Songs That Made Me – Brisbane

Songs That Made Me – Brisbane

The Songs That Made Me concert at The Tivoli in Brisbane brought together some of Australia’s finest female singer-songwriters to share stories of their influences and artistic journeys, and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives.

The special concert featured Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch, Hannah Macklin, Leigh Carriage, an all-female rhythm section, Queensland choir Cheep Trill, regional mentors & musicians Megan Sarmardin, Kristin Berardi and Hayley Marsten.

The concert formed part of QMF’s larger Songs That Made Me program which involved a unique mentorship and performance experience for a selected group of emerging female singer-songwriters from Mount Isa, Mackay and Gladstone. For more information about the regional mentorship program and concerts in Mackay, Mount Isa and Gladstone, click here.


Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway has been a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music for over 30 years. Conway continues to release albums that attract critical acclaim from reviewers and appreciative audiences, most recently Everybody’s Begging which came out in September 2016. In 2016, Conway was named Living Legend by the Leaps & Bounds Festival.

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch is an ARIA Award-winning songwriter, actor, speaker, writer, creative-business mentor and newly-announced afternoon host on Melbourne ABC radio 774. She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Yen Young Woman of the Year (Music), co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, and written for Harpers Bazaar and the Drum.

Hannah Macklin

Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2010, Hannah Macklin has gone on to have great success in Australia and overseas both as a solo artist and as the face of alt R&B trio MKO Sun. In November 2016 Hannah won the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship, and was also awarded “Best Live Voice” in QLD at the 2016 National Live Music Awards.

Megan Sarmardin

In 1989 at the age of five, Megan made her public debut, singing Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of Many Colours’ at Mount Isa’s Spinifex Country Music Club. Coming from a strong and close knit Aboriginal family, these family influences guided Megan’s love of all music. Learning many different instruments within the music programs at school, Megan settled on guitar, bass and voice as her main focus. Megan has made a real impact on audiences in a number of high profile performances at The Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC and The Woodford Folk Festival.

Kristin Berardi

Kristin Berardi is from Koumala, a small country town 45km south of Mackay in North Queensland. Her accolades include being shortlisted for the APRA Professional Development awards twice, and in 2016 won the Bell Award for her album “Where or When” for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2015, and with Berardi Foran Karlen received the QLD State Award for excellence in jazz at the APRA Art Music Awards.

Hayley Marsten

Country singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten has been described as a ‘Country music sass goddess’ by The Gladstone born and raised songstress released her debut EP “Even” in 2015 with Bill Chambers, to two sold-out shows. MusicOz award-nominee, a CMAA Academy Of Country Music Graduate(2016), Australian Country Music People’s Choice nominee, Gympie Music Muster performer and headliner at Boyne Valley Country Music Campout. More recently Hayley was named a Top 10 Finalist in the Toyota Star Maker competition in Tamworth.

Cheep Trill

Cheep Trill is an exciting, edgy and colourful community choir based in Brisbane, Australia conducted by Emma Dean, assisted by Tony Dean and managed by Corinne Buzianczuk (aka The Tiger Common). The choir is open to anyone, above the age of 14, who loves to sing! We learn and perform all sorts of music with a strong emphasis on original contemporary vocal arrangements and mashups written by Emma.

Songs That Made Me was presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Mount Isa City Council, Gladstone Regional Council and Mackay City Council

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Major partners

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This project had been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. This project has also received support through Playing Queensland.

As part of the Songs That Made Me project, QMF encourages you to support women in need by donating to Share the Dignity at


Sunday 16 July 7pm

Tivoli, Brisbane



For more information about the concerts in Mackay, Mount Isa and Gladstone, click here.

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