Hailing from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, The White Light Orchestra are the brother-sister duo; Phillip, a classically trained musician, and singer/songwriter Justine, who is self-taught in guitar and piano.
In 2013, the brother-sister duo sat down in their home studio nestled in the lower Blue Mountains and recorded what would be their debut EP. The first single from the EP, The Happy Song, is set for release this July 2014.
As evident in their music, it was the tranquil environment of the Australian Blue Mountains that allowed their minds to explore the different paradigms of the human experience. This shared perspective is evident across their work, which is a tribute to childlike innocence, lovingly viewed through a melancholic retrospect.
Inspired by the music their parents listened to– Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison – the duo were also naturally drawn to the pop and RnB music of the 90’s. Although Justine’s melodic singing style blends with the orchestral style of Phillip’s arrangements, the folk and pop-like structure is familiar to the ear.
Justine, born legally blind, simultaneously worked three jobs throughout 2010 in order to release her first solo EP. Her efforts were rewarded through successes such as her first music video Autumn Love reaching 6000 individual viewers in it’s first week and being invited to perform at the prestigious Biella festival in Northern Italy in 2010.
Refusing to conform to the structured academic system, the duo’s dedication to their craft is what has produced the remarkable The White Light Orchestra.
The White Light Orchestra’s first EP, containing three songs, is an invitation for listeners to step inside their world of wistful nostalgic sentiment and melancholic yearnings; at times heart breaking, often uplifting, always moving. A cathartic journey of hope rediscovered.
Mixed by Simon Todkill and mastered by Steve Smart, debut single The Happy Song is set for release on the 7 July 2014.