Born and bred in Sydney, Australia, it’s hard to figure where MERILYN STEELE’s influence to be a singer/songwriter came from. Although both her mum and
grandmother played piano, it was mostly for a hobby. It was Merilyn’s dad who bought her first guitar when she was just 12 and began taking
her to music lessons. From there her love for music developed. The mandolin is her latest muse and Merilyn is already incorporating this
instrument into her shows and is learning about bluegrass style music and it’s roots.
Growing up her musical tastes were influenced by her parents who were fans of Johnny Cash, Barbara Streisand, The Seekers and Dolly Parton. Today her influences are more contemporary and include Kasey Chambers, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt and the Dixie Chicks.
Merilyn has appeared at many Austrlian festivals including Tamworth annually and others such as Kempsey Trucking festival, Wauchope, the Heritage Miners festival Port Kembla, Blue Water festival at Port Stephens, Tooleybuc and Barham Stampede to name a few.
She’s been instructed by some of the best in the industry including songwriting workshops with Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Garth Porter, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole & Catherine Britt. Merilyn has been support act to entertainment greats like Lucky Grilles, Chad Morgan and Normie Rowe.
Merilyn has a driving passion for her music and a craving to perform. Particularly, she loves the feedback and buzz she gets from a live audience. An experienced performer, she has worked successfully for many years with her duo around Sydney, the east coast and festivals. She has now formed her own band to enable her to showcase her songs and talents and is eager to tour the country and share her songs with audiences throughout Australia and beyond. Merilyn has two videoclips on rotation on CMC TV channel which has sparked much interest from both media and fans alike."
After the success and string of awards that came with her debut CD ‘This Passion’ comes the much anticipated follow up
album ‘Extraordinary Daze’. With her latest offering comes both a brand new sound and fresh new image for Merilyn. This album is the
result of a journey of events, emotions and places travelled. The new album covers controversial topics like the story of Hermannsburg in NT
about the first Aboriginal mission in Australia and her views on the politics of war in another.
Milestones and Awards:
2012 – ‘Information Blues’ added to playlist on Hot Country Radio in South Carolina, USA
2011 – Sep: Released digital single ‘Hey Dad’ to radio
2011 – July: Charting at No.1 on the Top 40 International country charts with ‘You Don’t Wanna Know’
2011 – Song ‘When Will’ to be released on Valley Arm’s ‘Absolute Country’ compilation late Aug
2010 – Released final single to radio and videoclip to CMC of ‘Driven’ off Extraordinary Daze album.
2009 – Released videoclip of ‘Information Blues’ receiving airplay on pay TV CMC & Channel 44 (TVS)
2009 – Top 5 finalist for Lyrics Only and Contemporary Song of the Year with Katherine CM Awards NT for ‘ The Spirit of Hermannsburg’
2009 – Top 5 finalist for Comedy/Novelty song Katherine CM Awards NT for ‘Information Blues’
2009 - Nominated finalist with Tamworth Songwriters Assn for Children’s Song of the Year with ‘If I Were a Bird’
2007 - Winner - Female Vocalist of The Year – Horsham CM Awards, VIC
2007 - Finalist for Best Group/Duo, Horsham CM Awards VIC for ‘When It Rains’
2006 – Top 50 MusicOz finalist (#49) with ‘Forever’ for Best Country Artist of The Year
2005 – 2nd place Finalist for Independent Artists EP Award, Tas & NZ for EP ‘Forever’
2004 – Winner in Open Section Tas.NZ Songwriters Awards for the title song, ‘This Passion’
Merilyn is currently writing new material for her next forthcoming album.