Hot Video Alert: Grant Smillie feat. Zoë Badwi - Carry Me Home
Australian singer/songwriter Zoë Badwi, one of my 'Ones to Watch in 2011' just released her latest single, "Carry Me Home" on June 3rd. A collaboration with prominent Melbourne-based house DJ (and 1/2 of Aussie production duo TV Rock), Grant Smillie, the super catchy dance track failed to chart on the ARIA Singles Chart but it did manage a respectable #7 on the ARIA Club Chart. Previous single, "Accidents Happen" peaked at #71 on the singles chart, a far cry from the Top Ten chart smash "Freefallin'." Pity. It's a good song, and one that deserves a better showing on the charts.
Badwi started out in music as one third of the Aussie girl group Sirens, replacing the third member who left to pursue a modeling career. Sirens enjoyed modest success with their singles "Like Fire, Like Rain" and a cover of "I'm So Excited," originally by The Pointer Sisters. Badwi eventually left the group to pursue a solo career and was ultimately discovered by her "Carry Me Home" collaborator, Smillie. Signing with Neon Records, Badwi released her first single, "Release Me" in 2008, where it went on to reach the #1 spot on the ARIA Clubs Chart as well as two nominations for "Best Dance Release" at the ARIA Music Awards and "Dance Work of the Year" at the APRA Awards. Her third single, the Platinum-certified "Freefallin'" is her biggest success to date, charting at #9 on the ARIA Singles Chart. As I reported in my last post, Badwi is signed in the States with Atlantic Records. Details are virtually non existent right now as to when she'll release her debut album, but it is expected sometime later this year.
Check out the stunning Zoë Badwi in the "Carry Me Home" video below and download the single on Australian iTunes HERE.