Newcastle Music Festival, in collaboration with Adamstown Arts at Adamstown Uniting Church, is delighted to welcome accomplished jazz singer Sharny Russell and the members of her jazz quartet as performers in 2018. Sharny has an extraordinary musical profile, as a pianist, vocalist, composer, educator and producer. Sharny’s quartet comprises associate artists Andy Firth on reeds, Ashley Turner on bass, and Nic Cecire on drums.
With 160 songs, four completed musicals, degrees in classical piano and jazz music studies, and known in the industry as a leading exponent of scat singing, Sharny’s versatility would appear to be her greatest asset – and one she has been happy to share with her students, who have included X-Factor winner and Eurovision jury award winner Dami Im, Aria winning indie-pop artist Megan Washington, and Montreux Jazz Award winner Kristin Berardi.
Sharny miraculously survived an horrific car accident early in her career. Sharny’s faith underpins her recovery and her boundless energy and contributions to Australian music. She has shared stages with James Morrison, George Golla, Emma Pask, The Idea of North, Darren Percival and Grace Knight. Sharny has received an APRA award, Australian Songwriting Competition Award and numerous recordings to her name including one on the ABC Jazz label.