Simone Waddell is a singer-songwriter and was the first Australian to win a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After completing her music degree, Simone continued her career internationally into Asia, Europe, the U.S.A and Australia, performing in countless top venues both solo and with world class musicians.
Simone is one of Australia’s Top Contemporary Jazz Artists performing jazz, soul, and funk-infused with groove. Genres also include pop, R&B, zouk, gospel, and even some classical. Simone won the Nescafe Big Break and was awarded $20,000 for her musical achievements and was the first jazz vocalist in Australian history to achieve a Masters Degree in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was mentored by the late Australian iconic singer Kerrie Biddell, who was the focus of Simone’s research.
Simone is an ambassador for Messenger Rescue to raise awareness and resources to bring freedom to those trapped in sex trafficking.
Highlights include playing keyboard and singing backing vocals on the Australian tour for Grammy nominated hit artist, Taylor Dayne, performing numerous times at Parliament House for State and National Government Leaders, and being the opening act for Australia’s well known jazz singer, Vince Jones for Australian Music Week.
A full biography can be found here.