vocals, piano, writer, producer, director
Emma Dean is an
imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves
to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human
spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa
Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten
independent original albums.
"....It's just right. Move over Rufus and Tori.
You have company."
- Noel Mengel, Courier Mail
When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral
arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John
Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan. She is a passionate
advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing
and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep
Trill who she considers to be her extended family.
Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan,
Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The
Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre
shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show
‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway
and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to
watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the
US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM.
She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under
Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy
superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.
In 2018, Emma was
a featured soloist in The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony,
singing John Farnham's iconic song - You're The Voice.
"....Just sample her monster Broadway single
“Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked”
and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find
an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button."
– The New York Post
Emma’s new show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s
Quest For Love is being performed around Australia
and in Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.
backing vocals, drums, guitar, synth, tech director
Tony graduated from the Queensland
Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor of Music specialising
in jazz drums, in 2006. Since then, Tony has been a professional
musician and has performed as a multi-instrumentalist across
Australia, America and Costa Rica. Tony Dean also works
as a music producer, choir assistant-musical director, and
As a singer songwriter,
Tony has written and independently released his debut EP
Whole Day. He also produces and releases original music
in his recording studio Tiny Dream Studios for Brisbane
based artists. One of his latest production releases is
Emma Dean’s latest EP, Broken Romantics: A Vicious
Song Cycle. Tony also helped record material for the closing
ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Tony performs around
Brisbane as an in-demand covers singer, solo singer songwriter,
jazz drummer/vocalist, and freelance studio musician. He's
also the accompanist and assistant musical director of community
choir Cheep Trill. Visit www.tonydean.net to view his performing
career and music.
physical theatre, choreographer
Jamie Kendall began training with Zen Zen Zo Physical
Theatre in 2006 and has since performed in their productions
of Dusk (2017), In the Company of Shadows (2016), Cabaret
(QPAC 2011), 2012: Apocalypse (Brisbane Festival 2011),
GAIA (2010), Zeitgeist (Edinburgh Fringe 2009; Adelaide
Festival 2010; Nelson Arts Festival 2011); The Tempest
(2009), Sub-Con Warrior 1 (2006), I Wanna Be a Superhero
(Creative Generations 2012), Thriller (Creative Generations
2011). Other companies Jamie has worked with include:
Japanese Butoh company Dairakudakan, The Bolshoi Ballet,
Queensland Ballet, The Maltman Lab, and his own company
- The PHP Collective (Attachment Theory 2016/17, Hero
+ Leander 2017).
Jamie has performed
extensively nationally and internationally, and he collaborates
regularly with singer/songwriter Emma Dean. Jamie is currently
studying his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy,
and is interested in using performance as a tool for broadening
awareness around mental health issues.
viola, piano, looping
Composer and multi-instrumentalist
Richard Grantham is a jack of all musical trades whose experience
stretches from orchestras to bands to solo improvisation,
encompassing an exceptionally broad range of classical,
folk, popular, cabaret and experimental styles.
Richard has created
music for festivals, films, theatre, spoken word, and burlesque,
as well as for the concert hall.
His solo improvising
act The Viola Cloning Project uses a loop recorder and other
effects to turn his customised five-string carbon-fibre
viola into a one-man string orchestra, and has performed
all around Australia including six appearances in the closing
Fire Event of the Woodford Folk Festival.
vocals, the sound of a unicorn
from Federation University’s Arts Academy, with
highlights including: Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes),
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Daphne & u/s Muzzy Van Hosmere,
Ruth & vocal swing) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood
(Chairperson: Maggie Turner & u/s Princess Puffer).
In early 2015,
she performed her cabaret Who’s Afraid of the Big,
Bad Everything in Ballarat and Melbourne. Since graduating,
Katie has appeared in The Songs of Laura Nyro (Midsumma
Festival), Aunty Donna’s 1999 series and has also
toured her own music around Australia, with performances
in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.