Born and bred in Sydney, Australia, its hard to figure where MERILYN STEELEs influence to be a singer/songwriter came from. Although both her mum andgrandmother played piano, it was mostly for a hobby. It was Merilyns dad who bought her first guitar when she was just 12 and began takingher to music lessons. From there her love for music developed. The mandolin is her latest muse and Merilyn is already incorporating thisinstrument into her shows and is learning about bluegrass style music and its 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 HeritageMiners festival Port Kembla, Blue Water festival at Port Stephens, Tooleybuc and Barham Stampede to name a few.
Shes 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 andNormie 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 liveaudience. 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 withaudiences throughout Australia and beyond. Merilyn has two videoclips on rotation on CMC TV channel which has sparked much interest fromboth media and fans alike.””””””
After the success and string of awards that came with her debut CD This Passion comes the much anticipated follow upalbum Extraordinary Daze. With her latest offering comes both a brand new swiss replica watches sound and fresh new image for Merilyn. This album is theresult of a journey of events, emotions and places travelled. The new album covers controversial topics like the story of Hermannsburg in NTabout 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 Dont Wanna Know
2011 Song When Will to be released on Valley Arms 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 ofHermannsburg
2009 Top 5 finalist for Comedy/Novelty song Katherine CM Awards NT for Information Blues
2009 – Nominated finalist with Tamworth Songwriters Assn for Childrens 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 ArtistofThe Year
2005 2nd place Finalist for Independent Artists EP Award, Tas & NZ for EPForever
2004 Winner in Open Section Tas.NZ SongwritersAwards for the title song, This Passion
Merilyn is currently writing new material for her next forthcoming album.