The Corner Award was launched in 2016 as a way to say thanks and give something back to the industry that has been so good to us for so long. The annual award is dedicated to celebrating artists who are breaking the mould and making an impact with their music.



The Corner Hotel is extremely excited to announce the shortlist for this year’s Corner Award accolade. A  small group of experts from across various facets of the music industry came together earlier in the year to compile a long-list of artists kicking goals in the business and have now unveiled the seven artists that they’ve deemed to be going above and beyond.



Cable Ties are a three piece garage punk outfit from Melbourne. They take three minute punk burners and stretch them past breaking point with the grit of guitar greats gone by. They released their self-titled debut album with Australian punk label Poison City in 2016 and have since gone on to take to the stage at Meredith Music Festival and just recently wound up a European tour supporting both Jen Cloher and Gold Class at their respective headlining shows. Appearing on the 2018 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival line-up, the band are gearing up to take their ferocious and in-your-face guitar tunes national.



Emily Wurramara is a rising singer and song-writing star based in Brisbane. She’s a proud indigenous performer who wrote her first song at only nine years of age and has since honed her unique brand of acoustic folk into something truly special. Originally from from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, Emily sings with heart and honesty in both English and her native language of Anindilyakwa. Her debut EP of 2016 also saw her pick up a Queensland Music Award for the song “Ngayuwa Ngelyeyiminama (I Love You).”



Melbourne electronic two-piece Habits are a force to be reckoned with. Performing music that they’ve themselves described as ‘sad goth party jams,’ the duo have been electrifying underground audiences since they began the project back in 2013. Habits have taken the stage at festivals including Sugar Mountain and Freedom Time and also released their highly acclaimed EP Ugly Cry last year. Their music has been labelled striking, whilst their shows are revered for being all-encompassing and groundbreaking.



Jade Imagine is a four piece band based out of Melbourne, Australia led by singer, songwriter and general good vibe bringer Jade McInally (formerly of Teeth & Tongue.) They released their debut EP on Courtney Barnett’s Milk! Records in April 2017 and have since taken their slacker-pop sounds right around the country. Jade Imagine make music that is subtle and candid, personal and understated, peppered with dry one-liners that stop a listener in their tracks.



Jesse Redwing doesn’t mess around when it comes to the blues. The Sydneysider takes no prisoners with his electrifying, good timing rock’n’roll tinged blues tunes and takes inspiration directly from the source of the good stuff itself, naming the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters as two of his icons. He brings a punk approach to his performances and rips out a raw and raucous energy when on stage, with this ferocity mirrored in his debut album of earlier this year. With a blues revival looking well-and-truly ready to kick off, Redwing might just be the man to lead the congregation.



Manu Crook$ is at the forefront of a new breed of Australian hip-hop artists, rising to stardom from his native Sydney to fast become one of the country’s most talked about rappers. His rhymes are infectious as they are sharp, spitting out songs about not only his own life but hip-hop culture in general; a scene that he seems to have an innately incredible grasp on. Touted as the artist that could take Aussie rap music global, Manu Crook$ has so far unleashed a six track EP and impressed audiences on stages at Bigsound and Red Bull Presents showcases around the country.



Originally from Wellington, NZ, future soul sensation Wallace jumped the pond to take her smooth tunes across shores to Sydney where she now stuns local audiences with her truly unique voice and immense charisma. Wallace applies her multi-award winning jazz trained licks and intonation to create a rich layer of distinct harmonies causing heads to turn. Having worked with the likes of Sampa The Great to create her infectious breed of music, Wallace has since released her debut EP Pole To Pole and continues to make incredible music - currently working on projects with names including The Kite String Tangle, Seekae and more!