Blessed with a voice that glides effortlessly over music of many styles, Louise Perryman's dynamic expression and often awe-inspiring versatility has made her one of Sydney, Australia's busiest and certainly most prolific singer/songwriters.
Dubbed "the white woman with the black voice", she is impossible to truly categorise. This charismatic performer explodes the stereotype of conventional SOUL/R&B with her vibrant stage presence and richly textured voice. Louise is of that rare breed of singer/songwriter who actually embraces her audience, inviting them to join her on a journey of the soul. Her obvious love of live performance has attracted a dedicated fan base who relish the experience of getting swept up in an artistic whirlwind of evocative lyrics and soaring vocals.
Such dedication and energy has attracted the cream of Australia's musicians, so, as you would expect, any performance is a must-see celebration.
Soothing and soulful, sensual and surprising, you will find yourself swimming in her voice. Her lyrics will tear at your heart, her melodies will gently wrap themselves around you and her extraordinary voice will heal your soul.
Originally from Adelaide in Southern Australia, Louise's musical journey began as a viola player, studying at The Elder Conservatorium of Music and whiling away the hours at orchestra practice. School camps, a campfire and a few schoolmates who played the guitar planted the seed that would one day burgeon into the refined, highly esteemed artist she is today. Louise pursued a career in marketing and advertising before finally deciding that it was time to answer the voice that screamed out inside of her! By then, there had been many nights sitting at the piano writing songs.
With just a suitcase of clothes and a suitcase of music, Louise moved to Sydney in 1987, and has since, amassed an impressive body of work with 5 albums already under her belt.
The road has, of course, been long and winding, with all of the twists and turns necessary to make the stories that form the basis of her songs all the more interesting.
Louise's career shifted into gear with the release of her first album "Come on-a my house" (recorded at the Sydney Opera House) which launched in 1999 to a packed audience at The Basement. In the same year, The APRA "Composer Exposer" Showcase led to national exposure with her tracks featured on two compilation albums of Australia's brightest talents. Louise continues to win coveted song writing awards both in Australia and overseas and is consistently singled out.
In the year 2000, Louise spread her musical wings, picking up the guitar to see if she could write in a different fashion. Indeed she did just that, and once again, her versatility and ability to transcend all genres is showcased, with an acoustic CD, "Nowhere Near Eleven", launched on her page at the now defunct MP3.com in March 2001.
Next, a superb piano and vocal album of timeless covers, "The Painter and The Bird", was recorded with Bill Risby. This album was quickly picked up by Universal Records in The Philippines and was released there in November 2003.
Then, "Whisper My Name", released to much critical acclaim. Among the many awards received, Louise scored the prestigious 1999 Australian Songwriter's Association R&B Song of the Year for "Thinkin' Too Much" and was Billboard's Gospel runner up for "Prayer For You" in 2003. She is to this day, the blue-eyed soul darling of internationally respected soul music site, soul-patrol.com.
In late 2006, under the banner of Louise Perryman and the Paisley Couch Project, "whatever Lucy says", a laidback album of contemporary, soulful pop songs was released. Produced by Sam Hawksley, one of the tracks, “Genius Of Love” won the 2006 Australian Songwriters Association Open section for Louise and her co-writers. Some may see this new cd as a change in direction for Louise, but for most people, it is the same voice and the same quality song writing that we have come to expect.
Louise has spent much of the last few years working to give other performers and musicians their place in the sun on Australian Television, working on such programmes as Australian Idol for Network Ten, Australia Day Live for Music Max, Australia Day At The House for Video Hits and It Takes Two and Dancing With The Stars for the Seven Network. She also shares her expertise with the younger generation as a consultant for the Talent Development Project of NSW.
She also writes for other artists. Her song, “When I Get There”, appears on Anthony Callea’s debut CD, The 2005 cast of Australian Idol recorded her track, “Ready”, as their single, and most recently, Sony BMG's Amy Pearson and the young sisters from the Life Changing Experiences Foundation Sister 2 Sister programme recorded her song “When It’s Right For You”.
Most recently, Louise has branched out into casting and concert production, working on such live shows as The White Album Concert and Peace Train that have been touring Australia of late, as well as performing, herself, in a short national tour of Joni : A Tribute to the legendary Joni Mitchell with Wendy Matthews, Tania Bowra, Kristen Berardi, Rachel Gaudry, Virna Sanzone and Katie Noonan.
Louise’s albums sell in many countries, thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, reaching as far as the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, The Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and even Senegal!
Louise Perryman's provocative lyrical style, honesty, humour and "that voice" continues to strike the right chord with her peers and her growing audience. She is style with substance ... she is raw energy with a slick coating of soul ... and she will surely go straight to your heart!
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