Thursday July 20, 7:30
The music of SNEZ embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. This enchanting songstress has a forte for describing the experiences of everyday life in a way that resonates with people everywhere, articulating moments of deep pain and pure joy.
Coming from a Macedonian working-class family, where stories about hardship, romance, black magic, mysticism and work ethic have been passed down through generations, Snez subtly weaves these influences into her own stories and songs, and in the process produces tantalizingly personal and intimate performances.
In 2009, SNEZ released her debut album ‘Gypsy Soul’, and there began her journey as a travelling storyteller. Hailing from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with guitar in hand, SNEZ spent the next 5 years roaming remote and regional Australia, finding a willing audience around campfires, at cattle stations, on the side of highways and along pavements, at nursing homes, refugee camps, cafes, pubs, living rooms and indigenous schools; squeezing her world into a campervan for months at a time.
SNEZ seems to be able to cut to the heart of the matter not only lyrically, but live on stage. Her warm, passionate and compelling performance style, is peppered with comedic and haunting tales, layered harmonies and beautiful folk/pop melodies. When it comes to writing and performing, SNEZ definitely rules with her heart, not her head. Her personal life has become fodder for her art. Genevieve Jacobs from ABC Radio Canberra commented:
‘We often have singer/songwriters come in and you think ...it’s a cookie cutter, it’s same songs about boys and cars...but [with Snez] it is very personal; SNEZ's music is very emotional.’
After months on the road and with a rucksack full of songs, 2013 saw a new CD released, ‘8 Lives Left to Lose’. A collection of beautifully crafted songs which revel in spirited simplicity, offering SNEZ’s thoughts and philosophies on life, the album received widespread praise and generous support from the ABC, Australia wide. The first single ‘Green’, a song about jealousy, reached the Top 10 of Triple J pop charts for numerous weeks.
SNEZ returned to the studio in 2015 to record her latest album ‘House on Four Wheels’’ released in 2016. A collection of songs about characters she’s met on the road, love, loss and travelling.
SNEZ has performed at many large concerts and festivals around Australia, sharing the stage with notable artists including Renee Geyer, Jenny Morris, Robyne Dunn, Sophie B Hawkins (USA), Mahalia Barnes, and GANGajang.
visit www.snez.com.au for tour dates and more information
“....Snez exudes beauty, passion & charisma....mesmerizing”
Jim Shipstone Ex MD BMG Music Publishing
“ Lovely, Rich, Clever’
Clare Burgess, Regal Records
“OK! I'm fessin' up.....only had the album less than 24 hours and I'm addicted! such multi-faceted music from such a distinctive vocalist ..... it’s delicious!”
Maureen O’Brien, Festival Director of Folk in Broke
“Very artistic and soulful. A real gem in a world of cubic zirconia’s”
Linda Wood, Myspace
I truly love the album...such a fresh delight and enjoyable listen
Australian Internet Radio
REVIEWS & AWARDS
Christopher Lawrence, ABC Radio
‘....That bloody peter pan song (Never Grow Old)...
.up there with any song I’ve EVER heard live....the audience went berserk!
Jeff Cripps – Blues Producer of the Year
‘We often have singer/songwriters come in and you think ...it’s a cookie cutter, it’s same songs about boys and cars...but [with Snez] it is very personal; Snez's music is very emotional’
Genevieve Jacobs – 666 ABC Radio, Canberra