Our guest for this episode is Sally-Anne Whitten was born and raised in Tamworth NSW on a healthy dose of blues, rock, and country music. Her father, guitarist/piano/bass player Barry Whitten saw a young Sally-Anne was immersing herself in all things music taught her to read and write music.
From the age of 15, the singer-songwriter was working as a session player (bass and guitar) alongside her dad. Over the years the artist has honed her very own style of ‘funky country’.
2009 was the year of her debut album “Blurring The Lines”, and three years later her second album “Sell My Soul” was born, produced by Sally-Anne’s guitarist/Golden Guitar winning producer and husband Alwyn Aurisch. Over the next couple of years, music was put on the back burner while Sally-Anne dealt with some of life’s twists and turns, and Dealing with personal hardships and bouts of depression.
Sally-Anne’s musical heroes include John Hiatt & Rodney Crowell and she’s been blessed to share the stage with many big name acts but no more rewarding that Keith Urban. Sally-Anne was invited to open the show on Keith’s 2000 Australian tour in her hometown. In 2004 she won the TIARA Awards with ‘The Love He Wants Most’ (which can found on an early EP) co-written with Alwyn Aurisch.
In October 2016 she released a single, ‘The Life You Left Behind’ written following the very unexpected and sudden loss of her 19-year-old nephew.
2018 is the year of her third album “Burgundy Street” inspired by a life-long dream visit to New Orleans in 2015. In this album, Sally-Anne has yet again embraced her unique blend of swampy blues, R&B, southern rock, and West Coast country.
In 2019 the single ‘You Can’t Hide From A Broken Heart’ (co-written by fellow Tamworth artist, Allison Forbes and explores grief and loss) followed the Indie Country Music Australia awards where she was awarded as Most Popular Female Artist, Most Popular Independent Album and producer/husband Alwyn Aurisch was awarded as Most Popular Producer.
Sally-Anne is currently the Breakfast Host at Tamworth’s 2TM