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About

Simone Waddell was the first Australian to win a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After completing her music degree, Simone continued her career internationally into Asia, Europe, the U.S.A and Australia, performing in countless top venues both solo and with world class musicians.

Simone is one of Australia's Top Contemporary Jazz Artists performing jazz, soul, and funk infused with groove.


Genres also include pop, R&B, zouk, gospel, and even some classical. Simone won the Nescafe Big Break and was awarded $20,000 for her musical achievements and was the first jazz vocalist in Australian history to achieve a Masters Degree in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was mentored by the late Australian iconic singer Kerrie Biddell, who was the focus of Simone's research.

Simone, a prolific songwriter, has recorded four albums, "Take My Love," "Make It Happen," "My Romance," (jazz album) and “Surrender," plus two EPS, "New Day" and "Keeping My Peace On," as well as multiple singles.

"My Romance" and “Surrender," produced by Australian legend Jim Kelly, were launched as live events in Sydney to sold out venues.

Her music videos have 500,000+ views worldwide.

Simone is an ambassador for Messenger Rescue to raise awareness and resources to bring freedom to those trapped in sex trafficking. Her EP, “New Day” was created for this purpose with Signature Music Design in the US, and was released in December 2017.

Highlights include playing keyboard and singing backing vocals on the Australian tour for Grammy nominated hit artist, Taylor Dayne, performing numerous times at Parliament House for State and National Government Leaders, and being the Opening Act for Australia’s well known jazz singer, Vince Jones for Australian Music Week.

Simone’s inspirational song “Born to Win” had high rotation on Sydney radio and was selected as the headlining song at the crowning of Miss World Australia and as the theme song at Heal For Life, a healing program for adults and teens recovering from abuse.

As one of the leading voice coaches in Australia, Simone has run many of her uniquely designed, "YOU HAVE A VOICE!" live vocal workshops and taught thousands of voice lessons for over twenty five years, including her recent work in Uganda with the globally recognised Watoto Children's Choir. 

Simone also facilitates stunning four and five day retreats in natural settings which are transformational and life changing for all who attend. "Song of Your Life Retreat" and "You Have A Voice Summit" are world class programs. 

As a live artist, a show including exceptional musicality, heartfelt original songs, and incredible vocals, is what you can expect when Simone Waddell hits the stage. She is known for her stunning mix of contemporary jazz, and soulful melodies with groove. Her recent original music has already been hailed as, “the best music coming out of Australia right now.”

Simone’s voice and music have been described as “world class”, “drenched with soul and feeling” and “utterly amazing.”

Simone has performed at various events and venues such as Manly Jazz Festival, the Devonport Jazz Festival Concert Series, (Tas) the 5th and 6th annual Bastille Festival, The Basement (Sydney) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, (Melb) Paris Cat Jazz Club (Melb) and at a number of well known Japanese jazz clubs on her recent and past tours in Japan.

Her collaboration "Breathe" a duet with Cornell Thigpen (Mary J.Blige, Steve Nicks, Babyface, Isley Brothers) was released October 2017.

Simone is known to perform with the absolute best musicians, who are a perfect match for this Australian songstress.


“I have had the privilege of working with many awe inspiring vocalists throughout my career and can openly say from my heart that Simone Waddell is amongst the very best of them. Her voice is stunning, as is her personality,
that shines through every time she sings. Simone is a gift to the world of music.”

 Martha Baartz - Australian saxophonist

 

"Simone is a beautiful whirling dervish of energetic creative talent. She has come back into my life to record an album at my Tone Ranger Studio after many years in the gig world since her studies. The studio environment bares the souls of all participants and Simone would stand as one of the easiest and most focused artists that I've worked with. She possesses an open creative spirit and the musicianship and vocal technique allowing it all to come together. I'm looking forward to a long musical relationship with Simone over the ensuing years."

Jim Kelly - Guitarist/Producer, Tone Ranger Studios

 

"Simone has such a beautiful instrument! Her commitment is one of her best assets. You can be an extremely talented musician and still not make it into Berklee but Simone has a combination of musical ability, and commitment. I was so impressed upon hearing her sing, I offered her the chance of a musical lifetime to complete her degree at Berklee on a scholarship."

Dr Warwick Carter - former Dean of Berklee College of Music

 

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CONTACTS

Representative | Simone Waddell | Sydney | simonewaddell7@gmail.com

APPROVED VIDEOS

SIMONE WADDELL - BROKENNESS (Official Music Video)

SIMONE WADDELL - LIVE @ Brass Monkey - Sydney, Australia. Highlights

SIMONE WADDELL - AUTUMN LEAVES - Live @Manly Jazz Festival

SIMONE WADDELL - MEDITATION from the album, "MY ROMANCE."

SIMONE WADDELL & SIMON TEDESCHI - "SUMMERTIME"

SIMONE WADDELL - LIVE @ Foundry 616 - Sydney, Australia. Set One Highlights.

SIMONE WADDELL - I FELL (Official Music Video)

SIMONE WADDELL - MY ROMANCE from the album "MY ROMANCE"

SIMONE WADDELL - THIS TOO WILL PASS (Official Music Video - Radio Edit)

PerfOrmance Locations + Experience

An accomplished pianist, Simone has worked as a solo act, in duos, and in bands and ensembles. Her ability to move the hearts of an audience, to entertain and to inspire is of an extraordinary level.

Here is a partial list of places Simone has performed. 

Odyssey Luxury Cruise Liner – Boston Harbour U.S.A

Hilton Hotel – Lake Placid – New York State U.S.A.

Worcester Entertainment Centre – Worcester U.S.A

Berklee Performance Center – U.S.A

Hotel Metropolitan – Nagano JAPAN

Kokusai 21 International Hotel – Nagano JAPAN

ANA Hotel – Matsuyama JAPAN

Grand Hyatt – Fukuoka JAPAN

Bestastua – Haugesund NORWAY

Brittannia Hotel – Trondheim NORWAY

Luxury Grand Hotel – Oslo NORWAY

Manly Jazz Festival – Sydney AUSTRALIA

The Basement - Sydney AUSTRALIA

Capitol Theatre – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Crown Casino: The Palms – Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club - Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Paris Cat - Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Twin Towns, Gold Coast – AUSTRALIA

The Pilbeam Theatre – Rockhampton AUSTRALIA

Doltone House – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide AUSTRALIA

Geelong Performing Arts Centre – Geelong AUSTRALIA

Sutherland Entertainment Centre – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Leadbelly - Sydney AUSTRALIA

Camelot and Django Bar - Sydney AUSTRALIA

Foundry616 – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Le Montage – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Hotel Wrest Point – Hobart AUSTRALIA

Four Points Sheraton – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Princess Theatre – Launceston AUSTRALIA

Cairns Civic Theatre – Cairns AUSTRALIA

Parramatta Riverside Theatre – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Enmore Theatre, Sydney AUSTRALIA

Poly Theatre, Shenzhen CHINA

Penny Black Jazz Club, Shenzhen CHINA

Parliament House – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Soup Plus Jazz Club and Restaurant – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Parramatta Riverside Theatre – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Hilton Hotel – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Novotel – Sydney AUSTRALIA

Circular Quay - Sydney AUSTRALIA

Booze Shelter - Nagano JAPAN

Jazz Cafe One2One - Auckland NEW ZEALAND

Venue 505 - Sydney AUSTRALIA

Other locations such as: Cape Cod USA, Rhode Island USA, Pittsburgh USA, Karuizawa JAPAN,
Canberra AUSTRALIA, Ayr AUSTRALIA, Byron Bay AUSTRALIA and countless other venues and locations.

Simone is accomplished and experienced in:

– Solo, duo, trio, and large full band gigs and shows

– Master of Ceremonies, Keynote Speaking, Workshop Facilitation, Retreat Faciliation, Voice Coaching, Songwriting, and Presenting

– Recording or live vocal work

- Acting: Simone has filmed a dozen TV commercials and had various acting roles