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Performers at Knox Carols

Performers


Karen Knowles

Karen Knowles

Karen's musical story began when she was eight years old when she auditioned as a contestant on Young Talent Time (YTT), an icon of Australian television. Karen performed with the show for 6 years cementing her position in the hearts and minds of Australians all over the country.

Ron Tudor, a judge on YTT, offered Karen a recording contract with Fable when Karen was 16. Her first single went gold making her the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a gold record. Her album You are the Reason achieved platinum status and Loves Us All the follow up album also went gold. In 1981 and 1982 Karen was the highest selling female recording artist in Australia. Karen has since performed in solo concerts around the country. In 1990 she was asked to join the legendary group The Seekers and toured with the group nationally and internationally. Karen's recording and performance career now spans 40 years.

This year Karen Knowles releases her new album Solid Ground (karenknowles.com.au/solidground). It features 11 new compositions dedicated to Mother Earth including 3 authorised sacred songs of the Wirradjirri people.

Karen brings her heart and creativity into everything she does as a singer/songwriter, performer, producer & Reconciliation Ambassador.

Tenori

Tenori

Tenori employs the talents of three of Queensland’s powerhouse singers: David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor. With a combined sixty years international experience in the industry, these polished professionals know exactly how to put on a dynamic, uplifting and hugely entertaining show.

They bring their sense of fun and sophistication to classics from the worlds of Opera, Music Theatre, Jazz and everything in between. The three met while touring internationally with The Ten Tenors. After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras, they are back together doing what they do best.

Individually, they have beautiful voices. Together they sing like the band of brothers they are, with the camaraderie and precision that more than a decade of harmonising together can bring.

Renee Taggart Knox Factor 2018 winner

Renee Taggart

Renee is a local singer/songwriter and has been performing and entertaining from a young age. She vividly recalls putting on concerts for her family- one lolly per entry of course! With influences spanning multiple genres, Renee believes that the true magic of music is being able to convey a story that everyone can relate to, much like many of her favourite songwriters.

Renee has a passion for teaching and sharing her love of music with others. She teaches singing at ASV Academy in Ferntree Gully and is in her final months of becoming a secondary teacher. Renee believes that music can truly bring people together and loves any opportunity to do so. She is thrilled that Knox Factor has provided her the opportunity to perform in this year’s Knox Carols by Candlelight as Christmas is her favourite time of year!

You can find Renee on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow her to keep updated on music releases, gigs and events!

Urban Praise

Urban Praise

Urban Praise is a celebration of faith and diversity; this multicultural gospel choir presents the unique sound of modern urban gospel music. The choir brings together a talented group of singers and musicians from all over Melbourne and provides a hand clapping, joy-filled experience to those who hear them.

Over the last 12 years, under the leadership of Jerome and Jenny Phillips, the Urban Praise Ministry has grown and now consists of a committed Choir and a 12+ piece band from over 10 different cultures. Urban Praise has a large following from across Melbourne and is delighted to support the 2019 Knox Carols by Candlelight.

Royal Australian Navy Band, Melbourne

Royal Australian Navy Band

The Royal Australian Navy Band was established with the foundation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1913. The ensemble has approximately 35 professional full time musicians and several reserve musicians and are based at HMAS Cerberus, Westernport Victoria; the largest naval base in Australia. Naval musicians have been deployed to almost all Operations and Peace-keeping operations since 1913 and regularly undertake sea postings as musicians in support of ADF tasks.

The Royal Australian Navy Band performs at over 250 functions a year, and supports international and national events of importance, ceremonies, remembrance events, school and community events and public festivals. They also perform in their own right across Australia in concerts at concert venues and halls to a large and diverse audience. The band sustains three major ensembles; a parade band, a wind orchestra and The Admiral’s Own big band and smaller ensembles including a woodwind quintet and trio, a brass group, a jazz group, an pop/rock acoustic trio and a full rock band.

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