Neesy has been performing live since she was 16 years old where she started as a Country singer playing at the Dorset Gardens Hotel in Melbourne. Since those days she has worked with musicians from Men at Work, Crowded House and Goanna and has performed with Kate Ceberano, Jo Jo Smith, Indigenous Rapper Warren Foster and African performer Jean-Paul Wobatai to name a few.
Neesy and long time music companion Michelle Chandler have had a Folk Duo for over 20 years and performed at a plethura of Venues and Festivals and toured the US in 2010 to promote their Album “Waking”, performing their original songs. They launched their CD to a Full House at the then “ID’s” in Prahran.
She was a member of “Fats Wah Wah” for 9 years and has also worked with and is presently recording with Melbourne musician Luke Tylim and still doing Folk gigs with Michelle Chandler. She is presently enjoying performing with Melbourne blues band Eastern City Blues.
Reggae/Blues with Fats, Soul/Funk with Luke, Folk/Contemporary with Michelle, Blues with Eastern City Blues and now Jazz!!! A lover of jazz since she was 21, her husband, a trumpet player, inspired her when taking her to his gigs with such amazing Jazz artists such as Vince Jones and Kate Ceberano.
She runs her own “Open Mic” at Forest Edge in Gembrook, and co-hosts with Brian Baker doing the “Leggacy Sessions” – nurturing, encouraging and supporting ‘Up and Coming Musicians’. Neesy also volunteers and has her own Radio Show called ‘Now and Then’ with local Radio Station 3MDR. She loves being part of “The Mountain Community” where she feels she has finally found her ‘Place’.
Check out Neesy Smith’s website here.
Accompanying Neesy at this year’s PAVE Festival will be well known and renown local singer/song writer Stewart Kohinga, revealing another side of his musical prowess with his skills on keys.
Check out Stewart Kohinga’s website here