Tania De Jong – Australian Soprano – New Album – Flying Free

"Tania De Jong – Australian Soprano – New Album – Flying Free"



Flying Free is a classical crossover recording bringing together the angelic voice of soprano Tania de Jong with the virtuosic genius of pianist, composer and arranger Anthony Barnhill. Also appearing on the album is one of Australia’s most acclaimed violinists Zoe Black and baritone Jonathan Morton. The album has been recorded with some of Australia’s leading musicians.

The album includes originals Flying Free and The Everlasting Light with compositions by Barnhill and lyrics by de Jong. There are also reinventions of some gorgeous standards including Shenandoah and Danny Boy and sacred songs including two versions of Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus and the Yiddish prayer Avinu Malkeinu. This incantation seeks compassion and peace and an end to war and famine, hate and oppression. Very timely in a world that is ever more divided.

The recording features the work of Schubert, Handel, Caccini, Dvorak, Lehar, Korngold and Gershwin though not always in the way you may expect. There is a divine and timeless nature to these incredible works and Barnhill has created some magical re-inventions.

The songs speak of love, compassion, hope, peace and light, which are very relevant to Tania’s inspirational work as Founder of Creativity Australia’s With One Voice. These innovative programs use the neuro-scientific benefits of singing and bring the fortunate and the marginalised together as ONE community to reduce growing inequality and create a sense of ‘WE’ rather than the current ‘us and them’ environment.

Official Worldwide Release Date Flying Free Single July 21(MGM) Digital Only
Flying Free Album Release September 1 (MGM)  CD and Digital(14 tracks)

 Flying Free

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  1. Flying Free [4:50]
  2. Shenandoah [4:16]
  3. Avinu Malkeinu [3:46]
  4. Ave Maria [4:17]
  5. Panis Angelicus [3:22]
  6. Ombra mai fu [2:46]
  7. Ave Maria [4:17]
  8. Song to the Moon [4:38]
  9. Danny Boy [4:38]
  10. Summertime [2:45]
  11. La vie en rose [3:53]
  12. Vilja Lied [3:07]

Plus Bonus tracks-            13. Glück das mir verblieb  [4:42]
14. Everlasting Light [4:25]

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Tailor Birds on the Road Update!

"Tailor Birds on the Road Update!"

Some updates from the mad mad world of the Tailor Birds – one of our fave artists currently touring Australia in their own home fitted out camper van…

How are you all?  Its’ been a while since we last emailed, but life on the road is a busy one. Now 6 weeks in, things are well, though I can’t quite remember what life was like before I jumped into the van and took this leap of faith, a calculated risk you could say, or perhaps a welcome change & development.

To get to where we’re at now, what a job its’ been, but as they say, good things come to those who wait.


And as I write this mailout, I’m in NSW, a few hours north of Sydney.  It’s thanks to you guys – through your support through donations, merch purchases, home cooked meals, a space to park our van even.  It’s all about the power of the people, I say, and this enables us to tour full time, spreading good energy wherever possible.  The Tailor Birds family is growing, and as I travel through Australia, my heart is warm.

With 27 shows through over 20 towns, in just 6 weeks – pop up gigs, street shows, venue gigs, cafés, & markets, we’ve done 3 – 8 shows per week, driven over 6,000 km through VIC, up to Northern Queensland, and seen so much beauty. Siting hundreds of kangaroos, soldier crabs, a 26 million year old extinct volcano, waterfalls, beaches, rock pools, Australia is a mighty country.


Though lucky we’re in NSW.  As you may have heard, N. QLD was hit with a category 4 cyclone, Cyclone Debbie a few days ago.  With road closures, flash flooding and more, it’s with great sadness that we have had to cancel our Sun Townsville gig.  So the Willows Market is being shifted to later in the year.  We may also have to cancel the Mackay show, we’ll see.

SO KEEP CHECKING THE WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM for all notifications, gig changes, as that’s where all the info gets updated.

But despite this extreme weather, and the impact of the past week, we’ve got to look forward not backward, and with that in mind, we’ve some really cool things coming up…:

Appearances through: Coffs Harbour, Oran Park, Glebe, Nabiac, the Hunter Valley…..

As we’re in NSW, we’ve just added the Tea Gardens Genuine Farmers Market (Sat 1st April), and Johns River Community markets (Sat 8th April).

PLUS…..we’ve got Eumundi’s Bohemian Bungalow (June), a night-time cruise in Cooktown (June), AND…..

ST. ALBANS FOLK FESTIVAL (21st – 23rd April)

Semi-Finals – BEACH HOTEL, 8pm!!!  So come hang out, help us win this thing!!


And with numerous Aussie shows coming up, a new T.Birds lullaby release headed your way, plus a 5th European summer tour coming up, we’ve got lots happening – large and small, and each is a treat!!

You can get in touch with us via tailorbirdsmusic@gmail.com as we’d love to hear from you, about anything – how your day has been, how Cyclone Debbie has effected you, songs you might be working on, or even if you want to get us in for a bit of a house visit/house concert.

And with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, we’re gonna try to stay safe, otherwise, we’ll be stranded, or washed away.  So, look after yourselves, and see you along the way.
Next time we write, it will hopefully be from a patch of dry land.


New Soundslikecafe Spotify Playlists!

"New Soundslikecafe Spotify Playlists!"

Check out our latest Cafe Spotify Playlists!

Don’t forget to follow our Spotify account to hear all the latest songs!  https://open.spotify.com/user/soundslikecafe

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Joel Leffler’s New Single and Video Love Thirsty is a feature track on the current Soundalikecafe Playlist –

Tell us about your new single?

The brand new single “Love Thirsty” is in a style of music like I’ve never written before. It sits in this new world of songwriting for me, where the sensibilities of pop collide with the rhythmic backbone of electric/funk.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

The work i have done in collaboration with ARIA nominated producer Pete Holz this year far exceeds anything i have ever written in the past. Even with 2 runner-up awards over the years in APRA National Songwriting Competitions, i still believe that both the single ‘Love Thirsty’ to be succeeded by the release of my EP “Run With The Wolves” in February 2017 are my favourite works to date.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

I was recently in Scotland & was offered a certain food i had never had before. So here i was staring down a plate of what looked like over-cooked toast crumbled up and placed methodically under other more well known grub to conceal its identity. With that very first bite, i had very quickly fallen in love with none other than what the Scot’s call ‘Haggis’. I guess in summation, my sound is something some people are well familiar with & others completely ignorant to. However, after that first ‘bite’ I’m sure we can all agree that it isn’t that bad J.

Checkout the  Video….



Find More On Joel and Love Thirsty Here




Recent Interview on Hhappy



New Single for Straalen

"New Single for Straalen"

Straalen is an 18-year-old singer songwriter from Queensland’s Gold Coast. Straalen’s  life is centred around his music, balanced with his daily life of surfing, with a strong passion for being healthy and fit. Over the past two years Straalen has travelled to Sydney to write with a number of established writers, the result of some of the demo recordings that came out of those writing session was a contract being offered, however Straalen continued to follow an independent path.

In February 2016 he released his first single Be Mine Tonight. The video has been viewed over 250,000 times on Facebook & YouTube and the song has achieved 700,000 streams on Spotify alone.

His second single Help is set to be released on 25th November and will be accompanied by a stunning video shot on the Central Coast of NSW. Help is the second track that features on the SoundsLikeCafé November digital.

“I want to develop as acredible singer songwriter. I love creating music that I believe in”.

Straalen will begin touring and performing live after the release of the single. He has his sights set on developing as an artist and eventually taking his music internationally. Straalen is all about his music and surfing. Check out his new single Help.

Find ‘HELP’ here:



Official Site

New Single and National Tour for Josh Johnstone

"New Single and National Tour for Josh Johnstone"
Perth Artist Josh Johnstone is on the Promotion and Tour trail again through November and December, even braving Darwin close to the wet season, to push his new single ‘Only Way I Know’ around Australia…
He made a great start with a breakfast show live performance and chat on ABC 720 Perth with Announcer Peter Bell Friday Nov 4!
The new single, ‘Only Way I Know,’ comes from his latest album ‘Call In Whispers,’ and is is available for radio now! You can get the single (and the rest of the album) from the link below:
In addition to the new single, Johnstone will also be embarking on a national tour around Australia! Dates and details are below, but find ticket information on his website here: www.joshjohnstone.com
Wed 9 Nov – Clifton Brew Pub (Melbourne, VIC)*
Sun 11th Nov – Bended Elbow (Albury, NSW)
Tue 15 Nov – Oxford Circus (Sydney, NSW)*
Thu 17 Nov – Brass Monkey (Cronulla, NSW)*
Fri 18 Nov – Revolver (Melbourne, VIC)**
Fri 25th Nov – Parap Tavern (Darwin, NT)**
Sun 27 Nov – ‘POP UP GIG’ Secret Location TBA (WA)**
Thu 1st Dec – Prince of Wales (Bunbury, WA)**
Wed 7th Dec – Clancy’s Canning Bridge (Perth, WA)*
Fri 9th Dec – National Hotel (Fremantle, WA)**
Sun 11th Dec – Exchange Hotel (Kalgoorlie, WA)**
*solo show **full band
Lastly, to prepare yourself for the show ahead, pop over to Josh’s Youtube channel to watch his newest music videos:

Find ‘Call in Whispers’ here:

CD Baby – cdbaby.com/callinwhispers

Spotify – open.spotify.com/callinwhispers
Official Site 


Norah Jones – Day Breaks

"Norah Jones – Day Breaks"

Norah Jones has come full circle with Day Breaks, a remarkable new album that finds her returning to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Day Breaks is a kindred spirit to Come Away With Me, though it is unquestionably the work of a mature artist who has lived life and grown immensely in her craft. The album features jazz luminaries including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade who played on Norah’s debut album and became the backbone (and backbeat) of the new album. Day Breaks is a set of 9 originals written or co-written by Jones whose themes range from love in all its guises to the socio-political, as well as 3 covers of songs by Horace Silver (“Peace”), Duke Ellington (“Fleurette Africaine”) and Neil Young (“Don’t Be Denied”).


Get the album here: itunes.apple.com/au/album/day-breaks

Track List

  1. Burn (4:38)
  2. Tragedy (4:14)
  3. Flipside (3:41)
  4. It’s A Wonderful Time for Love (3:53)
  5. And Then There Was You (3:05)
  6. Don’t Be Denied (5:36)
  7. Day Breaks (3:57)
  8. Peace (5:15)
  9. Once I Had A Laugh (3:12)
  10. Sleeping Wild (3:07)
  11. Carry On (2:48)
  12. Fleurette Africaine (African Flower) (5:21)






August Playlist Receives Warm Welcome

"August Playlist Receives Warm Welcome"

The Soundslikecafe August playlist has received a warm welcome in cafes featuring these terrific artists

Cafes have mentioned they love the variety of genres on this one but still creating a consistent new music experience for their customers…

Slow Club UK – Female Vocal Chill meets Indie

Josh Johnstone – Perth – Indie Folk Rock

Tailor Birds  – Melbourne – Avant Garde feat Electric Violin

Knox – Fiji – Blues with his signature silky smooth voice

Steve Rivera USA- Ambient Piano

The Mezcaltones Sydney- think the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack – a La Dick Dale…