IN FULL FLIGHT

Fol­low­ing an out­stand­ing 2014 in mu­sic, Bris­bane songstress-on-the-rise Air­ling will bring her sweet sounds to The Arts Cen­tre

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Bris­bane singer Air­ling had a dream year in 2014. Not only did her de­but EP, Love Grace­fully, at­tract stel­lar re­views but she also won Triple J’s Un­earthed spot at last year’s Splen­dour in the Grass.

“I’ve heard a lot of peo­ple de­scribe it (the mu­sic) as quite dreamy,” the 24-year-old says.

“But I think it’s also mu­sic that’s very grounded, with a lot of down-to-earth soul.”

Air­ling’s sound has gar­nered a bevy of fans, and in Novem­ber she played a string of sold-out gigs in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane.

“I loved the last tour we did, I was re­ally blown away by the re­ac­tion we got,” she says.

Air­ling (real name Hannah Shep­herd) says she was work­ing on new tunes she hopes to re­lease this year.

“I love writ­ing, I’m try­ing to get a bunch of new songs to­gether,” she says.

“I have an over­whelm­ing sense of feel­ing re­ally lucky that I can share art so eas­ily with the world.”

And while pour­ing your heart out in song would make some feel vul­ner­a­ble, it is that raw­ness that in­spires Air­ling, and makes her songs and sound so en­gag­ing.

The songstress capped off 2014 with a slot at By­ron Bay’s Falls Fes­ti­val, and is just about to hit the road as a sup­port act for indie-rocker Vance Joy.

“That’s go­ing to be re­ally fun,” she says.

Re­cently nom­i­nated for best pop song for the Queens­land Mu­sic Awards, Air­ling says 2015 is look­ing brighter than ever. “I’m so grate­ful,” she says. “I feel so ex­cited about what this year holds for me and the mu­sic I’m go­ing to make, love and fight for.”

Bris­bane singer Air­ling will per­form in sup­port of Vance Joy on the Gold Coast next week.

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