It was around June 2012, that Australians stopped in their tracks to view Tourism Australia’s stunning international television commercial, and were equally captivated by the vocal track that accompanied it. It was surely one of the most visually arresting television commercials in recent times, with a stunning use of music. The song was ‘It’s Like Love’, the artist, Hobart’s Dewayne Everettsmith.
Watch Dewayne Everettsmith's new video for "It's Like Love"
Fast forward eighteen months and Dewayne has released ‘It’s Like Love’, the first single to be lifted from his debut album ‘Surrender’, through Sony Music Australia. Recorded at Sing Sing and Woodstock Studios in Melbourne and Studios 301, Sydney, ‘Surrender’ was produced by Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen.
‘Surrender’ is a s sweeping journey, beautiful and captivating, equal parts uplifting and haunting. Each song is an insight into this young man’s life, showcasing heartfelt lyrics that hint of his life experiences. “When I wrote most of these songs, I was obviously in emotional turmoil – difficult things in my life,” explains Dewayne. “The idea was that when someone listens to it, it touches a nerve but they take a positive from it. That was the ultimate aim.”
Descended from both the Aboriginal community of Cape Barren Island and the Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria, Dewayne’s career started at an early age, performing amongst his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Through various trials and tribulations he has grown as a performer, playing festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, supporting the likes of Gurrumul, John Farnham, Archie Roach and Guy Sebastian, and dueting with Paul Kelly. Back in 2011, music critic Bruce Elder stated that he is … ‘a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash.’
Whilst developing his music, Dewayne has also lent his support as national ambassador for the official Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal, earned a Human Rights Week award for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his aboriginal heritage, and was a Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014.
One listen to ‘It’s Like Love’ and ‘Surrender’ will tell you that this is an Australian performer of note, a rising star, an artist that will long make his mark on the Australian music scene. Fans will have an opportunity to experience Dewayne’s amazing live set as he tours the country, taking in the follow dates:
Thursday 6th Fly By Night ‘Fly Trap’, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 8th Kings Park, Perth (supporting Gurrumul)
Sunday 9th Spiegeltent (10 Days On The Island), Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 11th Arts Centre Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Friday 14th Factory Floor, Marrickville, NSW – album launch
Sunday 16th Casterton/Sandford Football/Netball Club, Casterton, VIC
Thursday 20th Captains at Mariners, Batemans Bay, NSW
Friday 21st Southern Cross Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Wednesday 26th Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga NSW
Thursday 27th Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 28th Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW
Saturday 29th Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW