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Songwriter Trysts is an intimate space where artists gather to discuss the love of songwriting. Writing songs and the journey that one makes into this ancient art form is powerful stuff. Songwriters have something to say and this is a space to delve deeper into their songs, where they come from and what they are creating. Continue Reading >>
Songwriter Trysts is an intimate space where artists gather to discuss the love of songwriting. Writing songs and the journey that one makes into this ancient art form is powerful stuff. Songwriters have something to say and this is a space to delve deeper into their songs, where they come from and what they are creating. << Show Less
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#199 Casey McQuillen Whether touring extensively across the U.S. and Europe, gaining a loyal fan base from the millions who watched her as a powerhouse vocalist on Season 13 of American Idol, appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show, or having her most recent single played on CMT, MTV, and Sirius XM ‘The Pulse,’ Casey as accomplished so much in her short career.
On the touring front, Casey has headlined her own sold out shows in New York and Boston. She’s also supported incredible acts like James Morisson, Stephen Kellogg, Kate Voegele, Tyler Hilton, Eric Hutchison, Clark Beckham, David Ryan Harris, and Nick Howard. The songsmith has organically accumulated tens of thousands of followers on social media and millions of views and streams of her music online, largely because her songs are authentic, intimate and relatable.
Additionally, Casey has performed her anti-bullying concert series at over one hundred middle and high schools for over 40,000 students. The “You Matter” Tour was recognized by the UN Foundation and was recently featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Casey recently release her debut album Skinny which includes the hit single ‘In & Out’, a duet with Jon McLaughlin, which found its way into several major playlists, being spotlighted by the likes of Apple Music and Amazon Music, as well featured on MTV and CMT, and Sirius XM ‘The Pulse’.

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#199 Casey McQuillen Whether touring extensively across the U.S. and Europe, gaining a loyal fan base from the millions who watched her as a powerhouse vocalist on Season 13 of American Idol, appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show, or having her most recent single played on CMT, MTV, and Sirius XM ‘The Pulse,’ Casey as accomplished so much in her short career.
On the touring front, Casey has headlined her own sold out shows in New York and Boston. She’s also supported incredible acts like James Morisson, Stephen Kellogg, Kate Voegele, Tyler Hilton, Eric Hutchison, Clark Beckham, David Ryan Harris, and Nick Howard. The songsmith has organically accumulated tens of thousands of followers on social media and millions of views and streams of her music online, largely because her songs are authentic, intimate and relatable.
Additionally, Casey has performed her anti-bullying concert series at over one hundred middle and high schools for over 40,000 students. The “You Matter” Tour was recognized by the UN Foundation and was recently featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Casey recently release her debut album Skinny which includes the hit single ‘In & Out’, a duet with Jon McLaughlin, which found its way into several major playlists, being spotlighted by the likes of Apple Music and Amazon Music, as well featured on MTV and CMT, and Sirius XM ‘The Pulse’.

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#198 Imogen Clark Singer songwriter Imogen Clark joins Rae Leigh in a conversation about co-writing, touring, covid lockdowns in Australia and how her one year gap year turned into a 10 year long music lifestyle.
”Imogen Clark may not have tailored her record to this era but her vibrant, bracing songs –kind of like a dip in a cold September sea – might just be one of the things to carry usthrough it.” - Divya Venkataraman, Sydney Morning Herald
“A rock gem from Imogen Clark. Her voice is incredible… I just love how raw that one is.” -Karla Ranby, Triple J
Imogen Clark is an AIR Award nominated indie artist from Western Sydney. Her musicranges from intimate to arena-ready, rock anthems with the soul of a confessional singer-songwriter. She is currently halfway through her mammoth 100 Shows in 100 Days tour. An artist who regularly performed 75+ shows in a year, Imogen has barely managed 20 over the last two. Even that number is a testament to her determination to do the only thing that for her makes life worth living – coming together with other people to put her heart on her sleeve and exhaust herself physically and emotionally making music that will move people. “I don’t know who I am when I can’t do this,” she says. “It’s not just a job, it’s what makes me feel alive. That connection with an audience of strangers, where you don’t know somebody but you know they feel how you feel, and with the people on stage bringing these songs to life with you, my life feels empty without it, so it’s time to make up for lost time”. The shows have also allowed Imogen to road test new material, including cathartic belter ‘Nonchalant’, which she headed into the studio to record between shows after the song became a standout live favourite.

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#197 Hear Your Song Rae Leigh chats with Dan Rubins and Sofia Campoamor from American based charity 'Hear Your Song' opening up about the healing work they are doing with children who are sturggling with illnes and complex needs and how the power of this work is impacting the kids and volenteers in a positive way. 
Hear Your Song, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses and complex health needs to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. Kids living with significant health challenges need the chance to show the world — and sometimes to hear for themselves, too — that they are more than their diagnoses.
In live, collaborative songwriting sessions, Hear Your Song volunteers work with children and teens to guide them through the process of writing their own song lyrics. Using the kid songwriter’s ideas for musical style, melody, instrumentation, and tempo, volunteer composers and musicians then set those words to music and record the song to be heard, celebrated, and shared.
Hear Your Song partners with pediatric hospitals, camps, schools, and other nonprofit programs that serve kids experiencing serious illnesses and complex health needs. Hear Your Song’s volunteers collaborate with kids through campus-based chapters and at the organization’s national level. All of our programs are available to our families and partner organizations free of charge.

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#196 Duncan Toombs When Duncan recorded Rae LEighs music video 'Find A Better Day' in 2020 Duncan talked about wanting to get back into recording and releasing his own music. Now in 2022 he has done just that with the help of his friends he released his first single 'Run' and has many more and an album to come. In this chat they go through some of the challenges Duncan overcame to get to this point.
Duncan John Toombs (born on June 14th, 1977) is an Australian based singer-songwriter, musician and video director. Known widely for his incredible guitar work & creative film making, the release of Duncan’s debut album - STEEL ON STEEL has the entire Australian country scene waiting in anticipation. It features 12 original songs about his life, his family and love. With inspiration grounded from his long-time love of Country Music, Duncan’s songs are woven with tones ranging from Jackson Brown to Zac Brown. This album is a sure bet to exceed everyone's expectations.
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#195 Emily Hatton Awarded TSA New Songwriter of the year Emily Hatton, is a Melbourne-born country singer-songwriter, who brings fire and an energy to her performances that few emerging artists can replicate. Seamlessly blending country and pop stylings, her energetic presence delivers catchy hooks coupled with authentic, personal stories. Hatton is a dedicated songwriter with great emotional range.
She crafts her music from places of strength to vulnerability, but all the time with heartfelt, true-to-life experience woven in to complete the storytelling.
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#194 Luke O'Shea Multi award winning singer songwriter Luke O'Shea chats with Rae Leigh about his journey as a teacher and songwriter. After many years on the road and working in the Australian music industry he calls Australia the great filtering system for artists because it's just so hard, you have do do it becuase you can't do anything else.

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#193 Briannah Grace Queensland singer-songwriter Briannah Grace is stepping into an anticipated new venture inspired during the crazy changes caused by Covid-19. ‘If I Had To Guess’ is a catchy, fun, and upbeat urban cowgirl pop song. It is a sassy take on the heartache and denial everyone faces while getting over someone you still miss. Rae Leigh sits down for a live chat in the Gold Coast studio to talk about her new path with the origioanl work and what inspires her. We were suprised at what we found out about this inspirational women and artist.
Briannah spent 2020 kicking huge goals, that launched her in the award-winning sibling duo as half of ‘Oh Harlow’, who in 2020 won the Queensland Music Award for ‘Country Song of the Year’, starred in the Top 24 on X Factor 2016, performed at Woodford Folk Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival and Gympie Music Muster four years in a row.
Oh Harlow’s debut single ‘Give It A Miss’ hit the charts at #3 on The Music Network Australian Country Airplay Charts, #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and the sisters performed around Australia and toured internationally to Japan. Taking with her the hard work and determination that it took to create that success, this short but mighty go-getter has spent the pandemic songwriting, learning guitar, photography and building a community
while live-streaming her music on the online platform ‘Twitch’ when not performing due to the pandemic. After six years of touring, songwriting and performing in her duo, Briannah Grace is fronting her own debut single ‘If I Had To Guess’, recorded at Brisbane’s Red Engine Recording Studio, and produced by Andrew Cochrane. To co-incide with the single release, Briannah Grace will be performing at Gympie Music Muster in August.
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#192 Matthew Donlevy This is a special episode with publishing expert Matt Donlvely from Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia, we talk all about publishing and why it’s so integral to a successful songwriting career. Another aspect of the songwriting world with many different hats over a lifetime career in Sydney.
Some of their artists include: Alphawolf, Emily Barker, Ceres, Eliza & the delusionals, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Fanny Lumsden, Gravemind, High Tension & lots more.

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#191 Lloyd M Clarke Award winning Australian Songwriter Lloyd M Clarke Joins Rae Leigh in a catch up episode after their first podcast was lost to the mysterious world of technology. Both from East Gippsland country Victoria they share a love for Australian country music, history and the importnatce for mental health. In this podcast we discuss his love of Australian history story telling and the war.
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