Before she became a platinum-selling star, Amy Shark was advised to give up music. But the tireless Gold Coast singer-songwriter would not–or could not–stop writing songs. It took a decade and countless knockbacks to break through.
“Adore” took the number 2 spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2016, its airplay sparking a bidding war, a Sony signing and further accolades. APRA named “Adore” the Pop Work of the Year. Shark was elected Apple Music Up Next artist for 2017. Her EP Night Thinker won two ARIA awards. And then, a career highlight: her debut album Love Monster won Album of the Year at the ARIAs (along with Best Pop Release and Best Female Artist).
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Speaking at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards, Shark spoke about what it means to be honoured, and how important it is to step out of your comfort zone.
Congratulations, you’re one of InStyle And Audi Women Of Style’s honourees. How does it feel?
I was really shocked, but honestly, InStyle Australia has been so great to me and really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m super honoured, really, I’ve loved everyone that I’ve been involved with. It’s really exciting.
This is a bit of a change of pace for you. What is like for you, do you still get nervous?
Yeah, it’s still really different for me and I have to really push myself to do it. But, I’m always happy when I‘ve done it. I’ve got out, I’m dressed up, but I’m kind of lazy – like everyone knows. This feels beautiful, and I feel beautiful in it.
Your music gives a voice to a lot of people. What message do you have for women who are inspired by your story?
I mean I guess to not be scared and get out there and share your voice – whether it’s through song, or through art or through whatever. You know, it might take a minute but we’ve got so much to offer. If I can be that role model for other young women, that’s amazing.
I have to ask who you’re wearing tonight.
I'm wearing a Con Ilio dress, who's a designer from Melbourne. It’s gorgeous, and I feel like I’m off to the Titanic or something.
To mark the eleventh annual awards, InStyle Australia honour ten inspiring women that bring the message of the awards to life. 2019's line up group of honourees includes leaders in science, business, fashion, social justice, beauty and entertainment, boasting a list of combined achievements that proves style is more than just the clothes you wear.
Notably, Celeste Barber, Phoebe Tonkin, Amy Shark and Jesinta Franklin lead the fashion set on the red carpet in head-turning ensembles. Local stars Anna Heinrich, Sam Frost, Phoebe Burgess round out our best-dressed list.
For all the InStyle and Audi Women of Style red carpet looks see here.