Hailing from the Western Australian town of Margaret River, Rowena Wise has grown up with music, touring nationally and internationally performing from a young age in the Wise Family Band. Relocating to Melbourne in 2012, Wise has immersed herself in the local scene, while writing and recording her own indie-folk songs on guitar and ukulele.
In the vein of Feist, Wise puts pop-infused melodies, and quirky, conversational lyrics onto a sparse, folk canvas. Her voice breaks and bellows in all the right places, with striking believability in her performance that defies her years. After coming runner-up at the Folk Alliance Youth Awards 2014, she has performed at festivals such as Woodford (QLD), Blue Mountains (NSW), Fairbridge (WA), Nannup (WA) the National Folk Festival (ACT) and Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City (USA).
Throughout festival seasons and national touring, Wise worked on her debut self-titled album with acclaimed indie Melbourne producer Nick Huggins in a project that was snowballed though a successful crowd-funding campaign early 2015. The album was released with MGM Distribution on 9/9/2016.
“Wise has a voice that can caress you in one breath and carve you apart in the next… The power of her expression is outstanding.” – Brag Magazine, Sydney
“A voice like K. D. Lang’s…Rowena’s mixed bag of original songs was a haven for poignant lyrics and pure, charming melodies.” – AAA Backstage, Brisbane
“Rowena Wise is on an unassailable upwards climb right now…”- themusic.com.au
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