Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie

artist

It’s been a long and bumpy road for Colin Lille to get where he is now. After years of battling with drugs and alcohol he migrated to the centre of Australia, picked up a guitar, became sober and devoted his life to music. Through cross collaboration with the Northern Territory arts scene Colin was able to begin a journey to create music that has helped him to grow. He has worked along side some of Australia's best artisits and producers including Dave Crowe (Resin Moon) Ben Allan (Broadwing producer of Gawurras acclamed album) in collaboration of Shadows on Blue. In 2013 he won the NT heat for Telstra Road to Discovary which helped him create a stronger national profile. It is with his 2016 debut album Glass Homes that he has been able share his stories about genuine struggles through songs that cut straight to the bone. Recorded at producer Mark Myers studio in Cairns the two began work on an incredibly honest album.
Colin’s first single “Give Thanks” won him NT song of the year (Blues and Roots) and saw the self proclaimed gypsy Scotsman tour the East Coast impressing crowds with his intense live performances. His last offering “Within” was a slow burning epic that saw Lillie wear his heart on his sleeve once again. “At some point I had to leave fear and open up to the idea that sharing can bring change. That we may still have pain fear and anxiety that burn within but it is better to free the truth than to keep it inside." Lillie's debut album has gained critical acclaim from some of Australia's top music reviewers
"With his debut record, Lillie has reached within himself and brought forth something truly special; a glass house is one thing, open for the world to see, but a Glass Home is another entirely." - The Guardian 4/5stars .
The Australian said "a compelling debut album, packed with vocal power, poetry, passion and palpable honesty" - 4.5/5 stars The Australian
With continual performances around the country Lillie has managed to prove himself as one of the Northern Territorie and Australia' best performers gaining himself the first ever National Live Music Award NT live voice of the year. Larry Heath from the AU Review said of his performance at Bigsound 2016 "I’d go so far as to call him the voice of the festival – and as good as his voice was, it was only made stronger by his musicianship and songwriting" -. RollingStone commented that "The Alice Springs singer-songwriter gives a gritty and emotional vocal performance, evoking pure strength and defiance". Lille has ended 2016 on a high after reciving the AU Review Award public voted "Australian Artist of 2016", an award that proves that people are craving what he has to offer being sustenance over style.

2017 does not seem to be slowing down for Lillie, with performances confirmed for WA, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and abroad. Colin is becoming a must see at festivals and cities around the country. He has already began writing the follow up to Glass Home's with the support of Graham (Asho) Ashton from Footstomp Music whom he continues to build a strong working relationship with. Yet his passion is to show that no matter how remote you are you can build a successful career in music and continue to perform live, in front of audiences all around Australia and beyond. To ultimately share that, which he believes to be a gift for everyone to hear.