Hayley Marsten and Sarah Leete present ‘Write Like a Girl’, an all female songwriters round. First created in 2018, ‘Write Like a Girl’ is focused on bringing women’s stories to the forefront and giving fans an opportunity to see their best-loved artists and new favourites in a special, intimate setting. WLAG strips back all the noise and fanfare and lets you into these songwriter’s studios, bedrooms and songbooks to hear their art how it began. Though these shows are stripped back there is no skimping on entertainment and heart, with audiences leaving feeling as though they just got to hang out with a friend and share their feelings and vulnerabilities. This July join creator Hayley Marsten at Vinnies Dive with local talents Chloe Styler and Ella Fence for a celebration of female storytelling and songs.
Hayley Marsten’s sharp pen and open heart lead to the creation of her stellar debut, ‘Spectacular Heartbreak’ in 2019. The album was crowdfunded, nominated for Alt Country Album of the Year at the Golden Guitars, Country Work of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards in 2020 and was streamed over half a million times in the first year. Hayley leads with her heart and her humour both on and off stage which won her fans on her 2019 album tour and wowed the crowds of Fanny Lumsden, Troy Cassar Daley and Imogen Clark. The singles from her album have been added to country stations across the country, played live on ABC National Breakfast, added to the ABC Local National playlist, Spotify curated playlists and played on commercial radio. Last year, she headlined a tour across Queensland, supported by Chloe Styler to multiple ‘covid sell out’ shows. In 2020 she stepped in the role of producer and director for her music videos of the title track and the poignant,’Pretty’ which was met with huge praise from industry and fans alike. Hayley is currently a BIGSOUND50 showcase artist and is working on her hotly anticipated second album.
Ella has signed a newly minted label deal with Golden Robot Records and 2021 is shaping up for Australian singer / songwriter.
Ella’s music has been heralded by many including her being nominated for Australian Women In Music “Best Development Artist” as well Ella has accumulated 8 Gold Coast Music Award nominations ( having won 2 ).Ella was also recognised musically having been named as finalist at 2019 Carol Lloyd Award and has collectively has over 3 million streams of her music on Spotify. Ella is an extraordinary musician, she creates and sings of authentic, personalised experiences, avoiding tweet sized nonsense. She’s literate and sensory, unapologetically demanding and passionate.
There’s an intellectual scrutiny in Ella’s music but it’s neither condescending or overtly high brow, it’s all accessible.Ella Fence breathes life into ideas and in her own inimitable style creates sonic art that transcends trivialities and the mind numbingly banal. Ellas work belongs high on the mantle piece of music , she encapsulates humble beauty and magnificent desires.
Ella Fence remains one of the most high profile, fully independent acts in the county.
She’s notorious for her musical shape shifting, genre hopping and bending experimentation. A sonic Sherpa traversing high and low the multitudes of stylistic landscapes.
Ella tours relentlessly in the time honoured tradition of taking it to the streets, winning hearts and minds in clubs, bars and pubs throughout Australia. Ellas also doing major supports in addition to her own shows.
Ella’s been name checked stylistically with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, St Vincent and PJ Harvey. High praise indeed.
There’s an old adage that it’s the singer not the song. That’s not strictly correct. It’s all about the singer and the song. Without those two components, you have nothing. No amount of production, studio trickery and sheen can compensate for the lack of those two essential ingredients.
Chloe Styler has both of these things – in spades. She can sing like an emotional, empowered angel, and has songs that she owns, lyrics of observation, heart and soul that she delivers with an intensity and commitment that make you believe she experienced the events and then wrote about them five minutes before she walked into the studio.
So, what does the 24-year-old Gold Coast singer and songwriter sound like? You can hear echoes of contemporary artists such as Maggie Rogers, Jade Bird, Gretta Ray and Vera Blue in there. They’re just echoes mind you. Chloe sounds very much like only one artist – Chloe Styler. Elsewhere, astute listeners might spot the sprinkle dust of the sounds of artists that Chloe also admires – Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell and Kacey Musgraves.
Chloe has toured constantly, honing her performances skills as well as growing as a writer and singer. In February 2020, she toured nationally with 80s UK pop icon Tony Hadley (yes, the Spandau Ballet guy) that gave her increased experience on big stages and in front of large audiences.
Chloe Styler is a voice for our times. Hers is strong, powerful and committed. These are performances that are essentially contemporary but with an affectionate nod to what has come before. Chloe is seemingly destined to be at the forefront of young, focused and powerful Australian artists.
Write Like a Girl
When: Sunday, 4 July 2021 4:30 pm
Venue: Vinnies Dive (Southport, QLD)
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