As NAIDOC Week runs from November 8th to 15th, we're spotlighting the creativity of Indigenous history, culture, and achievements the Collarts way. As part of our celebrations, we're holding an exclusive online event tonight, featuring an all-female, First Nations lineup.
Featuring singer-songwriter Alice Skye and hosted by Triple R presenter, Vanessa Morris, the night will feature performances by Collarts students and musicians, Rachael Lia and Olivia Meg—so here's your introduction to the artists!
Rachael Lia is a First Nations singer-songwriter originally from Ngunnawal Country, Canberra. After relocating to Melbourne to pursue her passion for music by studying Music Performance at Collarts, she's spent the last few years being mentored by some of Australia’s most influential musical icons, including Ella and Jesse Hooper (Killing Heidi), Dallas Frasca, and Ainslie Wills.
Like her ancestors before her, Rachael is a storyteller; her music a wonderful blend of country-pop that explores the trials and tribulations of experiences. Having performed at festivals like Isol-Aid and Leaps and Bounds, she's definitely an emerging artist to watch.
Olivia Meg is an Arrernte woman and singer-songwriter. Capturing her day-to-day experiences, her music is rooted in sombre, raw lyrics that are unafraid to deliver honesty.
With a beautiful pensive tone, her stage presence enthrals audiences through simplicity and masterful performance, taking influence from Australian artists such as Julia Jacklin and Matt Corby. Olivia often dives head-first into sharing intense, heart-wrenching performances—so don't miss the chance to experience her hypnotism firsthand.
Alice Skye is a singer-songwriter and Wergaia/Wemba Wemba woman. Originally from country Victoria, Alice grew up aside the Sandstone Mountains and the Grampians, and now calls Melbourne home.
Heavily inspired by her roots, Alice's songs sparkle with a sensitivity and maturity well beyond her years; her work is a hopeful and haunting combination of stripped back piano melodies, dreamlike guitars, and earnest lyrics that capture moments of love, loss, and life.
"I take great pride in my heritage and to combine both music and my background brings me an unexplainable amount of pride and happiness," she shares in a presser. Having won the Triple j Unearthed National Indigenous competition in 2017 and later, releasing her debut album in 2018, Alice Skye is set to soar in the Australian music scene—and a performance you don't want to miss.