Artist in Profile > Loren-Jade Ryan02.05.2013
You would be hard pressed to find a 19-year-old as positive as Loren-Jade Ryan. She’s a sassy, little miss sunshine. Hailing from the Australian country music scene heartland, Tamworth, this talented, Aboriginal singer and has already enjoyed huge career highlights, performing with Troy Cassar-Daley, and appearing at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival. She is fiercely determined and a talent to watch.
Regional Arts NSW catches up with this inspirational young woman.
“I started singing when I was young but I started performing when I was 14 at karaoke competitions. Then I was noticed by the man – Roger Knox – who invited me to do my first performance with him at an elders gathering. We did a duet of his own song titled “Mothers Eyes”.
“After that performance with Roger, I then met Buddy Knox and have been mentored by him ever since; working on vocal techniques, pitch, repertoire, stage presence and stage craft. We also discuss music history and explore different genres to expand and develop my own sound and style. I have to thank Buddy for most of my music knowledge.
“My style is a mash up of genres; it’s R and B, soul with a bit of pop. Mostly when I perform I do my own acoustic soul set which includes lots of covers and a few originals, but I also produce my own electronic dance music and write lyrics for them. These tracks are so exclusive that no one has heard them yet but they will be released very soon.
“I like to think of my artistry as an extended form of self-expression. Because I have studied my own traditional language (Gamilaraay) I can incorporate that into my original songs to make the song unique and soulful.
“I dare to be different whenever I perform. I am constantly analysing the industry and coming up with ideas for songs that no has though of yet and when I perform covers I always do them in my own individual style, sometimes even mash up songs that I think go well together. I also try to dress a bit differently to make myself seem as interesting as I can.
“There is a quote from Beyonce that I love – “How do I stay current but at the same time stay soulful and true to my craft? It’s the battle of my life.” You have to be creative at all times.
“The people who I admire In the industry are Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Steve Wonder, Tina Turner. I don’t just listen to these artists, I have learned different things from each of these artists. I also admire buddy Knox as an artist because of his experience and achievements.
“I am very inspired by where I live (Tamworth) the festival that happens annually here and is one of the reasons for me wanting to be a performer. It’s a very cool place to live! It’s wonderful to be surrounded by music lovers. Tamworth has a great vibe and because of the festival there a great opportunities to network with other musicians.
“The biggest challenge living regionally is probably the lack of opportunity for exposure. There are not as many chances to perform for a wide range audience.
“Highlights of my career have been performing as a solo artist in the 2011 Schools Spectacular which is broadcast on national television, performing at the Yabun Festival in Redfern alongside artists like Jessica Mauboy, and performing as opening act for Troy Cassar-Daley.
“At the moment I am working on a series of originals, producing and writing. I have set a date to go into the studio and record my first EP, then I’ll be figuring out the best way to promote it and get it to the right people.”
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