Who am I?

Thank you for finding your way here. I am a multidisciplinary musician, performer and human rights advocate, who believes in the power of words and music to open pathways of empathy between people.

My Mission . . .

Music is a handy little thing. I believe that we evolved making music because it is the most direct route to empathy and connection. Like a neural shortcut. 

We cannot close our ears to someone else’s music. Our biology prevents us from doing so. When we listen, we are in essence feeling their emotions, on a raw, subconscious level.  

In doing so, our emotional commonalities are reinforced. We are drawn to the realisation that we are all bundles of nerves: fragile and vulnerable. And we know implicitly that we need to be careful with each other.

That is why I tell personal stories through music. That is why I collaborate with people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, First Nations, and other diverse people, to play some small part in sharing their important stories. 

Because I believe that music can help us understand ourselves, and each other, a little better.

My work is diverse and across many fields: from comedy to concert music, but I like to think it is bound by vulnerable and honest storytelling.

I would love for you to listen – and if you're feeling brave, join me on this journey.

Be part of my journey.

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My Current Work:

I've just presented my original cabaret show Scarred For Life in the Adelaide Fringe. It exceeded my wildest hopes. We had five star reviews, sold well, and even got a Fringe Award! 

Stay tuned for a CD, and an Australian national tour!

What I've just done:

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Australia

Regarding a subject close to my (rainbow) heart.

Pay what you want to download this song, and all proceeds are donated to QLife: a national counselling and mental health service for LGBTQIA+ Australians, created by LGBTQIA+ Australians. So far, we have raised over $3,000.

Some of my thoughts . . .

My blog.

Holding My Man – on the day of Marriage Equality in Australia 

'As I walked him to the station John said, 'I wish we could hold hands properly.'  
The weight of what he said sank in. 'Maybe one day, when things change.''  

Tim Conigrave wrote this in his swansong memoir, Holding The Man, about a time just under 40 years ago, when being gay in Victoria was illegal. Today we have gone a long way to set that world right. To go from criminal to marriage equality in 40 years shows that, although we are not yet an ideal society, we are progressing in the right direction. And it is important to recognise that, because although we may assume based the bubble of history in which we find ourselves, that the direction of social change is always progressive, countries across broader human history have and do go backwards. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Ottoman Empire (what is largely now the Middle East) in 1858 – over 100 years before Britain. Now queer people in those territories are among the most persecuted in the world. In Uganda, being LGBTQIA+ was never a problem until Colonisation; it is illegal now. After celebrating this victory, we mustn't rest on our laurels, as there are so many more human rights to win. We must be vigilant, and make sure that we are always moving forwards towards equality, love and compassion. 

Photo of Matthew Briggs (my boyfriend) and I by Susan Belperio (my Mother).

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