Sheyana / Bio

When Sheyana Wijesingha was born, London was swinging.
Jimi Hendrix and Cream were rocking and Led Zeppelin was championing an infectious mix of concept rock and blues. But among this mix, pop and folk were just as popular.
Sheyana moved to Tasmania from London as an eight year old and soon began making music of her own. Her own journey was preceded by her parents’ romantic meeting. Her Sri Lankan father and Tasmanian mother met on a ship bound for England, and perhaps taking inspiration from their meeting, Sheyana’s songwriting is often romantic and illustrated with images of distance, yearning and love. Her voice is dipped in blues, rock and folk and with guitarist Scott Mainwaring it soars gently above an acoustic ballad, struts confidently to Mainwaring’s impassioned guitar licks and swaggers to candid tales of love and heartbreak.
The musical melting pot Sheyana was born into has left a profound mark on the singer-songwriter allowing her to blend and create a sound that is as strong and emotive as it is accessible.
Boasting a velvety voice with that infusion of blues, folk, rock and whisky, respected Tasmanian artist 'Sheyana', has released her long-awaited EP – “Sweet Honesty”, following her 2003 debut album, “Firehorse”, with a new dynamic EP full of impassioned acoustic ballads.
Teaming with musical chameleon and long time collaborator Scott Mainwaring, Sheyana’s song writing and magnetic on stage presence has not gone unrecognized, supporting some of Australia’s most respected musicians including Renee Geyer, Diesel, The Angels, Ian Moss and Bill Chambers.
This exciting Tasmanian Act captivate their audience with honest, soulfelt poetry and their powerful stomping union delivers an incomparable live performance, integrating show stopping original tracks and classic covers.
Scott having toured extensively with his former band ‘Pale Riders’, performed at Byron Bay Blues Festival in 1998, with a National Blues Award under his belt.
That same year, Sheyana was a feature artist on an Australian Women’s Singer Songwriters Album called Bloomers, through Roadshow, Warner. She recorded and performed her songs at Showcase Concerts in Sydney.
Her latest EP includes the single ‘Two Birds’ which has already received national airplay featuring on “Sifted Sunshine” a compilation CD of Australian artists released in January 2012 . The track also made the finals of the ABC’s Fresh Air Song Writing Competition and placed 2nd in the Blues and Roots category of the OzSong International Song Writing Competition. .
The EP’s success also resulted in an invitation to perform at the Barefoot Gallery in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2011 , a live performance on the countries ETV music show with tracks still receiving airplay on Colombo’s major radio station YESFM. The video clip of her song ‘Undone’,which is the opening track from her latest EP was filmed while on tour in Sri Lanka and can be viewed on Youtube.
Sheyana's new album to be released in 2013 incorporates styles of songwriting from her latest EP with fresh and catchy Folk Rock Soul Pop dance sounds and some Country Blues & Roots influences.
Currently touring Tasmania, Sheyana is a once seen, never forgotten artist with talent to burn!
For interviews contact 0438 062 469 email: sheyana@sheyana.com . For updates on when Sheyana is performing at a venue near you check out Website:www.sheyana.com

General Info

Band Members
Sheyana - Lead Vocals, Guitars & Percussion, Scott Mainwaring - Lead Guitars, Vocals & Stomp Box, Dan Jeffrey - Bass, Orak Wijesingha-Frohmader - Drums & Vocals
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Rock / Blues / Roots

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Penguin, TAS, AU