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Shaza Leigh

Australia's First Lady Of Song, Shaza Leigh, is one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters. She’s an exciting “live” performer, never afraid to stretch the boundaries of tradition in her music and presentation having recorded and released 13 career albums.

Shaza Leigh was inducted onto ‘The Women’s Wall Of Fame’- (2001); ‘The Australian Country Music Wall of Honour’- (2004); 'The Hands of Fame' - (2006) in Tamworth and has received numerous singing and song writing awards throughout her career including 9 'Qld Female Vocalist of the Year' titles and 'National Female Artist of the Year on Radio' for the past 3 consecutive years at The Gold Medallion Media Awards.

Shaza is a unique talent with the ability to perform all genres of Country Music, from contemporary ballads, through Bush Ballads, Gospel and Country Rock. Her diverse vocal and musical talent has allowed her to musically explore all styles of material on the 11 albums released throughout her recording career resulting in consistent chart success and a significant collection of awards and accolades.

Her undisputed professionalism is largely due to the vast experience she has as a touring performer and musician. For more than two decades she has been “paying her dues” all over Australia, with a formidable touring schedule. Having spent several valuable years touring with The Brian Young Outback Tours, and the last 20 years working with guitar legend and record producer Lindsay Butler, she’s travelled and performed from the remotest areas of Australia, to every city.

Shaza has appeared with most of the great Australian Country Music performers, starred at all major Country Music festivals, had a string of radio hits from numerous albums, been a finalist and winner of many industry awards and appeared on countless radio and TV shows. She’s also appeared internationally – in Nashville USA during Fan Fair, and at several New Zealand Country Music festivals.

As one of our first female contemporary performers, Shaza is also a recognised songwriter, after her self-penned debut single was a national top 10 hit in 1990. She now has a catalogue of over 200 songs recorded by herself and other leading recording artists. Shaza also enjoys co-writing and has been fortunate to write with some of the best in the business.

As well as maintaining a high work level and performer profile, Shaza has always been heavily involved behind the scenes. As a partner in the LBS Music group, she helps develop other Australian talent, and was honoured in 2000 for this commitment, by being presented with The Cedar Hat Award at Kempsey’s Country Music festival and The Tamworth Industry Award for dedication to Australia's Country Music Capital. Shaza’s also proud that LBS Music was awarded Independent Record Company of the Year in 2000. The label also reached it's milestone 100th album in 2006.

Shaza was born in North Qld and grew up on the family cane and cattle property in The Whitsundays. The eldest of four siblings, Shaza enjoyed a well-rounded rural childhood with all the trappings of an extended family. Shaz was a talented sportswoman and scholar, deciding to defer tertiary education when given the opportunity to follow her dream into show business. Shaza has made a full-time career out of music ever since, marrying legendary guitarist and record producer, Lindsay Butler OAM. The couple live in Tamworth and have one son, Lachlan.

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