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Alanna Cherote

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Australian-born Alanna Cherote comes from one of those large musical families that are rare to find these days. She is the eldest of 5 children and grew up surrounded by music and musical instruments.

Raised in a family of diverse cultures; her father is Lebanese and her mother is of Irish/Welsh descent, Alanna inherited a passion for the eclectic at an early age – an element that runs through her work as both a songwriter and a vocalist.

Growing up in a house with 4 younger siblings, Alanna needed an “escape” and hers was music. At home she would search through hundreds of her parent’s records, listening to the craftsmanship of early Paul McCartney material and the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. She was also inspired by African/American jazz and blues, and it was Alanna’s mother who introduced her to female artists like Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin, which left an indelible impression on her.

By the age of 14, Alanna started writing her own songs and recorded her first solo EP at the ripe old age of 16.

A few years later, Lamar Lowder (co-founder of Australian industrial band JERK) hooked up with Alanna in Sydney for some writing and recording sessions. With Lowder’s hard-rock background and Alanna’s softer songwriting style, it seemed an unlikely combination at first, but the clash of musical tastes melded together and the result was the pop song “Shakin’ Sweat” which was nominated at the MusicOz Awards for Best Song Of The Year in 2007.

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