Artist Feature: The Fergies

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Since forming in late 2007 this award-winning family band has experienced a steady rise in momentum, playing for tens of thousands of people all over the country. Their rich five-part harmonies and irresistible, tambourine-shaking, guitar-strumming, folk-dancing, electrified energy have attracted a broad and uniquely loyal fan-base of all ages, genders and walks of life, drawn to the band and their vibrant original music. 

From an early age Dan, Shani, Nathan, Joel and Kahlia Ferguson found themselves collectively inspired by influences that span styles as well as decades - the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Beatles, America, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, James Taylor, Carole King, Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.

To complement their face-to-the-camera online presence the band took their music to the challenging streets of Brisbane four years ago. Describing the motivation behind their street performing, Kahlia Ferguson explains, 'When you busk there's absolutely nowhere to hide. You face the crowd and deliver something engaging or people just ignore you. It keeps you grounded as a performer - gets you out from behind technology and connected to real people'.

With one foot rooted in the past and the other firmly planted in the future, The Fergies are emerging as one of Australia's freshest and most exciting creative units.

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Rhiannon Cooper