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The KARI Singers are one of the most talented Aboriginal vocal performance groups. These vocalists pride themselves on sharing culture, providing professional and high-quality performances tailored to their audience. The group captivates audiences with their unique sound and performance style offering Indigenous songs as well as modern pieces with a cultural flare.

The KARI Singers have performed at many prestigious corporate and community events around NSW. These have recently included:

ICC Sydney Indigenous Vocal Group of choice

 

NRL State of Origin – ANZ Stadium

Suncorp Super Netball  – Qudos Bank Arena

Australia Day Concert – Sydney Opera House

PBR Australia World Championships – Qudos Bank Arena

The KARI Singers have been requested to perform alongside some of Australia’s most renowned artists including Yothu Yindi, Guy Sebastian, Christine Anu, Dami Im, Conrad Sewell, John Stevens, Connie Mitchell and Isaiah Firebrace.

Repertoire

Click on a song to hear our most requested performances in Aboriginal dialogue and English:

Please contact the KARI Singers for their full repertoire. These performers are also able to learn new material with consultation from music directors

Meet our Directors

 

Blake Ralph – Program Director 

Blake Ralph is an industry professional and a talented Aboriginal singer/songwriter who has been singing and playing guitar from the age of 12.

Blake was a featured artist in the Schools Spectacular for 4 years and a graduate of the Talent Development Project.

Blake has since worked with many artists in the Australian music industry including Marcia Hines, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian and Diesel.

In 2004, alongside Wendy Tierney, Blake started the Aboriginal Vocal Identification Program which continues to help Aboriginal students develop their talents in the performing arts.

Blake is also a qualified studio engineer and producer who owns and runs a recording studio in South West Sydney.

 

Sarah Bertram – Program Director

Sarah Bertram is a talented and professional singer/songwriter with over 15 years experience in the performing arts.

Sarah was involved in the Schools Spectacular as a featured artist from 2001-2005. She was also part of Bankstown’s Talent Advancement Program, alongside Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan and X-Factor contestant Jess Dunbar.

In 2008, Sarah began her journey as a vocal teacher and started Songbird Vocals where she continues to tutor and guide aspiring singers with one on one lessons at her studio.

2008 also saw Sarah join the Aboriginal Vocal Identification Program as a Director alongside Wendy Tierney and Blake Ralph. She uses her passion for music and past experiences in the industry to encourage and grow the talents of young Indigenous performers.

 

Wendy Tierney – Program Director

Wendy Tierney has a career of over 40 years mentoring young people – working in the area of performing arts. In this role, she has nurtured, developed and showcased the talents of many young performers.

Wendy directed the East Hills Festival for over 25 years and has been a part of the Schools Spectacular Production since it began – 36 years ago. She has also been a consultant to the NSW Talent Development Project.

In 2002 Wendy was part of the team which established Bankstown’s Talent Advancement Program – a program that seeks to give opportunities for the students in the Bankstown area to develop and showcase their talents. Rising through the ranks of this program have been Paulini, Casey Donovan, Jess Dunbar and countless other performers who are currently working in the entertainment industry.

In 2004, with the support of the Department of Education and KARI, Wendy joined with talented Aboriginal singer songwriter Blake Ralph to form the Aboriginal Vocal Identification Program for Aboriginal students in South Western Sydney – another highly successful program encouraging young people in performing arts.

Meet our Singers

Halle

Halle is a proud member of the Eora Nation. She graduated from the KARI Vocal Identification Program after 6 years of performing and continues her journey as an integral part of the KARI Singers.

Halle is currently in her first year at the University of Technology Sydney studying a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of technology. She is also working at Rosemeadow Public School as a School Learning Support Officer (SLSO)

Halle hopes to continue showcasing and embracing her culture whilst performing as a part of the KARI Singers.

 

Joshua

Joshua is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri nation. Joshua participated in the Vocal Identification Program for 2 years, before continuing his journey as part of the KARI Singers for the past 3 years. Joshua strives to embrace his culture to his fullest potential and harness this energy into all of his performances, using music as a tool to educate, inspire and create conversation in our community.

Talyssa

Talyssa is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta (Dharawal) Nation. Talyssa graduated from the Vocal Identification Program after 5 years and transitioned quickly into the KARI Singers. She enjoys performing alongside her friends and sharing and embracing her culture with every performance.

Talyssa is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education (ATSI Education) at western Sydney University – Milperra Campus. She is in her third year hoping to graduate in 2021 as a qualified teacher. She also works as a student ambassador for WSU helping to run feeder programs for primary and secondary students to encourage them to consider tertiary education and future career pathways.

She is currently working at the International Convention Centre in customer service as an usher and also works casually at LUSH Cosmetics Australia as a Sales Assistant.

Talyssa has recently been offered a position at her old high school as Student Liaison Support Officer (SLSO).

Tenaya

Tenaya graduated from the Vocal Identification Program after 6 years and continues her journey with the KARI Singers.  She is proud that she gets to embrace her culture through performance and educate audience members through traditional Aboriginal songs and language.

Tenaya is in her second year at the Australian Catholic University Strathfield completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. She is aspiring to be an Exercise Physiologist.

Tenaya is currently working part time at Frangos Gregory Hills whilst studying full time.

Jasmine

A member of the Kamilaroi (Gamilaraay) nation, Jasmine has been performing since Year 8 and was a previous participant of the KARI Vocal Identification Program. After graduating, Jasmine continues her journey as a part of the KARI Singers.

Jasmine accredits her confidence to perform to mentors Blake, Sarah, Wendy and her peers after participating in the Vocal Identification Program.

Jasmine is proud to represent her culture through her performances with the KARI Singers and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come.

Testimonials

“I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to have worked with the
very talent KARI Singers at many events. On each occasion, the singers
performed with professionalism, dedication and fantastic sound. From
highly formal corporate functions to the pressure of live television,
the KARI Singers have never let us down. They have backed major
Australian Artists and taken their own place at centre stage.”
John Foreman, OAM Musical Director

“Unbelievable, what talent and a beautiful version in the language of their own and English. Just beautiful.”
Ray Hadley OAM, 2GB

“A different take on a Acknowledgement of Country. What a captivating and beautiful performance by KARI If you are looking for a unique twist on your next conference welcome, we would highly recommend them!”
Cornerstone Events

Performance Packages

  • Single Song Performance – $500
  • Unique Acknowledgement to Country Performance including song – $800.00
    *Additional Songs $500.00 each.
  • Tailored Performance Package – Price on negotiation.
  • Indigenous Commercial Compositions for advertising and promotional purposes – Price on negotiation.

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Contact KARI Singers

If you are interested in having the KARI Singers at your event, please contact singers@kari.org.au or call (02) 8782 0300.