It was quite apparent to the people who took notice back in 2013 that the little-known solo folk artist, Angie McMahon, was incredibly talented.
Where did she come from? Who was she? After winning a competition to support Bon Jovi during his 2013 Australian tour, McMahon seemingly disappeared, so these questions remained unanswered for the most part. However, if you knew where to look in the local scene, you were sure to find her.
McMahon spent the next 4-5 years honing her craft. Having been only a recent convert to solo performance at the time of her competition win, and getting the immense confidence that her music could be made into something, she decided to gain more performance and writing experience, before releasing her stunning debut in 2017, the single entitled 'Slow Mover'.
All of the sudden, after all those years in the wilderness, Angie McMahon was the name on everybody's lips – including Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette, who installed Angie McMahon as the support artist for her long-awaited 2018 Australian tour.
Except, that as I mentioned before, McMahon was never in the wilderness, and she never disappeared. She just seemed to.
Angie is a true representation of exactly what can happen in Melbourne's music industry if you believe in your product and others do as well. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get it out there – the community as a whole realises exactly how hard you've been working – people are going to back you and back your product.
After playing a multitude of shows around town, many of them – like a lot of us – to near-empty rooms, Angie – who simply never lost sight of the big picture – came through, leaps and bounds, and streaks ahead of many artists at the same stage of their careers.
By all means did this not all just happen overnight, even though from the outside, that's exactly how it may seem. Years of hard work and dedication poured have been poured in to what Angie wanted to do with her life, and in my experience, a lot of musicians (including myself) fall down at this point.
There's an unrealistic expectation amongst a lot of us that after a certain amount of time - gigging, open mics, recording, networking – that something is just going to happen. It's not going to happen, not unless you believe in yourself; not unless you surround yourself with people who believe in you, too; and, definitely not if you lose sight of the bigger picture of what music means to you and what it means for you to be able to send it out to the public.
People love McMahon for her entirely relatable subject matter and lyricism. They also love her for her huge voice, which has as full a range as anyone's voice that I have heard in recent times. I certainly love her music for these reasons, but I also love it for what I have outlined above. Having seen her name around town for such a long time, playing the same somewhat tired rooms, battling her way through to her moment. Because that's what we all strive for, and I absolutely love seeing it come to fruition.
I'm proud of Angie McMahon for everything she represents for the rest of us.
It's hard to find much information about her. She's a bit mysterious and aloof, but I like that. This young woman is taking Australia, and maybe soon the world, by storm. She isn't an overnighr success, she's a product of never giving up – and of knowing when her music was ready to go.
Timing is everything. How it all happened, people can happily go around saying “who knows,” without really knowing what has happened before, because the reality for most people is that Angie McMahon was a name nobody knew one day, and then that was on everybody's lips the next day.
It's a good reminder for public fans that music doesn't begin and end with the large, commercial radio stations and big gigs. It's born lower, deeper; in a place often forgotten.
Go and see some local shows. You just might uncover a name like Angie McMahon... before anybody else does!
Singer/Songwriter; Sound Engineer & Freelance Writer from Melbourne, Australia.