Songs that made me


Songs that made me

Recent statistics from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) showed only 21.7 percent of registered musicians are female. The Songs That Made Me program seeks to address the low percentage of registered female Australian musicians.

QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan is a passionate advocate for female musicians.

“I am very committed to empowering and supporting female musicians. Women are currently under-represented in the music industry, and challenges are compounded in regional areas through a lack of access to resources and mentors,”

Ms Noonan said. “Songs That Made Me will help connect emerging artists in regional Queensland to established female musicians, developing vital skills that could launch new careers.”

The Songs That Made Me mentorship program started in June with the finalists participating in a mentoring workshop in Gladstone with Katie Noonan. They also received mentoring from local talent: Hayley Marsten in Gladstone. In July, the finalists will participate in a local masterclass with Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin before performing alongside these signature artists, their local mentor and an all-female rhythm section featuring Myka Wallace (drums), Jess Green (guitar) and Helen Svoboda (bass guitar) in a local concert.

The concert in Gladstone on the 15th of July at 7:30pm will also include a local choir or ensemble.

Songs that made me

Katie Noonan’s pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.

Her various releases include recently collaborating with the world famous Brodsky Quartet for the acclaimed album ‘With Love and Fury’, her jazz folk trio’s self titled album ‘Elixir’ and the 2012 ARIA winning “First Seed Ripening’, the No. 1 selling classical album ‘Two of a Kind’ with her mother Maggie, her gold-selling top ten solo album ‘Skin’ and the acclaimed ‘Songs of the Southern Skies.’ There is only one Katie Noonan!


Gladstone’s Country Music Goddess

After launching her second record to a sell-out crowd of in her hometown of Gladstone and receiving amazing chart success and critical response, Hayley Marsten’s new EP ”Lonestar” debuted at number 8 on the Aria Country Albums Chart.

One of only 4 Australian releases in the top 10, the others being industry veterans like Keith Urban and Lee Kernighan.  The first single ‘Until You’ has been receiving high rotation on Kix Country network, reaching #8 on the Kix Hottest 20.

Hayley’s unique musical and song-writing style of ‘modern country and western’ is inspired by strong women of country like Loretta Lynn, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert, with her own spin of wit, sass and honesty found in her lyrics.

Hayley also has more than a few music conquests under her big-buckled belt as a MusicOz award-nominee, a CMAA Academy Of Country Music Graduate (2016), Australian Country Music People’s Choice nominee, Gympie Music Muster performer and headliner at Boyne Valley Country Music Campout. Recently, Hayley was named a Top 10 Finalist in the Toyota Star Maker competition in Tamworth.

The recent record charted on the all genres independent albums chart on the Australian Independent Record Labels Chart at number 16 alongside The Waifs, Sia & Sticky Fingers. This is a huge achievement for an independent artist from a regional area, especially on only her second release!

Hayley is currently planning a house concert tour along Australia’s east coast for the second half of 2017. We are just so proud f our local Gladstone music star!

From the team at Gladstone News, we would like to send huge congratulations to Hayley and we can’t wait to see your success grow to an international audience.

“Best Live Voice” in QLDSongs that made me

“From the Brisbane group MKO Sun, Macklin, in solo mode, is nothing short of exceptional. Her voice sounds like honey, mixed with flowers, and she delivers songs with passion and poise.” THEMUSIC.COM.AU

As the face of alt R&B trio MKO Sun, Hannah has released three EPs, all to worldwide critical acclaim; played mainstage shows at the 2015/16 Woodford Folk Festival; supported Katie Noonan’s 2015 national tour; played at the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City; performed and recorded in NYC; won a 2013 QLD Music Award for her song “Snarly” and supported international acts Peaches, Fatima and Cody ChesnuTT.

Since graduating from the QLD Conservatorium of Music in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree (majoring in Jazz Voice), Hannah has gone on to have great success in her music career both in Australia and overseas.

Her incredible diversity as a vocalist has seen her perform in in a variety of settings, from jazz clubs, to warehouse parties, to avant-garde theatre shows, to R&B/hip-hop nights, to intimate singer-songwriter shows, to collaborations with Indian percussion masters and more.

In November 2016, Hannah won the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship, granting her $25,000 to further her songwriting by travelling to NYC for 3 months in 2017. She was also awarded “Best Live Voice” in QLD at the 2016 National Live Music Awards.

Clare Bowditch
Rolling Stone Woman of the Year

Clare Bowditch is an ARIA Award-winning songwriter, sometimes actor (as Rosanna Harding on the hit Channel 10 show “Offspring”), speaker, writer, creative-business mentor and has just been announced as the new afternoon host on ABC radio.

She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Yen Young Woman of the Year (Music), co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, written for Harpers Bazaar and the Drum, and played in every venue, festival and truck stop in Australia at least two hundred times each.

Currently Clare is writing and recording her sixth solo album, trying to whittle down the 150 songs she has written since 2012’s “The Winter I Chose Happiness.”


The Songs That Made Me Gladstone concert will showcase our local emerging musicians and all they’ve learned throughout the program as they have the chance to perform in a special concert alongside Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin, and local Hayley Marsten. See it live at Marina stage on July 15 from 7.30pm.