MARTINE MONROE

Belgian born Martine Monroe started her singing career on QLD’s Gold Coast where she teamed up with the late Ray Young (former lead singer of popular Aussie bluegrass band “Bullamakanka”). They developed a dynamic acoustic duo act, which rapidly generated a cult following from Coolangatta down to Byron Bay.

Then on a very different “note”, Martine starred in the ABC concert series: "A Toast To Piaf" with the QLD Symphony Orchestra. She was also featured as one of the highlights on the Brisbane River Stage at World Expo '88 with another tribute to the legendary French singer.

Following a move to Sydney, she toured Australia with the Kinselas production: "The Motown Story", also starring Doug Parkinson, Mark Williams, Carol Starkey & Colene James. She then joined Doug’s cabaret shows “Soulman” and “Let The Good Times Roll” playing the role of Dusty Springfield and later continued to work with Doug for many years as one of his backing vocalists. 

Martine understudied several characters in the Ellie Greenwich musical "Leader Of The Pack" at Sydney’s Star City Casino and played the lead female role of “Angel” in Jon English’s “Buskers & Angels”.

In 2005 she toured Australia, the UK and China as lead female vocalist in Jason Gilkison’s ballroom dancing spectacular, produced by the acclaimed “Burn The Floor” team. Martine’s voice also features on all their CDs to date.

She has also worked as backing vocalist and toured with many esteemed artists such as: Brian Ferry, Marcia Hines, James Morrison, Glenn Shorrock, Rick Price, Vanessa Amorosi, Jon Stevens, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, Ross Wilson, John Paul Young and the late & much loved Ricky May. 

Her TV appearances include: The Mike Walsh Show, Conway Country, Midday With Ray Martin, Today, Good Morning Australia, Late Night Australia (with Don Lane), Sounds, Today-Tonight and Australian Idol. During the 90’s she also appeared in a number of pop music video clips & TVCs and starred in her own Brisbane ABC television special.

Since 2001, Martine appeared frequently @ Sydney’s famous jazz venue “The Basement” with Steely Dan tribute band “The Bodacious Cowboys” as one of it’s 4 vocalists and she also enjoyed regular live performances with jazz/groove band Kafe Kool and Tim Oram’s “Sydney Jazz Orchestra.”

All this featured, live and television work is complemented by Martine's many studio sessions, her voice being heard in musicals, on albums, T.V. and radio jingles throughout the country and the world.

Martine is an active energetic member of Australia's entertainment community, not only as an experienced and talented singer, but also as a songwriter, her songs beginning to attract the interest of publishers and recording artists alike.