Return of a true Aussie rock chick

Nimbins own singer-songwriter rock star Diana Anaid (pictured) is due to launch her new album Live at the Bush Theatre tonight, Thursday, March 29, at Byron Bays Great Northern Hotel.

But Echo readers hope her tonsils are in fine form after a minor hiccup, so to speak, this week when she accidentally swallowed a wayward bee! (As reported by ABC regional radio yesterday).

The album, according to publicists, takes listeners on a musical journey through life a life filled with just the right amount of raw emotion, in your face angst (without the teenage melodramatics) and most importantly a journey filled with passion one we can all relate to.

Live at the Bush Theatre is the latest offering from Anaid, who sprang into the public eye in 1996 with the blistering acoustic-driven track I Go Off . It led her to her first round of ARIA nominations for Best Australian Debut Single and Best Australian New Talent.

Since her debut, Anaid has grown musically from strength to strength, garnering critical acclaim for her music in both Australia and abroad. One of her biggest hits, Last Thing, from her 2004 release Beautiful Obscene saw her introduction to the US market and the response from the US was immediate, positive and popular.

She toured the US and promoted the song for over six months and travelled across 40 states, performing to over 100 different radio stations. Last Thing reached Number 28 on the competitive US Hot AC chart alongside established acts such as Alanis and Dido. It stayed in the charts for over two months and had an audience of over 40 million listeners.

Its appeal was evident when it went on to become I-Tunes most downloaded song to date, with over 125,000 downloads, it rated as the 7th best pop song of the year, next to Maroon 5 and Los Lonely Boys, and Beautiful Obscene became I-Tunes 10th best album of 2004.

From her self financed debut in 97 to her second release in 99 I Dont Think Im Pregnant being lauded as one of the best rock records of the decade by Danny Murphy of Revolver Mag, and a further two ARIA nominations for Best Female Talent and Best Independent Release, Anaid established herself locally as a force to be reckoned with.

Live at The Bush Theatre brings her journey to date full circle with a collection of fan and critic favourites.

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