Kelsey Strasek- Barker
Kelsey Iris is a 24 year old proud Yuwaalaraay, Gamilaroi and Murrawarri woman. She is a musician and singer-songwriter originating from the small opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge in far North West New South Wales. For a young woman from the bush she has had many successes throughout her emerging career. This has included performing at popular music festivals and events which has led to performing alongside accomplished Australian artists. She writes and shares a spectrum of stories inspired by life and her Aboriginal culture, captivating listeners through her emotive song-writing and rootsy mountainy vocals.
Kelsey is grateful to have been given opportunities throughout her emerging career, some of the highlights thus far include performing alongside Uncle Jimmy Little, Uncle Archie Roach, Aunty Ruby Hunter and Uncle Roger Knox at the 2010 Aboriginal Cultural Showcase Finale, working alongside Bernard Fanning and continue being mentored by him and collaborating with young established artists such as Emily Wurramurra, Alice Skye and Dobby.
In 2017 she graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Popular Music and continues using creative arts, music, culture and her traditional languages to teach and mentor young people.