• Career Development Workshop -
    Songwriting Coaching Part 1
    • Sunday 20 June 1.30 - 2.30pm
  • Career Development Workshop -
    Songwriting Coaching Part 2
    • Sunday 20 June 3.00 - 4.00pm


Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway's diverse career encompasses recording, performing, composing and acting. Her trademark entrepreneurial spirit has forged innovative collaborations of variety and depth. In May 2008, Deborah was appointed Artistic Director of Queensland Music Festival.

Deborah has been a prominent member of the Australian music scene ever since her first band Do Re Mi topped the charts in 1985 with the single Man Overboard and album, Domestic Harmony.

Deborah's first solo album String Of Pearls (1991), reached platinum sales, the second, Bitch Epic (1993), achieved gold sales. This was her debut collaboration with Willy Zygier. They went on to make Ultrasound (1995) a band project with the late Paul Hester of Crowded House; My Third Husband (1997) written and recorded in London; Exquisite Stereo (2000) featuring a duet with Neil Finn; PC - The Songs Of Patsy Cline (2001) and Only The Bones (best of, 2002). Deborah's most recent release, Summertown, is her 8th solo studio album.

Deborah has also made high profile screen and stage detours along the way: director Peter Greenaway (Draughtsman's Contract) cast her in his film Prospero's Books as the goddess Juno, singing the score by Michael Nyman; Pete Townshend of The Who cast her in his musical, The Iron Man, alongside Nina Simone and John Lee Hooker; and Geoffrey Rush directed her in his Belvoir Street theatre production of Aristophanes Frogs alongside Toni Collette. In 2001, Deborah starred as the title role in Always… Patsy Cline, touring nationally to rave reviews.

The last few years have seen a increase in the scope of her collaborative work, from writing with classical composer George Dreyfus, to recording with Brisbane band george; from appearing with Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Art Orchestra to reinterpreting Paul Kelly for the Women At The Well compilation.

In 2005 Deborah devised, produced and performed in Broad, a stage show exploring the extraordinary talents of Australia's key female singer songwriters such as Katie Noonan, Clare Bowditch, Sara Storer and Ruby Hunter. Broad has since gone on to become part of the national musical calendar, with annual sell out shows across the country.

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Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway