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Simone Waddell

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Simone WADDELL performing live

THURSDAY 13 – 4pm to 6pm – Customs House Main Stage

About the artist :

Simone began her tertiary music studies at Southern Cross University in Lismore, N.S.W. A truly amazing season surrounded by passionate, wonderful musicians and picturesque nature. Whilst there, Simone was personally invited to perform of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Simone then became the first Australian to ever be awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee, creating media coverage and also attracting a generous grant from OzMusic. Simone was soon announced as the winner of the Nescafe Big Break Competition receiving $20,000, resulting in more media coverage. After finishing her Contemporary Music Bachelor of Arts Degree at Berklee, and performing nightly with magnificent live jazz and pop bands on the luxury Cruise Liner. Upon returning to Sydney, from successful singing engagements and contracts in America, Asia and Europe, Simone was quickly sought after by some of Australia’s most accomplished musicians as a solo performer and/or backing vocalist for both live and studio work. She has performed professionally in many top venues for over twenty years, her styles including gospel, jazz, soul, funk, pop, ballads and R&B.

Simone has performed numerous times for well-known Politicians and National Leaders at Parliament House in Sydney, which is an extreme honour.