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Billie McCarthy

Soprano soloist and Composer

A graduate of Newtown School of Performing Arts, Billie is one of Sydney's most exciting live performers. She is a regular guest performer at LEC performances, particularly Carols on NortonIn addition to her performance role, she has composed several songs for Carols on Norton: Billie's Song (2006), Almost Christmas Day (2007) and I love Christmas (2008).

Moving easily between jazz standards and torch light through classical hymns and Irish drinking songs she injects her performances with fun and warmth.! She lists her influences as coming from a myriad of sources... "My Mum Kate McCarthy and my dad Johnny Green, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, India Arie, John Coltrane, Dolly Parton, Jill Scott, Ngaiire Josephs, Etta James, Chick Corea, and on and on..."

Billie is an entertainer and educator - a regular live performer in venues such as the Vanguard, the Factory and Basement, she is also an energetic workshop presenter. She has composed and performed carols with the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus' annual Carols on Norton series. Appeared on ABC Radio National's Sunday Live and has been a top 12 finalist in the very first Australian Idol.

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You can hear excerpts of Billie's Christmas songs (with Billie on vocals, backed by LEC) by clicking here.