Simone Dew started her musical career as an enthusiastic young amateur theatre performer in her home town of Geelong. Her talents were quickly discovered and by the time she turned 18 years of age she was frequently featuring as a soloist in many variety shows During this time, Simone was invited to perform as a guest artist with the Australian Army Band Melbourne. It was then that Simone discovered a unique opportunity to embark on a rewarding performing career as the first full-time professional vocalist with the Australian Army Band Corps.
Simone’s performing career has centred around being one of the Army’s principal soloists which has allowed her to perform extensively throughout Australia and Overseas with various Defence Bands and Symphony Orchestras, including the occasional television appearances.
Over the years, Simone has shared the stage with many of Australia’s favourite artists including Guy Sebastian, Peter Cousins, Marina Prior and Rhonda Burchmore. Simone is well regarded as a singer and stage performer but she is perhaps wider recognised for her rendition of the Australian National Anthem. Simone is frequently asked to perform the anthem and has performed it at some of Australia’s premier sporting events and venues including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Brisbane Gabba.
In 2006, Simone was hounered to be requested by the Prime Minister of Australia to feature as the vocal soloist on a new government released video recording of the Australian National Anthem. Simone has also performed at national events of significance including the 90th Commemorative Service for ANZAC Day in Gallipoli and again in 2012. Simone was also the first Australian vocalist to sing the French and Australian Anthems at the 90th Commemorative Service for ANZAC Day at Villers Bretonneux in France. In recognition for her enduring passion and dedication as an Army vocalist, Simone has been awarded the Soldiers Medallion for Exemplary Service.
Simone is absolutely delighted to be once again performing with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.