It’s been over a year since Northern Territory teenager Stevie Jean uploaded a demo of Hell In Every Religion to triple j Unearthed launching her on an unexpected journey which landed her in the top 5 of triple j’s Unearthed High competition.
Now, after graduating high school and taking a gap year traveling through Europe, Stevie Jean is signaling her arrival as an artist, releasing Hell In Every Religion as her debut single ahead of performances at BIGSOUND and Darwin Festival (alongside Didirri) and supporting Caiti Baker on her national tour through September and October.
She’s finally ready to speak and Australia had better be ready to listen.
Written with wisdom beyond her years, Stevie Jean has deconstructed the sometimes toxic nature of organized religion.
“I wrote Hell In Every Religion when I was fourteen in Chapel at an Anglican school. The kids who were christened were allowed to partake in communion but the kids who weren’t had to sit and watch; they were excluded,” said Stevie.
“I was really fixated on this idea of indoctrination, and how these young minds where being impressed with these myths. It felt a little rebellious writing this song in a chapel, that questioned the entire system that it represents.”
It was a system that strangled her creativity, and after graduation Stevie search for a new ways to learn about herself and recapture that sense of creativity, eventually finding overseas.
“I felt suffocated at school; it felt like a limited, outdated system that only worked for a small number of kids. So, once I was out I traveled; seeing new places and meeting new people it really help me learn a lot about myself, and that’s something I needed as a songwriter,”
Despite all her travels, she’s still a Territory girl. Loving her home, and family is a strong aspect of her identity.
“Travelling overseas made me realise how lucky I am to be raised in such a multicultural place like Darwin with better food than all of Europe – it helps with my parents being such mad cooks.”
“Coming from a place of darkness and frustration, the song does nothing but shine with strength.”
Richard Kingsmill – triple j
“That voice is all power! Clever concept in this song and Stevie just nails the execution.”
Dave Ruby-Howe – triple j Unearthed
“This is a voice you have to hear!”
Dom Alessio – Sounds Australia