Azure’s star on rise

Spe­cial thanks saved for ‘coolest’ grandma

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SI­MONOT suzanne.si­monot@news.com.au

MEET the home­grown ‘metzo bel­ter’ vo­cal­ist, song­writer and ac­tress tipped for star­dom in the US.

Ash Wa­ter­man, bet­ter known by her stage name Azure, has been split­ting her time between Los An­ge­les and Tweed Heads since she fin­ished study­ing for a Bach­e­lor of Mu­si­cal Theatre at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic to pur­sue her dreams in the US.

And it seems the move is al­ready pay­ing off. The 23year-old has been tipped as an artist to watch in 2018 since re­leas­ing her de­but sin­gle Too Late – which has climbed as high as 22 on the US Bill­board Dance Charts.

“I’m putting it down to how in­cred­i­ble my team is and how un­wa­ver­ing the sup­port of my fam­ily is – and lots of luck,” Azure says.

The for­mer Palm Beach Cur­rumbin High stu­dent’s sup­port­ers in­clude grand­mother, Laraine Buck.

Mrs Buck not only came up the stage name Azure, she ac­com­pa­nied her grand­daugh­ter to the US when she was 16 so she could de­velop her tal­ents un­der the guid­ance of lead­ing pro­duc­ers and artist man­agers.

“My grandma went with me. She’s my No. 1 sup­porter, my driv­ing force – she’s the coolest wo­man,” Azure says

Re­leased in Aus­tralia last week, Too Late fea­tures on Azure’s de­but EP, recorded in Nashville with Bryan Todd, who has worked with Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus.

“Com­ing from an act­ing back­ground as well, I try to make each song an in­di­vid­ual story of some­thing that hap­pened to me,” Azure says.

Grammy award win­ner Dave Aude (Bruno Mars, U2) has al­ready re-mixed Too Late.

Azure hasn’t put her act­ing dreams on hold – the veteran of nu­mer­ous short films will be seen in the ti­tle role of Amanda in the up­com­ing Aus­tralian fea­ture film Honey­suckle Way.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Gold Coaster Ash Wa­ter­man, aka Azure (right), whose de­but sin­gle is nudg­ing the US Bill­board Dance Charts Top 20, and her ‘driv­ing force’, grand­mother Laraine Buck.

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