Award-winning Australian vocalist, Amelia Evans is a Melbourne based musician and recent graduate of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. As the recipient of the Margaret Schofield Music Performance Scholarship (VCAA) and the Monash-Pratt Music Performance Jazz Scholarship, 2016 marked the beginning of her success as a young jazz vocalist.
Amelia has performed with various bands and ensembles at venues across Melbourne such as the Paris Cat Jazz Club, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, the Jazzlab, and at various high-profile events such the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival and the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival. Amelia has also recorded and appeared on stage with local and international artists such as Terri-Lyne Carrington, James Morrison, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Bob Sedergreen, Tim Ries, Nitai Hershkovitz, Sam Anning, Danny Fischer, Phil Stack, Gordon Rytmeister, Marian Petrescu, the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, Steve Sedergreen and James Muller.
In 2017, Amelia was awarded the coveted James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, performing as one of the six best young jazz vocalists in Australia. Chosen by James Morrison and an expert panel of some of the world’s finest musicians, Amelia worked with the likes of Jazzmeia Horn, Gordon Goodwin, Wycliffe Gordon, Ross Irwin and Kate Ceberano.
As part of the prize, Amelia was offered an exclusive recording contract with ABC Jazz, allowing the vocalist of 21 years to record her debut album alongside the great Bob Sedergreen, Steve Sedergreen, Tony Floyd and Ben Robertson.
Amelia has studied both locally and overseas, including her participation in the Keep an Eye Summer Jazz Workshop; an advanced level Jazz Workshop under the guidance of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music New York and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During her time in Amsterdam, Amelia received high commendations from jazz greats such as Justin DiCioccio, Ray Anderson, John Riley, Dick Oatts and Peter Eldridge.
Amelia has also completed short courses in both Prato, Italy (2017) and New York (2018) where she studied with and received high praise from the likes of Tony Moreno, Andy Gravish and Janis Siegel.