What you first notice when talking to the much acclaimed Kerrianne Cox is her maturity. She appears totally in control with a focus and direction of an artist far beyond her years.
Deadly Vibe caught up with Kerrianne, as she was about to depart as the lead act on the “Next Big Thing Tour” of Western Australia; an Ausmusic competition she won earlier this year.
“It was really wonderful winning the competition, “ Kerrianne says.
“It was a sort of talent scout competition. I won my regional competition, for the Kimberley area where I came from,” Kerrianne said.
“But when I walked into the finals in Perth, I was a bit taken back,” she laughs.
“There were all these bands there with all this equipment, and just me and my guitar.”
Kerrianne’s mature soul said to her, “I am strong about myself, just go out there and do what you do.”
And she did. And she won the competition as well!
Kerrianne came to our attention at the Deadly Vibe, as well as to the attention of a lot of people when she was featured nationally on the Today show as the guest of Richard Wilkins.
That was back in January when Kerrianne was in Sydney for Survival ’97. And by the tone of Richard’s story, he’s one big fan.
“it was great to get the national exposure, and it has helped a lot,” she says. “A lot of people saw that interview.”
Kerrianne comes from a very musical family, and has been creating music from a very young age. But it wasn’t until a local promoter in Western Australia, asked her to perform in Jimmy Chi’s Bran Nu Dae that she really started taking her musical career seriously.
“I was working in a local shop,” Kerrianne said. “And someone said to me that I had a really dealy voice and what was I doing working in a shop.”
And that was the first time when Kerrianne started taking her music seriously. “That was the turning point for me,” she says.
Kerrianne admits that the life of a musical artist can be a hard one.
“But I really love it so it’s not that hard. The stage is like a second home for me.”
“Right now I try and keep myself busy, lining up gigs for myself, So I always have something to do next.”
And what’s coming up for Kerrianne Cox? An album we hope.
“I have a five track EP in production at the moment.”
“I went into the recording studios over Christmas, but I think I might re-record my songs again.”
“Some of my songs are called Special Affection, Just Want to Move and Stronger.”
When asked for any advise for the young people.
“Keep on with your education, grab all the opportunities that come your way, listen to yourself and be strong and go for it.”