First Nations Music Officer
Sue Ray, winner of the 2022 Queensland Music Awards Blues’n’roots award, is an Australian Indigenous multi-award-winning singer/songwriter that captivates audiences with her original brand of country/blues and roots music, smoky rich voice, and high energy performances. Often compared to such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton and Lucinda Williams, Sue’s sound crosses genres allowing her to appeal to a wide audience demographic. Sue recently returned to Australia after being based in Nashville, where she worked alongside industry greats and connected into the scene, gigging and writing.
Sue has a Diploma of Film & Television, Cert IV in Contemporary Music, Certificate in Sound Engineering and Video Production and has completed a song writing course at the Songpreneurs Retreat in Nashville TN.
Sue Ray has released three critically acclaimed albums: "Best Beware" 2008, "Red Roses" 2011 (which she co-produced with Aria award winner Magoo) then "Live At The Junk Bar" 2017. In 2018, she released an EP titled "I Would Never Do That" recorded live in Nashville TN. In 2021, Sue released three singles including “All The Lonely Ones” cowritten with renowned writer Sean Sennett and her track “Take Me Away” which won the 2022 QMusic Blues’n’roots award.
Since 2017, Sue has run song writing and performance workshops for Indigenous students for such organisations as “Starting Ground” programme for the Byron Bay Shire Council and APRA/AMCOS, Digi Youth Arts in Brisbane, Deadly Ways programme run by the University Of Southern QLD, Kelvin Grove State School and Fairholme College Kindergarten Toowoomba.