'Waking Ugly' is one of those rare, independent bands who really 'get it'. They've got great songs and Lydia's voice is absolutely incredible!”

Christopher Ewing, Founder/CEO of the Indie Music Channel and Equus Records

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We are proud to premiere Waking Ugly's new single, 'Three Simple Words'. I instantly connected to this catchy tune around the 10 second mark... Seriously take the time to listen to this song with the contagious beat.”

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About

Waking Ugly offer up a retro mesh of pop, rock and smatterings of other popular 80s and 90s genres.

This husband and wife duo were partners long before they were married, having spent several years performing and creating music together.

Co-writers Lydia Gardner (vocals) and Darren Pace (guitar) have won multiple international awards and played at live music venues all over the East Coast of Australia, from their home town in Melbourne, to Cairns, where they now reside.

The recently released album 'You Know You Wanna', features the hit titular track along with other radio favourites including 'Must Be Love' and 'Zombies'. 

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Unashamedly commercial in sound and about as catchy as P!nk, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani combined.”

Beat Magazine

Lydia Gardner has a sugar coated crooning snarl, guitarist Darren Pace a keen ear for a hook, and between them they make... the sort of thing rock fans would be proud to see rule the charts.”

Fireworks Magazine

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Live Performances

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It's hard enough for an artist to even get on my show, and if their song goes all the way to number one, then that's even more amazing! ”

— Christopher Ewing, Host of the Radio Cafe

2018 Song of the Year Awards 
Semi-finalist 

2017 Indie Music Channel Awards
Winner - Best Alternative Song 
Nominee - Song of the Year 
Nominee - Album of the Year 
Nominee - Best Pop Song 
Nominee - Best Pop Recording 
Nominee - Best Pop Band 
Nominee - Best Contemporary Country Song 
Nominee - Best Contemporary Country Recording 
Nominee - Best Rock Song 
Nominee - Best Rock Recording 
Nominee - Best Alternative Recording 

2016 Pop Radio Awards    
Winner - Best Pop Song     

2016 Song of the Year Awards    
Runner-up - Best Pop Song     

2016 Indie Music Channel Awards    
Winner - Best Pop Demo     
Nominee - Best R and B Demo 

2015 Music Scene Investigation Awards  
Winner - Artist of the Year  

2015 Akademia Music Awards 
Winner - Best Pop Rock EP  

2015 Song of the Year Awards 
Semi-finalist - Best Pop Song 

2014 Pop Radio Awards   
Winner - Best Pop Song   

2014 Song of the Year Awards   
Semi-finalist - Best Pop Song    

2014 IMC Songwriter Awards   
Nominee - Best Pop Songwriter     
Nominee - Best Rock Songwriter    

2014 Indie Music Channel Awards   
Winner - Best Rock Recording     
Nominee - Recording of the Year     
Nominee - Best Rock Artist    
Nominee - Best Rock Song    
Nominee - Best Pop Artist     
Nominee - Best Pop Song    
Nominee - Best Pop Recording 

 

2013 IMC Songwriter Awards
Nominee - Best Pop Songwriter 

2013 Indie Music Channel  Awards
Winner - Recording of the Year 
Winner - Best Pop Recording 
Nominee - Album of the Year 
Nominee - Best Pop Band 
Nominee - Best Pop Song 
Nominee - Best Pop Video 

2012 Online Music Awards
Nominee - Best Pop Act 
Nominee - Best International Act 

2012 Indie Music Channel Awards
Winner - Best Pop Band 
Nominee - Band of the Year

 

The EP will bring out your inner feisty teenage girl, which may or may not be a good thing.”

Power Play Magazine

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