Brisbane singer songwriter, Jeremy Neale, was announced as the winner of  of this year’s Grant McLennan Fellowship award  at The Triffid in Brisbane on Friday 1 December.

The event featured performances from the four Queensland-based finalists.

The Grant McLennan Fellowship was established in 2007 by the Queensland Government and offers the winner a prize of $25 000 to travel to New York, London or Berlin.The fellowship is in honour of Grant McLennan’s lasting impact on the music industry.

It creates opportunities for the winner to immerse themselves in the cultural life of one of these cities. It was designed so the winner could draw on their new culturally rich experience as inspiration.

Grant McLennan founded Brisbane band ‘The Go-Betweens’, and his musical works have paved the way for other contemporary artists.

According to APRA AMCOS National Team Leader, Andrew Tuttle, Jeremy’s progress as a songwriter over the last decade, as well as his contributions to Queensland’s contemporary music industry were what secured his place as the awardee.

Jeremy will be spending just under three months in the United States, where he will work on his next album, and further his songwriting skills.

This accolade is just one of the successes under Jeremy’s belt. He has toured extensively with his bands Velociraptor and Teen Sensations.

He was also previously awarded the Billy Thorpe Scholarship, and last month released his debut album Getting The Team Back Together.

Jeremy was joined by fellow Queensland-based finalists Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie), Sabrina Lawrie, and Tom Cooney.

Hatchie became an artist to watch after uploading her track Try to Triple J Unearthed in May, where the track was soon added to Australian radio playlists. With the recent release of her track Hatchie’s musical career has taken off, with the singer now supporting Ball Park Music and The Temper Trap in their upcoming shows.

In the past year, Sabrina Lawrie overcame the challenge of breaking her back and since her recovery has been touring nationally. Her new album Hush The Mountain has been met with critical acclaim. It was awarded 4.5 stars by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Tom Cooney recently returned to Australia and debuted his third album Futureproof. Most of the album was recorded across the span of a fortnight in late 2015, at his friend and tour mate Lawrence’s home-studio in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

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