Dewayne Everettsmith's 2014 release, the beautiful and captivating SURRENDER, provided an insight into a gifted young singer and songwriter. The album, equal parts uplifting and haunting, took the listener on a journey through Dewayne's life and experiences. It featured 'It's Like Love', a song that Tourism Australia adopted for a major international television campaign in 2012, providing the backdrop to one of the most visually arresting television commercials in recent times.
Some twelve months later, Dewayne is preparing to take the songs from 'Surrender', along with a selection of newly minted tracks, on a journey across Australia on the BEYOND SURRENDER national tour. From Warragul to Alice Springs, Bunbury to Mackay, he will take in the vast expanses of regional Australia, sharing his stunning songs with live music enthusiasts in all corners of the country.
Joining Dewayne on the road is Sietta, a duo comprising of vocalist Caiti Baker and producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig. Theirs is a union traditionally of soul, blues, hip hop and electronica; but when the opportunity presents, Caiti and James strip their songs back to tasteful
rhythm and blues guitar and soulfully soothing yet gutsy vocals. In the special occasion of supporting Dewayne, Sietta will fuse rich live vocals with neck-groovin' guitar; performing songs from their back catalogue as well as some newly written tunes.
This inspired combination, bringing together two of Australia's most exciting musical acts, promises an event not to be missed. Catch Dewayne Everettsmith's BEYOND SURRENDER national tour right here at BREC!
Descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, Dewayne's career started at an early age, performing amongst his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Through various trials and tribulations he has grown as a
performer, playing festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, supporting the likes of Gurrumul, John Farnham, Archie Roach and Guy Sebastian, and dueting with Paul Kelly. Back in 2011, music critic Bruce Elder stated that he is … 'a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash.'
Whilst developing his music, Dewayne has also lent his support as national ambassador for the official Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal, earned a Human Rights Week award for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his aboriginal heritage, and was a Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014.
Sietta is the musical combination of singer songwriter Caiti Baker and producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig (B2M, Daniel Johns, Jessica Mauboy, Manuel Dhurrkay). Since commencing their musical union in 2007 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Sietta have released 2 EPs and 2 full length albums encapsulating their broad musicianship in genre-pushing sounds and themes. With songs written and inspired by struggle, love, stigma, mental health, storytelling and fantasy; Sietta present their sound in unexpected forms echoing the influences of Caiti's childhood exposure of blues, soul, gospel, country and rock n roll.
After years touring nationally and internationally, Sietta have garnered rave reviews for their live electronic performances, although they feel most at ease when they simplify their songs by way of soulful guitar and raw bluesy vocals. A perfect combination of old and new, Sietta are forever surprising their audiences and gaining new fans everywhere they play.