Nominated for ‘Most Promising New Talent In Music’ at the Sydney Deadly Awards and Artist of the year at the Perth NAIDOC Awards 2013 and Winner of Indigenous WAM Song of The Year 2014. |
Merindas are an Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Soul Duo consisting of award winning artist Candice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett. The name ‘Merinda’ comes from the Aboriginal Eora language - meaning beautiful woman and is a tribute to their Indigenous heritage. But there is far more to this very talented duo than just their name. Candice and Kristel are both amazing performers whose stars are on the rise as they send ripples across the Australia's Indigenous Music Scene.
The Merindas caught their big break in 2012 delivering a one off show for Noongar Radio's premiere of the ‘The Sapphires’. They sold out their first band show in 2012 and have been performing non-stop ever since. In 2013 the group was nominated for a Deadly award in the category of 'Most Promising New Talent In Music'. They have supported some of Australia's biggest stars including Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Kasey Donovan, Christine Anu, Troy Cassar-Daley and American Grammy Award WInning Artist, Brandy.
Building on their already expanding fan base the group released their first single Ready To Love which won Indigenous WAM Song Of The Year in 2015 and took their show on the road to Sydney, Melbourne and soon to Singapore in Sept 2016.
Their shows feature some of Motown's biggest hits performed with glitzy costumes, a gravitas so energetic and a sound so infectious that none can resist their incredible talent.
Candice and Kristel are each amazing performers in their own right drawing on their vast experience in Gospel, Blues, Soul and R&B. Together they make The Merindas a powerhouse of talent and entertainment.
Review: “The Merindas together with the Rhythm 22 band provide a great show of entertainment. Those that like the music of the sixties enjoy the costumes and fun that these performers provide. Inspired by the film ‘The Sapphires’ The Merindas complete with sequined costumes provide a stunning show that gets us older people out of the house and dancing. We can’t help but do it. You know there’s a party when The Merindas are on the bill. We at Noongar Radio recommend them to all people of all cultural backgrounds who like good music, great vocals and like to dance” |
– Wayne Bynder, Station Manager, 1009fm & Digital Noongar Radio.
The Merindas first started with members Candice Lorrae, Angela Rule and Elisabeth Gogos. With the idea brought upon by Mechelle Wilson A.K.A Big Girl, they caught their big break in 2012 performing a one off show for Noongar Radio's premiere of the hit film The Sapphires.
Approached by Venue Manager Frank Italiano at Kulcha Club, Fremantle, the girls continued the group with a band. They sold out their first band show in 2012 and have been performing non-stop ever since. In 2013 the group was nominated for a Deadly award in the category of 'Most Promising New Talent In Music'. They have supported some of Australia's biggest stars including Kasey Donovan, Christine Anu and Troy Cassar-Daley.
In 2013 Elisabeth Gogos left the group to follow her dream in gospel music. New member Kristel Kickett then joined the group with only 2 days rehearsal before her first gig with the Merindas in Roebourne. In 2014 Angela Rule also left the trio to follow a solo career in music. Candice and Kristel then set out to discover a new talent and auditioned 7 beautiful and talented Aboriginal girls for the group. With much searching and decision making, the girls invited young 21 year old Rhiannon Nicholls to join the group. Building on their already expanding fan base the group released their first single Ready To Love and took their show on the road to Sydney and Melbourne.
Major highlights for 2015 have been performing at the AFL Indigenous Round, Astor Theatre and Cinefest Busselton. Soon after the Merindas were taken on Management by Melbourne based Industry Professional, Colleen Zulian.
Just recently young Rhiannon Nicholls had moved onto another career to take a break from the Music Scene, to one to day revisit her passion for singing. Candice and Kristel continues as a duo and is working hard at building the show to soon transfer to Melbourne in late 2016.
Their two hour shows feature some of Motown's biggest hits performed with glitzy costumes, a gravitas so energetic and a sound so infectious that none can resist their incredible talent. Candice and Kristel draw on their vast experience in Gospel, Blues, Soul and R&B. Together they make The Merindas a powerhouse of talent and entertainment.
The Merindas are currently backed by the soulful band
Rhythm 22. They draw influences from their backgrounds in RnB, Soul, Funk, Rock and Jazz. Since the group formed in 2010 they have been well recieved by audiences in some of Perth’s top venues including Bennys Bar Fremantle and Subiaco Hotel.
Rhythm 22 are the band in residence every Saturday night at M on the Point in Mandurah. Their packed out New Years Show resulted in the band’s residency being extended into 2012.
The group played to sellout crowds at the Embassy Ballroom while supporting New Zealand touring act 1814 on their national tour.
Rhythm 22 have played festival spots for Street Hassle Events in Rockingham and Secret Harbour and performed for functions at the Secret Harbour Golf Course.
The group has also performed for the Corona Sunday Session at the Yallingup Caves Hotel and Wedding Receptions at Sandalford Wines.