Meet the Gold Coast’s best musicians

The five finalists for Musician of the Year at the Gold 5 mg cialis canada Coast Music Awards.

When we introduced the Musician of the Year category into the Gold Coast Music Awards last year, the goal was to identify and recognise the insane instrumental and vocal talent of artists who call the city home.

The inaugural winner of the category in 2019 levitra generic vs was Ian Peres (Wolfmother, Xavier Rudd). Former bassist and keyboard player for Wolfmother, Ian continues to sweep the nation with his high energy, rock solid performances, and has done for more than a decade. Ian was recognised for his multi-instrumentalism. I don’t even know if that’s a word.

This year’s pool of talent up for a gong is similarly impressive.

Felicity Lawless, Jackson Dunn, Julz Parker, Leesa Gentz and Lindsay Waddington are all in the mix.

Julz and Leesa present an interesting dynamic. As well as being co-finalists, they’re also house-mates AND band-mates. They share frontwoman roles in Hussy Hicks, who tour the planet relentlessly.

We’ve profiled globally recognised guitarist Julz Parker as well as her friend, vocalist and percussionist Leesa Gentz.

Read Julz Parker’s story.
Read Leesa Gentz’ story.

It’s no surprise that they know the other three finalists too.

Long-time friend and colleague Felicity Lawless has also toured the globe with her fiery flamenco guitar licks. She’s shared many stages with the Hussy Hicks and performed alongside huge names at some of Australia’s best-loved festivals.

Read Felicity’s profile.

It seems guitarists are getting a lot of love this year.

Also up for Musician of the Year is Jackson Dunn, also known as ‘El Mariachi’. Jackson knows a thing or two about performing on the Gold Coast. He started playing guitar when he was ten and went on to form a three-piece grunge band that would regularly perform at famed venue The Playroom.

Read Jackson’s story.

And Lindsay Waddington, it seems, has reams of fans here on the Gold Coast. And little wonder.

Compere, producer, songwriter and owner of Gold Coast’s Kross Kut Records recording studio, Waddo has done it all. But it’s his long career as a sought-after multi-instrumentalist, prolific session musician and award-winning recording artist that has seen him nab a finalist nod for Musician of the Year at the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards.

Read Lindsay’s story here.

Musician of the Year is sponsored by TAFE Queensland and we’ll announce winners on Thursday 30 April from 7.00pm. Get the details at bit.ly/GCMA2020.

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