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Scottish born Australian singer songwriter Maryen Cairns continues to evolve creatively seeking a deeper exploration into her psyche and the world around her. Maturity has enabled her to re-emerge with diversity, fearlessly exploring genres and textures, writing and performing from her authentic heart and real life experience.  

Try heating ice and watch it evaporate in a cloud of steam - written in the dead of night, Maryen Cairns’ new single STEAM perfectly frames the emotional nexus of a relationship in breakdown through hypnotic piano and delicate folk rock timbres under the umbrella of producer Chris Kimsey’s care. 

The brand new video for STEAM can be seen embedded below OR at  - release 6 September 2019.

Although to the general public Maryen is a new face, she has worked for many years on her craft, which has taken her both across Australia and around the world. Born in Scotland, grown in Australia, she was based in London for a decade working with world class musicians, raised a family on an off-the-grid mountaintop in South East Queensland, has worked with children in remote communities in Western Australia to help them write their own stories into song, and written a show telling the stories of Australian women, taking it on the road with her family across 18,000 kilometres. All the time she has been writing, writing, writing. With a fascination for the imagined, the deep spiritual world and very real history (which often proves stranger than fiction), Maryen has continued to develop as a singer and songwriter, as evidenced in her new album COME TO ME.  

With COME TO ME Maryen has recorded a true singer/songwriter’s album. Diverse and genre crossing, it is refreshingly outside the box. Inspired by the red dust and lunar landscapes of WA’s Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the album was produced and arranged by Chris Kimsey, legendary producer for the Rolling Stones, INXS, and Peter Frampton. Maryen’s original vocal, guitar and piano recordings are augmented with a live band including Jennifer Maidman (Boy George, Penguin Cafe Orchestra), Paddy Milner (Tom Jones), Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio), Karlos  Edwards (Robert Palmer, Michael Buble), Ollie Clark, Sani Bolton and Maryen’s son Elvis Kernaghan, guesting on electric guitar. 

Produced by Chris Kimsey, the album COME TO ME,  released 22 February 2019. 

The first single The Devil’s Fly was released October 26th 2018.
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COME TO ME, the title track from Maryen Cairns' new album, Come To Me, was written in the early morning on the edge of the Pilbara Desert as they drove off, 5,000 km from home. Co-written by Jennifer Maidman (bass) & Elvis Kernaghan (electric guitar) who brought another dimension to the soundscape. Produced by Chris Kimsey, featuring Paddy Milner (piano), Evan Jenkins (drums),  Karlos  Edwards (percussion), Ollie Clark (acoustic guitar) and Sani Bolton (backing vocals). Video made with Greg Kernaghan on location in spinifex country in outback Queensland, apart from Elvis Kernaghan - filmed by Andre Clayton from the Springbrook Observatory for the guitar solo.

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