Toowoomba Born Performer In Indigenous Talent Finals

The quest to find Indigenous Australia’s best in 2013 has begun

Finalists have been announced in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Arts and Community Awards, aka the Deadlys, and Sue Ray is a finalist in the Most Promising New Talent in Music category.

Brisbane-based country folk singer Sue Ray is steadily gaining recognition for her first solo album, Red Roses, which was released in 2011, and she has been performing at festivals all over Australia and in the US.

Sue Ray
Sue Ray

Growing up in a musical family in Toowoomba, Sue learned from a very early age that music was something to be valued and treasured. For the past 15 years she has followed a path that has taken her around the country and the globe.
In 2012, Sue ventured to the Americana Music Festival in the ‘Music City’ of Nashville, Tennessee, where she performed alongside some of Australia’s most iconic country-music performers.
She has been receiving rave reviews for her album “Red Roses” and notably her single “Shake It Off”.

Her list of achievements over the last two years is impressive: in 2011 she was the winner of the ‘Breakthrough Contemporary Emerging Indigenous Artist Recording Initiative’ and performed at the Bigsound Music Conference Brisbane – Showcase; in 2012, she was a finalist for the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, nominated for Best Country Album for Red Roses in the AIR Independent Music Awards and a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards, with two songs in three categories, where she took out the Indigenous Award for “Red Roses”.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Arts and Community Awards, aka the Deadlys, is back for its 19th year at the Sydney Opera House on 10 September 2013. Deadly Award finalists have been announced and voting in Australia’s largest Indigenous awards night is open at
Voting closes on 18 August 2013, so get in and have your say on who’s Deadly.

Strong finalists across all award categories have ensured the Deadlys will be a night to be remembered.

Tickets to the Deadlys are on sale through the Opera House booking office (02) 9250 7777 or head to

Submitted by:
Maryann Weston
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