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EMILY WURRAMARA UNVEILS ‘CRUISIN’, HER AMAZING NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VID

EMILY WURRAMARA

Emily Wurramara unveils her stunning new single Cruisin’, along with a moving music video that beautifully captures the essence of day-to-day life, spending time with friends and family, cruising around the neighbourhood.

“In this song I’m singing about cruising to a place, a person,
just somewhere that genuinely brings you peace in your heart…”

The first song to come from her anticipated second studio album, due for release in 2021, Cruisin’ is the debut single for Emily’s new label home, ABC Music. It’s a poignant ballad that begins acoustic, stripped back and raw, before swelling into a melodic, uplifting showcase of Emily’s gorgeous vocal, and closing with a jubilant call and response.

Emily tells the story and inspiration behind Cruisin’ —
 
“I had no idea why I wrote it at the time; I was feeling trapped, isolated. I just wanted to cruise to a place that made me happy. Two weeks after I wrote the song my Godbrother Dion died in a car accident. 

Dion was the only big brother I came to know in Meanjiin, he’d always look after me at parties, when we were out and about, and we fought exactly like brother and sister too. I knew that this song was written for him.


“On the same day he passed I was performing at a festival in Queensland, it was one of the hardest shows I’ve ever done. I had Dion’s photo next to me whilst I sang. I remember I had a CD signing after the show and I had so many people come up and say these beautiful things and this one Aunty came up and gave me the biggest hug and whispered to me, “It’s okay to live after death”. That really stuck with me. 

“Cruisin’ is a universal word that also means “going somewhere”. 

Filmed in Meeanjin (Brisbane) where Emily now lives, the video shows the artist with her mob, spending time cruising through suburban streets and backyards. Powerful in its simplicity, it’s a stirring reminder to take stock of the everyday, to find joy in life’s simple moments.
 
Hailing from Groote Eylandt, Emily Wurramara is an important First Nations voice.

“Beyond her years in spirit and talent, Emily always sounds like the wise and bright voice of the soul breaking free.” – Nkechi Anele, triple j
 
“A teacher and encourager, not just of her people but her whole audience, young and old, of all cultural backgrounds… Emily Wurramara has a humble, genuine style as she tells important stories of her people and her family” – Glen Tozer, BlankGC


Released in 2018, Emily’s long awaited debut album Milyakburra gained critical praise, earning her an ARIA Award nomination for Best Blues and Roots Album that year, a NIMA nomination for Album of the Year, and four 2019 Queensland Music Award nominations. The album claimed the AIR Award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album in 2019.
 
She has toured with the likes of Mavis Staples, and in 2021 Emily will take in dates around the country joining Missy Higgins, Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, John Butler, The Teskey Brothers and more. Plus her own headlines dates to be announced soon… Stay tuned!

  
EMILY WURRAMARA | 2021 TOUR DATES
For tickets & more information, go to emilywurramara.com.au
 
WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL QLD
Saturday 12th December
 
SYDNEY NSW
Tuesday 12th January – Sydney Festival
Songs Of Don (Katie Noonan Project)
 
SYDNEY NSW
Friday 15th January – Eternity Playhouse, Sydney Fringe Festival
 
PARRAMATTA NSW
Sunday 17th January – Sydney Festival
Songs Of Don (Katie Noonan Project)
 
BRIBIE ISLAND QLD
Saturday 6th February – Sandstone Point Hotel
With Amy Shark
 
GLENELG SA
Sunday 14th February – Summersalt Festival 
With Missy Higgins
 
HOBART TAS
Friday 19th February – Botanical Gardens, Summersalt Festival 
With The Cat Empire & John Butler
 
MORNINGTON VIC
Saturday 20th February – The Briars, Summersalt Festival 
With The Cat Empire & John Butler
 
CANBERRA ACT
Saturday 27th February – Stage 88, Summersalt Festival 
With The Teskey Brothers & John Butler
 
BELLA VISTA NSW
Sunday 28th February – Bella Vista Farm, Summersalt Festival 
With The Cat Empire & Teskey Brothers
 
GERALDTON WA
Saturday 20th March – Multipurpose Centre, Summersalt Festival 
With John Butler & The Teskey Brothers
 
PERTH WA
Sunday 21st March – Whitford Nodes, Summersalt Festival 
With John Butler & The Teskey Brothers
 
WOLLONGONG NSW
Saturday 27th March – Stuart Park, Summersalt Festival 
With The Teskey Brothers & The Cat Empire
 
BALLARAT VIC
Sunday 28th March – North Gardens, Summersalt Festival 
With The Cat Empire & The Teskey Brothers
 
DARWIN NT
Friday 2nd April – Botanical Gardens, Summersalt Festival 
With The Teskey Brothers & The Cat Empire
 
BYRON BAY NSW
Sunday 4th April – Bluesfest
 
BYRON BAY NSW
Monday 5th April – Bluesfest

EMILYWURRAMARA.COM.AU
 
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