Hi, I’m Dianne Coombes.
I have loved music and singing since I can remember. Our family get togethers were always a musical affair as all my uncles and aunt played instruments or sang and there are recordings of me singing at these events when I was 5 yrs old. My Dad played in dance bands all my life and I grew up invading band rehearsals at every opportunity when Mum had her back turned. I sang with my Dad’s band from the age of 14 at all the country hall dances and balls, although I had to be 16 before I was allowed to sing on stage at the local RSL.
I was raised and still reside at Macksville in the Nambucca Valley, a small town with a big heart. Marrying at 21 I put music on hold while starting a family. I spent 4 years as a single mum raising two amazing daughters which had its difficulties but also forged my girls and I into the ‘3 Musketeers’, a bond which is still a force to be reckoned with today. I married for a second time to the most amazing man God put breath into and he became our rock. He and my girls encouraged and supported my return to Music and during this time I went from singing at local venues to appearing at many events and festivals up and down the Coast.
In 2016 I released my debut album ‘Walk With Me’ which contained 12 songs, 8 of which were originals that I felt documented my life up until that point. To my delight it received great reviews and won prestigious awards. 2016 was also the year my darling husband died of lung cancer and my world was shattered. Music then became my refuge and I poured myself into songwriting in an attempt to survive my grief.
My songwriting is inspired by observing nature and the beautiful place we call home as well as my own life experience, so it truly lays me open and bare in a way that I hope others can relate to. I hope they hear my songs and feel the echoes of emotions and experiences from their own lives.
7 years further down the track and I have just completed a body of work that I am really proud of. My new album titled ‘Ripples’ is a testament to the privilege of experiences and love in my life and the amazing vision, songwriting and production skills of Angus Gill. It’s a country/ folk album full of stories of life and love and inspiration. I hope you enjoy and let the Ripples go on……..
Awards in the last 7 years include:
Tamworth Songwriters Association Finalist 2018, 2019 & 2020
Australian Independent Artists Brumby Award Winner 2018
Tamworth Songwriters Association Winner 2017
Australian Bush Ballad Gidgee Coal Awards Finalist 2016
Good Morning Country Radio Program – Album of the Week June 2016
Coast FM Australian Country Music “New Talent Radio Award Winner 2016”