11 October 18
Renée Geyer, Little Pattie and Margret RoadKnight are the first Lifetime Achievement recipients of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMAs).
They will be lauded as part of the awards, held on Wednesday, October 10 at Brisbane Powerhouse.
The gong was initially to recognise one outstanding identity, from the field of recording and/or live performance during her lifetime.
But AWMAs’ director Vicki Gordon says that it didn’t quite work out that way.
“Our jury council could not separate these extraordinary women and decided to acknowledge all three!” she says.
“All were nominated by the public and then peer-voted in the jury process.
“Patricia, Renée and Margret represent everything the AWMAs are about: the diversity and recognition of women in Australian music, each a true pioneer in her own right.”
All three will be attending the event to personally receive their awards.
Geyer, a respected soul and R&B singer, was fronting her own band in the ‘70s and making a statement with a hit cover of James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World in 1974.
Her other hits include Heading In The Right Direction, Say I Love You and Stares and Whispers.
During a stint in Los Angeles in the 1980s, she was a sought after session singer for Sting, Neil Diamond, Jackson Brown, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan and Buddy Guy.
Geyer returned to Melbourne in the 1990s and released her frank life story, Confessions Of A Difficult Woman in 1999.