(Contemporary Rock/ Pop)
Modern Australian rock icon, Adalita, is best known as front woman for Australian indie rock group, Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia's best loved and highly respected bands. Adalita, principal songwriter and a founding member of Magic Dirt, has successfully been recording, producing and touring records since 1988 and continues to establish herself as an integral part of the Australian music scene. In 2011 Adalita released her debut self-titled solo album to rave reviews and completed a national tour to packed houses across Australia, including a performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in June 2011 and also a national tour supporting Blondie and The Pretenders. She won Best Independent Release at the 2011 AIR Awards for her eponymous release and was shortlisted for the 2012 AMP music prize. In 2013, Adalita’s second solo album ‘All Day Venus’ blitzed the music scene, landing her the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female just a month after its release and an invitation to deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 AIR Awards. Among her many achievements Adalita has worked on various creative collaborations, has been invited to speak at numerous artistic events and she also adds mentoring, acting, film scoring and photography to her repertoire. Adalita is currently working on her 3rd studio album due for release in 2016.
I’m from Geelong and made my start in music in this very town. I have always maintained that Geelong has a special magnetism that I believe underpins the area and gives rise to the creative melting pot that it is. I would love to see Geelong continue to be the birthplace of many more unique talents to come and I know how hard it can be, in a regional area, to garner the support and momentum needed to pursue the artistic path. Hence why I believe it's incredibly important to have an emerging artist mentor program like this in Geelong.