Anita Spring
Ready to go solo: Anita Spring is the latest female songstress set to make a big impact on the Australian music scene.

Girls strike right chord

IN the '60s, the girl-group explosion changed the face of popular music.

In the '90s, boy bands with sweet harmonies and matching outfits were the hot trend.

Now it seems if you're a young, beautiful chick who can play a piano, you're in as far as record companies are concerned.

What started with Delta Goodrem's incredible chart assault has flourished into a frenzy of young women being snapped up.

The latest is The Block sensation Amity Dry, who will release her debut album, The Lighthouse, on July 28.

Next up is New Zealand classical singer Hayley Westenra, who will showcase her talents in Melbourne this month, and Anita Spring, whose first single Blink (Stay a Little Longer), will be released on July 21.

While a relatively new face, Spring is almost a veteran of the Australian music scene, having worked with acts such as Christine Anu and Powderfinger.

She was seen supporting Powderfinger when they sang their hit Passenger at the 2000 ARIA awards and offered a record deal.

Blink has already featured on promos for Channel 7's All Saints and will be heard in new Australian film Danny Deckchair, starring Miranda Otto and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).

Spring's launch comes hot on the heels of another Universal signing, Candice Alley, whose debut single Falling jumped into the top five after huge radio airplay.

If that wasn't enough girl power, remember we've already heard from Home and Away starlet Bec Cartwright and Always Greener's Michala Banas. And we've also been threatened with a possible music career from former Neighbours actor Madeleine West.

Reality show star Dry's foray into pop is a twist on the usual soap-to-music story.

While she knows The Block got her foot in the door, the down-to-earth blonde says her music will prove she's no one-hit wonder.

"In the end it was worth the risk. This was a way I could get the songs to an audience, and if audiences love them, then I know I'm doing the right thing," she said.

"But I never thought I'd have to go on a renovating show to get a record out."

Herald and Weekly Times


Info courtesy of Gareth K


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