Deniese MORRISON (1988)
1956 - Born in
and grew up in Kootingal, near
Age 10 - first stage
appearance was at the Kootingal
at a Johnny Ashcroft Concert. John Minson invited her sing.
Age 13 - Started performing with
the Geoff Brown Showband. Gary and Rob Brown played in the band
along with Frank Jones, who was also Phil and Tommy Emmanuel’s
Age 16 - 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.
A young radio announcer, Alan
Clement came to
to work at 2TM and gathered a few of us kids together to form
“Teenage Country Style”. Lawrie Minson and Gary Brown were also
members of this little troupe.
1973 - When Max Ellis and the
2TM team staged the first Australasian Country Music Awards at
in 1973, “Teenage Country Style” performed along with Smoky
Dawson, Shirley Thoms and Buster Noble.
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!
I began my studies at Uni and
in the holidays flew to Melbourne
to record my first album “Denise Morrison”. Yes, that WAS the
spelling of Deniese on the cover!
While I was at Uni, Gary Brown
and Phil Emmanuel were playing with Nev Nicholls and “The
Country Playboys” at The Texas Tavern in Kings Cross. Every week
I’d catch a bus to the Cross and wander down to sing with the
boys until the early hours. Then I’d catch the bus back to
The Australian Newspaper
offered me a cadetship at the same time as Wally Bishop gave me
the chance to tour
on “The Greyhound Country Music Express” with Johnny Chester,
The Hawking Brothers and Lee Conway.
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
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
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
Nick Erby’s Jamboree tour saw
Nick, John Williamson, Allan Caswell, Pixie and I off around Oz
Alan Caswell produced “Shot Full
of Love” for me which is still on of my favourite records and
our first duet “That’s The Real Thing”.
1982 - Nick and Deniese worked
together promoting the Lone Star Café in the Sydney CBD playing
live Country Music six nights a week in the heart of the city.
1983 - Involved in the staging
the first Port Pirie Country Music Festival. Promoting country
1985 - Nick Erby took over the
reins at Radio 3UZ in Melbourne
and Deniese was back working with Nick to promote Country Music
1986 - Sang before 100,000
people and Pope John Paul 11 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Max Ellis ask her to perform “And the Band Played Waltzing
Matilda” at the 60th Anniversary APRA Awards at The Hilton in
Sydney as Eric Bogle was getting the Special Gold Award.
1987 - Returned to
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
1988 – Performed at the
official opening of the
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1989 - Hosted the 17th Country
Music Awards live across Australia
on Channel 7 with Johnny Chester. Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the Year with “Battle
Hymn of Love”. Mo Awards for Female Country Performer.
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.
1990’s - began working with BP
Australia opening their new truck stops around Australia
and decided to record an album as part of the project, “SINCE I
First heard a
very young Beccy Sturtzel (Cole) singing with her mum, Carol.
A year later she took Beccy
under my wing - Beccy Cole was born.
1991 - Won third Golden Guitar.
1992 - 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.
On tour with
Freddie Fender, Johnny Chester, Augie Meyers, the Alan Rich Band
and Mick Hamilton.
of Country Music under the guidance of Peter Winkler. For the
next four years Deniese was both tutor and the College ‘Mum’.
2007 - Formed STAGECOACH,
performance tuition and workshop program.