Hi!! My name’s Shelley Segal. I’m a singer-songwriter from Melbourne. Currently living in LA. My music is folky pop with roots, rock and jazzy influences! I grew up on strong female singer-songwriters like Ani Difranco and Alanis Morisette and rootsy artists like Ben Harper and Counting Crows. Lately I’ve been influenced by softer folkier artists like Mark Kozelek and Tiny Ruins. I like my music to have interesting chords, riveting melodies and something to say – whether political or about life in general.
Song 1: High Open Hills – Liz Stringer
It is the most beautiful song in the world! Liz is an iconic Aussie artist. Her stories are stunning, her vocals effortless, her guitar playing solid and the song as a whole is profound. I love folk music and to hear it with Aussie bent, from an artist I relate to and admire so deeply is a real treat. Live is even better
Song 2: The Resurrection Of Henry Box Brown – Liam Gerner
I was recently introduced to Liam’s music through Moira McKenzie of Sanicki Lawyers. I’ve fallen in love. Expert guitar playing – so smooth and perfectly lifts this beautiful story of freedom. As you can see I’m a sucker for Aussie folk music – even though this track was inspired by Liam’s US travels.
Song 3: Flesh & Electricity – Camp Cope
Camp Cope are the band I needed in my early teens and never had ’till now! But it was worth the wait. I love distinctive vocals and sounds and this band have both in droves. As well as being talented hard working musicians they are also activists in the music industry and strong advocates for females in music. One of my fave festival moments ever was listening to Camp Cope live.
Song 4: Psycho – Mojo Juju
Mojo Juju is a powerhouse artist and performer. I love her sound, I love her style. She is a total badass and this is my favourite song of hers. Her deep, emotive vocals over jangly electric guitars and Memphis meets Melbourne soulful bluesy stylings make me wanna sway all night.
Song 5: Breathe In Now – Katie Noonan
Katie Noonan is one of my all-time favourite artists. George’s Polyserena (where I first heard this song) came out when I was 15 and totally blew my mind. Her perfect clear tones, her soaring soprano range. Fast paced lyrics and heartfelt storytelling were a huge influence on me and my writing. The message of this song is also so beautiful and encouraging. To me, it’s about standing up for yourself and I took the message to heart.
Song 6: Bilack – Humans As Animals
This has been and will always be my favourite Melbourne band. I’ve been going to see them since I was 17-years-old and through so many different incarnations. They’ve been part of my label, True Music and in all my life I’ve never danced as hard to another band. Okay, maybe Gogol Bordello! Their live show is frenetic, so much infectious energy. Amazing guitarists solo swapping that go beyond tasteful licks, Dave Matthews-esque vocals, storytelling almost folky lyrics of the Melbourne suburbs and the most solid bass player around. Miss these guys but they will be back in their next incarnation, Ross Union, and the next after that.
Song 7: What We Are Worth – MAYA
This track is by another label mate, MAYA. It has such a positive message of self-reflection and a reminder of the worth of every human and of our earth. MAYA vocals are something else. I don’t know many artists who can sing like her. Her voice harks back to greats like Aretha Franklin. Her improvisational stream of thought lyrics are honest and curious honouring artists like Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae. Her musicality carries the spirit of Jimi! This song explores her love of electronic music and mixes it with her other influences and the result is powerful and unique. I can’t wait to see what she does next
Song 8: When You Leave – Loren Kate
I met Loren when I was on tour for my last record. She played with me at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Adelaide and I was completely blown away. Her delicate vocals are so moving. Her rootsy, raw sound spoke to me and I was an instant fan. This song, in particular, left me with tears streaming down my face in the middle of the pub. It makes me think of my ex-partner who is one of my best mates, and how unbearable it would be having to say goodbye to him. The power of a good song with a true story.
Song 9: Memo – Dear Plastic
I think Scarlette is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in Melbourne. Her vocals are eclectic and so expressive. Powerful and vulnerable at the same time – and so distinctive! Her songs are clever, musically, thematically, lyrically. She is just an interesting layered artist and person and I hope we get to hear new music from her forever.
Song 10: Black Smoke – Emily Wurramara
I got to hear this track performed live by Emily this year when she was showcasing at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. It was a special treat. Just acoustically the strength of her vocals and her song shined. She is a passionate artist and you can hear that in all of her music but this is my favourite song of hers so far. Looking forward to what comes next.
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