Description: Vocalist, Australia

Instruments: Vocals

Music Styles: Country

Location: NSW, Australia

Location Born: Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

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Denise Morrison

Born in Tamworth Base Hospital and growing up in Kootingal, just up the road, as I grew so too did the concept of Tamworth as Country Music Capital.

Age 10 – first stage appearance was at the Kootingal Town Hall at a Johnny Ashcroft and at 13 – Started performing with the Geoff Brown Showband.

At 16 she won the female vocal section of the Capital Country Music Association’s Jamboree, which was the forerunner to the Golden Guitar Awards and the Tamworth Country Music Festival , narrowly beating a talented young singer from Melbourne, Karan Johns.

Signed a contract with Fable Records and released her first single “NO CHARGE”, produced by Doug Trevor. Molly Meldrum wrote in TV Week that “No Charge” was the worst record he’d heard all year, but it made the Top 20 of the Pop Charts of the day and I was pretty chuffed about that!

1975 – First performance at the Sydney Opera House – in the 2KY 50th Anniversary Concert.
1976 – The Prime Minister’s Command Performance before Malcolm Fraser in Canberra. Recorded “It’s Been a Long Time” and “Here We Go Again” with Phonogram and my producer was John Williamson.
1977-1978 – Accepted a contract to work six nights a week at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart as resident singer/compere in the very opulent Cabaret Room.
The ‘80’s – Full of new experiences and adventures and marked my return to the Country Music fold.

Television shows with Mike Walsh, Don Lane, Ernie Sigley, Bert Newton, Reg Lindsay’s Country Homestead, Travelin’ Out West with John Williamson, Conway Country with Lee, Country Closeup with Nick and That’s Australia.

Alan Caswell produced “Shot Full of Love” for her which is still a favourite record

1983 – Involved in the staging the first Port Pirie Country Music Festival. Promoting country music in South Australia.

Deneise sang before 100,000 people and Pope John Paul 11 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1987 – Returned to Tamworth for the 1987 festival. Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with “Now I’m Easy”. Invitation to perform with Slim and Joy, Anne, Heather McKean , Gordon Parsons, Mary Schneider and Syd Heylen on the Slim Dusty Show at Mike Walsh’s Regent Theatre in Richmond.

1990 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with “You’ve Gotta Lewarn to Dance”.

Joined forces with Allan Caswell and produced “Unfinished Business”. Mo Awards for Female Country Performer. South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1990 and 1991- Hosted the live 1 ½ hour televised Country Music Awards.
1991 – Won third Golden Guitar.
1990’s – began working with BP Australia opening their new truck stops around Australia’

sHE First heard a very young Beccy Sturtzel (Cole) singing with her mum, Carole.

A founding member of the CMAA was on the board from it’s inception in 1992 until 1996. (The CMAA was formed after major changes occurred to the awards presentation the previous year)

1993 – Adelaide Music Fiesta the ‘Schnitzel Sisters’ were created. The founding members are myself, Beccy, Margi Miller and Tracy Coster. Later my sister Lyn was added to this auspicious little secret society and the bond remains today.

1995 – On tour with Freddie Fender, Johnny Chester, Augie Meyers, the Alan Rich Band and Mick Hamilton.

Inducted into the Wall of Fame “A Tribute to the Women of Country Music” for outstanding achievement and contribution to the country music industry. Originally present by the South Tamworth Bowling Club, the “Wall” is now house at the Hall of Fame.

2007 – Formed STAGECOACH, performance tuition and workshop program.