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Paul Kelly

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Born Paul Maurice Kelly on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia, PK is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player. Acknowledged as one of Australia’s best singer-songwriters, his music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub-reggae but his core output comfortably straddles folk, rock and country. He released his debut album, Talk, in 1981. Kelly was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.Kelly was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the performing arts and to the promotion of the national identity through contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician.


Carole King

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Born Carol Joan Klein, in Manhattan, NYC, 9 February 1942, CK is an American songwriter who has been active since 1958, initially as a staff writer in the Brill Building in NYC, and later as a solo artist. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the U.S., having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honoured.


Lianne La Havas

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Born Lianne Charlotte Barnes in London, England on 23 August 1989, LLH is a soul and jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She cites her parents’ diverse musical tastes as the biggest influence on her music. Her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of guitar and piano. She started singing, aged 7 and wrote her first song, aged 11. Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough, was released in 2012.


Greg Laswell

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Born in Long Beach, California, 26 April, 1974, GL is a musician, songwriter,  recording engineer and producer who plays acoustic guitar and piano. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University, he was front-man for San Diego-based band Shillglen. His debut solo album, Good Movie (2003), was self-produced and self-released on his own label All The Best Records. He has since released five albums on Vanguard Records. Many of his songs have been featured in films and U.S. television shows. In 2011, he and Ingrid Michaelson were married.


Sondre Lerche

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Born Sondre Lerche Vaular, 5 Sepember 1982, in Bergen, Norway. SL is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He began formal guitar instruction aged 8 and wrote his first song, Locust Girl, aged 14. His exposure to diverse musical styles (Pop, Psychedelia, Jazz, 70’s/80’s Brazilian mainstream) has led to his own eclectic musical output encompassing fuzzy garage rock, breezy vocal jazz, acoustic folk-pop and Bossa nova. He released his debut album Faces Down in 2001.


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