In 2011, a small group of community members in Quairading and Kellerberrin got together for some musical workshops. Elders in both towns had long considered running a music project as a means to share stories, develop their singing skills and facilitate healing. These workshops brought this aspiration to life, evolving into the Healing Songs project.
Three years later in 2014, the album Shine: Healing Songs from the Heart and the Land was released, a soulful collection of ballads that tell stories of love, loss, life, culture and the magic of Ballardong Country.
Award-winning Noongar singer-songwriter Gina Williams, with musicians Guy Ghouse and David Hyams, guided the group from the beginning with singing and songwriting workshops. The workshops focused on developing new songs, co-creating music and honing the group’s performance skills.
This album of professionally recorded music and lyrics was launched at the Midland Junction Arts Centre.