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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The track arrives days after the musicians first ever ARIA win!

Image: Elliott Lauren Ryan.

Rising singer-songwriter Budjerah is ending the year on a high, scoring his first National Indigenous Music Award, his first ARIA Award and dropping a brand new single! Wash My Sorrows Away is the latest in a string of captivating releases from the young musician.

Produced by the singers longtime collaborator and acclaimed musician Matt Corby, Budjerah's signature soulful vocals linger above simmering pop-R&B sonics and take us deeper into his musical realm. The track captures the emotions of going through a heartbreak in your teens, and leaning into your comforts to move towards a place of healing.

Wash My Sorrows Away is my teenage heartbreak song. Everyone has tough times and we all have our own ways of dealing with sadness, and this song tells what it's like for me when I'm in those situations. If I'm ever having a tough time I like to go home and get into the ocean, whether it's surfing or just diving under for a few seconds, it helps me get out of my own head. ‘You know I try to keep myself out of mind’. It's also about wanting to be with someone in particular, someone that takes up that space in your head ‘But I still keep you inside,’”

On Wednesday night, Budjerah took home the ARIA Award for Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist for his debut self-titled EP, weeks after being named Best New Talent at the National Indigenous Music Award. The award was presented by megastar Ed Sheeran and homegrown legend Vance Joy, with the musician also making his ARIA performance debut, taking to the stage to deliver a superb performance of Missing You.

Only months ago, Warner Music Australia have announced their partnership with Warner Records US, bringing the 19 year old Coodjinburra singer-songwriter's music to audiences across the US. The news came weeks after the musicians signing with Mushroom Music Publishing, with new music from Budjerah set to arrive later this month.

His debut EP, Budjerah, sees the musician continue his collaborative efforts with ARIA and J Award-winning artist Matt Corby, who produced the body of work. The pair worked tirelessly on the EP, crafting the sound that would introduce the world to Budjerah’s musical abilities. Produced and co-written by Corby, Budjerah - Live At Rainbow Valley was recorded at Corby’s Rainbow Valley studio in the Northern Rivers in NSW.

Wash My Sorrows Away is out now! Listen to the release below.


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