Jenny Morris


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In The Beginning

Jenny Morris was born Jennifer Patricia Morris on 29 September 1956 in Tokoroa, New Zealand. From the age of eleven, the family relocated to the regional centre of Hamilton, New Zealand. Her first professional engagement came at fifteen, singing at Andersons Theatre Restaurant in Hamilton, New Zealand. She performed Carol King, James Taylor and a few of her songs, wearing a blue embroidered kaftan.

Jenny Morris cousin lent her a record player and a couple of records, including The Beatles and Carole King. She was inspired and influenced by the album, The Tapestry and still thinks it’s a fantastic record. When she was twelve, her sister bought a guitar on Christmas and learnt to play four or five chords. Starting writing protest poems about the Vietnam War and love songs too.

How’s Your Father featured Jenny Morris (vocals, guitar), Stephen Stratford (guitarist), Co Tipping (lead guitarist), Peter White (bassist) and John Schilt (drummer) and were finalists in the “National Battle of the Bands”, the band disbanded in 1977.

In the late seventies happy teaching English, Art, and Home Economics. Would join the Wide Mouthed Frogs, an all-female girl group formed in 1978 in Wellington, New Zealand. Featured Jenny Morris (lead vocals, ex-How’s Your Father), Kate Brockie (vocals), Andrea Gilkison (guitar), Bronwyn Murray (keyboards), Tina Matthews (bassist), and Sally Zwartz (drummer). Their first live gig was from 25, 26 and 27 January 1979 at Rock Theatre in Wellington. On 10 March 1979, there were advertised as “the all-girl group” at the same venue.

In late May 1979, Radio Windy released various artist’s compilation, Home Grown Volume One, which featured Some Day by the Wide Mouthed Frogs. David Ginnane engineered the album tracks, recorded at EMI Studios in Lower Hutt, and Graeme Nesbitt produced the album. They were popular in Wellington and released a single, Some Day (Tony Backhouse and , which received airplay on radio stations. On 01 September 1979, there were featured in, Rip It Up magazine (Issue 26, page 9), featuring a supplement and photo. Wide Mouthed Frogs performed at the Mount Victoria 1960s Dance Spectacular in Wellington on 03 November 1979. Chris Lipscombe recruited Jenny Morris to record a jingle for the Corso community fundraiser.

Bruno Lawrence would perform on various tours and was impressed with Jenny Morris from The Wide Mouthed Frogs. Peter Dasent guided the band, and their last performance was at Sweetwaters Festival, the disbands after this event.

Spats Become The Crocodiles

Fane Flaws and Arthur Baysting composed their first single, New Wave Goodbye, on an independent label. American producer Kim Fowley was over warm by Spats and encouraged singer Fane Flaws to change the band’s name to concentrate on more original material. The band recruited singer Jenny Morris and bass player Tina Matthews from The Wide Mouthed Frogs. There renamed themselves The Crocodiles.

RCA Victor released their first album, Tears, in April 1980 and reached #17 on the New Zealand album and singles charts. Features their first single, Any Day Of The Week, followed up single, Tears and a remarked version of New Wave Goodbye by the Spats. Glyn Tucker Jnr produced and engineered the album. Won Best Group, Most Promising Group and Song of the Year Tears by Recording Industry Awards in New Zealand and received APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award for 1980.

RCA Victor released their second album, Looking At Ourselves, in November 1980. Mike Chunn produced the album and The Crocodiles. It featured Everywhere I Go, and QED would do a remarked version. Fane Flaws and Bruno Lawrence departed the band and recruited new drummer Ian Gilroy from The Swingers.

The Crocodiles performed Call Me at Sweetwaters Festival in 1981. Mike Chunn former member of Split Enz and became the band manager and recruited new members Rick Morris (guitarist), bassist Jonathon Swartz (bass) and Barton Price (drummer) would later join The Models. The Crocodiles re-relocated themselves to Australia and disbanded in 1981. Jenny Morris established herself a successful solo career.

QED To Solo

Mushroom released the single Puberty Blues on 16 December 1981. The song was a theme to the movie, appeared on Soundtrack and was composed by Tim Finn. Foxtel showed Puberty Blues original version. Chanel 10 turned into TV Series from 2012 to 2014. EMI released on 01 January 1982 the single Little By Little a Dusty Springfield song.

XSF Records released a compilation album, More Hits And Myths, in 1982. It Features Geoff Chunn (guitar, vocals, producer), Jenny Morris (backing vocals), Chris Bailey (bass) and Brent Eccles (drums) appeared on Like Elvis in 1982. Geoff Chunn composed the song. Wayne Robinson did the artwork, and Mike Chunn compiled the album.

Jenny Morris and Rex Goh (ex-Air Supply) formed QED. The band performed for Narara ’84 on 28 January 1984 at Central Coast of NSW. Featured QED, Zarsoff Bros, The Johnys, Kids In The Kitchen, Hoodoo Gurus, Machinations, Sandii And The Sunsets, The Models, INXS, The Pretenders, Talking Heads and Mental As Anything.

The Sydney, first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Fair on 04 March 1984 at St Ives Showground featuring The Johnnys, QED, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, Sandi & The Sunsetz, and Split Enz. QED is an upcoming Sydney band whose lead singer Jenny Morris possesses a riveting voice and excellent stage prescience. She held the audience in the palm of her hand but somehow failed to use them. QED’s music was more colourful than, The Johnny’s but just as forgettable.

QED performed for Endeavour Rock Concert on 10 March 1984 at Cronulla 16,000 fans attended the show. Jenny Morris was the host of Countdown the band performed “Everywhere I Go” in the studio on 01 April 1984.

EMI released their debut album, Animal Magic, on 05 December 1984. A curious concoction of melodic dance songs, intriguing rhythms and wonderful succinct lyrics. Produce by the legendary partnership of Ricky Fataar and Mark Moffatt, who has recently worked on Richard Clapton album Solidarity. QED are no strangers to the charts with the single, Everywhere I Go, which became a big hit around Australia, reaching the top twenty for several weeks. Their band follow-up, This One, didn’t equal the first single’s success, and it sold well enough to enhance the band already growing live support. That brings us to Solo And More, which is like its predecessors and featured on the album. Cover the B-side I’ll Get It Right should be A side is even catchier. Although another dance song.

Backing vocals on albums like I Am Joe’s Music, The Pleasure Of Your Company and The Optimist. Did session work with the Dropbears and appeared on EP Proud.

Jenny Morris accepted an invitation from good friend Michael Hutchence to record Jackson. The song was written by Gaby Rodgers and Billy Edd Wheeler and recorded by Johnny and June Carter Cash. The same year Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood did a cover version. INXS cassette Dekadance reached #2 on the Australian music chart. Features Jackson previously unreleased. The song was performed on Countdown Awards and was the highlight in 1985.

Jenny Morris accepted an invitation from former flatmate and long-standing pal Michael Hutchence to record Jackson with INXS. She and the band cut a rowdy version of the break-up classic. Juke Magazine Reader Poll 87 was Best Female Performer and performed Jackson with INXS at Final Countdown Music and Video Awards. The song was written by Gaby Rodgers and Billy Edd Wheeler and recorded by Johnny and June Carter Cash. The same year Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood did a cover version.

Jackson was performed on Countdown Awards and was the highlight in 1985. INXS set off on the Listen Like Thieves world tour for more than a year. She was backing vocals at Derwent Entertainment Centre in Tasmania on 28 August 1985 and the grand world tour finale at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 16 September 1985. Jenny Morris again drew strong comments regarding the power of her voice. Andrew Farriss wrote You’re Gonna Get Hurt on the USA, tour of Listen Like Thieves Tour in 1986.

“Each of the guys took control of a song on the Dekadance project and this was Michael’s choice” – Jenny Morris

The Rock Party had musicians from Australia and New Zealand, a fundraising charity to help drug abuse and released Everything To Live For (The Real Mix) 12’ an inch single. Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester wrote the song. Joe Wissert produced the song. Featuring on recording vocals, guitar Neil Finn and vocals, piano Tim Finn. Vocals Andrew Barnum, Continental Robert Susz, Danny De Costa, Deborah Conway, Greg Herbert, Jenny Morris, John Kennedy, Lissa Barnum, Mark Callaghan, Martin Plaza, Mary Azzopardi, Michael Barclay, Paul Kelly, Peter Blakely, Rick Swinn, Sean Kelly, Sherine Abeyrathe, Spencer P. Jones. Keyboards Eddie Rayner, Slide Guitar Reg Mombassa, Bass Nick Seymour, Drums Paul Hester, Percussion Geoff Stapleton and Robbie James.

WEA released its debut album, Body & Soul, on 04 April 1987, selling over 70,000 copies in Australia (platinum status), reaching number 13 on the album charts in Australia and number 21 in New Zealand. It went platinum and sold over 70,000 copies in Australia. The album drew on material by writers like Tim and Neil Finn, also including five songs by Jenny Morris. It debuted to lukewarm praise from music critics giving her the first certified smash Andrew Farriss wrote You’re Gonna Get Hurt, features on the recording Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Ian Moss.

One masterpiece by Neil Finn and a lot of filler, but it was buoyed throughout by her inspiring voice. Amanda Vincent left the Eurogliders to work on Body & Soul and Shiver albums. Mark Moffat appears on eight tracks, and Ricky Fataar plays the drums on Beating On The Same Drum track eight. Feature members Phil Small (Cold Chisel), Ian Belton (QED), Tim Finn (Split Enz), and backing vocalists were Maggie McKinney, Mark Williams, Dave Dobbyn and Mark Punch.

Her delivery is clear controlled, and determined, qualities only hinted at by most of her peers. The acknowledgement must go to producer Mark Moffat for calling in the right players to complete this invigorate pop album. Body And Soul earned two consecutive ARIA awards for Best Female Performance in Video You’re Gonna Get Hurt. She distinguished herself at the ceremony by more than just her popularly and gracious win.

“She’s not fussy but she knows what she wants” – Andrew Farriss

WEA released its second album, Shiver, on 19 July 1989, reached #5 on Australian Album Charts and went double platinum. It showcases the artist’s love of Latin and Caribbean music, with several tracks tinged with these influences. The album has a, great diverse range, with a haunting gospel Bag Lady with a clear and structured sound.

The song Save Me was filmed in Nicaragua, an experience she will never forget. She Has To Be Loved and Save Me, both songs written by Andrew Farriss and Jenny Morris, have a funk percussion and bass lines with pop hooks. Chris Bailey from the Saints appears on Conscience, and Paul Kelly contributes two songs Street Of Love, as additional vocals with acoustic country inflection.

The song Self Deceiver, was written by Jenny Morris and was co-written by Paul Kelly in ebullient calypso number and was filmed in Jamaica. The voice is better on Shiver because it locks into the sentiment song and evokes atmospheres befitting their intent. Meanwhile, her voice soared on the plaintive Little Little, which was written about her son Hugh and rang with authenticity on Land Of The Long White Cloud/Aotearoa, written about her homeland, New Zealand.

To ensure that there was something for everyone, Humanity was the theme song to Barnardos, and Little Little only took twenty-minute to write about her son Hugh. Shiver emphasis is always on clarity and often simplicity, and Paul Kelly Street Of Love andfuture Shiver, which is little more than a reworking of The Swing. Alan Wright engineered, and Andrew Farriss produced and mixed the first full-scale, big-budget effort album.

On 23 August 2019, Shiver will be available on limited edition white vinyl, its first time pressed on LP since its initial release 30 years ago. Three decades on, Shiver stands up as an impressive blend of finely crafted songwriting, rhythmic production and powerful vocal performances. Andrew Farriss is happy about the reissue of Shiver as vinyl, and digital streaming platforms provide a new opportunity for music fans to be acquainted (or reacquainted) with the album.

Jenny Morris performed, She Has To Be Loved, for Ausmusic 89. She rise to the top has been honoured by the Australian Rock Industry Awards, the Countdown Awards and the Rolling Stone reader’s poll, to name a few. Support act for Tears For Fears and Prince and Dave Dobbyn.

“Dedicated To Everyone Actively Evolved In Saving Our Earth” – Jenny Morris

WEA Records to donate to the cause for which Jenny Morris and the Sydney Dance Company came together to pose for this droll shot. The television, as Street Talk, intimated last week. The Last Cafe Dance Party featured Jenny and a few other groovy people celebrating the close of the successful production, Cafe, raising $10,000 for the Sydney City Council and instigating the Breakthrough Program to help the city’s homeless children. 

Jenny Morris was invited by Tears For Fears for a two-month European tour, commencing in London Wembley Stadium. The last time Jenny toured Europe was as a backing vocalist to win INXS. With her double platinum album, Shiver, released in March, the tour going through Spain, Norway, France, Germany, Italy and Holland, well as Britain, should see Jenny pick up some healthy sales. She will play three shows in Sydney before preparing for the tour.

Jenny Morris was based in London for the past five months and finished her support for the Tears For Fears European tour. Prince was impressed after hearing her single Saved Me in a London club. He traced her down and offered her the support, and he asked her to fly to Rotterdam to open two shows for Diamonds And Pearls tour in 1992 in June at the 45,000 seater venue Feyenoord Stadium.

East-West released its third album, Honeychild, on 14 October 1991 and reached #5 on Australian Album Charts. A collection of catchy, quirky dance numbers dedicated to Earth Shepherds and Freedom Fighters. The help of several co-writers was Andrew Farriss, Paul Kelly, Dave Dobbyn, Don Miller- Robinson, and her bother Tam Morris.

Nick Launay produced and mixed eight of the twelve tracks, while Jenny Morris co-produced the others tracks with Mark Forrester. Includes New York-based Jamaican Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, one of the greatest rhythm masters, she has crafted a focused, contemporary album that bounds across a board dynamic and emotional range with barely contained enthusiasm.

The songs swing from the purely pop Mercy, Zero and Break In The Weather to concerns about the environment and the homeless. Tall Poppies is one that sums up her thoughts on fame, the elderly and drugs. There is also a remarked cover version of Tempted by Squeeze. Honeychild strikes a balance between genuine emotion and real characters on tracks like Lost In Heaven and Crackerjack Man about joy and release.

The Benefit Concert For Steve Gilpin, some of the biggest names in Australian rock come together to mourn their friend Steve Gilpin in the best way they know. In six-hour, there were 6,000 people crammed inside the Hordern Pavilion. It had an incredible line-up The Radiators, Shauna Jensen, Gangajang, James Reyne, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Don Walker, Chris Bailey, The Angels, Angry Anderson, Kevin Borich, Sawanee, John Brewster, Gyan, Austen Tayshus, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Jenny Morris, Alex Smith, Matt Moffat, Jimmy Barnes, Dave Bobbyn, Buzz Bidstrup and the re-formed Mi-Sex.

Rhythm And Flow

Julian Lennon and Jenny Morris performed Saltwater at ARIA Awards on 06 March 1992 at World Congress Centre, Melbourne. Followed by The Concert For Life on 28 March 1992 at Centennial Park. Featuring NXS, Diesel, Kate Ceberano, Crowded House, Ratcat, Yothu Yndi, Def FX, Richard Clapton, and Jon Stevens.

East-West released a compilation, The Best of Jenny Morris – The Story So Far, 09 on November 1992, reached #12 on Australian Album Charts. It includes a respective collection of memorable recordings and remarks version in a fresh format. Tear a remark ofthe original recording, which was a hit for The Crocodiles. The song Get Some Humour is about so people can realise how important to laugh. Andrew Farriss wrote You’re Gonna Get Hurt, the first in a long line of INXS collaborations and included in this compilation. Neil Finn penned You I Know, her cover of Janis Joplin, Piece of My Heart, and Jackson duet with Michael Hutchence from INXS – Dekadance on this release. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare also appeared on Break In The Weather. Michael Hutchence compiled and produced the compilation CD.

Support act for Paul McCartney on 16 March 1993 at Sydney Entertainment Centre on 16th, 17th, 20th also two outdoor shows at Parramatta Stadium on 22 to 23 March.

rooArt released its fourth album, Salvation Jane, on 14 September 1994. She co-wrote five songs on the album and invited to attend a songwriting retreat at legendary manager Miles Copelandcastle in the French town of Bordaeux to work with some prominent songwriters. Jenny Morris, Steve Balbi, Justin Stanley from Electric Hippies, Andrew Farriss and Jeremy Allom of Massive Attack produced the album.

The opening track, Rhythm And Flow, a track about the demise of indigenous people, opens with didgeridoo and a choral effect on backing vocals courtesy of Maori singer Mark Williams. Tracks like Cry And Cry, it about the environment and Angels Australian homeless people. The song Frida acknowledges the inspiration of the artists Frida Kahlo and evokes a haunting, dramatic atmosphere Digger, an archetypal ballad, pays tribute to her dad’s childhood in New Zealand. Deeply felt in the song Pain In Your Shadow convictions on the Third World. Rick Nowels composed In Too Deep, a pure melody, later remarked by Belinda Carlisle. Salvation Jane failed to match the success of her previous album and would be her last effort.

Jenny Morris renewed her publishing contract and made her third consecutive agreement with MMA. Her latest release, What Do I Do Now, is from the album. Mushroom Australia released Mantra Mix: A Tibet Benefit Album – Various Artists features Rhythm And Flow in 1996.

Jenny Morris is an active supporter Greenpeace, Drug Offensive and World Vision. She has been an outspoken advocate of musician’s rights, protesting outside Parliament House in Canberra for Copyright reform. Performed for Canberra Festival Medibank Private Finale Concert with the backing band was Royal Military College Duntroon on the lawns of Old Parliament House in December 1996.

Jenny Morris appears in Water Rats episode 215 of Stolen Time on 19 May 1997. The Senior Detectives, Frank Holloway and Rachael Goldstein, first arrived at the boat murder scene. A young woman believes to be stalked by an admirer called “Desperate Dave” and is reported missing. Tayler falls overboard when he, Sykes and Tavita tries to outwit a couple of bag snatchers at Darling Harbor. Hawker finds out about Helen and Tayler relationship.

The Senior Detectives arrive at Close Encounters, and the poster says Marlene O’Brien sings the blues. Guest-starring are Anja Coleby as Linda “Coco” Jones, Rachel Blake as Carly Bridges, Alex Morcos as Ellery Mason, Arky Michael as Dave Fremont, Jenny Morris as Marlene O’Brien With Penelope Timmis, Carlo Berkley, Jarrah Knox, Stuart Tilse, Suzanne Marshall, Jo Ellicot, and Alexander Luppi.

The Good Vibration A Concert For Mac Hunter, held at Selinas, Sydney’s Coogee Beach on 27 March 1998. Jenny Morris recorded live versions of In Too Deep and a Dragon song Ozambezi which appears on Good Vibration CD with various artists. Renee Geyer organised Like The Night Of The Hunter Concert at St Kilda Palais, Melbourne, six weeks before it, graced by the voice, his style and his irrepressible stage charisma. So many people came together to make one of the most memorable nights to have experienced. His music and talent have touched millions of people and continues to do so. Evident through the heartfelt performances of his friends and the messages of hope and the prayers of his fans.

“I want to thank everyone who has prayed for me and sent their support. God Bless you all” – Marc Hunter

New Idea released a compilation CD, Hope, on 26 October 1998. Australian and international female artists have contributed to raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness and research into the disease, which kills Australian women, each year. Featuring artists like The Corrs, Merril Bainbridge, The Pretenders, Annie Lennox, Wendy Mathews, Jenny Morris, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Arena, Shanley Del and actress Belinda Emmett recorded a dance tune. All have donated their voice to the project, an international section of female singers over the past decade.

Steve White organised festival Storm Aid announced the concert, which has attracted the cream of Australia’s entertainment industry with offers from some of the biggest names in showbiz, like rock legend Billy Thorpe has agreed to join the star-studded. The lineup of performers headed by Wendy Matthews, Marie Wilson, Richard Clapton, Jenny Morris, James Reyne, The Whitlams, The Angels, and Angry Anderson. Storm Aid organisers believe the NSW Government has offered free train transport offer will swell the crowd for the three-day concert well above the predicted 60,000.

Portrait photographer Robert Rosen released a book called Siblings, published by Beagle Press in 1999. It has 124 pages and 54 black-and-white photographs. The book, a celebration of his photographer’s remarkable imagination, inventiveness and persistence,  features one hundred and seventeen diverse, interesting people. Produce a series of portraits of well-known identities, such as Jenny Morris and brothers Tam and Rhys, cuddlesome trio pose and many more like Hugo Weaving, naked with their siblings. In 2003, the exhibition Siblings toured widely throughout Australia and National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

On 29 June 2001, she received the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Award for her services to the community and bringing joy to sick children. Appeared on SBS Mum’s The Word and sang “Little Little” it was issued as a CD single. The program was repeat in January 2007. They discuss motherhood and other issues around this subject.

The show Tapestry songs by Carole King was performed live in concert by leading Australian singers. It was a unique opportunity to hear performances by Vika & Linda Bull, Jenny Morris, Jodi Phillis and Karma County Carole. It featured songs from Carole King’s legendary Tapestry album. Carole King is one of the most successful pop songwriters of our time and the most prolific.

Jenny Morris inducted INXS into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, held at Capitol Theatre, Sydney, on 30 October 2001. The following month she showcased some of her new material, including and latest single, Home, in a special show at The Basement. By a performance at Woodford Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. By the end of the month, The Crocodiles’ song Tears (Fane Flaws and Arthur Baysting) was number 26 on New Zealand Names Top 30 Songs.

On 26 January 2002, headline Morris a Major in Australia Day Musical Celebrations, held at Speers Point Park. Features performances by Jenny Morris, local funk act Chi, jazz band Makin’ Whoopee and alternative act Equinox. The single, Home, is her first in six years and is taken from her forthcoming album Hit and Myth, which is due in-store.

On 08 February 2002, headline Jenny Morris & Friends at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This concert will showcase her incredible career and include special guests Diesel, Shanley and the highly acclaimed CODA.

Jan Williamson portrait of Jenny Morris entered the Archibald exhibition on 28 May 2002 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was voted the most popular after being awarded Sydney’s People’s Choice Award.

Yep! Records released her fifth album, Hit & Myth, on 23 September 2002, a slice of funk folk fused melodies. Downtown, arranged by Nick Wales, added a strings section. Climb High, a reaction to JFK Jnr death, written in 1998. Neil Finn wrote Guiding Star, a ballad. In The Water, a riff she had ran around her head like a burst water main.

“I had people playing on the album from different backgrounds” – Jenny Morris

Finding Joy movie was released on 25 October 2002. Features Raffi, Billie Dean (Joy Brown), Andrew Einspruch (Peter Wolfman), Janet Watson Kruse (Tessa), Rebecca Barratt (Sally), Todd Dwyer (Matt), Cameron McAuliffe (Nick), Angry Anderson (Kris Quaid) and Jenny Morris (Tracey). A tasteful blend of folk and contemporary music. The human relationship with Raffi, the blue healer cross, is always a faithful companion to whoever needs him.

Jenny Morris and Steve Balbi wrote Home waslaunched on Channel 9 Today Show on 31 October 2002.

Headline The Strangers In The Night Tour, held at Canberra Theatre, on 09 November 2002, Featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Jenny Morris and James Rayne.

Perform for Candlelight AIDS Memorial on 24 November 2002 at Green Park, Darlinghurst. It’s a time for many of us to reflect on our experiences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to remember our friends and loved ones.

The Sydney Walk Against The War, held at Sydney Town Hall Square to Domain, on 30 November 2002. The rally is part of a national weekend of action against the war on Iraq organised plans across Australia like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra, Brisbane and Lismore. Massive action with high-profile speakers John Pilger and Sharan Burrow, personalities from the arts community including actor John Howard and Jenny Morris.

On 26 January 2003, Australia Day became an Australian citizen and received the Order of Australia in NSW.

Performed for Port Fairy’s 27 Annual Folk Festival, held on the Moyne River of Port Fairy, Vic, in March 2003. Featuring Archie Roach, John Williamson, Renee Geyer, and the Waifs were among the popular performers. Archie Roach and Jenny Morris played in the largest venue, marquee stage three.

Music Max had a special on INXS that featured some music clips with Jenny Morris performing with the band. Attended AGSC Screen Music Awards held at The Hordern Pavilion at Fox Studios Australia. Appear with her family in Don Burke’s Backyard show.

A more political musical event was Australia s first Internet rock concert in 2004, held in front of the Parliament by artists including John Farnham, Wendy Matthews, Jenny Morris, Midnight Oil, Crowded House and INXS. Apart from its entertainment function, the concert s political aim was to demonstrate the lack of music copyright protection on the Internet.

EastWest released a compilation CD, Listen The Very Best Of, on 16 April 2004. A repackaged with new artwork and a bonus track added due to popular demand, this collection boasts classic hits, Body & Soul, She Has To Be Loved, Saved Me, and You’re Gonna Get Hurt, plus many more. Perform for The Mother of All Balls, a unique charity fundraising event to raise money.

There will be a fantastic entertainment line-up led by the Jenny Morris trio and featuring the popular group Martinez with ABC TVs Captain Feathersword and Kristina. Attend the APRA Awards in Sydney. Performed at Mardi Gras Fair Day in Sydney. Warner Music Vision issued DVD and CD Alive, a live recording at The Basement, Sydney.

Headline Jenny Morris & Friends Benefit Concert featuring Mark Lizotte, Troy Cassar-Daley, Abby Dobson, Rob Hirst, Beccy Cole, James Blundell, Tim Freedman and Rick Wakeman (Yes) at The Basement. Performed Break In The Weather, Street of Love, and She Has To Be Love at the 10th Birthday of the Star City Casino.

Appear on Spicks and Specks Episode 37 topic was Know Your Product, Malvern Stars on 45, Musician or Serial Killer, Cover Versions, and The Final Countdown. The teams were Alan Brough as team Captain, Jenny Morris and Murray Cook with the appose Myf Warhurst as team Captain, Simon Tedeschi and Hamish Blake.

“We have so many problems in our world … how did it come to be that there are so many with so little and so few written much???” – Jenny Morris

Liberation Music released its sixth album, Clear Blue In Stormy Skies, on 24 June 2006. Remake recording of Everywhere I Go, Break In The Weather, She Has To Be Loved, Little Little, instrumental re-arrangement, This Time a tribute to friend Michael Hutchence.

Headline Sunshine 2 Rain Acoustic Tour, featuring Dragon, The Choirboys, Jenny Morris and Michael Spiby from 13 July 2006 to 20 August 2006.

Jenny Morris attended Art of Music, a fundraising event for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW. She appeared on 20 to 1 and reviewed World’s Best Love Songs. Attend the International Day of People with a DisAbility at The Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre. Established and managed the “Art of Music” fundraising events involving a dinner and art exhibition, and include an auction of the artworks.

Song Summit Sydney is a conference for Australian singers, songwriters and music retailers to network. NSW Government will spend $500,000 over three years on an annual three-day conference called the Song Summit Sydney. The summit aimed at nurturing the music industry, which Ms Morris said was worth $7 billion. Re-elected and was returned as Writer-Director for APRA / AMCOS on 20th November 2007.

Headline Glenn Shorrock and Friends will open the show with performances by Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Jenny Morris and her band will take the stage for the second set, and featured John Swan will rock the house in the third set. Jade MacRae and Choirboys front-man, Mark Gable. Surprise performances are in store for the stunning finale.

Perform with special guest Leo Sayer on 09 February 2008 at Brookhampton Estate in Western Australia. She attended the Song Summit Sydney S3 at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. Appear on Spicks and Specks Episode 26, topic was Know Your Product, Bottom 100, Samplemania, Across the Ditch Bro, and The Final Countdown.

Headline Rockin’ The Black Dog held at Newcastle on 06 December 2008. To raise awareness about mental health issues for Hunter Institute of Mental Health. The Boat People and other acts will perform on stage to entertain and educate people about mental illness.

Australia Day Celebrations were held at Woodward Park Liverpool on 26 January 2009. Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller invites the family for a free evening of entertainment featuring a superb lineup of live music, dance, children’s activities and a spectacular fireworks display. Featuring Jenny Morris, Joe Gatehau, VTribe, Latin Oz Dance Mania, GY Wiz Kidz, Humphrey and a Spectacular fireworks display. Liverpool’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2009 is Father Chris Riley.

Jenny Morris performed her best hits from the ‘80s and entertained the Townsville-based troops, Lieutenant Sally Bates, with Lieutenant Colonel Craig Dobson and Squadron Leader Mike Edwards. On RocKwiz performed Break In Weather and a duet with Don McGlashan, It’s Only Natural, released as a CD single.

Attended Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, eight high profile Australians duelled in wheelchairs raising awareness of spinal cord injuries. The participant who completed the tasks in the shortest time and was declared the winner. Taking first place is high profile Australians like Grant Hackett, WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda, comedian Julia Morris and singer Jenny Morris dedicated her win to her two sisters-in-law, both have disabilities.

The headline One of These Nights features Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Simon Meli (Ooh la), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Robyn Loau and Louise Anton, plus a special guest appearance by Jenny Morris, introducing Kristal Collins. Perform The Eagles’ classic songs like Hotel California, Desperado, Heartache Tonight, New Kid in Town, Life in The Fast Lane, Tequila Sunrise, Take It To The Limit and many more.


On 26 January 2010, she received the Australian of the Year Award, held on the lawns of Parliament House Canberra. Governor-General is pleased to announce Ms Jenny Patricia Morris of Medal (OAM) in the General Division. Australian of the Year plaques are on display on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, designed by the National Capital Authority. The Australians of the Year Walk incorporated in the pathway are five metal strips set flush in the concrete, representing the five music stave lines to the score of Advance Australia Fair.

Jenny Morris performed for Wingham Akoostik Festival, held at Wingham Showgrounds, NSW, on 19 October 2013. Artists included Bill Chambers, Wendy Matthews, Afro Moses and Jenny Morris. Manning Valley festivals support local talent proving, entertainment and employment opportunities for building community inclusiveness and pride. Jenny Morris was elected Chair of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in 20 years.

Jenny Morris performed for Music For Mercy, held at Martin Place in Sydney, on 28 January 2015. A candlelight vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.

Australian Story on ABC TV was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, which causes spasms in the throat after she noticed her voice started to sound croaky a decade ago. A rare neurological condition that has affected her voice and essentially ended her career. Reveal the news she will not sing again due to her medical condition.

Jenny Morris was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Spark Arena in Auckland on 04 October 2018.

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