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Last year was a milestone year for Brisbane artist Clea as she released her first album and also signed with a major booking agency, which further elevated her reputation within the Australian music scene. Achieving these two major milestones has given her a confidence boost as she prepares for an even more successful 2019.

Releasing the album Vermillion was a major step in Clea’s career and is a body of work she is incredibly proud of and happy to have been afforded the opportunity to create. The process by which the record was created was unique and rare, particularly for a new artist.

“I’m with a really good independent label which allows me to have a lot of control,” Clea told J.A.M before further explanation, “My partner [Alistar Richardson] and I did it all ourselves in a hand-built recording studio in the Scenic Rim of Queensland. So we didn’t have any restrictions in terms of how long we could take.”

This freedom meant that the process was enjoyable, which certainly shines through in the record and has since translated into incredible success.

“It can be very hard to tell in this very digital, behind the walls kind of world how a record is doing but the people who have put in the time to listen to it have responded really well.”

With such a positive response to the record, Clea is feeling reaffirmed in her musical abilities and direction, so much so that she has already begun work on the follow-up release.

“Any kind of positive feedback is a confirmation that I’m on the right track and can confidently continue to make as much music as I like and continue to release new albums as often as possible because now I know people actually listen.”

Towards the end of 2018, Clea received another confidence boost when she was signed to the esteemed booking agency New World Artists, which boasts a roster spearheaded by Tina Arena and Silverchair.

“It feels awesome to be sitting next to incredible artists like that, especially Silverchair who I grew up listening to. It’s a dream come true”

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