Meet Our Rockstars

You guys ROCK in every way. Thank you for the most amazing performance both during conference and at our BOOM night. The feedback from the team has been exceptional, in fact our Gala Dinner lacked one thing - YOU and the band. We set the bar too high on Friday night and couldn’t repeat this amazing evening on Saturday night. We needed you there!!
— CiEvents // Hobart, Australia, December 2018
 

 

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Ciaran Gribbin

Ciaran Gribbin is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer who, in addition to working with word class artists such as Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Al Pacino, has toured the world as the singer of INXS.

Ciaran Gribbin is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer who, in addition to working with word class artists such as Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Al Pacino, has toured the world as the singer of INXS.

Ciaran was born during the Northern Ireland conflict and grew up in The Troubles.  As a young musician, he cut his teeth doing gig after gig in the tough bars of Belfast and Derry. During this turbulent time, Ciaran witnessed the bombs and bullets of sectarian violence and the paramilitary attacks that enflamed a divided society.

Ciaran’s first big break came in 2010 when he received a Grammy nomination for Madonna’s worldwide hit single Celebration, which he co-wrote with the American megastar and English producer Paul Oakenfold. Ciaran soon became a regular drawcard at music festivals around the world, including Brazil’s Rock in Rio. He has opened concerts for massive acts such as Paul McCartney, Crowded House, The Script and Gotye.

Just as his reputation as a performer kept growing, his career as a gifted composer continued to flourish. Ciaran has worked extensively as a songwriter for acts such as Groove Armada and Dead Mau5. He has also worked on multiple movie soundtracks, including writing all the songs for the U2-supported feature film Killing Bono.  This movie was released through Paramount Pictures with a Sony Music soundtrack album.

In 2011, Ciaran became the singer of the legendary Australian band INXS. He has toured extensively with INXS throughout South America, Europe and Australasia.

2015 ended with an Oscar shortlist nomination for Ciaran’s song Hey Baby Doll, which was sung by Al Pacino in the critically-acclaimed movie Danny Collins.

Ciaran is the founder of Rock and Roll Team Building and a founding member of the supergroup Stadium whose rock-star members have performed with giant acts such as Aerosmith, U2, Prince, Sting, INXS, Morrissey, Ringo Starr and many more.   He is available for keynote presentations and corporate entertainment.

 
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Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and television personality. He performs internationally as a solo artist, and as the lead singer of his current band, Lotus Crush. Although he gained initial acclaim in the music business in 2006 with his band Driveblind on Geffen records, he shot to widespread popularity as a contestant on Team Blake of Season 3 on NBC’s ‘The Voice’.

Terry McDermott is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and television personality. He performs internationally as a solo artist, and as the lead singer of his current band, Lotus Crush. Although he gained initial acclaim in the music business in 2006 with his band Driveblind on Geffen records, he shot to widespread popularity as a contestant on Team Blake of Season 3 on NBC’s ‘The Voice’.

On The Voice, Terry finished second overall that season, making the iTunes Rock Chart Top 10 a number of times, he sang before a television audience of nearly 15 million people on the season finale.  Following the show McDermott hit the iTunes rock chart Top 20 three times including the No.1 single ‘Pictures’ which he later returned to perform on The Voice as a guest of the show.

His time on The Voice earned him a loyal and active fan base that closely follows his career. In addition to singing on the show, McDermott was honoured to once again be asked back by NBC, this time as a digital host for Season 5.  Later that year, the well-travelled vocalist sang to a live TV audience in Ho Chi Minh City performing as a special guest on The Voice Vietnam.

McDermott is a proud resident of his adopted hometown of New Orleans. A native of Aberdeen in Scotland, McDermott performs solo and as the frontman of Lotus Crush, a Seattle based rock group founded in partnership with Peter Klett formerly of Candlebox. Lotus Crush is signed to Cavigold Records. McDermott has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as part of Lotus Crush and continues to perform solo around the globe.

 
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Bray

Bray is a San Francisco-based singer songwriter with the fire and strut of the quintessential rock front-man, the moves and voice of the classic soul-man and the quick self-effacing humor of a beloved talk show host.

Ignited by slinky grooves, ultra-catchy pop rock hooks, and a kinetic live performance style, Bray fuels audiences into a feel-good frenzy with every show. Along with his world class backing band, Bray has performed for crowds as large as 50,000 in ten countries around the world, sharing stages with Train, Slash, Scott Weiland and members of The Doors, the Sex Pistols and Prince's Revolution.

Named “Best Live Band” by the San Francisco Herald, He and his band were featured in the NARAS (Grammy) San Francisco New Artist Showcase and have gone on to rank in the final 10 for the national Guitar Center contest to perform on the Jimmy Kimmel Show in 2015.

While Bray is enjoying his success, he has been honing his craft for years; tracks from his four studio album releases have enjoyed heavy rotation on over 150 CMJ stations nationwide, charting as high as #3. His tunes have appeared in over half a dozen national television shows, as well as MTV Road Rules, VH1 Old Skool and the syndicated reality series Bad Girls Club. Perhaps even more impressively, his cinematic videos have garnered more then 4,000,000 views on YouTube. Bray has rocked arenas, festivals, back-rooms and bars during his whirlwind career (which includes four European tours) and loved every minute of it!

 
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Apakatjah

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.

Emerging from the deserts of Central Australia is the unique sound of Apakatjah who combine intricate guitar work with ancient languages, stirring harmonies and traditional instruments.

Apakatjah (pronounced uppa–cut-ja) is a duo consisting of Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan who weave together a reflection of their blended cultures and wide musical influences such as Aboriginal desert reggae like Tjupi Band, old school metal like Iron Maiden and guitar master, Tommy Emmanuel.

Through its two band members Apakatjah combines the cultures of Aboriginal Australia (Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Pertame Central Arrernte, Alywarre, Kaytitj and Islander), as well as heritage from European, Indonesian, Irish, Welsh and Dutch migrants.  The word ‘apakatjah’ is a Luritja kriol word for a person of mixed race heritage, which the duo has reclaimed to demonstrate the pride they have in their identity and to draw strength from their culture.

"We want our performances to be an experience that touches people as much by the lyrics and music, as by the story behind it. We also want to have fun on stage! If people are dancing then we’re happy.” Jonathan

Jonathan and Dion strive to be role models in their community - teaching music and language to kids, advocating healthy lifestyles as well as in their professional capacity as youth workers. They challenge young people to dream big and hope to empower them to achieve their goals.

Performances last year included Wide Open Space Festival (Alice Springs), Tjungu Festival (Uluru), the NT Song of the Year Awards (Darwin), BIGSOUND music industry conference (Brisbane) and Nannup Festival (WA). Previously they have supported Neil Murray, Archie Roach, The Basics, Russell Morris and Midnight Oil.

Their debut single 'Waru' was a finalist in the rock category of the NT Song of the Year awards 2016 and they were featured on the 2017 ABC compilation ‘Deadly Hearts’ covering Midnight Oil’s song ‘The Dead Heart.

 
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Wes Carr

Wes Carr has worn a lot of hats in the twenty years he’s been a professional musician, acoustic troubadour, reality show winner and chart-topping pop star. He has been front man of the Silverchair side project Tambalane and was the nation’s sweetheart when he took out Australian Idol.

Wes Carr has worn a lot of hats in the twenty years he’s been a professional musician, acoustic troubadour, reality show winner and chart-topping pop star. He has been front man of the Silverchair side project Tambalane and was the nations’ sweetheart when he took out Australian Idol. 

Wes' ragged, soaring voice recalling Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon coupled with the rambling spirit and storytelling of Leonard Cohen has taken him around the globe and then some.

Music is in Wes Carr’s DNA. He is a multifaceted instrumentalist, producer, international award winning singer songwriter and performer. 

Wes has collaborated with Silverchair’s Ben Gillies, CJ Vanston (Joe Cockers Musical Director), Don Walker and Jimmy Barnes from Cold Chisel and many others.

His single ‘You’ became a Platinum selling Aria number 1 single. His album “The Way the World Looks” stormed the Aria charts opening at number 2, with the song “Feels Like Woah” then becoming the most played song on Australian radio. This track also gained international attention becoming the theme song for CBS.

He has supported Cold Chisels’ Ian Moss on a 58 show tour and well known Irish band 'The Script' on their international tour. 

Wes has won Best Male Artist at the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2013. And second place in the International songwriting competition with his song ‘Lost’ which he co-wrote with mentor Don Walker from Cold Chisel.

In 2015 ‘Lost’ was released by Chisel as the first single off their album “No Plans” recognising Carr as one of the country’s best writers.

In 2017 Wes received his first Golden Guitar for best collaboration with Catherine Britt.

Read our 'Interview with a Rockstar' on Wes Carr here.

 
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Stefano Langone

The singer and songwriter blesses each song with the sort of inimitable spirit that transforms listeners into lifelong fans. Stefano went from teaching himself Beethoven at four years old to becoming a fan favorite on Season 10 of American Idol.

When Stefano sings you feel it. The singer songwriter blesses each song with the sort of inimitable spirit that transforms listeners into lifelong fans. That smooth, slick and soaring voice proves both immediately recognizable and irresistible.  

His love for music started at the young age of four, while sitting at the piano with his father. From studying classical opera and musical theater, to gospel and vocal jazz, his love for the craft was a gift that kept on giving.

After many years of hard work, dedication and preparation he became a fan favorite on Season 10 of American Idol. In the aftermath of the show, Stefano made countless television appearances, signed with a record label, and embarked on two national radio tours with singles "I'm On a Roll" and "Yes To Love".

“There have been so many incredible moments. I can't emphasize enough how much I’ve learned throughout my LA journey, and for that I’m truly grateful.”

Stefano is currently back in the studio, working on his debut album that consists of original music and a few collaborations with his father, Ernie Langone.

 
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