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LATEST SONG RELEASEs

2021 Song and Video Releases:
* Radio Release includes distribution to Digital Platforms including
"River of Change" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - 2021
"River of Change" - Official Video - 2021
"Temporary Time" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - February 2021
"Temporary Time" - Lyric Video - February 2021
"Temporary Time" - Official Video - March - 2021
"Don't Dance So Fast" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - April 2021

2020 Song and Video Releases:
"Wrapping Love Up for Christmas" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - December 2020
"Wrapping Love Up for Chiristmas" - Lyric Video - December 2020
"Live and Let Live" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - November 2020
"Keep it Real" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - March 2020
"Cry Baby Cry" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - April 2020

2019 Song Release:
"It's Ok to Not Be Ok" - CD - Streaming - Download - Radio Release - June 2019


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"Don't Dance So Fast" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Don't Dance So Fast"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Due for Release in April, 2021

Details:
Don't Dance So Fast
"Don't Dance So Fast" relays a pertinent message for us all. It's a reminder to slow down to appreciate the simple things in life - to not get so caught up on the treadmill of life. written by Shirley Lynn, Kath Stewart, Paula and Lee Bowman.

Produced and recorded by Nigel Pegrum at Pegasus Studios in Cairns in August/September 2020. Covid was in our midst and we'd planned a meeting to chat about song recording, production and applying for a grant. With such, our intention was set and a plan made to commence recording in August. Nigel pulled together a stella team for the project. "Don't Dance So Fast" was part of a three song project.

With this project agenda, session musicians were engaged for the particular instrumentation and voices to be used to best support the intention of the songs. Engaged in artistic practice, experience was enriched and the song extended through interpretation and production.

Vocals: Shirley Lynn, Back up Singers: Nikki Doll & Libby Brockenshire, Bass Guitar: Giles Smith,
Keyboard: Kirk Steel, Guitar: Shirley Lynn & Peter Ella, Violin & Viola: Simon McMenamin, Drums: Nigel Pegrum.


"Temporary Time" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Temporary Time"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Released: February 2021

Details:
Temporary Time
"Temporary Time" is a song inspired by the Covid experience. Everything is temporary, even the lock downs and the restrictions. We need to be patient and kind. As Mother Nature calls for our attention there's the need to be willing and wise and as we take resposibility for our humanity and our children's legacy the choices are yours and mine. The production of this song is amazing as it floats between feelings of angst and fragility. Written by Shirley Lynn and Christine Kerr.

Produced and recorded by Nigel Pegrum at Pegasus Studios in Cairns in August/September 2020. Covid was in our midst when planning and recording. Our intention was set and a plan made to commence recording in August. Nigel pulled together a stella team for the project and orchestration of production. "Temporary Time" was part of a three song project.

With this project agenda, session musicians were engaged for the particular instrumentation and voices to be used to bestsupport the intention of the song. Engaged in artistic practice, experience was enriched and the song extended through interpretation and production.

Vocals: Shirley Lynn, Back up Singers: Nikki Doll & Libby Brockenshire, Bass Guitar: Giles Smith, Electric Guitar: Giles Smith, Keyboard: Kirk Steel, Guitar: Shirley Lynn & Peter Ella, Violin & Viola: Simon McMenamin, Drums: Nigel Pegrum.

LYric Video created by Calvin West Productions and Christine M Kerr.


"Wrapping Love Up for Christmas" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Wrapping Love Up for Christmas"
Type of Project: Recording, Production and Release
Released: December 2020

Details:
Wrapping Love Up for Christmas
"Wrapping Love Up for Christmas" is an original, warm-hearted, uplifting Christmas song about how the gift of love matters more than material items. There is a fun play on words, with MC Pony adding in an element of 'rapping love up' as well.

A collaboration between Shirley Lynn and Sydney-based MC Pony [Elizabeth Usher]. People can uke along to this catchy, easy to sing tune. Learn to play it and add it to your Christmas playlist. "

Our gift to you forever.

Music & Lyrics: Shirley Lynn & Elizabeth Usher
Vocals: Shirley Lynn & MC Pony
Ukulele: Shirley Lynn
Recorded by: Shirley Lynn & Tim Carr
Produced, Mixed & Mastered: Adrian Hannan - The Song Store
Photograph of MC Pony: Nadine Saacks
Photograph of Shirley Lynn: Ingrid Douglas

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"Live and Let Live" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Live and Let Live"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Released: November, 2020

Details:
Live and Let Live
"Live and Let Live" is a song relevant to North Queensland recurring cyclone season written by Shirley Lynn and Kevin Bennett.

Produced and recorded by Nigel Pegrum at Pegasus Studios in Cairns in August/September 2020. Covid was in our midst and we'd planned a meeting to chat about song recording, production and applying for a grant. With such, our intention was set and a plan made to commence recording in August. Nigel pulled together a stella team for the project. "Live and Let Live" was a song I was always going to record in North Queensland and pivotal to seeking recording for it a further two songs became part of the project as well.

This song generates seeds of awareness with a gentle reminder to prepare for times when extreme weather is part of the distinctive character of living in NQ. Its shared regional narrative in speaking about cyclone season brings a sense of connectedness for people sharing this recurring experience.

The project agenda was set to develop collaborative ability, create employment and build capacity in the creation of quality outcomes for song production. A video was planned and may be considered again later. Engaged in artistic practice, experience was enriched and art form extended through interpretation and cross pollination of ideas.

Vocals: Shirley Lynn, Back up Singers: Nikki Doll & Libby Brockenshire, Bass Guitar: Giles Smith,
Keyboard: Kirk Steel, Guitar: Shirley Lynn & Peter Ella, Harmonica: Shirley Lynn, Violin & Viola: Simon McMenamin, Drums: Nigel Pegrum.


"Little Ways" - Kath Stewart, Carter and Carter+ Co-write & Song Recording
Project Title: "Little Ways"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
At the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, a song brief was written to for Kath Stewart who wanted a song she could give to her husband on the special occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The final version of the song has since been recorded with Merelyn Carter on lead vocals, David Carter, Adrian Hannan and Kath Stewart providing the instrumentation for the track. It sounds fabulous.

Participants at the retreat were:
Mary V I Harrison, Peter Armstrong, Tori-Rai Davies, Tiarna, Hannah Jones, Kim Carter, Kerrie Garside, Christine M Kerr, Rebecca Nethery, Tanya Goltz, Squish Davis, Selina Hetherington, Shirley Lynn, Lyn Bowtell, David and Merelyn Carter.



"Keep it Real" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Keep it Real"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Released: March, 2020

Details:
"Keep it Real" was produced and recorded with Barb and Adie Hannan at The Song Store in Melbourne in November 2019.

Keep it Real
Keep it Real is a song inspired by Self Realisation. If suffering is a part of living and heaven and hell are already here and now, liberation from suffering comes from seeing things as they really are.

The song challenges the listener to question thoughts and beliefs.
We can all get caught up in the human condition and as we look to the world outside, people are the mirrors constantly reflecting this. How do we get to the peace and harmony we may strive for in our lives?

Country music has always been a strong musical influence for me, so there will always be an element of country in my songs with anything from country blues, alternative country, americana, country rock, country ballad, contemporary and traditional country along with folk and roots influences also. The direction of my music is driven by creative endeavour with a need to be able to explore eclectic possibilities.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica by Shirley Lynn and all other instrumentation by Adrian Hannan.


"Cry Baby Cry" - Recording, Production & Release
Project Title: "Cry Baby Cry"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Released: April 2020

Details:
"Cry Baby Cry" was produced and recorded with Barb and Adie Hannan at The Song Store in Melbourne in November 2019.

Cry Baby Cry
[tears of joy]
Everyday is a new day.
With underlying understanding that out of suffering, there can be wellbeing of joy. Turn off autopilot. Wake up! Find clarity with an open mind. Choose how to face each new day. Experience the joy that's possible.

Human experience is created within, we are each the source of our own joy. It doesn't matter what we have or what we have not. Do we face each day with clarity and an open mind to leave misery behind? Experience the wellbeing and joy that's possible. Now that could be something to truely cry about.

An uptempo, bright uplifting song in country blues, alternative rock style. As a glass half full kind of girl, it's realised that change in our world can be made with change from within. As simple as it may seem it has potential to shift the perception of our own experience.

Country music has always been a strong musical influence for me, so there will always be an element of country in my songs with anything from country blues, alternative country, americana, country rock, country ballad, contemporary and traditional country along with folk and roots influences also. The direction of my music is driven by creative endeavour with a need to be able to explore eclectic possibilities.

Vocals and Acoustic Guitar by Shirley Lynn and all other instrumentation by Adrian Hannan


"It's OK to Not Be OK" - Recording, Production & Release

Project Title: "It's OK to Not Be OK"
Type of Project: Recording, Production & Release
Released: June 2019

Details:
"It's OK to Not Be OK" written by Alan Roy Scott and Shirley Lynn was produced and recorded with Barb and Adie Hannan at The Song Store in Melbourne early 2019. So excited with the result! A version recorded with female vocalist, Shirley Lynn and a version recorded with male vocalist, Josh Hannan along with an instrumental version were outputs from this song project. Alan was involved at production stage to provide expertise and guidance for the direction of the song ensuring a satisfactory result for all of us.

Entered in the UK Songwriting contest, It's Ok to Not Be Ok has made it into the semi finals in two categories - Open Category and Christian/Faith Category.

Entered in the Australian Songwriter's Association competition, It's Ok to Not Be Ok has made it into the initial shortlist in two categories - Open Category and Spiritual Category.


"Tracks" - Toplining
Project Title: "Tracks"
Type of Project: Toplining

Details:
I'd read a book called "The Song Machine" written in 2015 which elaborated considerably on the evolvement of writing style for hit music and in evolvement with our current era. It was fascinating as always to learn the ways of doing things in the songwriting world.

Songtown offered a crash course in writing to tracks. This course was specifically oriented toward toplining on tracks already created and developed. Over the duration of 4 weeks, six (6) tracks were received which provided the foundation upon which I would write my lyric and create a melody to four new songs. Until these songs are fully produced they remain as demo songs.

In doing this course, I was mostly blown away by how many cracker songs were written by participants in the group, all with such different song versions.

The song titles that evolved and are part of the Demo Tracks are:
"Never Let Go", "Tangled Blue", "Fallen Angel" and "A Little Wiser".


"Life's About the Little Things" - Carter and Carter+ Co-write & Song Cut
Project Title: "Life's About the Little Things"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
Collaborating on the song "Life's About the Little Things" was a great opportunity to work in a songwriting project with David and Merelyn Carter, Mary Harrison, Sam Bellamy, Robyn Hull and John Collins.
Blog Notes: Co-write opportunity
David and Merelyn recorded the song on their "Better Day" album.
Blog Notes: Carter and Carter Cairns Workshop
Blog Notes: Tamworth Salute Awards

It was at the Australian Songwriters Conference where I first met David and Merelyn Carter - a husband and wife duo with acclaimed awards for their music in country and gospel genres. I was impressed with the sessions they facilitated at the conference. They provided information openly sharing insights into their processes for the interest of all. They struck me as innovative in their approach in the way that they build communities within the industry they loved working in. They were planning their forthcoming album "A Better Day" and they had many options available for people to come on board in support of their project with relative benefits offered in the process.


I decided to join them in their Song on the Album Project and along with four (4) other participants we set about writing a song together. As much as anything, I was interested in finding out about their approach to writing a song with multiple co-writers while enabling it to be a true collaboration.

This project is now completed... The initial session bought together David, Merelyn, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, John Collins, Sam Bellamy and myself. Google docs and google hangouts enabled us all to be on the same page so to speak to meet, collaborate, share and exchange ideas. Brainstorming was initially the order of the day and our sessions together productively moved the shaping of the song.

The song was ready for recording by 21st November 2017, when David and Merelyn went into the studio to record.

Being a part of this project offered...

  • A special opportunity to come and write a song with David & Merelyn (Carter & Carter) for the new album.  This songwriting session was limited to 5 people.  
    Writing a song for the album offered:
    * Taking part in a songwriting workshop
    * Brainstorming with Carter & Carter
    * Making lyric and melody suggestions
    * Helping in any rewrites of the song before recording
    * Having the opportunity to head along to the studio to hear the song recorded
    * Credit on the album as a co-writer
    * Registration as a co-writer with APRA
    * Receiving any royalties due as a co-writer
  • A personally signed copy of Carter & Carter's new album Better Day prior to release posted to me 
  •  My name added to the supporters list on the website
  •  A personal thank you on Facebook for my support
  • Exclusive access to the New Album Project website where shaping the artwork for the album took place, heard demos of song, saw videos exclusive to the New Album website
  • An invite to a special Better Day facebook page
  • My name included in the album booklet as a supporter of the project.
I was so excited at how the song shaped up. With David and Merelyn being the artists to perform this song, ultimately their decision making gave greater direction to the outcome that evolved from this process of songwriting.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes. The song was awarded Contemporary Ballad as well as Best Country Song in 2018. It was a finalist in the UK Song Competition in Country Category as well as Lyrics only Category. It was also given a special mention in the 2019 Lyrics of the Year Awards. Check out the music from Carter and Carter's website.

Music on iTunes: "Life's About the Little Things"
- Carter and Carter

This song is registered with APRA.


"Crocodile Wise" - Balcony TV Music Video

Project Title: "Crocodile Wise" Silktones on Balcony TV
Type of Project: Video Recording

Details:
Sponsored by the Shangrila Hotel, the Jack Hotel and Travel Beats, Balcony TV provided the opportunity for local artists to play and have recorded their original songs to become part of an online video portal for original music searchable world wide.

Introduced to Cairns in 2014 this program was funded by Regional Arts Development Fund to facilitate the opportunities for local artists to be engaged in a leading online portal that features, bands, musicians and performing artists on balconies around the world.

Silktones were absolutlely stoked to be a part of the show. A live performance of their song, "Crocodile Wise" was recorded to video on the veranda of the Shangrila Hotel with Kris Hutchinson on audio, Glenn on video and Jay on photographs.
This song is registered with APRA.

Silktones on Balcony TV - Crocodile Wise


"Take on Today" - Recording & Video with Rebeka Rain


Project Title: "Take on Today"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration and Song Recording

Details:
Recording the song "Take on Today" was a great opportunity to work at a songwriting collaboration with Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans, Chris Ellis and myself. Recording the song in the professional recording studio - Mel Pro Studio was a fabulous experience and gee we had some fun. Mick also took some photos for the promo and created a video to upload the song to you tube.



This song is registered with APRA.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes.

Music on iTunes: "Take on Today"
- Rebeka Rain and Shirley Lynn

Lyrics:

Take on Today
Verse 1:
Life is a bunch of strings in a bow
Playin’ too fast wanna make it go slow
An ace up your sleeve and the rest in your hand
___ you don’t have to land.

Verse 2:

History tells of days gone by
The future holds what you want to try
Standing still won’t help you win
To take on today – you need to begin Chorus:
Put the past in a box keep it safe and sound
The love that you lost don’t need to be found
You’re way ahead if you meet the moment running

Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming x2

Verse 3:
Love says hello and love says goodbye
Life makes you laugh and life makes you cry
If it makes you feel then its worth the time
Ooh ooh ooh ___worth every dime

Bridge:
Looking for answers you already know
Your best will arise give yourself a go

Chorus:
Put the past in a box keep it safe and sound
And the love that you lost don’t need to be found
You’re way ahead if you meet the moment running
Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming
Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming

Ooh ooh ooh
Take on today  [Let tomorrow know]

Take on today  [Let tomorrow know]
ooh ooh ooh 
Take on today
- Let tomorrow know you’re coming


"Blue Tonic" - Balcony TV Video
Project Title: "Blue Tonic" on Balcony TV
Type of Project: Video Recording

Details:
Cairns had recently been introduced to the world of Balcony TV. Established in 2014 as a program funded by Regional Arts Development Fund it is a leading online show that features, bands, musicians and performing artists on balconies around the world. Initially sponsored by the Jack Hotel and Travel Beats this program provided the opportunity for local artists to become part of a portal for original music searchable world wide.

Blue Tonic were absolutlely stoked to be a part of this program and so our first official band video was recorded playing the song, "Blue Tonic".

This song is registered with APRA.

Blue Tonic on Balcony TV

 

"Sea Turtle Quest" - Song Recording


Project Title: "Sea Turtle Quest"
Type of Project: Song Recording

Details:
Recording the song "Sea Turtle Quest" took place in 2014. Assisted by Peter Grayson from Tonic Sound Studio in Yorkeys Knob the recording of this song took place. Thanks to Pete for his valued contribution to the recording of this project.

The song was written and performed at the opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

On recording the song, the CD label was created and a CD single evolved. A set of CD's were provided to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre for on selling after the "Turtles in Trouble" Sea Turtle Exhibition.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes as well as CD Baby and any money made from this project will be passed on to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

This song is registered with APRA.

Music CD: Sea Turtle Quest [single]



"Liberty"- Silktones - CD Recording & Album Launch


Project Title: "Liberty"
Type of Project: Silktones CD Recording and Launch

Details:
In 2014, it was an exciting project to produce an album of songs written by Jim and I. Recorded and produced at Tonic Sound Studio in Yorkeys Knob with Peter Grayson, this creative project culminated with a CD launch at Mondos - Songwriters on the Waterfront.

Music CD: Liberty

CD Launch: Mondos Cafe Bar and Grill, The Hilton, Cairns


"Sea Turtle Quest" - Write & Perform for Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Opening


Project Title: "Sea Turtle Quest"
Type of Project: Writing a song and perform at opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Details:
As the story goes, the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre had contemplated getting John Williamson to come and perform for the opening of the Sea Turtle Hospital on Fitzroy Island. He was unable to come and so on the tail end of that, I got the opportunity to be able to write a song specifically for the opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which was then perfromed on the opening day when volunteers, sponsors and special guests including Bob Irwin were in attendence for the occasion. Two turtles were released back into the wild on the day also.

Writing and performing the song, "Sea Turtle Quest" for the opening of the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.


"My Kind of Paradise" - Video Production and Premiere


Project Title: "My Kind of Paradise - Video"
Type of Project: RADF funded project to develop video production for My Kind of Paradise

Details:
Being awarded funds to create the official video for "My Kind of Paradise" was really exciting. This project bought together the professional skills of myself as a songwriter together with Kyle Wilson an up and coming video producer and director.



"My Kind of Paradise" - Song Recording


Project Title: "My Kind of Paradise"
Type of Project: Recording song as prize for being 2013 Song of Carnivale

Details:
Winning 2013 Song of Carnivale felt like quite an accolade for me.
The prize for winning this competition was the recording of the song which was done by Larry Cash from Port Douglas.


"It's About Time" - CD Recording and Album Launch


Project Title: "It's About Time"
Type of Project: Shirl CD recording and launch

Details:
Recorded at Grumpy Old Man Studios, my first EP came to fruition after major procrastination. So pleased to finally do something about recording some of my songs, this creative endeavour was the start of song recording for me. I designed the label and the packaging for this project and the CD was successfully launched at Mondos Cafe Bar and Grill, The Hilton - The Esplanade Cairns amongst family, friends and interested onlookers.



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Song writing Collaborations

Co-Writers have included

Elizabeth Usher & Michael Saleta
Elizabeth Usher
Tamika Collins, Michael Oster
STAV
Pamela Oland, Lisa Butler, Mary Harrison, Elixzabeth Usher, Karen Connors, Massimo Presti, Andrea Shotter, Don Hopkins
Blane Cox
Mary Harrison
Zoe Strickland
Kath Stewart, Della Harris, David and Merelyn Carter
Kaitlyn Thomas & Lee Bowman
Kath Stewart, Lee & Paula Bowman
Keith Wilkinson
Kevin Bennett
Cheryl Anderson
Peter Armstrong
Kath Stewart, Carter and Carter Collective
Christine M Kerr
Kerrie Garside
Kerrie Garside, Mary Harrison, Christine M Kerr, Tanya Goltz
Alan Roy Scott
Dilip Parekh
Merelyn Carter, David Carter, Mary Harrison, Sam Bellamy, Robyn Hull and John Collins
Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans & Chris Ellis
Jim McCabe
Jim McCabe & Trevor Gane
Lance Toohey
Andrew Cavanagh
Peter Grayson
Sue Day
June Perkins, Charlee and River





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