JULIA MESSENGER

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Julia has been singing all over the world since 1997. Among others, she has performed for the Handover Ceremony in Hong Kong, supported Afro Celt Sound System at the Galway Music Fesitval, achieved 5 star reviews two years running at the Edinburgh Festival, toured extensively throughout Germany including representing Australia at the World Expo in Hanover and for more than one Grand Prix including a private party for BMW Germany. In 2003 she was invited to sing and speak at the New York Global Film and Music Summit. In 2007 Julia sang at the famous awards night for the Brownlow Medal as well as performed at the Olympic Stadium in Melbourne for the Premiership Finals Series of the NRL. She is regularly asked to sing the Australian National Anthem for the NRL Julia is consistent with her work and skills and is unwavering in her passion to bring quality music to her audiences. She has been widely reviewed as a ‘world class-performer’.

“Julia Messenger should be fighting off the offers– the dizzying force and passionate intensity of her voice, steering an unerring course between cruelty and cream, would merit the ticket price alone.” Sue Wilson, The Scotsman, 5 Star Review, Edinburgh
“…Julia Messenger is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring musicians to ever come out of the studios of Australia…” Elusive disc, 2004

SAM KEEVERS was born in Mount Isa Queensland and began playing piano and cello at age nine. After finishing high school, Sam studied piano at the QLD Conservatorium of music and the Victorian College of the Arts (with Mickey Tucker). Since then he has performed and recorded with many Australian Artists including:- Scott Tinkler, Ian Chaplin, Mark Simmonds, Simon Barker, Brett Hirst, Adam Armstrong, Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Bernie McGann, Phil Slater, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Kate Ceberano, Stephen Magnusson, Alison Wedding, Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo, Gary Pinto, Guy Sebastian, Daniel Merriweather, Katie Noonan and many others. Sam has also performed with international artists such as Chris Potter, Bobby Previte’s Bitches Brew Project and Joe Bataan. Sam was a member of the Vince Jones band from 1996 to 1999, recording the album “Vince Jones Live” at the Basement, Sydney Australia in 1999. In 1996 he formed the 14 piece Latin Jazz group “Los Cabrones” which continues to perform around Melbourne and has performed at international festivals in China and New Caledonia. In 2004 Sam toured Europe with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Galway Arts Festival, a tour of Ireland and a residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Sam was a finalist for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2005 and was nominated for an ARIA award for the album “Grace”, a duo recording with Jamie Oehlers. In 2008 Sam toured Australia with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet, Japan with Jamie Oehlers and Alison Wedding and recorded in New York City with Katie Noonan, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash. Sam is currently studying Screen Composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and tutoring at Monash University.