Carol Lloyd Award

Carol Lloyd Award


Congratulations to Leanne Tennant, the recipient of the 2018 Carol Lloyd Award! Leanne is a singer and songwriter who grew up in Cairns and has worked tirelessly to pave her way to success. Her music offers up a mix of vulnerability and strength in her alternative blues and roots style.

Leanne’s career highlights to date include a nation-wide tour for her album RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS and music festival appearances, such as BIGSOUND, Sydney Blues & Roots and Red Deer Festival. She is also a recipient of a Queensland Music Award for her track ‘Gentle Annie’.

Congratulations also to Sahara Beck, Bec Laughton (RIVAH), Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie) and Sue Ray who were 2018 Carol Lloyd Award finalists.

The Carol Lloyd Award is an opportunity for an emerging female identifying singer-songwriter, who was either born in, or resides in Queensland to be awarded a $15,000 grant to record their own full-length album, or record and tour their own EP.

This award gives the winner a major head-start in their career, to broaden their experience within the music industry, and realise their goals as an emerging artist.


Entries for the 2019 Carol Lloyd Award will open in November 2018. Register your interest to keep up-to-date

Leanne Tennant

Just a few years into her creative career already blessed with highlights, Leanne is an artist who manages to mix vulnerability with an unusual strength.

Leanne Tennant is the winner and multiple nominee of a Qld Music Award for her track Gentle Annie, which is her second Qld Music Award in 3 x years. Her live performances are receiving praise from the Courier Mail, and audiences throughout Australia. She has been nominated as Australian Artist of the year (Au Review), the Grant McLennan Fellowship, included in the Triple Z Hot 100, and is receiving huge praise from The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail with the leading single Gentle Annie scoring official rotation on Double J and again huge praise from Rolling Stone. She has received support from radio across the country along with being added to rotation on American music video channel ZUUS Media and aired on BBC Radio, RAGE and MTV. She was recently premiered on Rolling Stone and made the 4zzzfm – Top 100 in 2 consecutive years.

Leanne has just completed her National RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS album tour which included Sell Out shows and festivals appearances at BIGSOUND, Sydney Blues & Roots and Red Deer Festival. She’s has shared the stage with artists including Cold Chisel, The Basics, Emma Louise, Ash Grunwald, Katie Noonan and more, and has spent the last two years fiercely growing as an artist which is evident in her latest release, RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS.

 The record is full of ‘real moments’, which have been beautifully captured by

Brisbane producer, Jamie Trevaskis, the man behind the sound of Robert Forsters new album (The Go-­‐Betweens), in his all-­‐analog studio in Mt.

Nebo. Tennant worked with musicians including Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Ben Carstens (Mexico City), and Jamie Trevaskis himself to bring together a truly unique, dark and untouched record.  The songs were recorded live in one-­‐take and are full of real emotion.

The collection of songs has a beautifully dark element and are refreshingly honest thanks to Jamie Trevaskis’ passion in capturing a moment.

RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS is a raw and wonderfully revealing album.

Sahara Beck

Sahara Beck

Sahara Beck has quickly become a name synonymous with the Brisbane music scene, shaping the future of Australian music with her distinctive, quirky sound. An independent singer songwriter originally hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Sahara has set up a life and a musical legacy in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane.

Organically evolving from the folk origins of her early releases (‘Volume One’ LP 2010, ‘You Could Be Happy’ EP 2012, ‘Bloom’ EP 2015), Sahara now draws from a great melding pot of styles. Backed by a full band, she brings to life a fusion of up-tempo Gypsy Jazz and infectious Pop, paired with the very soul of the Blues and some gritty Rock for good measure. Sahara’s voice transitions seemingly effortlessly from her confronting and powerfully gutsy baritone to the hair raising, angelic heights of her falsetto. However, it’s her artistic use of anticipation, silence and volume variants in her arrangements which makes her wisdom-rich lyrics relatable and imparts the gift of emotion to the listener.

Audiences across Australia bare testimony to the powerhouse performance her live show promises and Sahara Becks’ most recent headline tour promoting her sophomore album ‘Panacea’ (2016) did not disappoint.

The Music Industry’s respect for the 21 year old is evident in opportunities to perform alongside National & International acts including; The Beach Boys, The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Ball Park Music, Katie Noonan, Darren Middleton, Ben Lee, Xavier Rudd, and Busby Marou to name a few.

Sahara’s live performance has also been witnessed by thousands on the stages of some of Australia’s most respected music festivals including; Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Festival of The Sun and Caloundra Music Festival.

Sahara’s undeniable talent has established strong working relationships with some of Australia’s music heavyweights and her unique voice has been featured on tracks for Jay Bovino (Sheppard), Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) and Katie Noonan (George).

Sahara Beck has received a mounting list of accolades to her name including nominations in the Queensland Music Awards (QMA’s), the National Live Music Award’s (NLMA’s) and most recently taking home the QMA’s Most Popular Female Artist, Peoples Choice Award and Folk category. Sahara Beck’s ever growing presence is strongly supported by National and Community Radio Broadcasters, with frequent interviews, live appearances and the notable addition to High Rotation by stations including; 4ZZZ and Triple J.

Sahara Becks’ original music has been featured on Australian Television with her song “I’m in Love” licensed for the latest Haagen-Dazs TV campaign as well as making her US debut with her track “Spinning Time” featured on the NBC TV Series “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

Most recently Sahara’s voice featured in a major multimillion dollar QLD Tourism campaign titled “I Know Just the Place”. Singing her own arrangement of the hugely popular KEANE track “Somewhere Only We Know” and backed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, it was another striking brushstroke to add to her growing artistic palate.

Rivah (Bec Laughton)

Fearless. The one word that kept popping up during the writing and recording of the debut material for RIVAH. Often finding herself far from home, the last two years have seen her following musical pursuits across the globe.

From teaming for co-writes in the US, to being scouted by major labels for development in Australia and New Zealand, RIVAH finally found her dream-team with producers Pip Norman (Jarryd James) and Eric J (Chet Faker, Flume). The result was her glistening single ‘Untame’, released alongside her debut shows in NYC last October.

The tracks’ slow-burning bloom of expertly-layered vocals, sharp pop sensibilities and effortlessly pulsing synths was called a “home run” by triple j Music Director Nick Findlay and “a richly intimate tune that demonstrates her both her vocal and lyrical prowess” by Purple Sneakers.

Inspired by the authenticity of artists such as SZA, Lauryn Hill, Selah Sue & Chance The Rapper, RIVAH is enticingly bold. Earning advanced praise as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for songs that are not even released yet, ‘Untame’ is the first look at exciting things to come.

Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie)

Harriette Pilbeam

Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.

Take brand new single “Sure” for example. Written on a whim when a melody jumped into Pilbeam’s head, and finished swiftly in one day, the chorus plaintively unravels, setting the sorrow to shimmering synth washes, wrapping the whole thing up in a melody so gorgeous that it would fit seamlessly into The Sundays and Alvvays songbooks. “All of my songs start with singing,” Pilbeam says. “I hear the melody in my mind first and then work out the chords I’m imagining under that. I have a good ear for music, but I don’t know chord names or much music theory. I just kind of figure it out.”

This instinctual pop nous is undoubtedly on full display in “Sure”, but like all of Hatchie’s music, the track trades in shade as well as light. It’s at once accessible yet cerebral, walking a line between instant ear worm and something deeper and more oblique. “I think that’s because I’m still making up my mind,” offers Harriette. “I’m kind of jumping between, ‘Do I want to just make fun pop songs? Or do I want it to be more shoegaze and more of a band sound?’ I really love writing pop songs, but then messing them up and turning them into something else. Something darker.”

“Sure” continues the story that began with the runaway success of this year’s pop gem “Try”. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, “Try” announced Hatchie as an artist to watch. After uploading the track to Unearthed in May, the song instantly got added to radio playlists across the country. Triple J’s Nick Findlay called it, “a huge first track!” Hatchie signed management and booking deals. Her name started popping up on festival lineups. NPR debuted the clip. The track’s reach was far and wide, even winning Hatchie a fan in Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie. “It’s pretty weird being social media friends with one of your heroes” laughs Pilbeam.

Things don’t seem to be slowing down any time for Hatchie either. Having already toured nationally with The Creases, there are shows supporting Ball Park Music and The Temper Trap on the horizon plus appearances at Festival Of The Sun and perhaps most impressively, South By South West in Austin next year.

Having played in her friends’ bands in Brisbane, namely Go Violets and Babaganouj, Hatchie is Pilbeam’s first foray into solo territory, something she seems undaunted by. “I feel like I’m only just beginning to really assert myself in the world and the Hatchie project has forced me to reassess and make so many positive changes,” she says. “When I look back on this period of time, I think I’ll see Hatchie as a huge evolutionary force in my life.”

Sue Ray

Sue Ray is an Australian Indigenous artist that was coining the Americana genre fifteen years ago when she first stepped on stage as a solo artist. The multi-award-winning singer/songwriter captivates audiences with her haunting and emotionally charged lyrics, considered compositions and really hits them in the sweet spot with her smoky, molasses-rich voice. Following a “gap” year or two in Nashville where she worked alongside industry greats and connected into the scene, gigging and writing, she returned to Australia in early 2017 to release her album Live at the Junk Bar and later that year the long-awaited EP I Would Never Do That.

Over the years, Sue has studied the arts extensively and continues to seek knowledge to better understand her craft and broaden her opportunities. Sue has a Diploma of Film & Television, Cert IV in Contemporary Music, Certificate in Sound Engineering and Video Production and has completed a songwriting course at the Songpreneurs Retreat in Nashville TN.

Prior to releasing her own music, Sue performed in many musical projects ranging from garage bands such as Astrogirl and The Fondelles to the all-female country band Sugartown. Sue has also provided backing vocals and harmonica on albums and at live performances for such artists as Darren Hanlon, The Gin Club, Shifter, Cameron Elliott, Phil Smith and American artist Sarah Aili.

Sue Ray has released three critically acclaimed albums: Best Beware in 2008, Red Roses in 2011 co-produced by herself and Aria award winner Magoo, Live At The Junk Bar in 2017 recorded and co-produced by renowned engineer Jamie Trevaskis, followed by an EP titled I Would Never Do That recorded live in Nashville by Pal Sheldon at Artec Sound Vision Productions.

In the past five years, Sue has had several nominations and awards that show that her work is gaining recognition and momentum. In 2013, Sue had three tracks in AMRAP’s AIRIT Top 5 charts and has since been aired nationally and internationally on many independent and indigenous radio stations. In 2016, tracks from Red Roses were showcased on the US Radio program The International Americana Music Show, hosted by Michael Park. After airing, those tracks were soon picked up and broadcast on over 35 other US radio stations.

Three songs off her album Red Roses made onto four episodes of the Australian TV drama Time Of Our Lives staring Claudia Karvan, airing on ABC in June 2013. NITV On The Road premiered a one-hour special focusing on Sue Ray, airing monthly on SBS as part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival. In 2018, this special continues to be aired on NITV.

Most recently, in mid-2017, Sue was asked to perform at the official opening of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Later that year, she was also honored to perform at the celebration of the 25th Mabo Oration at the Playhouse Theatre in Brisbane.

About Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd known as Australia’s first original ‘Rock Chick’ – started off her career in the 70s band Railroad Gin before branching out into the Carol Lloyd Band and continuing her career as a solo artist. Her success generated both shock and respect in the industry as the first female singer/songwriter in Australia to win over the ultimate boys’ club and front a successful recording and touring rock band. Starting off in Australia, Carol soon became an international hit artist touching hearts, minds and souls of music lovers everywhere gaining the title of Australia’s ‘Wild Woman of Rock’ in turn paving the way for female artists everywhere.

Carol racked up several No. 1 hits and won the first worldwide EMI International publishing contract issued to any artist in Australia. Her first three singles – “A Matter of Time”, double-sided hit, “Do ya Love Me/Academy Rock” and “You Told the World” charted No. 1. Carol’s songs were published in 27 countries, with her first album, “A Matter of Time” with Railroad Gin racing up to No. 1 in 3 weeks, and her second, “Mother was Asleep” charting No.1 or top 3 in Germany, France, Japan, Holland, and Indonesia.

2018 Award Judges

Katie Noonan: A 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling singer, songwriter and producer who first received widespread acclaim as the songstress of indie-pop band george and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music. In 2016 Katie was appointed Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival.

Joc Curran: Mother, who owned and ran The Zoo live music venue from 1992 until 2016. Brisbane Laneway Festival promoter. Business woman, friend, who believes random acts of kindness can help change the world.

Leanne de Souza: An entrepreneur, arts advocate, facilitator and manager. Foundation board member of the Queensland Music Network Q MUSIC, a previous Executive Programmer of BIGSOUND (2006) and an experienced workshop facilitator for the boutique consultancy FIELDWORX. She has also lectured in music business at Griffith University, TAFE and JMC Academy.

Sean Sennett: An Australian music writer and songwriter. His work has been published in The Australian, The Age, Word and Rolling Stone (here and overseas). As a songwriter he is signed to Mushroom Publishing and has collaborated with the likes of Rob Hirst, Steve Kilbey, Ross Wilson and Kate Ceberano.

John Willsteed: Is a guitarist in award-winning Brisbane band Halfway, and toured the world through the late 80s in The Go-Betweens. He is a composer and sound editor with over 90 film and television credits, and is Head of Music at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Annie Peterson: Annie Peterson is respected Queensland musician, creative producer, and manager of Arts organisations for 30 years, including: Program Director Woodford Folk Festival, Director Flipside Circus, Director Rhapsodaisy Music, creator/producer Women in Voice. Presently  Co-Director WIVPresents production company, and Music Program Development at Hummingbird House Palliative Care Centre.

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The Carol Lloyd Award is presented by Queensland Music Festival and supported by APRA AMCOS, Hutchinson Builders and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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