At 23, award-winning pianist/singer and composer Tate Sheridan has already established a fine reputation in the Australian jazz and pop community.
As a First Class Honours graduate student of the ANU School of Music, Tate is a rising star who has gained quite a following in recent years. As a singer/songwriter, he has captured such an exciting and original blend of the jazz and pop idioms, showcasing his original work for many years at the Merimbula, Moruya, and Capital Jazz Festivals as well as touring renowned Australian jazz clubs and theatres. He has been a regular at the National Jazz at the Gods Concert Series and was selected to represent Australia in the 2013 and 2014 Canberra International Music Festivals as a distinguished Artist in Residence.
In 2012 he was the recipient of the Merimbula JazzQuest Scholarship and a year later he was awarded the ANU Imad Nassir Medal for Most Outstanding Piano Performance. In 2014 he was acknowledged as the ACT Canberra Critic’s Circle Artist of the Year for his dedication to both jazz and pop and his high demand as a concert performer.
In 2015, Tate became one of the youngest ever musicians to be nominated for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and has already been awarded the Friends of the ANU School of Music’s Bernhard Neumann Memorial Prize, the Winifred Burston Memorial Prize, and the Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize for his dedication to Australian music. Tate has recorded albums at Hihat Studios and ANU Studios with musicians from all of Australia. His debut jazz album 'Tate Sheridan' was released early this year and has just received a glowing 4-star review in The Australian.
In 2014 his second pop single 'Further' was released through Triple J Unearthed and soared up the charts. Within a week, it had reached number 2 on the National Unearthed Charts. Tate's pop originals have gained the attention of legendary Australian artists such as Thirsty Merc's Rai Thistlethwayte and INXS' principle songwriter Andrew Farriss. Andrew personally asked Tate to perform a sold out show with him late last year.
Even Sir Elton John, arguably one of the biggest international legends in music has shown a great deal of interest in the young performer’s promising future, becoming a mentor and friend to the young artist. After hearing Tate's debut EP 'Life was Lonely', Elton personally asked him to be the support act at every Australian and New Zealand show – an incredible validation of his original work and musical talent. This life changing experience saw Tate play to hundreds of thousands of people in some of the biggest, most iconic venues in Australia/ Tate is the only person in history to have played Sir Elton John's piano at shows in the nearly fifty years he has been touring.
In 2016, Elton played Tate's song 'Fade to Black' on his Apple Music Beats 1 Radio Show and spoke very highly of the young artist. Tate Sheridan is definitely a name to watch. Even at such a young age, he has achieved so much. He is playing and singing with a maturity and sensitivity well beyond his years.