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The sheer depth of musical talent from young women around Australia has been captured once again with the release of the latest BIG SKY GIRLS compilation album – out August 24.

Now in its third year, BIG SKY GIRLS is a unique mentoring program that aims to promote and support young women in music.

Each year since 2017, 10 to 12 young women from regional and remote communities have travelled to Brisbane to take part in songwriting, recording and music mentoring. 

To date over 30 young women have taken part of the program including artists such as Tia Gostelow, Doolie, Ruby Gilbert, Asha Jeffries, Ty Winyard, Oh Harlow, Ella Hartwig and many more who have gone on to national recognition. 

In previous years the project focused on Queensland artists, but in 2020 opened the opportunity nationally with artists from New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Victoria also taking part and featured on the BIG SKY GIRLS Volume Two release.

The program is an initiative started by Deb Suckling and Craig Spann from SUGARRUSH Music in Brisbane and supported by APRA AMCOS, The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland and Virgin Australia. 

How does one sum up the extraordinary journey of 12 young women from across regional and remote parts of Australia in just one page? Founder and project manager Deb Suckling explains: 

“I could speak of the enormous courage of the 12 young women who made this album... who all travelled to Brisbane to my home to be a part of the third year of the BIG SKY GIRLS mentoring program. Who threw themselves into this with all their hearts and souls and created a network of lifelong friendships and support."

“I could speak of the sheer joy upon their faces recording their songs, most of whom have never ever recorded before. I could speak of their enormous talent, their dedication to expression. But I actually don’t need to. This album says it all itself. BSG volume two is a collection of some of the most amazing songs I have heard, performed by young women who need support to pursue their careers in music. What we need now from you is your ears." 

“These are stories, songs covering just about every genre from 12 extraordinary young women. All who jumped on planes and in cars to come and learn and write and then make an album together. These are the new voices of our country.”

Engineered by Jeff Lovejoy, mastered by Paul Blakey and produced by Jeff And Deb earlier this year – the album features 12 tracks covering almost every genre showing the extreme diversity of these young women.

The process is supported by a team of mentors including award winning songwriters and musicians Shellie Morris, Roz Pappalardo, Andrea Kirwin, Yani Mills, Jackie Marshall, Jimi Laubscher, Brendan Watterson, Geoff Green, Francesca De Valence, Sam Buckingham, Tyrone Noonan and industry including Mardi Caught, Leonie Yeoman, Liz Archer and more. 

The album is out on all platforms on August 24 through SugarRush Music.


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Big Sky Girls Welcome Their 2019 Class


The Big Sky Girls mentoring project have selected the next generation of regional female songwriters for their 2019 programme.

Over the past three years Big Sky Girls has become a crucial annual event supporting and mentoring young regional women in music across Queensland.

Since 2017, Big Sky Girls has seen some of the most exciting young female songwriters from regional Queensland emerge including Tia Gostelow, Asha Jeffries, Ruby Gilbert, Zoey Mills, Doolie, Jamison Kehl, K-la, Amber Farnan and many more.

This year Big Sky Girls expanded to include young women from New South Wales, Northern Territory and Victoria, in addition to Queensland, for the first time.

“We could not be more excited to be welcoming young women from QLD, NSW, NT and Victoria into the programme this year,” project manager Deb Suckling says.

“Fostering and nurturing artists on both a creative and industry level is crucial for young artists in regional areas. Big Sky Girls aims to give these young women an opportunity to not only pursue creative careers but also to forge their own network with other young women facing similar challenges faced by artists in regional and remote areas."

Big Sky Girls focuses on songwriting and performance skills, industry knowledge, recording and a whole lot of fun building friendships and self-esteem.