Pop, Rock, Roots
Eleanor Dixon, Raymond Dixon, Adrian Dixon, Ethan Godfrey, Tyrone Dixon
Kulumindini Band, Blekbala Mugik, Tjintu Desert Band, Barkly Boys, Winanjjikari Allstars
Rayella is a family band from Marlinja Community, located approximately 730 kilometres south of Darwin in the remote Northern Territory of Australia. Raymond Dixon and his daughter Eleanor are the driving force behind the beautiful melodies and stories that emerge from the engaging music this group bring to any performance, be it a campfire sing along or at a festival in front of thousands.
Lead singer Eleanor’s magical voice paired with her father's skilful guitar playing and harmonising captivate audiences with their emotive tunes about family, country and culture. Tyrone Dixon is a phenomenal talent on Lead Guitar, and cousins Ethan Godfrey and Adrian Dixon form a solid rhythm section to complete this inspiring tight knit unit.
Eleanor has assumed an important role as a strong Indigenous female leader sharing her messages and stories to empower other females of all ages to feel confident and proud to step-up and chase whatever their dreams and goals in life may be.
2014 has been a huge year for Rayella with performances alongside their peers The Sandridge Band and Tjintu Desert Band at BAMFest (part of the 25th anniversary of the Desert Harmony Festival). They also opened for the highly respected Blekbala Mujik in Tennant Creek on their historic Greatest Hits tour and delivered an incredible set to thousands at Bush Bands Bash in Alice Springs in September. Eleanor become the first woman to be a part of Bush Bands Business, the three day professional development program which proceeds the concert and she is the first woman to perform in one of the bands on the bill.
With a debut CD due to be released before the end of the year Rayella are set to become a powerful name in the NT Music scene and beyond.
“Rayella is a multi-generational, multi-lingual, musically diverse, powerful, direct and fun group of musicians. The Eleanor and Raymonds father/daughter vocal frontline lend authenticity to their stories of life, aspirations and place. Ethan and Adrian are tough and pithy with the grooves, while Tyrone spins crackling lead lines around the melodies. Their music is a deep blend of modern life and ancient energy.”
Brian Ritchie – Violent Femmes, Curator Mona Foma Festival.
"Lead singer Eleanor Dixon is a talented and intelligent young woman who has the support of her family and peers to deliver powerful messages. ‘What Am I Doing Wrong?’, a song Eleanor penned with her female peers and audience in mind, passionately and unashamedly expresses the importance of women to feel self confidence in making music and share stories from their point of view. I recently had the privilege to work closely with Rayella at Bush Bands Business 2014, their astute music ability, enthusiasm; determination and desire to exceed will see them go far. Their distinct contemporary country tinged folk style draws a point of difference to the ubiquitous desert reggae sound."
Paula 'jonesy' Jones - National Publicist and Director of jones PR
“Rayella’s performance at BBB was outstanding, the vocal melodies coming from Eleanor gave me goosebumps”
Micheal ‘Miko’ Smith - CAAMA MUSIC