Colin Lillie is one of a kind - you can easily discover that after one minute of meeting the self-proclaimed gypsy Scotsman and now proud adopted Territorian, but what’struly special about Mr. Lillie is his passion for life and music. Capturing the kind of intensity that Colin has on an album or a live performance is something that every musician aspires to create. Whether it’s because of past experiences, a knack for songwriting, his powerful voice or combination of things, what remains true is that every time Colin Lillie picks up a guitar and opens his mouth something special happens, the passion shines through and the music becomes real.
In 2012 Lillie released an EP to sell out crowds in Alice Springs. In 2013 he won the NT heat for Telstra Road to Discovary which helped him create a national profile and also began working with other Territory artists and along with Bill Chambers helped to produce Jacinta Prices album Glass Homes. 2014 he relesed and toured along with Dave Crowe (Resin Moon) the Shadows on Blue EP but it was in 2016 he released his debut album Glass Homes where he was able to share his truth with genuine songs that cut straight to the bone. Recorded and produced by Mark Myers in his studio in Cairns the two created an incredibly honest album.
Colin’s first single “Give Thanks” won him NT song of the year (Blues and Roots) and saw the self proclaimed gypsy Scotsman tour the East Coast impressing crowds with his intense live performances. Follow up singles "Renegade" and “Within” both gained criticle acclame with their videos "Within" was a slow burning epic that saw Lillie wear his heart on his sleeve once again. “At some point I had to leave fear and open up to the idea that sharing can bring change. That we may still have pain fear and anxiety that burn within but it is better to free the truth than to keep it inside."
Lillie's debut album has gained critical acclaim from some of Australia's top music reviewers
"With his debut record, Lillie has reached within himself and brought forth something truly special; a glass house is one thing, open for the world to see, but a Glass Home is another entirely." - The Guardian 4/5stars .
The Australian said "a compelling debut album, packed with vocal power, poetry, passion and palpable honesty" - 4.5/5 stars The Australian
With continual performances around the country Lillie has managed to prove himself as one of the Northern Territorie and Australia's best performers gaining himself the first ever National Live Music Award NT live voice of the year. RollingStone commented that "The Alice Springs singer-songwriter gives a gritty and emotional vocal performance, evoking pure strength and defiance". Lillie ended 2016 on a high after reciving the AU Review Award public voted "Australian Artist of 2016", an award that proves that people are craving what he has to offer being sustenance over style.
2017 does not seem to be slowing down for Lillie, Lillie has been working hard to showcase his critically acclaimed album Glass homes with a number of festivals and shows around the country. With succses at Nannup Music Festival and being an opening act at this years National Folk Festival where he was a huge suprise to the auddiance. He has confirmed shows for WA, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Lillie also has shows primed for Melbourne Darwin and his home town of Alice Springs which he is very excited about. Along with these shows Lillie has began writing for the follow up to Glass Homes with the support of Graham (Asho) Ashton from Footstomp Music. He is also writing again with Dave Crowe (Resin Moon) and Ben Allen (Broadwing and producer of Gawurra's album Ratja Yaliyali ) under the group Shadows on Blue which saw them get success with licensing and airplay both here in Australia and the U.S.A. Lastly Colin has built a strong relationship with Catherine Britt (Multiple Award winner and Rhythm Magazine) and there is talk about a collaboration later this year. Yet his passion is to show that no matter how remote you are you can build a successful career in music and continue to perform live, in front of audiences all around Australia and beyond. To ultimately share is unique style and story which he believes to be a gift for everyone to hear.