The Merindas Bio

Recent Melbourne based female duo, The Merindas, present a much anticipated powerhouse show unprecedented on the Australian music scene. Jawoyn woman Candice Lorrae born in Darwin and Noongar woman Kristel Kickett from Tammin in Western Australia discovered their mutual passion for music in Perth just 6 years ago. Making the move to Melbourne together with their families it’s clear these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music.

Catching their break in 2012 singing Motown hits for the launch of the Sapphires movie, The Merindas went on to sell out shows across Perth receiving a 2013 Deadly award nomination for Most Promising New Talent In Music. Success continued with winning the 2015 Indigenous WAM Song of the Year for their single “Ready to Love”. It’s no surprise The Merindas would go on to support some of Australia’s biggest stars, including, among others, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Isaiah Firebrace as well as supporting International Grammy Award winning artist, Brandy in 2016. Whilst directing workshops with Indigenous communities across Australia and touring throughout 2017, the in-demand Merindas are also headlining fashion show runways, recently for the Commonwealth Games Intertwined Fashion Show.

Along with ARIA award winning co-producer Dazastah from Downsyde and new upcoming talent producer Jake Benjamin The Merindas are currently working on their debut album in their new home-based studio. Set to launch in early 2019 the synthesis of warrior queen, on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music is a tribute to their cultural heritage. Blending their sultry tones, hypnotising melodies and energetic stage presence The Merindas will, along with the mastery of Jake Benjamin’s mixing skills on stage, create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro tribal pop sounds in an extraordinary presentation.

Review: The Merindas were an unexpected delight; they burst out on to the stage in a sweet mixture of funk and girl power. Something which really acted as a backbone for the group’s performance was the chemistry between singers Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett who’s charisma and enthusiasm seemed to bounce off one-another. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the St John ambulance on the festival grounds were used to treat those who may have suffered from an overdose on some serious funk. Smashing out covers of hits like “We are Family” and “I Want You Back”, their set was both simultaneously crazy and happy-go-lucky. - Jai Price 'SOTA FEST' 2016