“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
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, guest sing with the fun, Hawaiian band ALOHA BABY as well as offering private singing tuition.
At the moment, I'm really enjoying playing with an old friend and gifted pianist Sean MacKenzie, who has just moved up to Byron and we have a few gigs coming up. Mostly as a duo, sometimes as a Trio, with great local percussionists. We're playing lots of my originals, vintage jazzy covers and some Latin and Brazilian tunes. Checkout the Calendar page, and to hear some of Sean's work: www.seanmackenzie.com
For more info about all these projects, please visit 'OTHER PROJECTS', 'TUITION' 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.
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!