Colin Lillie is one of a kind - this you discover within moments of hearing the “Gypsy Scotsman” and proud adopted Territorian share his song. Beyond that, what’s truly special about 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. Whether it’s because of past experiences, a knack for songwriting, his powerful voice or a combination of these things. What remains true is that every time Colin Lillie picks up a guitar and sings something special happens - the passion shines through, and the music becomes real.
After a hard-won battle with addiction Lillie discovered his soul’s voice. In 2012 Lillie released an EP beginning a journey of magic, which has audiences mesmerised to this day. In 2013 he won the NT heat for Telstra Road to Discovery and also had the great pleasure of working with Bill Chambers helping to produce wife and Indigenous artist Jacinta Price’s album Dry River. In 2014 along with producer Dave Crowe (Resin Moon) and Ben Allen (Broadwing and producer of Gawurra's album Ratja Yaliyali) as the group Shadows on Blue they recorded a self titled EP, which saw them gain success with licensing and airplay both in Australia and USA. In 2016 Lillie released his debut album Glass Homes. This album allowed him to share his truth with genuine songs that cut straight to the bone. Recorded and produced by Mark Myers (Middle East) in his Cairns studio, the two men were successful in creating an incredibly honest album.
Colin’s first single, Give Thanks won him NT Song of the Year (Blues and Roots) and saw the honest troubadour tour and impress crowds all over Australia with his intense live performances. Follow up singles Renegade and Within, both gained raves reviews with their music videos. The debut album also earned 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 4/5 stars.
-“A compelling debut album, packed with vocal power, poetry, passion and palpable honesty”-The Australian 4.5/5 stars
With continual performances around the country Lillie has managed to prove himself as one of the Northern Territories and Australia's best performers winning himself the first ever National Live Music Award NT. With such command Lillie gives thanks to a loyal following who helped him gain the AU Reviews Peoples Choice Australian Artist of the Year, which he continues to grow where ever he performs. He has began writing for the follow up to Glass Homes with the support of Graham (Asho) Ashton from Footstomp Music and producer Jamie Trevaskis who produced the award winning Leanne Tennant (Red Wine, Late Nights). Both are pushing Lillie to delve deeper in order to produce more rich and darker songs. Colin has built a strong relationship with Catherine Britt (Rhythm Magazine) with promises of future collaborations.
Lillie is determined to show that no matter how remote you are you can build a successful career in music while continuing to perform live in front of audiences around Australia and beyond. Colin’s ultimate goal is to share his unique style and story to as many audiences in Australia and beyond. To collaborate and grow as a writer and musician and share that which has proven to be a gift for everyone who has heard it.