News

Byron Bay's Carmen Cane takes a sultry look at life

Carmen Cane
Carmen Cane

THE debut single of Byron performer Carmen Cane conjures images of a sultry performer sweeping across the stage of a smoke-shrouded jazz hall.

A mysterious figure dressed in pearls and a velvet gown weaving in and out of the shadows.

The first thing that strikes you about the homegrown talent when you meet her is her age.

The down-to-earth 20-year-old has a voice and presence beyond her years and could very well be the Far North Coast's answer to Lana Del Rey.

Her recent single and music video, Lavender Motel, hit a chord with young audiences attracting more than 5000 new fans on Facebook in only three months and achieving international attention.

Ms Cane is emerging through a cluttered musical landscape of production-line pop princesses with her own unique voice.

She does not look towards MTV superstars and radio Top 40s artists when she is looking for inspiration.

"I never felt I should have to dance around half undressed in order to establish myself as a successful female musician," she said.

Her musical taste ventures back through the decades to the works of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Music had a powerful effect on Ms Cane when, as a child, she discovered her father's record collection.

Leafing through her dad's prized LPs, she discovered a new, enthralling world.

"I used to find the ones that had cool covers," she said, "and when I found Steely Dan's Can't Buy a Thrill it was revolutionary for me. I'd never seen that level of cool."

Her transition from singing at home on her own to releasing her own single and performing publicly did not come easily.

She discovered quickly that when a tall poppy emerges there is always somebody waiting to cut it down.

"For a long time I felt too vulnerable to put my work out there," she said.

"For as many friends as I've made, I've had as many people trying to tear me down."

The beauty of her debut single Lavender Motel is in its simplicity.

Produced by 1970s rock veteran Jason Garwood, the single is a sultry fusion of jazz and pop.

 

Carmen Cane performs at RAW Byron Bay AXIS Showcase tonight. 

Topics:  byron bay entertainment music



43 animals netted in North Coast shark net trial

A number of at-risk animals were killed during the first 30 days of the shark net trials.

Five sharks, one turtle and one dolphin died in the first 30 days

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

Funnel webs in 'plague proportions' due to hot weather

A funnel web spider found in Tom Storey's pool at Wollongbar.

There's nothing worse than finding a deadly spider in your pool

Local Partners

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

MURDER MYSTERY: Northern Rivers young actress Yasmin Honeychurch in a still from the award-wiining film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

Finding'little star' brought film shoot to the region.

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!