Sunshine Coast roots singer Minnie Marks finds therapy in her music.
The 23-year-old, who has recently returned from Germany following the release of her fist live music album, joins the explosive line-up for the 26th Australian Blues Music festival in two weeks.
Belting an unwavering, rustic blues tune uncommon for her age, this will mark the third year she will be performing at the festival.
“Everyone seems to dig their music and there is a lot of support for the genre. It’s good to see people coming together, sharing their love of blues music,” Marks said.
As a child Marks attended live gigs almost every weekend with her parents and as a high schooler was taught to play the guitar by her older brother.
“From there I sourced it myself and found out I had a love for it. I wanted to be like my brother, and was playing little riffs, soon I outgrew his teaching,” she joked.
Travelling around Australia with her parents to perform, at the age of 17 she moved to Germany where she lived for over five years, performing in different cities.
Her first performance was at the age of 10 at a local club jam session. Nervous, young Marks pushed through to discover performing was not only a hobby, but a life ambition.
“I just wanted to try something new, at the time I did a few rounds in Australia and it was a lot of fun, but why not travel a couple of hundred kilometres and play in France or Switzerland. During my time there it worked really well and I was able to knuckle down,” she said.
“It was kind of a new thing over there, they have amazing pop bands but not so much roots and blues. Eventually I missed the scene and the artists over here.
“I’ve always liked blues and rock music. At the end of the day it makes me feel better. It’s my comfy, happy place.”
Live in Stuttgart follows a series of live performances in Germany with accompanying blues artists. She recalls packed nights during the recording on stage and a buzzing energy from the crowd.
The rise in female artists performing blues is an encouraging swing, admitting her gender never had an impact to her rise to recognition.
It’s good to see people coming together sharing their love of blues musicArtist Minnie Marks
"There are great females playing music coming out of Australia. The way I see it, if you’re good you’re good, if you’re not you’re not,” she said.
Marks will join 22 artists who will perform across nine venues from February 8 to 11. This festival is a free event.
- For more, head to www.australianbluesmusic.com.au