Name Jeanette Wormald
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Jeanette Wormald Biography

Jeanette Wormald

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Genre:Acoustic, Folk

Songwriter, farmer, performer, passionate about life, people and the world around her, Jeanette Wormald is a twenty-first century woman of the bush – part of a new breed of singer/songwriters who can reflect on what it's like to be Australian without having to draw upon tired stereotypes, and able to convey her rare and deep understanding of this land to people everywhere.


Jeanette Wormald’s roots go deep into the soil of outback Australia. She’s a working broad-acre farmer, a passionate advocate of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, a true daughter of South Australia’s arid Mallee region – and a fishing enthusiast.


However, most of all, Jeanette is a songwriter — and her evocative, perceptive songs capture her passion for and understanding of the Australian bush in a way no other woman in this country has been able to achieve. Jeanette’s songs capture the mood, the magic and the characters of the Mallee, weaving impressions and images together in a delicate, subtle way. The lyrics are seamlessly entwined in exquisite musical arrangements, with Jeanette’s sublime, crystal-clear voice soaring through it all.


“I think I’m able to capture all the subtleties and moods of outback Australia because I’m so much a part of it — and it of me,” Jeanette said. “I have a real passion for this land, and for the people who show such strength and resilience living out here, because it’s often not an easy way of life.”


Jeanette has also spent a considerable amount of time working with Indigenous communities in South Australia’s vast desert regions. She’s collaborated closely with the Anangu Community in the Maralinga Tjarutja lands of Oak Valley, and with the Raukkan Ngarrindjeri Community, and has enormous respect for the strong spirituality and connection to country of the people with whom she’s worked.


That sense of belonging comes through in many of her songs, including the beautiful “Maralinga Dawn” and “Pukulpa Days” from her latest album, Opal Blue.


Over the past decade, Jeanette has released five albums, two EPs and a stunning DVD, Horizons and Heartlands – Songs and Images of the Mallee, which captures her beloved homeland, with images of landscapes and wildlife, as well as rare heritage photos of early settlement.


The Horizons and Heartlands DVD emerged from a multimedia stage show created by Jeanette after she won the 2004 Community Fellowship Award for promoting sustainable agriculture through music.


Jeanette’s deep understanding of the bush and its people, and her use of music to carry their message across Australia and to the world, has led to her winning a State Music Industry Award in 1995, and a South Australia Great Award in 2005 for her contribution to the arts and her work in promoting regional Australia.


Her sensitive, perceptive song writing skills have also been recognised with invitations to write two songs for the Tracks to Federation celebrations – “Woomera – Dream Launcher” and “Yurin Kabi – Gathering Place” – as well as the theme song for the South Australian Rural Women’s Gathering, “I’m a Rural Woman”.




Opal Blue (2006 – Album)

Horizons and Heartlands – Songs and Images of the Mallee (2005 – DVD)

If This Isn’t Country (2005 – EP)

Reflections (2005 – Double album)

Messenger Bird (2002 – Album)

Mallee Bride – The Journey (2001 – Album)

Acres of Blue (1998 – Album)

To the Mallee Born (1995 – EP)



Adelaide Fringe Festival                          2008

Festival Theatre’s Sunday Spectrum        2007

Adelaide Cabaret Festival                       2007

National Folk Festival, Canberra              1996, 2004

Gympie Muster, Queensland                   2004, 2005, 2007

Tamworth Country Music Festival            2003 - 2007

Mt Beauty Music Festival, Victoria          2003, 2007


Awards and recognition

2007     Inclusion in “Who’s Who of Australian Women.”

2007     Inclusion in inaugural edition of “Who’s Who of South Australia”

2007     Finalist Country Music Association of Australia Awards (Golden Guitars)

2005     Appointed a member of the Regional Community Consultative Council on regional South Australia

2005     SA Great Award for contribution to the arts and services to regional South Australia

2004     Land and Water Australia Community Fellowship for promotion of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management through music.

1995     State Music Industry Award (SAMIA)






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