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Genres You Will Love
Blues: Country Blues Country: Alt-Country Country: Americana Country: Contemporary Country Easy Listening: Adult contemporary

By Location
AUSTRALIA - New South Wales AUSTRALIA

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Merilyn Steele

An organic blend of roots, Americana, bluegrass, country rock and blues....it's difficult to categorise such a talented writer and artist into one category. Then why limit such a talent? This versatile and vivacious personality seemingly has no boundaries with genre which highlights her craft as a seasoned writer.

‘Bring It Back’ being her third studio album was recorded, produced and mixed under the helm of Aria award winning producer Matt Fell and Michael Carpenter after the success of her previous album recorded with them, ‘Extraordinary Daze’.

This is no doubt her best release to date, being a totally themed album package from start to end. It's all about bringing back the good things from her childhood and growing up, to make life better and perhaps more simplistic today.

This mini vinyl (yes even the CD looks like a mini vinyl record - and sounds like it too, complete with hiss and crackle) opens with the title song about bringing back a lot of the good things we had growing up that most kids don't have today. It celebrates friendships of that era (Best Friends Forever), love gone wrong (Wedding Ring), love gone mad (Love Is (A State of Madness)) and a remake of Maria Muldaur's song from the 70's, 'Honey Babe Blues' which is a lively stompin’ bluegrass number.

There's a sweetly positive tribute to her father (to whom the album is dedicated) in 'Hey Dad' and the eternal question of whether there is anything on 'The Other Side' and if the grass truly is greener!

Other songs are just plain fun like 'Millionaire' and let's face it, who doesn't want to be one?

Probably the most reflective and soul searching song is 'I Want You To Know', with distinct influences of Alanis Morisette evident here, the artist being one of Steele's strong musical influences. Fast forward into the current pace of life today in 'Whirlwind', a rousing bluegrass number sure to get you slapping your knees!

The album comes full circle with the reprise of 'Bring It Back' in an acoustic version that sounds like it was recorded at the local watering hole with a room of fans singing along. You got it right! Close your eyes and you'll be there, sing along and feel the vibe right up until that finishing vinyl scratch and hiss.....till that needle lifts off the record.

Sydney born and bred, it’s hard to figure where Merilyn’s influence to be a singer/songwriter came from. Although both her Mum and Grandmother played piano, it was mostly for a hobby. It was Merilyn’s Dad who bought her first guitar when she was just 12 and began taking her to music lessons. From there her love for music developed. The mandolin is her latest muse and Merilyn is already incorporating this instrument into her shows and recordings and is learning about bluegrass style music and it’s roots.

Growing up her musical tastes were influenced by her parents who were fans of Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand, The Seekers and Dolly Parton. Today her influences are more contemporary and include Kasey Chambers, Alanis Morisette, Bonnie Raitt and Lady Antebellum.

Merilyn has appeared at many festivals including Tamworth annually and others such as Kempsey Trucking festival, Wauchope, the Heritage Miners festival Port Kembla, Blue Water festival at Port Stephens, Tooleybuc and Barham Stampede to name a few.

She’s been instructed by some of the best in the industry including songwriting workshops with Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Garth Porter, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole & Catherine Britt as well as tuition by Berklee college professor from the USA, Pat Pattison.
Merilyn has been support act to entertainment greats like Lucky Grilles, Chad Morgan and Normie Rowe.

Merilyn has a driving passion for her music and a craving to perform. Particularly, she loves the feedback and buzz she gets from a live audience. An experienced performer, she has worked successfully for many years with her duo around Sydney, the east coast and festivals. She has now formed her own band to enable her to showcase her songs and talents and is eager to tour the country and share her songs with audiences throughout Australia and beyond.

Milestones and Awards:
2013 - Won Best Rockabilly Song Award for 'Millionaire' at the Canberra Country Blues & Roots festival, ACT
2013 – Released third studio album ‘Bring It Back’
2012 – ‘Information Blues’ added to playlist on Hot Country Radio in South Carolina, USA
2011 – Sep: Released digital single ‘Hey Dad’ to radio
2011 – July: Charting at No.1 on the Top 40 International country charts with ‘You Don’t Wanna Know’
2010 – Released final single to radio and videoclip to CMC of ‘Driven’ off Extraordinary Daze album.
2009 – Released videoclip of ‘Information Blues’ receiving airplay on pay TV CMC & Channel 44 (TVS).
2007 - Winner - Female Vocalist of The Year – Horsham CM Awards, VIC
2004 – Winner in Open Section Tas.NZ Songwriters Awards for the title song, ‘This Passion’.


After the success and string of awards that came with her debut CD ‘This Passion’ comes the much anticipated follow up album ‘Extraordinary Daze’. With her latest offering comes both a brand new sound and fresh new image for Merilyn. This album is the result of a journey of events, emotions and places travelled over the last 2 years. Expect to hear country blues with sassy slide guitars reminiscent of Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Bonnie Raitt for starters.

After the lows of battling health problems in 2006 to the highs of an award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2007 at the Horsham CM Awards, VIC, Merilyn’s musical tastes have matured and blossomed into a sound that is very much her own style now.

One of the songs ‘If I Were a Bird’ was nominated for a Salute Award with the Tamworth Songwriters Assn at the 2009 festival. The new album covers contraversial topics like the story of Hermannsburg in NT about the first Aboriginal mission in Australia which also saw her a nominated finalist in the Northern Territory's Katherine song awards.

'The UnHoly War' expresses her views on the politics of war but moreso the reason behind why Merilyn refuses to take the journey to be entertainer to the troops. Listen with an open mind!

Sydney born and bred, it’s hard to figure where Merilyn’s influence to be a singer/songwriter came from. Although both her Mum and Grandmother played piano, it was mostly for a hobby. It was Merilyn’s Dad who bought her first guitar when she was just 12 and began taking her to music lessons. From there her love for music developed.

Growing up her musical tastes were influenced by her parents who were fans of Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, The Seekers and Dolly Parton. Today her influences are more contemporary and include Kasey Chambers, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette and Bernard Fanning/Powderfinger.

Merilyn has appeared at many festivals including Tamworth annually and others such as Kempsey Trucking festival, Wauchope, Mildura, the Heritage Miners festival, Port Kembla and more recently the Blue Water festival at Port Stephens.

She’s been instructed by some of the best in the industry including songwriting workshops with Kasey Chambers, Garth Porter, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole & Catherine Britt to name a few. Merilyn has been support act to entertainment greats like Lucky Grilles, Chad Morgan and Normie Rowe.

Merilyn has a driving passion for her music and a craving to perform. Particularly, she loves the feedback and buzz she gets from a live audience. An experienced performer, she has worked successfully for many years with her duo, Alter Ego, around Sydney and the east coast. Now she has formed her own 5 piece band to enable her to showcase her songs and talents and is eager to tour the country and share her songs to audiences throughout Australia and beyond.

Merilyn has just released the first videoclip with the band for her radio single ‘Information Blues’ which began airing on CMC cable TV in June and is stirring much attention for Merilyn as a result. (It can also be viewed on YouTube.)


"Without a doubt her best work yet.” (Extraordinary Daze) Frankie T. Thatcher
Radio 2MCR-FM Sydney

“A wonderfully positive new album…great song writing and Merilyn’s vocals are strong and vibrant as ever ”. Deb Minter, Capital News



Awards & Nominations:
2009 – Top 5 finalist for Lyrics Only and Contemporary Song of the Year with Katherine CM Awards NT for ‘ The Spirit of Hermannsburg’.
2009 – Top 5 finalist for Comedy/Novelty song Katherine CM Awards NT for ‘Information Blues’.
2009 - Nominated finalist with Tamworth Songwriters Assn for Children’s Song of the Year with ‘If I Were a Bird’
2007 - Winner - Female Vocalist of The Year – Horsham CM Awards, VIC
2007 - Finalist for Best Group/Duo, Horsham CM Awards VIC for ‘When It Rains’.
2006 – Top 50 MusicOz finalist (#49) with ‘Forever’ for Best Country Artist of The Year
2005 – Top 100 MusicOz finalist (#84) with 'You Don't Wanna Know’
2005 – 2nd place Finalist for Independent Artists EP Award, Tas & NZ for EP ‘Forever’.
2005 - Semi-finalist for both ‘Ten Less Candles’ & ‘Charades’ with Tamworth Songwriters Assn in Professional Section
2004 – 3rd Place winner in Open Section Tas.NZ Songwriters Awards for the title song, ‘This Passion’.
2003/04 – Twice State Finalist in the NSW ‘Champion of Champions’ quest, Steel City CM Club, Newcastle.

Support Acts
• Normie Rowe – Blacktown Workers Club, NSW
• Beccy Cole – North Sydney Leagues Club, NSw
• Chad Morgan – Locomotive Hotel, Tamworth NSW
• Lucky Grilles – Bankstown Trotting Club, NSW

Releases - Audio
• Debut Single – ‘Forever” 2002
• Debut Album (multimedia) – “This Passion” 2005
• Second Album – “Extraordinary Daze” 2008
* Digital single - 'Hey Dad' 2011
* Third studio album - 'Bring It Back'
Releases - Video
• Video Clip | single – “Forever”
Produced by Christine Moore; released to air 2003;
• Video Clip | single – “Information Blues”
Produced by Duncan Toombs; released : June 2009
* Videoclip i single - "Driven"
Produced by Ross Wood released October 2010

For bookings & interviews contact:

Alter Ego Promotions
E: alteregoprom@gmail.com
www.merilynsteele.com

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