Gold Coast musicians feature as finalists for Queensland Music Awards

Gold Coast artists Amy Shark, Hanlon Brothers, Evol Walks, ROMY and Mosaic have all been announced as finalists for the 2017 Queensland Music Awards.

They represent a large number of regional Queensland songwriters who feature in today’s finalist announcement including Capricornia’s Tia Gostelow (who is listed six times across schools, regional, Indigenous and folk categories) and sultry FNQ songstress Leanne Tennant (who is a finalist for blues / roots, country and regional). Songwriters from all across the state are included in the finalists’ list after months of deliberation by more than 60 industry judges.

Amy Shark’s song Adore is a finalist in two categories – pop and regional. And Hanlon Brothers’ song Diamonds is a finalist for regional song of the year as well as urban song of the year.

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Saia Hanlon said it was the first time Hanlon Brothers had nominated for a Queensland Music Award and that he was thrilled to see so many Gold Coasters in the list.

Diamonds is different to our other songs,” he told Blank GC. “It has a different layout. It’s not just verse / chorus / verse / bridge. It’s a journey in itself.”

He laughed at the fact the song has a 42-bar rap verse. “Anytime I have to tet someone else to learn that song they’re like ‘maaaaan, 42 bars?'”

“Being a finalist puts us in a place we’ve never been before. We’re all over the Gold Coast music scene and now we’ll be under the spotlight for Queensland’s music industry. We’ll get to meet heaps of industry people too.”

ROMY too is a first time nominee. Her track Wild Heart is a finalist for video of the year and urban song of the year. Nic Byng AKA Mosaic has scored a finalist gong for his song 422 – a collaboration with Thiefdude – in the electronic / dance category.

Los Angeles via Gold Coast rockers EVOL Walks also score a finalist berth for heavy rock song of the year for their track Tear It Down.

EVOL Walks front woman Leah Martin-Brown said she was still pinching herself.

“To be considered for heavy song of the year is an incredible honour,” she told Blank Gold Coast. “It’s definitely worth the flight home!”

Leah said just being named a finalist amongst so many top-notch artists has a big impact on bands like EVOL Walks.

“It helps solidify that not only are we recognized internationally but that our home country supports us and recognizes the hard work we’ve been putting in since getting to the USA,” she said.

In addition to the category announcements, Ella Fence has also been named one of four finalists for the $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship – an initiative of the Queensland Government to support new local talent.

Produced by QMusic, the Queensland Music Awards is a state-wide search for the best songs by Queensland songwriters and musicians. Entries open in October every year.

Winners will be announced at the 2017 Queensland Music Awards on Monday 27 March at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm with performances by Cub Sport, Good Boy, ROMY, Tia Goestelow and more to be announced. Tickets onsale now.


Full 2017 Queensland Music Awards finalist listing:

Act/Artist Name Song Title Region

Silent Feature Era House of Thieves Brisbane West
Kingfisha The Gold Brisbane South
Shukura Chapman One by One Brisbane South East
Leanne Tennant Gentle Annie Cairns
Alex & Bec Crook Suitcase Moreton Bay Region
Josh Rennie-Hynes Fiddlewoods Moreton Bay Region
Halfway Three In And Nothing But The Stars Brisbane South East
Leanne Tennant Lay Me Down Cairns
Confidence Man Boyfriend (Repeat) Brisbane North East
Miss Pompeii Haru Haiku Brisbane South
Mosaic x Thiefdude 422 Gold Coast
The Belligerents Caroline Brisbane
Moreton The Water Brisbane South
Angharad Drake Baby Brisbane North West
Tia Gostelow Vague Utopia Mackay
Tia Gostelow State of Art Mackay
Lagerstein Drink the Rum Brisbane South East
A Breach Of Silence Falling Away Brisbane North
In Death… Malignancy Eradicated Logan City
Evol Walks Tear it Down Gold Coast
Emily Wurramara Ngayuwa Ngelyeyiminama (I Love You) Brisbane North
Robbie Miller Fire Brisbane South
Tia Gostelow State of Art Mackay
Dubmarine Solar Flare Fire Brisbane South
Abbreviations Orchestra Quiet Wisdom Brisbane East
Andrew Butt Trio + Blueberry Ash Brisbane West
Sean Foran Une Fille Moreteon Bay Region
Abbreviations Orchestra The Alley Brisbane East
Morning Harvey Susanne Monday Brisbane West
AYLA Like The Other Kids Sunshine Coast
Cub Sport Come On Mess Me Up Brisbane North
Amy Shark Adore Gold Coast

Amy Shark Adore Gold Coast
Hanlon Brothers Diamonds Gold Coast
Tia Gostelow Vague Utopia Mackay
Leanne Tennant Gentle Annie Cairns
Good Boy Poverty Line Brisbane North East
Some Jerks The Hunter Somerset Region
The Creases Impact Brisbane City
Good Boy S.O.G.K. Brisbane North East
Asha Jefferies On the Inside Brisbane East
Tangs In Dreams (feat. Asha Jefferies) Brisbane South
Tia Gostelow State of Art Mackay
Tia Gostelow Vague Utopia Mackay
Hanlon Brothers Diamonds Gold Coast
Mallrat Tokyo Drift Brisbane South
Dubmarine Solar Flare Fire Brisbane South
ROMY Wild Heart Gold Coast
Hey Geronimo Boredom Brisbane North
SS.Sebastian Nightmare of 1984 Moreton Bay
ROMY Wild Heart Gold Coast
Cub Sport Come On Mess Me Up Brisbane North
High Life Aware Sunshine Coast
Innessa Yasen Sunshine Coast
Tenzin Snow Lion Brisbane West
The Mouldy Lovers Civilised Crossfire Logan City

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