Black Music Matters Festival

Aussie/American singer Audrey Auld-Mezera dies at 51

Monday, August 10, 2015 – Audrey Auld-Mezera, 51, an independent Australian and American country singer, died on Sunday in California after a battle with cancer.

Mezera released 11 albums and 3 EPs on her own label, Reckless Records. She recorded with musicians including Kasey Chambers and her father, Bill, Fred Eaglesmith, Mary Gauthier and Dale Watson.

Auld-Mezera also had several songs on the FX TV shows "Justified," Longmire," "NCIS: New Orleans" and "The Good Guys."

Born Jan. 14, 1964 in Tasmania, Australia, she recorded her first disc in 1999 with Bill Chambers. Her 2000 release, "The Fallen," was nominated for B st Country Album in Australia. Her 2003 album, "Losing Faith," increased her presence in the U.S. She toured with Todd Snider, Kevin Welch and Eaglesmith.

Auld-Mezera married Mez Mezera and became a U.S. resident, living in Stinson Beach, Cal., north of San Francisco. They later moved to the U.S. where she spent time in East Nashvillle and became part of the local music scene. She won the 2006 MerleFest Song Contest and performed her winning song "Losing Faith" with Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen) on guitar.

Upon being diagnosed with cancer last year, she moved to Stinson Beach because she considered it to be a beautiful place.

Her last album was an EP that came out earlier this year, "Hey Warden." The release was based on writing workshops that Auld-Mezera led at San Quentin prison with the songs written by prisoners and Auld-Mezera.

CD reviews for Audrey Auld Mezera

Texas CD review - Texas
Audrey Auld Mezera is the latest import from down under in alternative country's "Australian Invasion." Her immigration to the U.S. coincides with her American debut, which was recorded in Austin with the help of Gabe Rhodes (guitar), Carrie Rodriguez (fiddle) and Kasey Chambers' dad Bill Chambers (Dobro and lap steel). The resulting disc is one of the most satisfying debut recordings in recent memory. Her songs are vivid character-driven stories of heartbreak and heroes. "Karla Faye" is a cover »»»