A songstress, songwriter and performer, with “Big Love”, her mantra, Sheyana delivers passion and sultry vocals, with Mainwaring’s signature guitar and the rock-solid rhythm section of Jeffrey and Thomas. creating an exciting blend of hip swinging rock n’ roots and contemporary blues.
The Sheyana Band features London born and Tasmanian based, award winning singer songwriter, Sheyana Wijesingha. The band have received national and international airplay, with recent performances at major music events in Tasmania including both “Skyfields”; Concerts 2017, and appearances at Party in the Paddock and Forth Valley Blues Festival 2018. The Sheyana Band have supported some of Australia’s most respected musicians including Mojo Juju, Hoodoo Gurus, Neil Finn, Meg Mac, Renee Geyer, Diesel, The Angels, Kevin Borich, Ian Moss and Bill Chambers.
2018 saw the band release their 14 track album “Big Love”, which was mixed by Russell Pilling at Damien Gerard’s Studios, Sydney with Foghorn Records through MGM and mastered by Grammy award winner William Bowden of King Willy Sound.
The Sheyana Band is Sheyana Wijesingha (Lead Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars), Scott Mainwaring (Lead Guitars, Vocals), Dan Jeffrey (Bass), Beau Thomas (Drums, Vocals, Percussion).
“Hard hitting southern rock and blues outfit The Sheyana Band tear up the highway with their killer riffs, swampy swagger and earth shattering front lady Sheyana. The band carefully toe the line between all-out roots rock n’ roll and gentler soulful blues songs, twisting and turning through energetic rhythms and emotional stories. These songs pack a punch with outstanding musicianship and intelligent lyrics.” by TUNEDLOUD.COM
Sheyana has performed and recorded with award winning guitarist, Scott Mainwaring for the past 12 years, joining forces with seasoned bassist Dan Jeffrey & the talents of Beau Thomas on drums. The chemistry she has with her longtime band mates has inspired “Big Love” to be their best work yet.
Sheyana has been performing as a resident solo artist on the Spirit of Tasmania, while ‘between ships” playing solo and duo gigs and fronting The Sheyana Band.
Sheyana’s roots began when her Tasmanian Mother and Sri Lankan father met on a ship bound for England in the 60s. Sheyana has always written poetry and after moving to Tasmania aged 8, inspired by early memories of London she picked up her first guitar. She developed a love of harmonies from her mother’s family choir and began writing songs in her early teens.
Born in London, her recording career began in Australia when her song “Wash me in the water” was selected to feature on “Bloomers” – a compilation CD of Australian Women’s Singer Songwriters through Roadshow Warner, and after teaming up with former Pale Rider’s guitarist Scott Mainwaring, they produced the award winning “Two Birds” and “Keep the Change”. While travelling to Sri Lanka to reunite with her father in 2015, “Keep the Change” hit the charts and she discovered her second island home and a new audience for her music. Inspired by the experience Sheyana began writing with a new passion.
On her 6th album, “Big Love” dovetails the dreams of a Tassie girl’s migration to this, a significant milestone of rockin- blues and swinging soul-felt songs that are both emotive and accessible.
“Big Love” was recorded and sound engineered by Al Future at The Chapel in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania, working on production with Pete Cornelius and guest appearances by some of Tassie’s finest musicians.
ABC story with Sheyana & Scott Mainwaring