Shirl’s familiarity as a songwriter has grown since her song “My Kind of Paradise” won multiple awards including 2015 Best Song in the Max T Barnes Cairns to Nashville Song Contest amidst an impressive line-up of contenders and 2013 Port Douglas Song of Carnivale. With RADF funding in 2013, an official video was created for the song.
Music has become a vehicle for her self-expression through which her songs and performances reveal a contemplative folk, country, bluesy connection drawing on mindful authenticities that explore simple concepts, philosophical realms and insightful story lines.
“It takes belief to affirm and be true to oneself to build on the foundation of what you’ve got. It takes commitment to keep on going when times seem tough. Not everybody gets who you are or where you’re coming from. It takes courage to bare your soul, speak up and say what you mean and mean what you say – when you know you’ve got so much to learn….”
With original melodies and heartfelt lyrics Shirl’s songs are connecting and meaningful sharing positivity, a love of life and a love of her North Queensland home. Well equipped with a strong vocal, acoustic guitar, occasional harmonica hues and ukulele expect to find uniqueness in “Shirl”.
Take on Today – Song Single
Collaborative work with Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans & Chris Ellis
My Kind of Paradise – Song Single
2015 Best Song – Max T Barnes Cairns to Nashville
2013 Port Douglas Song of Carnivale
2013 RADF grant for Official video
Shirl’s North Queensland home is a paradise a place where the rainforest meets the sea, it’s such a magical part of the world. This song is about that and more. It is about the paradise to be found within. On any day, the way we view our world is coloured by the dimension we have within. Paradise within paradise. We paint ourselves into our own reality through our vibrations - the thoughts we have, the responses we make and the actions we take. As we Taste, Watch, Dance and Play our ever changing experiences are coloured from the inside out. Paradise is already here.
My Kind of Paradise – Music Video 2013
“My Kind of Paradise” music video was created with funds provided by Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) for the collaboration with Kyle Wilson [Little Earth Productions] to produce the video drawing on imagery from the North Queensland locality.
It’s About time – Debut CD – “Shirl”
Shirl's debut CD "It's About Time" a concept album with each song relating in some way to the concept of “Time”. Bass guitar and keyboard tracks added by Chris Ellis and flute by Morag Gane to the song "Fly like a Bird" add a nice touch to the album without steering it away from its original intent. Shirl plays acoustic guitar, adds a hint of harmonica and has laid vocal harmonies to the songs.
1. Procrastinator’s Lust 2. Yesterday’s Tomorrow 3. Grand Illusion 4. About Time 5. Two Hearts 6. Fly Like a Bird
Sea Turtle Quest – Song Single –“Shirl”
Shirl wrote the song for the opening of the Fitzroy Island Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre where rescued sea turtles are cared for before returning them back to the ocean to fend for themselves. The song continues with its aim to raise awareness of the Rehabilitation Centres in our locality and to reference the troubles our sea turtles are faced with. [song recorded by Peter Grayson at Tonnic sound, Yorkeys Knob]
Liberty – Debut CD – “Silktones”
A collection of 6 original works created in collaboration with Jim McCabe, this album is comprised of catchy tunes with elements of slide, swing blues, folk and easy listening country grooves.
1.Liberty 2. No Matter What 3.Her Waves 4. Stay Awhile 5.New Tomorrow 6. Long Time Dead