Springing forth from the hills of Adelaide, Angela Easson is a vibrant, up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Blitzing Australia’s modern country scene with her hard-earned reputation for mixing infectious melodies with her intensely personal lyrics, Angela is rightly regarded as a rising star.
After dedicating over two decades into her passion for music and natural talent for songwriting, Angela released her debut full length album Wanted in November 2015. Featuring reflections on love, loss, and life, Angela crafts tales to her unique combination of American and Australian country music, with Wanted drawing influence from the greats such as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kacey Musgraves.
Recorded with maverick producer Rob Mackay (Tanya Self, Dozzi, Luke O’Shea), Wanted was a physical journey alongside a personal one, with recording taking place in both the idyllic surrounds of Queensland’s Hervey Bay and global country music capital Nashville.
“I felt as though the process behind Wanted has built the album to be a true reflection of myself and everything I’ve done in life to date,” says Angela. “Each and every song is very personal, and I’m so incredibly proud of this album.”
Wanted revels in being the culmination to date of a life well lived – as a young hard-working mother of two, Angela’s ideals and tireless work ethic have informed her decisions and paid off in every way from early on.
Angela began singing country in the idyllic Mount Gambier region, before moving to Adelaide at a young age where she quickly became involved in the local community and music scene. Before long, Angela started playing with the Onkaparinga Big Band and adding blues and jazz influences into her repertoire, shortly before branching off into other musical endeavours.
After winning Country Music SA’s 2009 Senior Champion of Champion, Angela garnered more attention by being named as the 2010 Entertainer of the Year by the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, joining previous winners such as Darren Coggan and Samantha McClymont.
Shortly after graduating from CMAA’s Country Music Academy, Angela had her debut single “Forget To Forget You” sweep the South Australian APRA Awards, taking out Modern Country Song Of The Year and Overall Country Song Of The Year. Following this, Angela went into the studio for the first time and with producer Anthony Stewart and constructed her self-titled EP, emerging with the lead single “Cry Baby Cry”.
Accompanied by a clip from award winning director Duncan Toombs, “Cry Baby Cry” went on to achieve national television rotation on the Country Music Channel, and the track went on to become a finalist in the 2013 MusicOz Independent Awards, while all tracks from the EP attained airplay nationally around Australia.
Her new album “Wanted” was released in November 2015 in Adelaide and also at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Throughout 2016, Angela released 3 singles which all debuted in the Top 30 with her first single”Once Upon a Time” reaching #14 on the national Country Tracks Charts. The track and the plaudits it has received to date, compliments the hard work achieved in recording Wanted and the producer Rob Mackay.
“When Rob and I first connected, there was an almost immediate understanding of the path the album had to head down,” Angela says. “Rob’s calming influence was vital to helping me feel relaxed in the studio which I feel filtered through to the sound on Wanted.”
At the tail end of recording, another promising sign emerged – Angela was named the 2015 Brand New Star by radio station Todays Country 94.1FM.
With rave reviews continuing to stream across the country music industry, Angela Easson is regarded as one of Australia’s next top country music performers