KRISTILEE RANSLEY -
Kristilee has been singing professionally for over 10 years. From solo piano bar gigs, jazz ensembles and lead roles in musical theater productions, to original performances and recording, this versatile musician has covered a diverse range of genres.
Originating from Hobart, Tasmania, Kristilee was recognized as one of the State's premier artists and could be seen treading the boards of the historic Theater Royal in the raucous University Revue, gigging solo on the ship 'The Spirit of Tasmania', belting out a blues tune or two at the Wrest Point Casino, starring as Mary Magdalene in a critically acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar (1998) or even touring far-flung regions of the state as a member of the very successful musical comedy revue Funnybits. Kristilee sang and danced her way through the Robert Jarman directed Beach Blanket Tempest as the manic genie Gidget, and has performed on numerous occasions at the annual Taste of Tasmania Festival and Carols by Candlelight.
Following an 18 month sabbatical, during which time she taught music and drama to children in Pennsylvania, sang in Bourbon Street, New Orleans, busked in London and sang jazz in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Kristilee decided to relocate to Melbourne. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform with some of Australia's foremost musicians.
Kristilee regularly appeared on stage with Debra Byrne and Dale Ryder [Boom Crash Opera] at the Faulkner Club, Toorak Road. She has also gigged with Tania Doko [Bachelor Girl], John Foreman [Composer of 'The Flame' - Sydney 2000 Olympic Anthem & 'Melbourne Girl' - Theme for 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games], Wendy Mooney [Channel 9] and Bernard Curry [Neighbours; The Dish]. Kristilee contributed to the CD recording of the musical The Jackal [Des Flannery], which also features John Woods, John Waters, Normie Rowe and Russell Morris.
Kristilee recently seized the opportunity to take a 3 month 'working holiday' and delighted audiences by appearing in a musical stage show in Singapore. In her down time [aside from lying about on tropical Malaysian islands] she was regularly to be found jamming with local musos at The Crazy Elephant and Harry's Bar at Boat Quay.
Also having a vast catalogue of original songs and experience, Kristilee's versatility and audience rapport have been demonstrated live at venues such as The Empress [Brunswick] and Chapel Street's legendary Revolver, where she has enjoyed performing her material solo [piano/vocal], or expanding to a trio, featuring Bernard Curry on guitar/vocals and Jayne Pakinga on cello/vocals. Entertaining, witty, talented and engaging, Kristilee has the depth and experience to bring something unique to every gig.