter genius.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

 I would have died many times over without it. I went para gliding twice
over the Swiss Alps & the first time, the only way I could cope & keep myself calm was by singing, really loud. I do it to sooth myself when I am upset too. It is my 'om'


FREYjA The Viking Goddess of Love & Night

FREYjA WON BEST ARTIST IN TWO CATEGORIES at the MUSIC OZ AWARDS 2002!! "Bye Bye Angel" (from first CD FREYjA) won best Jazz Song & "Magnolia" (from The Siren's Odyssey CD) won best Performer Award for a cover song.
James Reyne presented the Awards Ceremony & Rebecca performed with Gino to a packed house of 500.

FREYjA's European tour in 2000 was a huge success...Montreux Festival 2000,Switzerland, where FREYjA performed 2 concerts in front of crowds of thousands & sold 100s of cds!...The Rome (Isola Tiberina) concerts, at The Australian Film Retrospective launching the film Looking for Alibrandi. They played a concerts on the Adriatic coast in Vieste; in Chamonix, France; at The Bois Noir Festival, Switzerland & many others. (Photos of all concerts will soon be posted at Images Section on FREYja's website.

Covering 5000 kms in a wee red van FREYjA launched the new CD The Siren's Odyssey (see Audio Section & reviews) in Rome & later at The Basement, Sydney (see Gigs Section). Have a look at the Guestbook & you will see what a buzz the tour caused.The Italians especially, seemed to feel an affinity for FREYjA's music - go to the new site, created espesh for FREYjA by the locals http://www.viesteonline.it/estate2000/freyja/

Woodford Festival 2001, a little closer to home, was an awesome success too. The biggest folk festival in the Southern Hemisphere & FREYjA was touted the Star of the festival 2001.

Another milestone in FREYjA's career was to represent Australia as part of the Big Backyard in New York where she performed as part of the annual CMJ Conference the The Spirale

The Core of the band comprises of:
Rebecca Rennie. Sultry songstress/ pianist/ poet/ songwriter. (see below for detailed bio)

Multi-award winning producer/ trupeter/ composer Mike Bukovsky (Wanderlust, Renee Geyer, Monica & the Moochers, Jump Back Jack, Ten Part Invention, Australian Crawl, The Eurogliders). Mike tours Europe every year with his renowned band, Wanderllust.

Master of flamenco/ latin accoustic guitar Gino Pengue support for many internationacts including Umberto Tozzi, Riccardo Fogli, Bruno Venturini. He has recorded for various ethnic ensembles including The Armenian Community in America.

Legendary drummer Jo Accaria (Floyd Vincent & The Childbrides, Wendy Matthews, Stomp,Tap Dogs, Cactus Child). Currently composing percussion music for the Olympic Games Ceremony & preparing for release of contemporary progressive - house album in Ashfield. Jo tours annually with Floyd throughout Europe & Australia.

Junichi Shiomi plays 6 string bass. (Calabash) He is an arranger/ composer.

Double bassist Peter Firth Producer "9 Months, 33 minutes" (original CD), Manager Night Club Kyoto, Japan. Salsa bands Sonora Galaxia, Candela, Mano Mano, Club Havana, Cumana (Afro Peruvian), Tiramisu (flamenco-gypsy), Samba Azul (Brazilian pop), Garris, Indigena, Epizo Bangura African Express, Sean Mackenzie's Yonin. Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, Japan, Shanghai, Okinawa & Seoul.

Saxophonist Jason Morphett recorded with Sydney Symphony Orchestra; The Benders; Morrison Brothers; Vince Jones & Grace Knight; Free Spirits; Jackie Orzsasky; Rolf Stube; Giant Steps; George Washingmachine.; Morphett self-titled CD. Played with con-temporary rock- Midnight Oil; Cold Chisel; Louis Tillet; Jump Back Jack, The Angels. Finalist in ABC Instrumentalist & Vocalist Competition.

When Rebecca Rennie grows up she actually wants to be a concert pianist or a foreign correspondent!This seems pretty reasonable considering she has played Classical piano since the age of 5 & studied Spanish, French, German & Linguistics at University.She is, in a sense, already a foreign diplomatic - she has traveled to Ecuador, Copenhagen, New York, Amsterdam, London, Hamburg to perform & promote her original music.

After graduating from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Rebecca went on to work extensively in theatre & television. Her appearances include Wildside, Murder Call, All Saints, Home & Away, The Sydney Theatre Company (at the Sydney Opera House), Q Theatre Company & many more.

Whilst working in Southern Ecuador, in a little town at the foot of the Andes on the Peruvian border, Rebecca was inspired to pen her first album. She came back to Australia to form her original band, FREYjA & has since performed her songs in New York, London, Germany, Switzerland & Amsterdam. She will be performing at the Montreux Jazz Fesitvial in 2000 amongst others, including the Australian Retrospective in Rome.

Leaving her folk roots behind her, Rebecca also opened a small business called Jazzabella Muzic, providing music for corporate events, weddings etc. French Cabaret style...Jazz/Latin ensembles...Torch songs...Swing things...

Her first love, however, is always singing her own words through her own blend of folk, jazz, funk styles. Rebecca continues to study piano through the Sydney Conservatorium's Access Centre.

FREYjA is currently based in Japan

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