The Jason Singh Project. Single Three: IF IT’S A DREAM

If you’ve ever loved, been loved or are in love, Jason Singh’s latest offering IF IT’S A DREAM is the emotional feel good ballad that transports you right back to that special place. This record is in every sense of the word a dream. It is a song that connects with you on an individual level as though it was written just for you. IF IT’S A DREAM is the third single from The Jason Singh Project, and once again affirms Jason’s commitment to the challenges of the project: writing, producing and releasing six new singles in 12 months. “We are at the half way point of the project and it’s been an amazing ride. I am so proud of the records and the way each one has turned out. I’ve pushed myself, and those around me, to new heights. Where I am at with the project the warmth and depth of a ballad seemed only fitting for the mid-way point.” Jason Singh was meant to write and sing this song; his flawless, smooth, dreamy vocals perfectly compliment the feel of this heartfelt ballad….. Great work Jason!

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Alyce Platt Interview

12745755_10153603056269086_7879468525225439577_nBrian Peel caught up with the gorgeous Alyce Platt in the JOY studios this week. Hear about the new album Funny Little World, take a nostalgic trip back to hear Alyce talk about her time on iconic Aussie game show Sale of the Century and 80’s soap Sons and Daughters plus listen to the amazing album track Glow.

 

Mental As Anything Interview!

We’ve been spoilt… our stages, radio airwaves, playlists, T6a00e0097e4e6888330177447bfbc3970d-700wiV screens and award nights for close to 40 years – they’ve had 20 ARIA Top 40 singles in Australia & international success especially in Germany, UK, Norway and NZ – now they’ve just announced a brand new chapter in their amazing story, on the phone to share the news with Brian Peel is Andrew ‘Greedy’ Smith from Mental As Anything!

Website: www.mentals.com.au  / Facebook: www.facebook.com/mentalsofficial / Twitter & Instagram: @mentalsofficial

Download the complete Mental As Anything interview here with special bonus content.

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Special Interview: Michaela May

theaussieword.com catches up with Michaela May.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? From a very young age, I just remember loving how music made me feel. I remember listening to all my parents records: Michael Jackson, ABBA, Motown, Earth Wind and Fire etc. I listened on repeat for months on end, learning every word, dancing around12473760_10153266143486717_8526176258905903273_o my living room and bedroom, putting on shows for family, singing with my mum in car. I felt so happy when I was was listening to music. I also saw music bring people together and lift moods instantly and I loved that music was so powerful and universal. It is the ultimate communicator. Fast forward about 20 years and here we are!

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? I think I just want to connect with people on a very real level. I’m motivated by connecting with others. If I can connect with even just 1 person through my music, that’s enough for me. As a songwriter, I want to express and capture how I feel in that moment but I also want to make people feel something and relate to my music when they listen to it. There is nothing better than listening to your favourite song that instantly lifts your mood after you have had a crap day! As far as influences, I’m always listening to all the great songwriters out there and learning from them. In pop music specifically, I look to Sia, Gaga, Bruno Mars, Taylor and Coldplay – they are incredible songwriters and artists.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? I would like to be an international recording artist, touring worldwide and performing as many places as possible! There is nothing better than performing live. But I’d also really like to continue to write for other artists as well. I have written for other pop acts in the past and I really enjoy the creative process of stepping into someone else’s shoes.Continue reading

Bananarama, Wang Chung, The Chantoozies & Cutting Crew Live In Melbourne!

It was one big 80’s party last night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre down in St.Kilda. International acts Wang Chung, Cutting Crew and Bananarama took to stage playing through their catalogue of hits with some great Aussie support from the glamorous Chantoozies!

All the hits and more, it was a step back in time!

  • The Chantoozies – Witch Queen, Wanna Be Up and Baby It’s You!
  • Wang Chung – Let’s Go, Dance Hall Days and Everybody Have Fun Tonight!
  • Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms
  • Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour, Shy Boy, Cruel Summer, Love In The First Degree, I Want You Back, Robert De Niro’s Waiting & Venus ….  just to name a few. Amazing show!

 

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Special Interview: Mieke

theaussieword.com catches up with Canadian artist Mieke. MIEKE_cover


Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?

I grew up playing classical music (piano, violin, trombone, etc) and singing traditional European songs that they sang at my church.I loved music but really didn’t like all the rules, that I always had to play “andante” when the composition said so, or when I was asked to sing more quietly or reverently or whatever. I would sing all the time around the house, making up songs about my stuffed animals and what I did at school and recording them on tapes. And that’s what I fell in love with- the fact that I could make my own rules and create songs about my life. I have new appreciation for classical training lately and started doing scales again (the very stuff I used to hate), but for me music was most meaningful because I was able to grow up with a way of expressing myself- music consistently came through for me when life felt like too much.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

To be honest my primary motivation is selfish; writing songs and making music helps me figure out who I am and is really fun for me. I consistently find songs I’m writing tell me things I’ve been trying to ignore- they talk back to me and challenge me. Now that other people are part of this very private process, that influences me too. I would love for other people to connect to or find solace in my songs. I have a great community of artists here in Toronto and making music with them is so fun and challenges me constantly.Continue reading

‘Fuller House’ Trailer!

“Fuller House” stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber appeared on Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” to premiere the first full trailer for the upcoming Netflix sequel series! The return of the classic ’90s sitcom picks up 21 years after the original – DJ Tanner is a single mother of three boys, sister Stephanie is single and dating, and Kimmy is now a divorcee with her own child. It’s Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 10.52.42 PMmuch like the original show, all three girls are living under the same roof, this time with all of their children. Before the cast members introduced the trailer on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen asked about the possibility of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen returning if there were to be any future tapings or future seasons. “The door is open if they want to,” said Candace. “We make reference to them on the show though, so they are not forgotten.” Jodie added, “We definitely acknowledge Michelle!” Uncle Jesse played by John Stamos continues is famous one-liners at the dining room table with the whole family. There’s also a bow to the shows history with classic phrases, “How rude!” and “Cut it out!” Every episode of the 13-part series will be available to stream via Netflix starting February 26.

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New Music: Joel Adams ‘Please Don’t Go’

Joel Adams is a 19 year-old, Brisbane born pop and soul singer/songwriter who officially made an impact in the music when he released his debut single, Please Don’t Go online in December. The music video instantly catapulted Joel to international stardom earning over 15 million views through Facebook and YouTube in the first month of the release. Set to become Australia’s latest international sensation, the official music video for Please Don’t Go has received over 400 thousand likes, and showcases Joel’s incredible vocal range and smooth tone along with his unique songwriting abilities which extend far beyond his years in age. The debut single has charted on the iTunes A12654307_1213625118665613_8515984964761672273_nustralian pop daily charts nearly every day since its release, peaking at #36 – all being accomplished totally organically with no official radio play.  Please Don’t Go reached #5 globally on Spotify’s Viral 50 charts, having earned over 2 million streams, including #2 in Australia, France, Norway, and South Africa, as well as #54 on Billboard Canada’s Hot 100 Tracks.  The song has been featured on numerous major-label curated playlists, including Filtr’s Hello World and Get Popped alongside many of today’s most successful pop acts. At fifteen, Joel appeared on the X-Factor Australia under the name Joel Goncalves and earned rave reviews for his audition performance. Since he was seventeen Joel has been posting weekly song covers on his social media accounts which has seen him gain a fan base of over two million followers. With a global bidding war underway amongst every major record label and their affiliates, Joel has also signed to WME Australia and Asia, the largest talent booking agency in the world, where he joins the likes of other successful Australian artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Chet Faker, Jarryd James, Matt Corby and Angus and Julia Stone.  He is managed by Will Walker Records, an independent record label based in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. Please Don’t Go is just the beginning of what Joel Adams has to offer and with his fan base growing every day, he is an artist to watch in 2016 and is set to dominate both the Australian and international music arenas. Please Don’t Go is available now on iTunes.Continue reading

VIDEO: Days of Our Lives 50th Anniversary ‘The Greatest Moments Of All Time’

This greatest Days of Our Lives 50th anniversary video pretty much sums it up. The Hortons, the Brady’s, the super-couples, the drama, the love and the tragedy all coming together in this special DAYS montage – Days of Our Lives this year continues to celebrate it’s 50 years on air. What an amazing trip down memory lane, happy to say I’ve been there for most of it!Continue reading

Ivy Nations Interview

All the way from Dublin in Ireland is Ivy Nations an indie rock group comprising of longtime friends Darragh and Brian (guitars), along with Joe on vocals and Paul on drums. They return with a great new single ‘You Are The Centre Of Me’Ivy-Nations-You-Are-the-Centre-of-Me-cover

Joe speaks exclusively to Brian Peel on JOY 94.9 in their first ever international radio interview! This special podcast interview features extra bonus content that did not air on the show. Join Brian and Joe for a look into the group that is Ivy Nations!

Catch up with Ivy Nations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Download the full Ivy Nations interview via iTunes!

Special Interview: Mackenzie Thoms

theaussieword.com catches up with Mackenzie Thoms.

ljpIcn7sTell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music? When I was growing up, my mom was always singing around the house. I think that definitely sparked an interest a little later in my teens. When I was fourteen years old I was listening to the song “ No diggity” by Backstreet in my room and started singing along. Immediately I fell in love with the power of music and the ability to sing. It took me awhile to sing in front of people but when I became more comfortable and confident, I told myself that one day I would become something special. It hasn’t been an easy road but I truly think that as long as you believe and have a passion for what you do anything is possible.Continue reading

St. Lucia Interview

Jean-Philip Grobler from St. Lucia joined me on the phone from New York for a special JOY 94.9 interview.

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 11.03.16 PMWith the hit singles Elevate, Physical and JOY favourite Dancing On Glass, Jean chats about his early career days in South Africa, his relocation to New York City, the 80’s influenced St. Lucia sound and the release of the brand new album Matter.

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St. Lucia go on tour from January 29 starting in New York and travelling across the US. The new album Matter is out Jan 29 and will be available in special vinyl and CD bundles for fans.

Follow St. Lucia online, via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

An absolute pleasure speaking with Jean, looking forward to catching St. Lucia in Melbourne soon!

Download my interview with St. Lucia free via iTunes.

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The Hunter Express / Brad Ellis Interview

Brad Ellis from The Hunter Express joined me for a chat in the JOY 94.9 studios talking about his brand new single Home! 

The Hunter Express is a Melbourne singer, songwriter & acoustic pop, rock & indie folk artist. We chat about his influences in the music industry, what it’s like back in the studio and all the storyboarding ideas that help create his amazing music videos.

Catch up with Brad from The Hunter Express on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or hit up his website thehunterexpress.com.

Download the Brad Ellis / The Hunter Express interview free via iTunes!

XY&O Interview

Brian Peel catches up with the boys from XY&O, a pop electronic trio from Cardiff, Wales.

XY&O’s single Low Tide amassed over one million Spotify streams online with worldwide exposure. The next single release was Lights On – an absolute brilliant follow up track. Brian speaks to Skip (Vocals/Guitar), Tudor (Programming/Keys) & Nick (Lead Guitar) about their formation, their take on the music industry todayxyo, the use of digital social media channels plus what’s ahead for the new year.

Brian and JOY 94.9 have the special Australian premiere of their latest single Fahrenheit, a first for the Southern Hemisphere!

XY&O are a trio on the up with a bright and amazing future ahead of them. Join Brian for this very special JOY 94.9 interview.

You can catch up with XY&O on their Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on Soundcloud.

Visit here to download the free XY&O  interview podcast from iTunes!

Ash Edelman Interview

Brian Peel goes one on one with Ash Edelman.

Ash Edelman is an Aussie boy who pursued his dreams after working in the Australian mines.

Ash kick started his career change by starting out as a qualified fitness personal trainer before becoming a swimwear and underwear model.12074539_10153380354114086_4492356967700160680_n

Ash along with a few other boys took judges by surprise when they stripped down to bare bones on a raunchy episode of Britain’s Got Talent – from that moment on Forbidden Nights were born!

In this special JOY 94.9 interview, Ash speaks to Brian about his PT training sessions, eating habits and what it’s like for him now as a model and losing his clothes on stage for one of the UK’s premier male variety shows.

Brian also addresses that posing question…. “Boxers, Briefs… or Commando”.

Download this interview podcast with Ash Edleman free from iTunes!

Special Interview: Peppermint Heaven

theaussieword.com special interview with Peppermint Heaven.

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?Juno: We started out in Chicago several years ago playing in a band together in the clubs there.  That band broke up and a few years ago, we both met up again here in LA and formed Peppermint Heaven.  It’s like having a second chance and we’re going for it. Continue reading

Special Interview: Abbey Grace

theaussieword.com special interview with Australian singer/songwriter Abbey Grace.

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
Growing up I had always loved singing and dancing around the house to music but really fell in love with it when I first started piano at age 7 and when I began singing when I was 10. I was just really drawn to playing the piano and would play all day everyday, I loved the feeling of being able to sing and play the songs I’d grown up loving.

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There are a few things that motivate and influence me in my quest to make great music. Being able to write music is such an emotional release for me and basically works as a diary of the things that happen to me and of the things that happen in life. I know songwriting is a field I want to continually grow and mature in, so this motivates me to practice writing all the time and to dive deeper into emotions and circumstances to create music that is meaningful. I am also motivated in my quest to make great music by other artists who are so open, passionate and poetic in their music, they inspire to me be honest in my own music and to not be afraid to express myself.Continue reading