“Parissa … immediately engages by being blessed with a voice that has timbral overlaps with Billie Holiday’s. More significantly she shines the charm of that voice on some exceptional self-penned songs”
JOHN SHAND, SMH
“I cannot stop listening to this doll-faced singing angels album. She is shut-the-front-door DYNAMITE! Like a blend of Carmen Miranda, Billy Holiday and Madeleine Peroux but completely herself at the same time. I adore her stage presence, songwriting, vocal timbre and phrasing. I urge you to check her out online or live. (Believe it or not but she is Byron Bay based!!!) If you don't already know this starlet please allow me to introduce to you Parissa Bouas! ♥ #howhaveinotheardofherbefore”
ABBIE CHIQUITA CARDWELL
Winner of the 2012 NCEIA Award for Song of the Year & Best Jazz Song
Winner of the 2013 NCEIA Award for Best Jazz Song, Best World Music
As the year comes to a close, I say goodbye to James Ross, who has been my accompanist for the past 18 months. I wish him and his partner well on their journey to Brazil and beyond, hoping you'll come back safe and sound and soon...
The shows with Carl Cleves - THE HOTTENTOTS, went beautifully this year. I still love singing those deep and intimate songs with Carl.
Many thanks to the Lighthouse Voices Choir, for thoroughly singing me up each Wednesday night.
Finally, much love to you, dear audiences, for your support of my musical projects, this year and over many years. Every little bit of support has helped me develop as an artist and a human being, so thank you for that blessing. Every little bit of joy we can create in this crazy mixed up world is such a valuable commodity. Every kind word and good deed, every moving melody, helps us to hope and believe in the goodness of each other, and hope is the only remedy to fear...
So, I wish you all a very merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, joyous summer or winter Solstice where ever you may be on this blue planet. Go gently and safely into the new year and delight in the extraordinary unknown to come.
Welcome to my website.
As well as being a solo artist, I write, record and perform with Carl Cleves in THE HOTTENTOTS, sing and play percussion with the vintage Calypso Cabaret ensemble THE BELLA FONTES, Sing and play percussion with the exciting 12 piece women's Afro Brazillian group MENINAS DA LUA sing with the fun, good time uke band, UKE-A-LICIOUS, as well as private offering singing tuition and directing the 'LIGHTHOUSE VOICES CHOIR'.
For more info about these projects, please visit 'OTHER PROJECTS', 'TUITION' and 'CHOIRS' pages.
I'd like to thank Andrew Worboys for the delicious video clip he made for 'Nothings Gonna Last'. You can buy this song and the CD on this website or on iTunes. If you're in Australia, go to the DucksCrossing website if you want the hardcopy CD.
The Full Force of the Wind' won BEST WORLD and BEST JAZZ song at the 2013 Dolphin Music Awards, for the songs 'The Full Force of the Wind' and 'Honey and Candlelight'. I am off course thrilled...it was also a finalist for SONG OF THE YEAR, which 'Sad Eyes' won last year, and BEST FEMALE SINGER.
Thanks Michiel Hollanders from Smoked Recordings for all the hard work he put into this project. This is a feather in his cap too!! Also, my heartfelt thanks to all the musicians who played and sang on this recoding. You're the best!