5 Female Artists Who Inspire Charlotte Sands

Charlotte Sands tours Australia for the first time May 2024.
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'Dress' and 'Bad Day' singer-songwriter, Charlotte Sands will make her live debut in Australia this May.

The emo-pop, punk-rock artist, who supported 5 Seconds Of Summer on their 2023 UK-European tour, will headline concerts in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

"I've been dreaming of playing shows in Australia for years and I am so excited that it's finally happening," shares Charlotte.

"It wouldn't be possible without all the love from my Australian audience. I'm so grateful for their support for my music over the years and can't believe we will finally get to sing these songs together so soon!"

Ahead of the tour, here Charlotte shares five female artists that inspire her.

1: Bonnie Raitt

This always comes as a shock to people when I talk about Bonnie Raitt being my biggest inspiration, especially with the kind of music I make. She was life changing for me as a young girl and continues to be.

She was one of the first artists I ever listened to and I clearly remember having what felt like a spiritual awakening when I first heard her song 'I Can't Make You Love Me'. Her storytelling is heartbreaking and so incredibly honest that you can't help but feel as if her lyrics are your own thoughts in your own mind.

I was lucky enough to have parents who loved her just as much as I did growing up and my Mum took me to her show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston when I was about 11 years old. She sang with James Taylor (another favourite of mine) and I remember watching her and thinking: "I want to do that, I want to make people feel like this."

2: Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette introduced me to rock music and to the concept of unapologetically speaking my mind. When I listened to her music I felt powerful and in control of my words, my mind and my body.

She made me feel like the only thing standing in between me and being successful as an artist was telling my truth even if it made people a little uncomfortable. 'Jagged Little Pill' will forever be one of the most influential albums for me and my music.

'Ironic' was the first song I ever sang at an open mic night (I'm pretty sure the video is still on YouTube somewhere if anyone feels like blackmailing me with it) and even at that age where I didn't fully understand the lyrics, the sentiment, or the weight in the story, I knew what emotion I was supposed to portray and I copied certain inflections and mannerisms in her voice to try and get those feelings across.

Her music is so timeless and I don't think there will be a day that I don't reference one of her songs, her artistry, or her work ethic.

3: Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani changed my life with her No Doubt album 'Tragic Kingdom'. I still have the scratched up CD that I would play over and over again in my room, singing every word and trying (and failing) to look and sound as cool as she does.

She is undeniably iconic in my mind with the way she dresses, sings, and the fact that she wrote so many of her biggest songs at the age of 16. She introduced me to a kind of music I didn't hear anywhere else and it inspired me to find other artists and create songs outside of my comfort zone.

When I think of Gwen Stefani I think of an overpowering confidence and someone who is in complete control of the spaces she's in. I've always watched in awe of the energy she exudes and I am forever inspired by her.

4: Michelle Branch

Michelle Branch was one of the first artists to truly change my life. I first discovered her through her band The Wreckers and I would perform 'Leave The Pieces' at every family function throughout my entire childhood.

Their other songs 'Stand Still, Look Pretty' and 'The Good Kind' were on constant repeat and were one of the biggest influences in me moving to Nashville at 18. When I found her solo music, I immediately started to learn guitar and play along to every single one of her songs.

The melodies in her music are still some of the best I've ever heard, so simple yet captivating and catchy. She opened my eyes to the possibility of making music that felt deep and emotional while also being upbeat and energetic.

I fell in love with the idea of writing sad songs that felt sonically happy which I still experiment with to this day in my own writing. 'Everywhere' and 'Breathe' will forever be some of my favourite songs to ever exist.

5: P!nk

P!nk has inspired me in too many ways to count. She has always seemed so fearless as a musician and as a woman in the music industry. She's one of those people that you know is in charge of everything: the show, the music, the creative direction, and everything in between.

P!nk has always been someone who takes risks and puts herself out there, forever being fully herself. I respect her so much as an artist and person for being so constant in her character and in her choices.

There are very few people who would be able to put on a show like she does, and has been doing for so many years now. 'Just Like A Pill' and 'Who Knew', and so many others hold a very special place in my heart.

Charlotte Sands 2024 Tour Dates

Thu 2 May - Stay Gold (Melbourne)
Fri 3 May - Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Sat 4 May - The Brightside (Brisbane)

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