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2018 Queensland Music Awards

The finalists for the 2018 Queensland Music Awards have officially been announced, which features some of the state's established and emerging acts.

Following her new single and debut album announce, Amy Shark leads the pack with three nominations (including Best Pop Song with Weekends), as well as The Jungle Giants, while acts such as Tia Gostelow, Cub Sport and The Kite String Tangle have picked up two nominations.

The 2018 Queensland Music Awards take place at Brisbane Showgrounds on 14 May. For more information visit https://www.queenslandmusicawards.com.au/

Tracks

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Chong Ali - Rose Coloured Tint     Hip Hop, Rap 01/05/2018
Chong Ali is a Queensland Music Award's nominated rapper. Growing up as an Australian born Vietnamese from Brisbane's south side, he's celebrated as one of the countries finest MC's.
A moody retelling of the turbulent upbringing of a young Asian teenager from the city that brought us Pauline Hanson at the height of her popularity.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Hip Hop/Rap

Other tracks by Chong Ali:  My Cool  -  100 Shots Deep
Ruby Gilbert - Oh, Bones     Blues/Roots, Pop, Folk, Country 30/04/2018
Ruby Gilbert embraces a moody, gothic-tinged style of song-writing. The Brisbane-based songstress is an old soul, inspired by the grittiness of Johnny Cash, whilst channeling a timeless and stylized atmosphere.
Storyteller and musician Ruby Gilbert has released her new single Oh, Bones; a haunting mix of Australiana-experience and Americana-style that has seen Ruby rise to the top as a finalist in this years Queensland Music Awards.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Blues/Roots

Hazlett - First World Problems     Folk, Electronic, Pop, Easy Listening 15/02/2018
Every couple of years a voice comes along that seeps into your skin like it always lived there.A voice so filled with honesty it weaves stories you’ve always known.
‘First World Problems’ is about disconnection, tolerance and human behaviour. “I was on the train and realised everyone just sits there, looks at their phone and doesn’t communicate. We get scared of what we don’t understand, and it wouldn’t happen if we talked to each other more,”

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Singer/Songwriter

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Emily Wurramara - Ngarrukwujenama     Folk, Indigenous 26/01/2018
In almost the blink of an eye the young artist who debuted her breakout EP ‘Black Smoke’ in 2016, has matured into a now seasoned award winning Indigenous performer.
Sung in her first language Anindilyakwa, Ngarrukwujenama means ‘I’m hurting’. Personally referred to as ‘The Seabed Mining Song’.
(Phonetic Spelling ‘Ngarrukwujenama’: ngar-day-goo-jay-nah-mah)

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Indigenous

Tia Gostelow - Hunger     Folk, Blues, Rock 15/11/2017
One of Australia’s most promising emerging talents, Tia values the art of songwriting and creating music with integrity.
The new single "Hunger" was co-written with Little May's Hannah Field and Liz Drummond and produced by long time collaborator Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents) at Airlock Studios.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Regional
2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Singer/Songwriter

Brad Butcher - Well Dressed Man     Country 09/11/2017
FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL is Butchers third album and his finest work to date cementing him at the forefront of a new generation of Australian story tellers.
Inspired by Brad's Grandfather Norman.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Country

Other tracks by Brad Butcher:  From The Bottom Of A Well
DZ Deathrays - Total Meltdown     Rock, Punk 07/11/2017
The Bundaberg hailing duo made up of Shane Parsons (vocals/guitar) and Simon Ridley (drums) are releasing their third studio album Bloody Lovely on Friday 2 February 2018.
Littering their signature thrash-party attitude over ‘Total Meltdown’, DZ have produced a song that is rambunctious, loud, and undeniably fun.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Rock

Other tracks by DZ Deathrays:  Shred For Summer
Xander Holmes - Something Real     Pop, Folk, Electronic, Easy Listening 07/10/2017
17-year-old high school student Xander Holmes has been quietly shocking industry professionals and reviewers who have encountered his sophisticated and complex songwriting, warm vocals and mesmerizing performances.
Something Real is a dreaming tune about the anticipation felt in the lead up to a new experience, and the reflection that follows. Its a strong step forward for Holmes; the track taking a mature outlook on his relative nativity and palpable excitement for the experiences he's sure to encounter.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Schools

Landings - Everybody Wants     Rock, Easy Listening, Pop, Funk 23/09/2017
Brisbane three-piece Landings latest single “Everybody Wants" exudes the energetic indie rock sounds that is a constant theme found throughout their upcoming EP to be released later this year.
Everybody Wants is about letting ‘the night take control and romanticising those unexpected moments’.
"From a musical perspective with this track we were really trying to find the space between rock music and dance music, probably the most we've ever experimented throughout the writing and recording process." - Liam

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Rock

Doolie - KØLD     Pop, Electronic 20/09/2017
Hailing from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, alt-pop songstress DOOLIE, created a stir from her well-deserved win at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards, triggering interest from major influencers and tastemakers ever since.
Doolie's latest single "Køld" is an intimate revenge story. Darker than past singles, the texture between the lyrics and melody exude passionate emotion throughout. With a lower instrumentation juxtaposed with Doolie's powerful higher register, it's a standout track in an already shimmering introduction into the Queensland music scene.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Electronic/Dance

CKNU - Plus One     Reggae/Dub, RnB, Funk, Soul 14/09/2017
Sliding effortlessly across the genre map, Brisbane’s CKNU make music that when stripped back, exists to make you have a good time. This is soul with a sly grin.
‘Plus One’ is a feel good track that is all about holding onto one’s lover and that they will always be the other half. Moving away from the full-band recordings, the track is heavily electronically produced, from the grooving tropical-like drums to the big synth stabs and electronic-sitar like sounds.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Indigenous

Jeremy Neale - Dancin' & Romancin'     Pop, Rock 12/09/2017
After the better part of a decade in the biz, Brisbane's own Jeremy Neale is back with debut solo album Getting The Team Back Together.
As Jeremy says: "Dancin' & Romancin' is about how hard it can be to maintain a relationship when you have very different working schedules. [it's the] feel good song of the Summer, on the last day of Winter. Timing is everything."

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Rock

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The Creases - Answer To     Rock, Pop 01/09/2017
The Creases began with four mates in a basement in the Brisbane suburbs. Since then, they have had numerous sold-out tours and recently released their debut album Tremolow.
‘Answer To’ is the fresh new single from The Creases’ blissful debut LP, Tremolow. It creates a perfect mood with sing along melodies, head bopping guitars, loud drums and a dizzying array of synth-work.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Album of the Year

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Live Voice of the Year (presented by the Queensland Music Festival - QLD Awards) - Joe Agius

Other tracks by The Creases:  Is It Love  -  Everybody Knows
Asha Jefferies - Coburg     Folk, Pop, Soul 22/08/2017
Stalwart singer-songwriter Asha Jefferies has been turning her passion into a reality with a little help from a trusty guitar and way too much black coffee.
Coburg is an intensely personal song for Jefferies writing about something she describes as a harsh learning experience, a moment to grow.

"The song is about the art of disconnecting from your values, and dealing with the after math," said Jefferies.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Singer/Songwriter

Karl S Williams - Blood To Give     Blues/Roots, Folk 19/08/2017
Having performed previously at festivals across the country including Bluesfest, Woodford, Bigsound, and Dark Mofo to name just a few, Karl S Williams is no stranger to the live circuit.
"Life is hard and unkind to all of us at times, I guess I went digging for suitable metaphors for that experience. In some ways the song is also an address to an industry wherein the sensitive are shepherded inexorably toward the precipice.” - Karl S Williams

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Blues/Roots

The Brave - Ethereal     Rock, Metal 19/08/2017
Brisbane's The Brave came together with a single goal in mind – to make music to move people, and they've spent their time together doing exactly that.
In a world that’s currently dominated by an appetite for self-destruction and greed, the longing for liberation on The Brave's new single “Ethereal” is a timely one that doesn't stray too far from reality.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Heavy

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Pete Cullen - Black Mountain     Blues/Roots, Alternative Country, Acoustic, Live Performance 21/07/2017
Every now and then you discover an artist who’s flown under the radar. Brisbane’s Pete Cullen one of Australia’s hardest working artist/musicians, but have you heard of him?
The first single off Cullen’s solo album is “Black Mountain”. Its old time sound takes you back to a distant past telling the story of a troubled man climbing a mountain with a fear of crashing down before reaching the peak.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Country

Cub Sport - O Lord     Pop, Electronic, RnB 04/07/2017
After the success of their album ‘This Is Our Vice’ last year, including their track “Come On Mess Me Up”, Cub Sport return with the lush, gospel-inspired “O Lord”.
While still deeply rooted in pop, the track also indulges soul, R’n’B, and gospel influences, making for Cub Sport's most exciting release to date.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Album of the Year
2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Pop

2017 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE: Live Voice of the Year (presented by the Queensland Music Festival - QLD Awards) - Tim Nelson

Carmouflage Rose - Late Nights     Hip Hop 24/06/2017
Carmouflage Rose is a Brisbane based, Zimbabwean transplant that is creating his own lane in Australian Hip Hop.
The infectious track, produced by Brisbane’s answer to Metro Boomin’; ‘James Angus, is filled with a tropical atmosphere and the signature dance-hall/reggae
aesthetic that Carmouflage Rose so eloquently brings with his unique vocals.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Hip Hop/Rap

MUSIC CO-COORDINATOR PICK: Nick Rodwell, 4ZZZ, Brisbane (QLD)

Golden Vessel - Shoulders (feat. Elkkle & Mallrat)     Electronic, Chill 10/06/2017
Golden Vessel creates smooth electronic arrangements of down-tempo beats featuring elements of hip-hop, trap and soul, all laced in a pristine lo-fi sheen.
The follow up to Tell The-Girl, 'Shoulders' is the new electronic pop gem from rising Brisbane producer Golden Vessel. It features smooth vocals from Mallrat and Elkkle brought to life by Golden Vessel's stunning, glitchy production.

2018 QUEENSLAND MUSIC AWARDS FINALIST: Electronic/Dance