triple j crowns Unearthed High winner 2016

After another epic year of searching for Australia’s best High School music act, Triple j has announced Gretta Ray from Melbourne’s Princes Hill Secondary College as 2016’s Unearthed High winner.
Gretta caught the bug early on, writing songs at just seven years old and continuing to write songs every day as she grew up. At the start of 2016, Gretta released her stirring debut EP Elsewhere comprised of songs written on her bedroom floor at the age of 15. Now 18 and in the last year of high school she gives us ‘Drive’, a song that has captured everyone’s ears with its clever, mature lyrics and Gretta’s immediately warm vocal tones.

Having already worked with Gotye collaborator Josh Barber and joined Japanese Wallpaper as a member of his live band, Gretta is someone Australia is going to be hearing a lot from in years to come.

triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe says, “There are a bunch of one-word descriptors that could be interchangeably applied to Gretta Ray; smart, assured, catchy, unshakable are just a few. The truth is that they all go together when summing up Gretta Ray – this bold and exciting new talent who seems to win over everyone that comes into orbit of her music.”
Gretta will now be flown to triple j to record, mix or master her music, which will be played on triple j and triple j Unearthed. Plus she’ll receive songwriting advice from none other than J Award winning singer-songwriter Meg Mac.
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