“Don’t be fooled. Just because my name is Rose, don’t think I’m delicate!” says this muso.
With another major award under her belt and a hit song from her latest CD included in a new Australian movie, Lianna is not only headed for success, she is heading for Nabiac.
Along with fellow country artists Jayne Denham and the Noll Brothers, Lianna will be entertaining the night time crowds flocking to the Nabiac Showground on Saturday, October 3rd for the Nabiac Charity Rodeo and Country Bands Festival.
Being on tour is demanding enough for a performer, but a huge challenge when you are raising two teenage daughters on the Central Coast as a mum. Fortunately, her daughters are both musically inclined.
“Juggling my careers as a mother and a recording artist has been hard. I had to sell my house to fund the recording of my debut album, as no bank manager would give me a go,” Lianna revealed in an interview after winning the prestigious Golden Saddle Award recently.
“The well-deserved prize money will go towards the cost of recording a new album and marketing my current album.”
“Yes, it has been a struggle at times, but don’t get me wrong! I’m certainly not complaining,” she insists. Lianna’s debut hit single ‘Jack (New Strings)’ from her 2008 album ‘Soak Up The World’ received a major marketing boost with its inclusion on the soundtrack of Paul Hogan and Shane ‘Kenny’ Jacobson’s recently released Australian movie, ‘Charlie and Boots’.
Her songs have also been featured on the popular television shows ‘Home and Away’ and ‘Neighbours’.
As a teenager, Lianna taught herself to play an old acoustic guitar and instantly started performing at hotels, rodeos, and clubs all over Australia. During her travels the pen was never far from her hand and she continued to write and test her new songs on a fresh audience every night, honing her skills as a writer and understanding the craft of writing a good song.
While her roots are in country music, Lianna has been influenced by her invitations to perform with Australian Rock and Blues legends Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne, Stevie Wright, Russell Morris, Max Merritt and Normie Rowe following her success in the inaugural Musicoz Songwriters Award in 2001.
Since then Lianna has been invited to perform with various established artists who cover a range of musical styles including Shannon Noll, Sarah McLeod, James Blundell, Richard Clapton, Renee Geyer and The Black Sorrows.
Lianna has also been recognised in winning a major song writing award at the Canberra Blues & Roots Festival.
“My musical style is diverse, drawing from my favourite artists, John Cougar Mellencamp, Dolly Parton, John Williamson, Keith Urban and Lucinda Williams, to name just a few.
“My faith in the future is to continue making a living from what I love to do – write songs, perform and meet wonderful and interesting people along the way, many of whom have become close friends.
“Music unites people and lifts their spirits! If I can make one person smile for a day, there is no greater joy for me!”
Lianna’s philosophy is summed up in the quotation on her CD cover, “Faith is the bird that feels dawn breaking yet sings whilst it is still dark”. “Hey, everyone knows life can be tough at times, whether we live in the country or in the city, but we can all find something to sing about, can’t we?”
Lianna Rose will perform songs from her hit album ‘Soak up the World’ at the inaugural Nabiac Charity Rodeo & Country Bands Festival at the Nabiac Showground on Saturday 3rd October.
Also performing will be Jayne Denham on her ‘Shake this Town’ tour and the Noll Brothers (Damian and Adam) promoting their ‘A Country Heart’ CD. Local band ‘The Last Train’ will provide support.
> Story by Roger Marmion.