Artist: Sally-Anne Whitten
Sally-Anne plays a T550CE.
Sally-Anne Whitten has found her musical niche – and it comes as no surprise that this engaging singer/songwriter finds herself at home in what can only be described as a powerfully unique blend of swampy blues, R&B, southern rock and West Coast country, all fused into her modern and stunning approach to the unique style of music she proudly proclaims to be “my kind of country music!”
Her debut album BLURRING THE LINES paid testament to her talent, with a tantalising mix of covers and original material that resulted in two Top 30 international and Australian radio hits – a stunning cover of John Hiatt’s “Don’t Know Much About Love” and her own composition “Manwrecker”.
Sally-Anne has been described as “a welcome, refreshing take on Australian country music”, “classy, warm, passionate, and highly appealing” and “a singer with soul!” So it’s no wonder that one of the world’s finest makers of guitars – Walden Guitars – has become a supporter and sponsor of this woman and her prodigious talents. Real guitar sponsorships are hard to come by for passionate independent artists and this deal sets Sally-Anne apart from many of her contemporaries. And the fact that Sally-Anne can make her Walden guitar “harmonise” with her unique sound so that it becomes an extension of her own sweet voice only strengthens the connection and ensures that she will entice and weave her warm, delicious vocals around your heart. But be prepared to rock when the moment comes!
Sally-Anne is no “fly-by-night” starlet with “stars in her eyes” - she is a seasoned performer, who, before finding her own voice, she spent years touring the East Coast of Australia as a session singer/bassist/guitar player for many bands. She has also supported such diverse acts as Keith Urban, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Jade Hurley and Kamahl, been a Toyota Star Maker finalist, a headline act at the Thuit Signol Dam Country Festival in France and winner of Mike Pinder’s (ex Moody Blues) Songwars Song Of The Week!
Her extensive list of achievements also include winning the 2004 TIARA Songwriter Award (along with co-writer and husband Alwyn Aurisch), being a Golden Saddle Grand Finalist, a finalist for a APRA Professional Development Award and having her song “Maybe It’s You” selected for David Williamson’s play “Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica” starring Georgie Parker.
Sally-Anne is also being sought after as a songwriter for other artists and is working on material for a new album with a new single due for release before the end of 2011. But she doesn’t just sit and write – Sally-Anne Whitten is popular on the Australian live music scene with a national tour in 2009/10 behind her and is constantly in demand for gigs, festivals and blues clubs. And with her band The Rumour Mill, which provides the perfect backdrop for her funky country-tinged sound, she delivers her signature dose of humour, sophistication and soulful vocal performances.