Bio

Bio

SALLY LONDON - SINGER - SONGWRITER - MUSICIAN - ACTRESS - PRODUCER - MISCHIEF MAKER - FLIRT

Sally London is one of Sydney's finest independent female singer/songwriters.  Sally sings, plays the ukulele, piano, her tarted up diamante encrusted keytar, guitar and drums.

 

Sally returned in September 2015 as a headline act for the second time from the Tangier International Jazz Festival in Morocco with rave reviews:  "The public was carried away by the atmosphere that reigned on the stage "Tanjazz Club", thanks to a remarkable performance given by the artist Sally Street, one of the best composers / singers from Australia, who brilliantly moved from jazz to pop with her own compositions and a great sense of humor." Soleil FM, 93.5, 13 September 2015.

 

Sally has been steadily making her mark as a songwriter on the Australian music scene.  In November 2013 Sally's song "Don't Pick Me Up" was announced as a finalist in the Pop category of the Music Oz 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards and her song "Hardest Mistakes" co-written with James Macleod was a finalist in the Country category.  In September 2013, "Dandelion Dreamer" co-written with Gerard Masters received a runner up placement in the international Song Of The Year Contest:    http://songwriting.songoftheyear.com/sallystreet.html            Sally's song "Love Tequila" (co-written with James Muller and Gerard Masters) was shortlisted in the ballad category of the 2012 Australian Songwriting Competition.   December 2012 also saw Sally's music break to radio for the first time into the US and Canada:  "Love Tequila" was ranked number 2 and "Hardest Mistakes" (co-written with James Macleod) was number 5 on the most the most streamed and downloaded Indie Singles charts for the week of December 17th 2012 by the major radio platform in the USA and Canada  (http://blog.dmds.com/?p=3018).   In January 2013 "Hardest Mistakes" was also  featured on the Qantas in-flight Radio playlist on celebrity DJ Robbie Buck's pop channel "fmQ" (channel 4).  Sally's funky pop single "Lexi" (co-written with Gerard Masters) was second place in the pop category of the 2011 Great American Song Contest.  Sally's self penned original funky blues track  "Facebook Freak" was a finalist in the 2010 Great American Song Contest and "Balloons Are Blowing In The Air" (co-written with Gerard Masters)  was also a finalist in the 2010 Australian Songwriting Competition.   

 

Sally's original pop songs have been featured on various independent compilation albums released in Australia, and her version of the latin jazz standard "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" was released in November 2011 by EMI on a compilation in Greece and Cyprus alongside her idols:   Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Eartha Kitt, Nancy Wilson and Dean Martin.   The song charted at position 63 on the Greece Jazz Music Chart on 14 November, 2010.   ref:  http://www.music-chart.info/artist/123043/Sally-Street

 

Sally returned with rave reviews from opening the 2009 Tangier Jazz Festival in Morocco "The delightful Australian Sally Street, was a hit at Castel Palace." reported Et-Tayeb Houdaifa in La Vie éco as part of his June 2009 review of the Tanjazz Festival, wowed audiences for 7 weeks as a headline act at the Venetian Casino in Macau China in 2008, opened the 2010 Sydney Multicultural Festival, 2011 Dubbo Jazz Festival,  the 2014, 2012 and 2011 Every Woman Festivals (a celebration of International Women's Day), 2012 River Rhythms Concert Series at Sydney Olympic Park, 2012 Transformal at the Carrington Hotel Ballroom (Blue Mountains) to celebrate gender diversity, 2008 Kings Cross Festival, 2009 Newcastle Jazz Festival, and regularly mesmerises crowds with her magnetic performances at Sydney's iconic music venues including The Basement, The Vanguard, Slide, Star City Casino, Blue Beat Jazz Club, the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club in Queensland and on the club scene around her home country.

 

Sally's music is regularly aired across radio in Australia, the USA and Canada.   In particular, Sally would like to thank the stations listed below who regularly support Aussie talent and Sally's music.  "Sally's current single is a blues rock gem, "Tighter than Onion Rings", featuring solid guitar work by James Muller" reported The Manly Daily, 19 Feb 2010. "It's Mick Jagger's little sister" - Paris journalist Pascal Kober, 2 Feb 2010.

 

 "Imagine your ideal cocktail as a woman, tall, swellegant, with equal parts bubbly personality, stir in a quantity of voluptuosity, a smidgen of playfulness, shake until flirty and look out baby, this drink is gonna pack some punch! Well, that pretty much sums up Sydney's Sally Street: a chanteuse who is all platinum, classy and captivating and who has one of the best voices in this country". Koop Koooper, "Cocktail Nation - The Interviews", Nov 2011

 

 "Street's brazen, often playfully funny sensuality is like a splash of ice water underneath a desert sun. Street was named the “It Girl" of the Australian jazz scene when she made her debut with "One Bite at the Cherry" in 2008. It's not difficult to see why; her voice, sliding in between a sex-kitten purr and a soulful croon, is what microphones were made for." Music Industry News Network (USA), 28 Feb 2011, http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=139235

 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Sally started out on the Sydney music scene as a jazz singer singing the standards.  However, spray painting a pelmet box in her back yard in Palm Beach in 2009 she heard a song that was entirely her own.  So she fired up Protools and these days she is just as widely recognised as a singer/songwriter of both original pop and also jazzy-pop songs - who fearlessly smashes through the genre barriers with her wicked sense of fun!

 

Sally grew up in a an old rumble tumble coastal shack on Sydney's northern beaches with an eccentric jazz bass-playing father, a larger than life mother, 5 step brothers and sisters and a bull dog named Oscar.  She spent most of her youth prancing around her bedroom with oranges taped to her chest and singing into a banana fantacising she was Ella Fitzgerald and Olivia Newton John.  The oranges are no longer required, but the banana is.  Mrs McGregor who was an 80 year old granny who lived four doors up (and used to boil her undies on the stove during lessons - sometimes they would burn) taught Sally to play the piano from the age of 5.  Sally went on to have 18 students of her own which helped her get through her law degree, long after Mrs McGregor passed on to the great gig in the sky.  Sally studied speech and drama, ballet, tap and character dancing all the way through school and used to sit on the bus and travel for miles to the city to visit Ellie Raab (who wore eyeliner like Amy Winehouse)  to study opera singing and torture herself throwing up before going on stage at Eisteddfods.  She also tralala'd in the Australian Girls Choir.  When Sally left school she studied jazz singing with Kerrie Biddell, Steve Clisby, Joy Yates and spent every Saturday for a couple of years with a potty mouthed chain smoking sax player named Freddie Wilson who had a heart of gold and who taught her the art of courage and to sing with a live band in his garage workshop at Hunters Hill, every Thursday night at the Bald Faced Stag doing sit ins and Wednesday nights at the now closed Woodfire Pizza Cabaret in Double Bay impaling herself upon the house band and begging them to let her sing, until finally she landed her first gig.   Sally was a nerd at school with a permed fringe, pimples and lots of big dreams.  Sally likes red stillettos.  After a spell as a Senior Associate in the mergers and acquisitions team in Asia Pacific's top tier law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques she decided the briefcase was a bit of a yawn.  So she hung up the briefcase, kept the stilettos on, took up singing professionally and stopped sitting around dreaming about it.    You just have to keep flying your plane into rainbows, right?

 

Big dreams are a wonderful thing because sometimes they come true. "When it all began, all I dreamed of doing was spinning a few tunes in a smoky bar somewhere......  I've had the greatest privilege of coming so much further than what I ever dreamed and the greatest honour to perform and record with the finest musicians Australia has to offer, which is very humbling."  

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY:

31 May 2013 "Dandelion Dreamer".  Written by Sally Street and Gerard Masters.  Produced by Matt Fell and Gerard Masters.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Matt Fell (backing vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar), Matthew Schuberth (drums), Gerard Masters (keyboards), Andy Horvath (backing vocals).

 

19 October 2012 "Hardest Mistakes".  Written by Jimmy James Macleod and Sally Street.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Nick Kingswell (guitar), Gerard Masters (piano, bass and bvs), percussion (Helik Hadar).  Produced by Gerard Masters, Helik Hadar and Sally Street.

 

11 May 2012 "I Don't Do Conversation", Live Recording.  Single (indie release).  Written by Sally Street and Gerard Masters.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Gerard Masters (piano), James Muller (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass), Adrian Cunningham (sax) and Fabian Hevia (percussion).  Produced by Sally Street.  Mixed by Helik Hadar in L.A.   Recorded live at the Every Woman Festival, Blue Beat, Sydney, 8 March 2012.

 

13 April 2012 "Love Tequila", Live Recording.  Single (indie release)   Written by Sally Street, James Muller and Gerard Masteres.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Gerard Masters (piano and bvs), James Muller (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass), Calvin Welch (drums).  Produced by Gerard Maseters and Sally Street.  Mixed by Helik Hadar in L.A.  Recorded at the iHearMusic Concert, Sydney, November 2011.

 

27 March 2012 "Chocolate Bliss", Live recording.  Single (indie release).  Written by Sally Street and James Muller.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Gerard Masters (piano), James Muller (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass), Adrian Cunningham (sax) and Fabian Hevia (percussion).  Produced by Sally Street.  Mixed by Helik Hadar in L.A. Recorded live at the Every Woman Festival, Blue Beat, Sydney, 8 March 2012.

 

Nov 2011 "Lexi", Single (indie release).    Written by Sally Street and Gerard Masters.  Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Gerard Masters (piano and bvs), James Muller (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass), Adrian Cunningham (sax) and Ian Mussington (drums). Written and produced by Sally Street and Gerard Masters. Mixed by Helik Hadar in L.A. Recorded at Free Energy Device Studios, Sydney.

 

Nov 2011 -  "Panos Kallitsis - "Coupe De Peigne"" - compilation album  featuring Sallly's track "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"  (released by EMI Greece)

 

2011 - "Indie Insiders", Austep Music Vol. 3 - compilation album featuring Sally's track "Without You" (released by Austep Music)

 

2011 - The Fur Group - compilation album featuring Sally's track "Love Is Like A Bindi-eye" (released by The Fur Group, Melbourne)

 

17 Feb 2011, "The Scorpion Maid", album (indie release)

Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Gerard Masters (piano and bvs), James Muller (guitar), Ian Cooper (strings), Phil Stack (bass), Andy Bickers (sax), Adrian Cunningham (sax) and Ian Mussington (drums). Written and produced by Sally Street and Gerard Masters. Mixed by Helik Hadar in L.A. Recorded at Electric Avenue Studios (Sydney).

 

2008, "One Bite At The Cherry", album (indie release)

Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Bill Risby (piano), Jon Pease (guitar), Natalie Morrison (bass), Adrian Cunningham (sax), Ian Cooper (strings) and Andrew Dickeson (drums). Produced by Steve Clisby and Sally Street. Mixed by Phil Punch. Recorded at Electric Avenue Studios, Sydney.

 

2007, "Little Evil Me" demo album (released by Newmarket Music, Melbourne)

Featuring Sally Street (vocals), Bill Risby (piano), Jon Pease (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass), Adrian Cunningham (sax), and Hamish Stuart (drums). Produced by Steve Clisby and Sally Street. Mixed by Steve Clisby. Recorded under someone's house in Vaucluse.

 

RADIO

 

Sally would like to give a big shout out and thank you to the following radio stations who have recently added Sally's music to their regular playlist.  Thanks so much for supporting Aussie talent!!!

 

NEW SOUTH WALES STATIONS:

 

Power FM 98.1, Muswellbrook - for adding "Lexi" to their playlist in June 2012!

 

FM 89.7, Eastside Radio (Paddington, Sydney) - The wonderfully talented Susan Gai Dowling

 

Radio 2NZ 1188 AM - the home of the king of talkback John Laws - thanks for adding "Lexi" to their playlist in June 2012!

 

Ten FM 89.7 and 98.7 (Tenterfield, Stanthorpe, Texas) - "Sunday Siesta With The Y-Man", Sundays 1-4pm

 

FM88.7 and FM90.3, Northern Beaches Radio (Belrose, Sydney, NSW) - "Jazz and All That" presented by Barbara Shorter and "Sam and the Francofous DC" presented by Sam Guedouard

 

2CUZ FM, (106.5FM Bourke, 96.1FM Lightning Ridge, and 102.7FM Walgett) - for adding "Lexi" to their playlist in June 2012!

 

FM99.9 SWRFM, (Sydney, Australia) "Smooth Mix" hosted by Dominic Vozzo

 

Nambucca Valley Radio 2NVR (Nambucca Heads, NSW) - "Soundbite" show - thanks for adding Lexi and Love Tequila to your playlist!

 

FM99.3 - 2NSB, Northside Radio (Chatswood, Sydney, NSW) - The effervescent Sharon Thompson and oh so suave Geoff Stanwell and the ever-jazzin Frank Preseley with "Now's The Time"

 

Port Stephens FM 100.9 (Corlette, NSW) - "The Hit List" show with Konrad.  Thanks for adding Love Tequila, Lexi and I Don't Do Conversation to your playlist!

 

2TLC FM 100.3 - "Crosseyed & Painless" show - thanks for adding I Don't Do Conversation to your playlist! 

 

WFM 107.1   2AAA FM (Wagga Wagga) - thanks for adding "Hardest Mistakes" to your playlist! 

 

Highland FM 107.1 (Mittagong NSW) - "Highland Cafe" show" presented by John Sider - Thanks for adding "Love Tequila", "Lexi" and "I Don't Do Conversation" to your playlist!

 

2CCRfm 90.5 (Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW) - Ross Fear's "The Australian Spectrum Show"

 

2SSR 99.7FM (Yowie Bay, NSW) - Ann Warren's "The Good Life" show on Wednesday's from 12pm- 2pm.  Thanks for adding "Lexi" to your playlist Ann!

 

2SER, 107.3 Real Radio (Sydney)

 

2EARFM, 92.3FM North, 104.5FM Central and 99.7FM South (Shoalhaven (NSW)), Carole Hayes' jazz show "All The Best"

 

2MCE (NSW, Bathurst) - "Sounds Live Radio" show

 

104.7, 2SEA Eden Community Radio (Pambula, NSW) - "The Surf Safari Show" presented by Henry Jones - Thanks for adding I Don't Do Conversation to the playlist!

 

Bondi FM88 (Bondi, Sydney), "On The Beach" show presented by Martin Broome 

 

 

VICTORIAN STATIONS:

 

 

 

3Way FM, 103.7 Great Ocean Radio (Warrnambool, Victoria) - "Solid Gold" show

 

 

 

979FM, Melton, Victoria - for adding "Lexi" to their playlist in June 2012!

 

 

 

The Blue Walrus Show, on 3NRG 99.3fm, NRG Radio.  Sunburys Local Community Radio  (VIC) - thanks for adding "Lexi" to your playlist Pete!

 

 

 

3PBS (Clifton Hill, Victoria) - "Home Brew & Big Mob" show

 

 

 

3YYYR, 94.7 The Pulse (Geelong VIC) - thanks for adding Love Tequila, Lexi and I Don't Do Conversation to your playlist guys!

 

 

 

JOY 94.9 (Melbourne VIC)  "Women On Waves" show - thanks for downloading Lexi!

 

 

 

North West FM (3NOW) (Glenroy, VIC) - thanks for downloading "I Don't Do Conversation" to the station library playlist!

 

 

 

 

 

QUEENSLAND STATIONS:

 

 

 

Valley FM 95.9 (Queensland) - Graham Bottlebrush's Friday afternoon music show

 

 

 

Crow FM 90.7 (QLD) - thanks for adding "Hardest Mistakes" to your playlist!

 

 

 

SOUTH AUSTRLIAN STATIONS:

 

Radio Adelaide - John Murch's Radio Notes Show!  Thanks so much for play Dandelion Dreamer, Love Tequila and You're Everywhere I Go!

 

5CST, 88.7 Coast FM (St Morris, South Australia) - "Coast Drive" show

 

 

 

5GTR FM (Mount Gambier, South Australia) - "The AMRAP Show" presented by Janet - thanks for adding "I Don't Do Conversation"!     

 

5GTR FM (Mount Gambier, South Australia) - "The Dog On Lino Show" presented by Guy - thanks for adding "Love Tequila" to the playlist!

 

 

 

5EFM, The Sound Of The Fleurieu (Victor Harbor, South Australia) - "Face The Music" show

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN STATIONS:

 

 

 

107.3 Heritage FM (Gosnells WA) - thanks for adding Lexi, Love Tequila and I Don't Do Conversation to your station playlist guys!!

 

 

 

Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia) - "The Lunch Time Roll" show

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY STATIONS:

 

 

8KIN, CAAMA Radio (Alice Springs, Northern Territory) - "RIBS Radio" show

 

The Community Radio Network satellite broadcast service syndicated to 160+ community stations Australia wide 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY STATIONS:

 

RTRFM - the "Drastic on Plastic" show presented by Jane Armstrong - thanks for adding Love Tequila to your playlist

 

 

TASMANIAN STATIONS:

 

Derwent Valley Community Radio, TYGA-FM (TAS), "Slow Ride" show - thanks for adding "Lexi" to the playlist!

 

 

PODCASTS:

 

The king of swank, Koop Kooper's podcast "The Cocktail Nation", streaming from  Sydney, Australia:  www.thecocktailnation.wordpress.com

 

Pop jazz radio podcast streaming out of GERMANY at:  www.popjazzradio.com

 

Midnight Special Blues Radio, streaming out of ParisFRANCE:  www.ms-blues.com

 

Radio Crystal Blue, a podcast run by Dan Herman streaming online out of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, USA:  www.radiocrystalblue.net