Alphonse de Lamartine once said, ‘Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends’.
Which reminds me of John Paul Friedrich Richter’s famous description of music being ‘the moonlight in the gloomy night of life’. Both quotes ring true—a sweet melody to our ears. But for nineteen-year-old Brisbane girl Zoe Quinn, music is much more than literature and moonlight. It is her life’s calling.
Currently thriving as an indie-folk-pop guitarist and singer-songwriter across our coast, Zoe’s roots stem from Eatons Hill, where she was born, raised, and educated. She attended Eatons Hill State School and Albany Creek State High School, before taking up full-time university studies at QUT. Her love for (and dedication to) belting songs and strumming her guitar has plunged Zoe head-first into a world of landing live shows and local gigs.
Throughout 2021, Zoe regularly played at festivals and events across South-East Queensland, including the Hills Festival, Redcliffe KiteFest, Neurum Creek Music Festival, Anywhere Festival, and Southbank Parklands. She also made her musical mark appearing on the line-up for Redcliffe Festival of Sails, Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival, Redfest, and the Ekka. She has supported bands at various venues, including Ric’s Backyard in Fortitude Valley, Bar Wunder in Toowoomba, and Goleby’s Basement in Ipswich. She performs regionally at the Sunshine Coast, Rainbow Beach and Bundaberg, and was a finalist in the 2021 Passport to Airlie Beach Competition. On top of all this, Zoe also carved up crowds at the 2021 Live & Local Microfestival in Samford Village, as well as Samford’s Christmas on Main Street two years in a row. I think it’s safe to say that Zoe sure knows how to put on a good show!
In fact, while at another live show at Woodfordia Bushtime, on 2021’s New Year’s Eve, Zoe launched her latest single, Walking Away. Produced by Cody McWaters (King Stingray, Kurilpa Reach), Walking Away is a heartbreakingly beautiful addition to Zoe’s cabinet of songs. In 2020, Zoe recorded and released her debut EP, Hearts on Sleeves, along with her follow up single Strange World, which were produced by Steve Kempnich (Powderfinger, Birds of Tokyo). All of her music has been recorded at Airlock Studios at Camp Mountain. And not to mention, it is all worth checking out.
You can support Zoe by streaming her original music on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and other streaming platforms under the artist’s name, Zoe Quinn, and it can be downloaded from Bandcamp. Her website www.zoequinnmusic.com has further information about her music and upcoming gigs, and how she can be booked for private functions. You can also like her Facebook page “Zoe Quinn Music” and follow her on Instagram @zoequinnmusic.
You can see this young legend in action, Zoe has an upcoming gig on April 15th as well. From 9am, Zoe will take the stage at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Or you can catch her playing at Anywhere Festival at Kumbartcho, in Eatons Hill, on June 1st.