I received an email in October to say one of my songs had been Shortlisted by the judges of this year’s Australian Songwriting Contest.
"It took a long time for the decisions to be made, due to an extraordinarily high standard and a huge number of entries. In such a situation, you should be extremely proud to have achieved such a result."
The Top 30 Finalists have been announced on the ASA Website, and I'm extremely excited to announce that "Strangers", a song I wrote with Michael Tan made Top 30 in the Country Category of the 36th National Songwriting Awards!
I'm so excited, and extremely honoured to be on the list among some very well respected names in the Australian industry.
The Top 10 Finalists will be announced at the National Songwriting Awards, which will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 14 December.
This year a glamorous new location has been booked for the Awards – The Orion ‘Theatre of the Stars’ – in Campsie, NSW, where an incredible Wurlitzer Pipe Organ is housed within the Art Deco grandeur of the Great Room. The INXS songwriting team of Andrew Farriss and the late Michael Hutchence will be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, with Jon Stevens (Noiseworks) performing 2 songs in their honour. Michael’s sister Christina will be flying out from LA to accept the award on his behalf, and Glenn A Baker will do the induction speech.
After the Top 10 results of all Categories in the 36th Australian Songwriting Contest are revealed on the night, all successful contestants will be honoured on stage and the 1st Place Winners will perform.
A successful Special Guest Artist will be interviewed about their songwriting experience, and perform live.
The APRA/ASA Songwriter of the Year will be awarded $3,000 courtesy of APRA. One ASA Member will also receive a coveted Maton Guitar for outstanding work. With a bunch of Celebrities and Music Industry personnel attending and presenting the awards, the evening will be full of fun, interest, wonderful networking and priceless memory-making opportunities!
They say third time is a charm, but in the case of Natalie Pearson it only took a couple to get the job done. After making the long trip from Western Australia to Sydney for the the second time as a finalist in the Australian Independent Music Awards (AIMA's) she went home with the big prize of AIMA Best Country Artist in addition to top 5 finalist nods for other categories Music Video and Female Artist. Pearson has carved out a successful career around the Perth live music scene over the last decade and is now focused on growing her opportunities further afield within Australia and internationally.
"I guess if I have learned anything from this it's that I just have to stick to my guns and be persistent. It is lovely to be noticed and rewarded for the many years of hard work, but this is just one of the first big steps in my career and I realise that."
- Natalie Pearson
Pearson will be making the even longer pilgrimage from Perth to Tamworth in January where she is slated to perform at events including Festival favorite 'Country Music Cocktails' as one of the event's 'Future Stars'.
With the latest single 'Chance At Love' helping her secure the AIMA the horizon is now clear for the release of her next single and her first EP entitled 'Long Time Coming' in February 2017.
"I'm very mindful of the momentum that is building and it is definitely time for the record to see the light of day. After Tamworth when the dust settles, I'll finally get to share it with the world. I can't wait!" - Stated Pearson.
Natalie Pearson - Nominated Finalist - COUNTRY, POP & VIDEO
Musicoz presents Australian Independent Music Awards
The Enmore Theatre followed by The Factory
6:30pm Wednesday 26th October 2016
Musicoz is a national initiative dedicated to improving the quality of original music culture in Australia. For over a decade Musicoz has been developing the music industry at the grass roots level by seeking out, recognising & encouraging the talents of unsigned and independent artists and providing them with much needed development support and opportunities as they carve out their careers. Covering 18 genres of music with over 5000 entries each year. Known in the media as "The Unsigned ARIAs", Musicoz presents the AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (AIMAS) which give vital recognition, exposure to a national audience through our TV special of the awards being broadcast, as well as development opportunities to finalists and winners and the opportunity to work alongside well known artist surrounding the awards evening. These awards are the biggest and most credible awards for unsigned and independent music artists in Australia.
In less than two weeks, the #ChanceAtLove video has had over 30,000 FB and YouTube views, 300 likes, and over 120 shares! That is INSANE! Thank you so much to everyone who clicked play, left their lovely comments, or shared the clip, you're all rockstars <3
I've also had an incredible 300 new people follow my page - you guys are seriously the best, thank you! xx
If you haven't seen it yet, you can view it here:www.smarturl.it/chanceatloveclip
I just got back from NSW, where I had a promo photoshoot and filmed the video for the next single I will be releasing. It was a jam packed week, jumping straight off a red-eye flight from Perth on Monday morning, and straight into hair and makeup for two days of filming and photos. (Thank you under eye cream!).
Day 2 was especially gruelling, as I had a 4.30am start and spent a chilly 10 hours on set, where the last scene had me going for a dip in the lake in my dress. So. Cold.
After a much needed sleep, the next couple of days were a bit more relaxed. I had the pleasure of meeting up with the current #1 CMC Artist, Kirsty Lee Akers, and Aussie Idol / X Factor’s Hayley Jensen, where we wrote a killer song together, and had load of fun.
I also worked on some new tracks in the studio in Sydney; jumped up to sing with talented country music duo NeillyRich at their gig; and after a bit of an unexpected hiccup, my team and I made an executive decision to re-shoot the video for ‘Chance at Love’ while in NSW. We sourced some props, found a cool location, sifted through my suitcase for something to wear, borrowed a hunky friend-of-a-friend to pretend to be my man for the day, and set the alarm for 4am.
We squeezed a lot into 5 days... But oh, it was so worth it!
I think you will totally love what we came up with.
We’re hoping to have the first video out verrry soon, we've been waiting a long time for it to get here... so stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, I have some videos up on YouTube that you can check out, and if you’re feeling extra awesome, please share with your friends or leave me some comments!
I’ll be putting out a few more cover videos out over the next few months, so if you have any songs you reaaallly want to hear, let me know on my Facebook page -@NatPearsonMusic and I’ll see what I can do!
Such a thrill to have the opportunity to support the Aussie music legends MENTAL AS ANYTHING at the Charles Hotel & the Ravenswood Hotel, with the JASON AYRES TRIO. So cool to see a bunch of artists who love what they do, continue to bring an amazing show to their fans. Thanks for having us!
What a thrill! I sang alongside JASON AYRES to open for the legend that is TEX PERKINS on his WA tour.
Three rockin’ shows at the Norfolk Hotel, The Charles Hotel and the Ravenswood Hotel.
The crowd was awesome and they seemed to really enjoy my rendition of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’.
Such a good time, and Murray and Tex were a hoot!
Fantastic show last week at The Opal Bar and Lounge for the "Songwriter Sessions". Stunning performances by Chris Gibbs and Justine Roberts, and a HUGE thank you to Troy Nababan for accompanying me on guitar. It was a privilege to share the stage with talented musicians. Kudos to Amanda Canzurlo for bringing this brilliant format to the Perth Music Scene, and to everyone who came down to support and keep live music alive.
Were you there? I would LOVE to see any of your photos or videos - hashtag #natpearsonmusic or post to me direct on any social media platform - @NatPearsonMusic
My talented friend and band-mate, Mike Nayar and I joined forces on Tuesday 22nd March & 12th April at the Laneway Lounge to showcase our new music - both individually and together.
It was a great turn out, and we had a great time performing songs to fresh ears, and to our loyal regular supporters.
One of the crowd favourites was my latest release, 'Chance at Love', which if you didn't know already, was penned by Mr Mike Nayar! I know, amazing!
More info on Mike can be found at www.MikeNayar.com
We'll hopefully be back at the Laneway Lounge again soon!
I had the fantastic opportunity to open for the very talented Alt-Country artist Jason Ayres, at The Ellington over the weekend.
It was a privilege to share my heart and soul through my songs, to show my vulnerability, and feel a connection with the audience at this incredible venue. The vibe was like no other, you could hear a pin drop. Troy, my guitarist was wonderful, and really brought the emotion out in my songs.
The room was filled with love and support, and I had a few people tell me they were moved to tears.
Possibly the biggest compliment I've ever received!
Jason invited me up on stage with him to sing an impromptu duet of his song ''Waiting For Love". Watch a snippet here.
I am so grateful for the road that life keeps paving for me, the opportunities that come my way, and the wonderful people I meet, who remind me why I love what I do.
Thank you, forever, from the bottom of my heart.
Congratulations to Jason Ayres on the launch of his 'River You Cry Tour'.
You can still catch his other shows around Australia HERE.
It was a pleasure to share this special moment with you, thank you for having faith in me.
Chance at Love is #4 on the AMRAP Regional Charts!
Just behind Missy Higgins, and ahead of Birds of Tokyo... Not too shabby!
Keep requesting #ChanceAtLove on all your favourite radio stations!
Get your own copy here:
Apple Music: http://apple.co/1pdZ9MI
Amazon Music: http://amzn.to/1plpwks
Thank you Amrap
I had a chat with the guys from 89.7FM about my recent show opening for Jessica Mauboy & Nathaniel, my latest single release 'Chance at Love', and played some live acoustic songs live on air.
CHANCE AT LOVE RELEASED!!!
The butterflies are buzzing like bees with excitement, because Chance At Love is now available in all online stores! 🐝
If you want to grab a copy click on the link below and let me know what you think...
Share with your friends! Let's get this track in the iTunes Charts!!
We've got a video on the way too, so stay tuned 💛
Chance at Love - Nat Pearson
Apple Music: http://apple.co/1pdZ9MI
Amazon Music: http://amzn.to/1plpwks
Tune into Mix94.5FM "The Scene" with Blake Williams
this Sunday, 28th February 10PM-12AM AWST
to hear a preview of my upcoming pop-country release
"Chance At Love".
Available for iTunes pre-order from 3rd March.
Had the best time at the Illuminate Night Party!
It was an honor and pleasure to open for Jessica Mauboy and Nathaniel who were of course FANTASTIC.
Kudos to the City of Gosnells for putting on a brilliant event!
The crowd, the stage setup and sound was incredible!
I even got to sign some CDs and have selfies with the beautiful guys and girls up the front.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
GUYS! I have some super exciting news!!
My voice is going to feature in a movie scene, PLUS an album compilation of local and international artists with my track "Don't Ask Me This".
Talented Musician / Producer, Justin Iemma and I worked on an acapella vocal track, that will be used for this eery scene.
Check out "The Fenian - The Movie".
"The scene, complete with a new soundtrack from producer Justin Iemma, featuring the vocal talents of Nat Pearson, will be released for preview before the end of the year."
OH. Em. Gee!
- Nat xxx
Gosh the year has flown by!
It's TELETHON time again, this weekend 17-18th October.
I'm joining forces with my very good mate, and music partner Mike Nayar, and we're singing a popular cover, supported by Mathew Ferguson on drums, Matt Milford on lead guitar, and Troy Nababan on bass.
We are coming straight from The Wire Birds gig at The Hidden Bar, and hitting Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and your TV's at around 1:37am on Saturday night/Sunday morning for the Rock Shift.
Lots of awesome Perth musicians doing their thing for Telethon. Big thanks to Jamie Mercanti for the opportunity to be part of this amazing cause.
Come down and be a part of the live audience for a gold coin donation, or tune into Channel 7.
Don't forget to donate!
I. GOT. IN !!
I got the long anticipated call from X Factor.... and they've
invited me to Melbourne for the live auditions!
All your finger and toe crossing paid off! Thank youuuuu!!
I'm super-duper excited! What do I sing, what do I wear!? Ahh!
Your support has always been phenomenal, and I'm so grateful
for your continued faith in me.
I need YOU and your family and friends more than EVER now!
Pretty please share this post and my facebook page to whoever
I need as much support as possible should I make the next round, as these shows are all about hype and votes!
You rock my socks off.. every single one of you!!!
Love, Nat xxx
Can you believe it's almost March?!
We must be having all sorts of flying fun times!
It has been a busy start to the year over here at NatPearsonMusicHQ. As well as keeping up with the weekly gigs, I managed to score the RAW:Perth Musician of the Year title for 2015, and the results of the National Final will be announced very soon.
I also tried my luck in the preliminary casting auditions for a popular reality TV series, and so far, so good!
I have my fingers crossed to hear back soon. (Eep!)
I've got some goodies in the works too! Lot's of late nights in the studio, getting ready to pump out some new pop/country/rock tracks!
Can't WAIT to share them with your ears.
We're gearing up for a pretty jam-packed year, full of live shows, travel, music videos, and youtube updates to inspire and entertain.
If you haven't already, check out my social media link buttons below.
And while you're here on my website, feel free to have a nosey around, listen to some music, watch some videos, read another blog post, or check out a live show sometime!
- Love, Nat xx
I'm eligible to participate in the 3rd Annual RAWards Australia!
Online voting starts on February 1st (my birthday!), for ONE WEEK, and from your votes,
the semi-finalists are selected and judged by industry professionals.
I'm rallying all my supporters, to help me win over the eyes and ears of the judges,
and gain some potentially massive exposure.
There could be some very important eye balls on my work!
I'm looking forward to your support.
Thank you in advance! xxx
My acoustic band “The Wire Birds” are supporting Movember this year.
The boys – Mathew and Mike will be growing their mo’s all month, and I will be cheering them on as a mo’Sista.
You can donate to our team here: http://au.movember.com/team/1832701
GET DONATING MO'BRO'S AND MO'SISTAS!
Here are some Mens Health facts:
• #1: Prostate Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.
• Testicular Cancer is the second most common in young men aged 18-39.
• Around 1 in 8 Australian men (1.3 Million) experience depression at any given time.
TELETHON TIME is BACK AGAIN!
This weekend 25th & 26th October, the race is on to beat last years fundraiser record.
Watch all your favourite Channel 7 stars, and local and national Aussie music acts all put in their time to raise money for PMH... then, pick up that phone and donate!
I'm performing two songs at this years Telethon Perth - My original FOREVER (available on iTunes) and a classic Blondie cover CALL ME.. so smash some redbull and flick on the TV for the ROCK SHIFT with Jamie Mercanti on Channel 7 from 1am till dawn.
I'll hit the screen at 1.55am Sunday morning with my awesome band - Mike Basham, Troy Nababan, Mathew Ferguson, Sumari Botha and Amanda Canzurlo, as well as the rockin' chicks from Studio24Music - Jessica Woodhill, Emily Tuckwell, Jacqui Raper, Camryn Cook , Sian Mckrill and Chloe Wei.
I'll be having a chat on the panel and running amok in the phone rooms after as well.
It's gonna be a HUGE weekend! Dig deep peeps!
PREVIOUS YEARS ON TELETHON:
• Aussie Pop/Country Artist • Future friend