Songwriter and performer Christine Anu appointed as an APRA AMCOS Ambassador

Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019

A multi-award winning, multi-talented singer, songwriter, performer, actor, and broadcaster, Christine Anu rose to fame in Australia with the 1995 APRA Song of the Year My Island Home, which holds a place in the National Film Sound Archive’s Sound of Australia registry. She has won multiple ARIA Awards, including Best Female Artist for Stylin Up, and has appeared in film (Moulin Rouge), TV (Play School), and stage (Rent) - to name just a few credits.

Christine heads up her own Stylin' Up Entertainment company, hosts Evenings nationally on ABC Radio on Friday and Saturdays, and is currently touring REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook show. She is the first recipient of the Australian Songwriters Associations inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Australian First Nations Music, and now we can proudly announce Christine Anu as an APRA AMCOS Ambassador.

Here are our 8 quick questions with Christine.

1. Three words that describe you: 

Resilient, Consistent, Proud

2. A song that changed my life is: 

My Island Home. It gave me the recognition that has established me in the Australian entertainment industry and in Australia the country.

 3. A song that everyone should listen to right now is: 

 I think people should listen to Yebba. An artist who has done a collaboration with Sam Smith. I think she is a very exciting new talent.

 4. You’ve just kicked off REWIND – The Aretha Franklin Songbook tour, singing Aretha’s standout hits as well as your own. How does it feel performing those timeless songs, and what do think are the key ingredients to great songwriting that connects? 

This has been a masterclass. I have been given an opportunity to sing in a genre that I'm not known for but I feel that, on a deeply personal level, has given me so much growth as a musician. 

It's been an honour to reach out to lovers of Aretha’s music, who may not know me as an artist, and it gives me the chance to connect with an audience that wouldn’t normally come to see but want to hear her songs. You can’t replace that.

5. I realised my songwriting had value when… 

I was commissioned by the Healing Foundation to create Heal Together with Philly, Mindy Kwanten and Radical Son.


 6. In your role as APRA AMCOS Ambassador, how would you like to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters? 

When there are people like myself given Ambassador roles that give visibility to talk about culture, it is very important. The fact that we all have different experiences as Indigenous people and will write songs based on those experiences but will still write songs that are unique and universal in our creative expressions. We all unite in the same voice.

7. Complete this sentence: Copyright is important to me because… 

My intellectual property is my legacy to be passed onto my children, my family and future generations. It is very important for all artists to have their art protected.

8. I’m an APRA AMCOS Ambassador because: 

Its an absolute honour that I’m representing women and Indigenous women. I’m paving the way for my daughter's future. My voice is important. I am in a unique position to lend my voice based on my personal experiences in the industry.

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