26 June 2015
Tasmanian Singer Makes History
Today, Tasmanian singer/song-writer, Emma Bennison will make history with the launch of an album accessible to people with disability. Fine Line, Bennison’s second release, combines stunning vocals and honest lyrics which offer a poignant window into her experiences of walking the fine line, as a disability rights advocate, a mother, a sister and a parent.
Bennison says the decision to make the album accessible came about because of her own experiences as a person who is blind. “I have always been intrigued by what album covers actually look like and how the images relate to the music, so I contracted Access 2 Arts in South Australia to audio describe the album cover.”
“As a song-writer myself, I am fascinated by what inspires particular tracks, but rarely have access to cover notes, so I am providing text and audio versions of the booklet which accompanies the album. Lyrics in text format are also included to assist people who are Deaf or hearing-impaired and in audio format for people who are unable to read standard print.” The project has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
The album will be launched at the Under Cover Artists Festival in Brisbane, Bennison’s home town tonight at 5:00pm at Queensland Theatre Company and in Hobart next month. It is available for digital download in major stores and on CD. For details and to hear the first single, visit www.emmabennisonmusic.com.
Media contact: Emma Bennison
Ph: 0410 553383
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