Local songbird Ella Fence in line for $25k fellowship

ONE OF the Gold Coast’s most stellar voices could soon be jetting off across the world to follow her dream.

Stephanie Pickett aka Ella Fence has been announced as one of four finalists for the 2015 Grant McLennan Fellowship, alongside fellow musos Tim Steward, Hannah Macklin (MKO SUN) and Jack Carty.

The initiative, named after founding member of Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, provides the winner with a $25,000 fellowship and the opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to 6 months with thanks to Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS and QMusic.


It’s hoped to expose emerging artists to the full cultural life of one of these cities as a source of inspiration and creativity.

Ella Fence's first EP, Wanderlust. Image: Facebook

Stephanie/Ella signed a world wide management deal in July, after UK hit maker Phil Pickett (director of Rugged Management) contacted her shortly after the release of her debut EP Wanderlust.

She is about to embark on a tour of Australia, including the Gold Coast’s Summertime Sessions in the Village on Friday, October 30.