If there's anything I've learnt recently about the music business, it's about the relationships you build. The people and businesses I've listed here, I consider part of my songwriting family.
Mary VI Harrison
It was a sliding doors moment in the truest sense in the way I met Mary.
We met at the Australian Songwriters Conference in 2016 and I approached her with an idea for a possible co-write. I never expected her to take me seriously and we wrote an amazing song together called "Invisible", which won the Adult Contemporary category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2017.
I have a kindred spirit in Mary and we are working together on our next song "If I light a Candle"
Kerrie recently left the Central Coast for the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
I consider her one of my mentors, in understanding the performance side of a song. In the past, I would just write lyrics, not factoring the breathing of the singer, the performance of the music and the drama of delivering a line. She was the one who challenged me to get up on stage, sing badly and not apologise for it.
In 2018 we started co-writing together, with two songs called "Watercolour Girl" and "You n Me". I'm sure we'll continue to shove each other outside our comfort zones in the years to come.
The power of the Internet can be a funny thing.
Georgie is one half of the GeorgieDan duo based in London, UK. We bumped into each other one night during a songwriting challenge and she was having a mini meltdown. I dared her to do a real time FB messenger co-write, one line at a time and came up with a country ditty called "Don't Call My Number" and a rock track called "Rock Bottom".
From there we built our friendship, chuckling how we're 12 hrs apart on opposite ends of the earth.