Rochelle Pitt is a Butchulla/Kalkadoon woman and Traditional Owner of Quandamooka Nation who started singing and performing at a young age in the churches and choirs of Far North Queensland.
Growing up, she fondly remembers learning most of her vocal skills from listening to her Aunties and Uncles singing the old gospel hymns and realising very early the power of music and voice. It wasn’t until the age of 23 however that Rochelle went on to start singing professionally while on break from Nursing Studies. During this time, she released her first EP, “Black to Reality”, a body of work full of uplifting and inspirational songs for her first nation people. The EP went on to feature what would become an anthem for indigenous and non-indigenous women alike. The track ‘Too Deadly My Sister’ still gets significant play on indigenous community radio to this day!
Being a professional Singer/Songwriter and Nurse has not only helped to shape Rochelle’s life path, but also her mission to make a statement about the strength, beauty and love we all have within us. Her vocal tone and ability emits power and conviction that can stop a crowd in its tracks and give goose bumps to all who listen to her god given gift.
After taking an extended break from pursing music, Rochelle decided to start performing again and auditioned for Australian Indigenous Choir ‘Austranesia’ and during this time, she released another original track, ‘Motha Ailan’ about Darnley Island in the Torres Straits.
It was in 2014 however that Pitt found a national audience after catapulting herself into the lounge rooms of Australia when she auditioned for hit series, The X Factor Australia. It was during her time on national screens that transformed her from everyday mother and nurse, to Australia’s very own Soul Mumma with a legion of followers and supporters that would help her secure 8th place overall in the competition.
Post X Factor, the journey has only gone from strength to strength for this Cairns based performer. In 2015, Rochelle released her first commercial single “Good Thing Coming” and signed on to be ambassador for Kidney Health Australia.
As an in-demand artist and entertainer, Rochelle has featured at countless corporate events, and conferences across Australia and her diary continues to be filled with community gigs, music & arts festivals across the country where she has enjoyed showcasing her original music and indigenous heritage to new and established audiences.
In December 2017, Rochelle released her hotly anticipated new EP Soul Mumma and with lyrics so open, honest and raw, yet so beautiful and elegant, Rochelle has offered her old and new followers a taste of what she likes to call Indigi-groove. Her new release is sure to please with many genres of music imbedded into the tracks from Soul, Gospel, Blues, Rock & Funk to name a few. In a review of the EP, Sounds of Oz described the EP as Soul Music the way pioneers like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye intended it to be. One of the EP’s tracks “I Believe” also received rave reviews and peaked at #8 on AMRAP’s Regional Radio Chart.
In 2018, Rochelle was announced as an Ambassador for APRA AMCOS, a not for profit music rights organisation representing the rights and advocating for songwriters, composers and music publishers.
If there is one thing for certain, it’s that music is and always will be part this songstresses life. Age is no barrier nowadays, so there is no stopping Soul Mumma Rochelle from pursing her destiny.