Gold Coast’s Stephanie Pickett (Ella Fence) announced as one of four finalists for the 2015 Grant McLennan Fellowship, an initiative made possible by Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and QMusic. Other finalists include Tim Steward, Hannah Macklin (MKO SUN) and Jack Carty.
The $25,000 fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to 6 months and has been designed to expose the recipient to the full cultural life of one of these cities as a source of inspiration and creativity.
Grant McLennan is acknowledged as one of Australia’s greatest songwriters and one of Queensland’s first successful cultural exports. As a founding member of the Brisbane band, The Go-Betweens, Grant created an outstanding musical legacy, which has paved the way for many great artists and for the burgeoning Creative Industries sector in Queensland. His lyrics captured a unique Queensland spirit and the band was fundamental in bringing Australian music to a global audience.
Fellowship finalist Ella Fence signed world wide management deal in July, after UK hit maker Phil Pickett (director of Rugged Management) contacted her shortly after the release of her debut EP Wanderlust, inspired by her new film clip produced by Double Deuce, perfectly capturing the musical and visual that is Ella Fence’s Cinematic Folk style.
With Ella Fence’s debut single Unknown Water already turning heads with over 12,000+ listens on SoundCloud and 9,400+ views of its film clip on YouTube in the first week, there’s no disputing the considerable excitement for Ella Fence’s debut EP Wanderlust.
Not only did Ella record the first four tracks of this EP at the renowned Brighton Electric Studios (UK), home to the likes of artists such as The Cure and Royal Blood, with producer Dan Swift (Snow Patrol, Passenger), she then travelled to Paris to record the B-side track with Ken Stringfellow (REM, The Posies).
From her first musical note, played before you see a single image, your mind already wanders into a great western film scene with Nancy Sinatra as the leading lady. Ella Fence touching the senses and evoking emotion.
With so many reasons to celebrate, don’t miss Ella Fence on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and Sydney before she heads back to the UK late November to reunite with Dan Swift to work on new music.
Wanderlust is available on iTunes or at www.ellafencemusic.com.
“Ella Fence unleashes her extraordinary vocal presence, a beguiling mix of freak folk, alt country and old time chanteuse” – Blank Gold Coast Magazine
“I had Ella come up onstage and plug in her Martin and do a song of hers… with her wild, swooping voice. Then I politely borrowed her acoustic and we did “Doesn’t It Remind You of Something”, and she was, of course, brilliant” – Ken Stringfellow.
“Your music is hypnotising” – Soho Radio, London UK
“Like a lone conductor standing in front of a tsunami of sound, Ella Fence seems to bend the tides of strings and strums to do her sonic bidding. In other words, it’s a pretty good track aye?” – Alex Dyson, Triple J, on leading single Unknown Water.