The short and funky third-person version: Naomi's music wears Ani Difranco's boots, Bono's leathers and Patty Griffin's dresses. She creates music for the thinking mind and the feeling heart. Naomi continues to search for the illusive “killer lines" that capture the breath of the listener for a moment, and stay with them for a lifetime.
The really long and self-depricating, first-person, story version: My desire to be on a stage, and singing, started young. From about the age of 5, I was answering the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?" with a simple, one-word answer.... “Famous".
From about the age of 10, when I discovered the movie Grease, I knew I wanted to be the “next Olivia Newton John", and would continually imagine I was being asked if I felt akin to her, by a swarm of imaginary journalists (yes, seriously, other girls played with Barbies and did ballet, and I sat around pretending I was being interviewed for my fame and fortune).
However, as I grew, I began to get a follow up question...“OK. What do you plan to do to get famous?". For a while I answered honestly, with “Doesn't matter". But this didn't fly so well as I grew old enough to understand the things some people do to get famous - I realised it kinda did matter......
Fortuitously, when I reached Year 11, I had developed a distinct lack of interest in anything involving science, and was forced to choose an HSC subject from a list involving five different sciences and music. Naturally, I chose “not-science".
And so, I took singing lessons, learnt some performance skills, took HSC music and found my calling. It was at this time that I began performing in - you guessed it - church (how is it I didn't end up on The Voice??). It can be a fairly mono-genre performance space, but generally, I was playing with great musicians from that point on, for quite a few years.
I studied Songwriting and Music Production at University, along with play writing and acting, some poetry writing and I threw in a bit of psychology to actually get me inside the university library. It was during this time I wrote my first songs, had my first experience of recording what I'd written and felt the vibe of a community of songwriters. If anyone has the ability to play old reel-to-reel recordings, I'd really like to hear those crazy tunes again (alas, well before the landscape-changing invent of the MP3, Garage Band as standard on your laptop - or, lets face it, the internet...yes, I am that old)
After graduating, like all good Aussies, I travelled the world for a few years, caring naught for career or future. But in 2005(ish) got my butt kicked into gear by my dear friend Geraldine de Casanove, who began producing what would become my debut album, Leaving Ur (you can get a copy here or on iTunes), released in 2007. The album has been described as “a journey through love, loss, beauty and all that life has to offer, with just enough light to keep the soul moving forward".
In 2009, at a Pat Pattison songwriting seminar in Sydney, I discovered the Nashville Songwriters Association in Sydney, and become a member almost immediately. I would go on to take the role of coordinator of the group in 2011.
In 2010 I visited Nashville, playing open mic nights and having a few one-on-ones with some local industry figures. I love, love, love Nashville, and this trip taught me what the true songwriter's goal was, what a true songwriting town was like and, most of all, showed me the exquisite power of an exceptional song.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, I focused writing, re-writing and learning more and more about the art of songwriting. I took writers retreats to Paris (7 weeks in 2011) and Poatina Artist's Colony (4 weeks in 2012). And yet - I arrived in 2013 feeling less able as a writer than ever.
18 months after my last writers retreat, having written almost nothing, for in that time, the curtain began to pull back and show me the colours of the butterfly who has formed in this cocoon. I'm still learning how the new wings work, but I know that flying is going to be a beautiful experience for me and my audience alike.
2015 proved to be one of my most productive years ever - amazing what quitting a day job can do for you! I began recording my new album, which began with the working title of Best Of, 2015. Well, we finally got it released in 2017, with the proper title Vermillion Truth, available from iTunes, CD Baby and via all great streaming platforms. Find out more about the album here.
All in all, it's a musical bonanza and I'm loving it all. And it wouldn't be possible without all the lovely peeps on my Supporter Team!
The versions for media peeps:
Super Short: Wearing Ani Difranco's boots, Bono's leathers and Patty Griffin's dresses, Naomi writes music for thinking minds and feeling hearts. Her raw and vulnerable truth-telling seeks to create lyrics that stay with listeners for a lifetime.
Medium: Wearing Ani Difranco's boots, Bono's leathers and Patty Griffin's dresses, Naomi writes music to make the mind think, the heart feel and occasionally, the feet move. Naomi released her second studio album, the EP Vermillion Truth, in 2017 and is now writing new material for her solo projects and her duo with writing partner James Donnelly.