The Merindas are a Contemporary R&B/Electropop duo that present a much anticipated show never seen before on the Australian music scene. They’re the synthesis of warrior queen, bringing an on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive and beautiful music dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous language and culture in a modern form.
The Merindas are, Candice Lorrae of Jawoyn and Thursday Islander herritage (born Darwin NT) and Ballardong Whadjuk and Nyoongar woman Kristel Kickett (from Tammin WA). They discovered their mutual passion for music in Perth more than 7 years ago. Now based in Melbourne, these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music.
The group formed in Perth singing Motown hits for the premier of The Sapphires film in 2012. Pursuing with a stream of success, they went on to sell out shows receiveing a 2013 Deadly award nomination, won the Indigenous WAM Song of the Year, headlined major corporate events, festivals and fashion shows along with supporting some of Australia’s biggest stars, including, among others, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Mojo Juju and International Grammy Award winning artist, Brandy.
With a global movement in Women Empowerment and LGBTQ communities push for Equality, the duo have taken on the mission to improve self worth and love to inspire others to do the same. This is prevalent in everything that is ‘The Merindas’. Often throughout the years the duo set aside their music to deliver workshops in remote and rural communinties across Australia to work with young Indigenous women in building confidence and creative leadership skills through fashion, dance and modelling.
Since their feel good 2016 single release ‘We Sing Until Sunrise’, Candice and Kristel have been writing and compiling banger tracks with ARIA award winning producer Dazastah from Downsyde. Now, 2 years in the making with master producers Frank Eliesa (Auckland) and Jake Steele (Melbourne), The Merindas are set to fire up new releases late 2019 heading into 2020 with an explosive debut album release.