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March 22, 2017 The future is female: 5 women pushing Australian music forward

As music fans, we’re in an incredibly fruitful time for Australian music currently.

The wave of ambitious young artists breaking through channels outside the triple j monopoly fills us with excitement for the year ahead and damn it, the fact so many of these bright young things are strong women is bloody fantastic.

Shouldering the embers of the heights the older league of rock stars and songwriters reached through the 90’s and early 2000’s, we’re seeing new boundaries broken and bars raised.

Here are five ladies bossing up and making us excited for a brand new year of music.

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GRETTA RAY

Gretta Ray has been one of the star names of triple j Unearthed’s crop from 2016 and she hasn’t wasted any time in resting on any laurels since being discovered either.

Accolades for “Drive” were quick to roll in, while shows that quickly followed firmly established the artist as one to watch.

New single “Towers” further backs our point up that Gretta is worthy of all the kudos she’s been given and moving ahead, she’s definitely one to watch.

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ALI BARTER

Melbourne’s Ali Barter has been on the radar of music fans in Australia for a few years now, but with singles “Far Away”, “Girlie Bits” and now, “Cigarette”, the singer and guitarist has really started generating heat.

With a fiery confident vocal and wicked presence on stage, Ali smashes all perceptions that girls can’t be rock stars. She’s easily one of the best things about Australian music at the moment and we can’t wait to see where she heads in 2017.

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JESS KENT

If you were able to catch her at any of her shows last year, you’ll know how much of a festival staple Jess Kent has become.

Her 2016 EP My Name Is Jess Kent established the young artist as breath of fresh air on a scene certainly not lacking in energy, but definitely hungry for a new flavour.

Vivacious and brimming with spunky attitude, Kent’s music has become tailormade for the club as well as for the large festival stages she’s now clearly comfortable strutting on.

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VERA BLUE 

The captivating Vera Blue is currently edging her way further to international stardom (she’s showcasing at SXSW this month, just as an example). But for Aussies who’ve been rocking with her since the beginning, you’ll know that this lady has been on to an extremely good thing for quite some time.

Of course, she’s been dominating the charts and radio through 2016 on Illy’s “Papercuts”, but look to Vera’s Fingertips EP and recent single “Private” to gain a better idea of her own artistry.

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JACK RIVER

The I OH YOU signee cleverly manoeuvred her way through 2016, building up a certain mystique around her artistry that at first hooked people in, but then kept them entranced once single releases began to drip feed out in the lead up to her debut EP, Highway Songs No. 2.

A consummate live performer, the Forster native stands strong on stage and exudes the presence and charm of a performer who had been welcomed into the arms of the live music public years prior.

While a debut album might still be a ways off, more shows are in the pipeline for Jack River and it’s been wonderful to see people switching on to this great talent.

Sosefina Fuamoli
is managing editor of the AU review
Content Partner

This article was originally published on The AU Review.