Support Act, an Australian charity dedicated to musicians, will pay tribute to singer-songwriter Jenny Morris OAM at annual fundraiser, . Ms Morris will receive Support Act’s Excellence in the Community Award, in celebration of her contribution to music and community.
To be held at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney, on Wednesday 17 May, the event will feature performances by Jimmy Barnes, Neil Finn, Diesel, Montaigne and Shanley Del, hosted by actor Rachel Ward.
“We knew Music in the House had to be extra special this year, as it marks Support Act’s 20th anniversary,” said Joanna Cave, CEO, Support Act. “There is no more fitting recipient of our Excellence in the Community award than Jenny Morris. She is an extraordinary musician and an exemplary humanitarian.”
Born in New Zealand, Ms Morris achieved her first top 20 hit, ‘Tears’, as a member of The Crocodiles. In August 1986, her solo single ‘You’re Going To Get Hurt’ reached #24. Debut solo album, Body and Soul, released in July 1987, sold 70,000 copies.
Numerous hits have followed, including ‘She Has To Be Loved’, ‘Piece of My Heart’ and ‘Break in the Weather’. August 1995 saw the release of fifth solo album, Salvation Jane, followed by Hit and Myth in 2002.
For the past 12 years, Ms Morris has put her support behind Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy’s Art of Music events, thereby raising $1 million. In 2013, she became APRA AMCOS’s first female chair, having been a songwriter representative on the board since 2004. Between 2009 and 2013, she performed for Australian troops in Afghanistan and, in 1991, was a World Vision ambassador in Kenya.
Last year’s recipient of Support Act’s Excellence in the Community Award was singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Previous awardees include Jimmy Barnes, Don Spencer, John Butler, The Sapphires, Richard Clapton, John Paul Young, Russell Morris and Glenn Shorrock.