Where words fail, music speaks – a mantra which is encapsulated in the work of GOLDHEIST (aka Hester Fraser), releasing her new concept album REALM with a sold out concert at the Sydney Opera House in September 2017.
Visually and sonically arresting, flower crowned crooner GOLDHEIST has been likened to Kate Bush, Florence & The Machine, and Ellie Goulding, bringing her songs and stories to stages across regional and metropolitan Australia.
Charming audiences as a Finalist for three years running in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, she was Winner of the prestigious People?s Choice Award in 2016, and 2nd Place Winner of the Judges Choice in 2017. But it?s not all singing in the streets for GOLDHEIST. Her songs tell tales of love, life and adventure, painting vibrant pictures of the Australian bush, current affairs and events, not to mention a few broken hearts. “You Were There”, written in support of Suicide Prevention Australia, was the Semi-Final Regional Winner and Grand Finalist in The Official Top Ten Night’s Listen Up Australia! songwriting contest. GOLDHEIST was included in the prestigious Sydney VIVID Festival program for 2017, curating a collaborative performance with Auslan Sign-Language interpreters hosted by the Art Gallery of NSW. In September and October 2017, she toured outback and regional NSW with artist/painter James Needham, performing collaborative concerts of live art and music across the state.
Educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, GOLDHEIST toured NSW in 2014 with her debut release Dust, raising funds and awareness for drought in rural areas. This was her first tour under the moniker GOLDHEIST, leading to further drought relief performances through Centacare New England North West, followed by appearances at the Quirindi Music Festival, RAW Visionary Melbourne, and a mini-tour to Byron Bay and Murwillumbah. She was the winner of BalconyTV Producers Pick for her live video performance of Wild Things on the rooftop of Sydney Harbour YHA, and in 2015, two GOLDHEIST songs were included in the soundtrack for independent feature film Beijing Being, which was selected for the 39th Montreal World Film Festival and the NYC Independent Film Festival.
Following the death of her grandfather, the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, she wrote and released The Camellia Tree, a musical tribute to his life and legacy. The subsequent media campaign, widespread radio play, and performance on The Morning Show helped to raise funds and awareness for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This is an ongoing project to which GOLDHEIST lends her voice and her art, contributing to the call for changes to Australia?s controversial policies towards displaced peoples seeking asylum.