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Fruit is an indie folk rock band from Adelaide, South Australia that was formed in 1995. In 2003 they won the "Best Live Album" award at the Australian Live Music Awards. Their most recent album is Burn, which was released in June 2005.

History Edit

Formation and early years Edit

Fruit was originally formed in 1995 by a chance meeting following a request for two groups of three to perform together at a local show in Adelaide:

Group 1: Jenna Bonavita, Mel Watson, Catherine Oates Group 2: Miranda Bradley, Sam Lohs, Susie Keynes

The six members decided to rehearse together to do an encore performance at the end of their shows. It was later decided that they would combine their talents into one band, which became known as Fruit. All the members had known each other from various bands that they had been part of:

Emerald Sun: Mel Watson, Jenna Bonavita, Daniel Schultze, Yanya Boston

Breathe: Sam Lohs, Adam Budgen (future sound engineer for the band)

Fresh Air: Catherine Oates, Jenna Bonavita, Padma Newsome, Dylan Woolcock, Quincy La

Kai's Dilemma: Miranda Bradley, Susie Keynes, Clive Conway, Ashley Shepherd

Fruit's first studio release was the award winning 1996 self-titled release "Fruit", which was then followed by the much acclaimed "Skin". Their first live album, Shift Live, was released in 1999, which contained songs from their first two albums, as well as previously unreleased songs.

Later years and hiatus Edit

The band returned with their third studio record, Here For Days, in 2001. It was recorded with UK producer Paul Gomersall (who has worked with George Michael, Phil Collins, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Guns N' Roses), climbed to the No. 3 spot in the Australian Independent Charts.Their second live album, Live at the Basement, was released in 2002, and contained a number of new and old songs. The album won the Best Live Album award at the Australian Live Music Awards in 2003.

2005 saw the release of the album Burn. The album was produced by the Grammy nominated David Ivory, and was recorded in Philadelphia. The band have since gone on an indefinite hiatus; Susie Keynes has been quoted as saying that Fruit is 'off the road for the time being'.The three head members of the band are now currently pursuing other musical endeavours.

Members Edit

  • Mel Watson - vocals, horns
  • Susie Keynes - vocals, guitar
  • Sam Lohs - vocals, guitar
  • Yanya Boston - drums, percussion
  • Brian Ruiz - bass

Discography Edit

  • Fruit – selections from
  • Burn - (2005)
  • Fruit The Trio Album – Live At The Church - (2003)
  • Live At The Basement - (2002)
  • Here For Days - (2001)
  • U.S. Limited Release Fruit EP - (2000)
  • Shift, Recorded Live - (1999)
  • Skin - (1997)
  • Fruit - (Self-titled, 1996)

List of awards and achievements Edit

Australian Live Music Awards (ALMAs)

  • Best Live Album in Australia
    • 2003 – Fruit "Live at the Basement"
    • 2002 – Fruit "Live at the Basement"
  • Best Tour Manager
    • 2003 – Sue Arlidge
  • Best Up and Coming Live Act in Australia
    • 2001 – Fruit
  • Best Emerging Act in South Australia
    • 2001 – Fruit
  • Best Live Act in Australia
    • 2001 – Fruit (Nomination)

Queen's Trust Award for Young Australians

  • Mel Watson (for The Into One Project)

South Australian Music Awards

  • Most Outstanding Instrumentalist
    • 2003 – Mel Watson
    • 1998 – Mel Watson
    • 1997 – Mel Watson
    • 1996 – Mel Watson
    • 1995 – Mel Watson
  • Most Outstanding Songwriter
    • 2003 – Mel Watson (Nomination)
    • 1997 – Sam Lohs (Nomination)
  • Most Outstanding Vocalist
    • 2003 – Mel Watson (Nomination)
    • 1997 – Susie Keynes (Nomination)
  • Most Outstanding Release
    • 1996 - "Fruit"
    • 1997 - "Skin" (Nomination)
  • Most Outstanding Band
    • 1998 – Fruit
  • Most Outstanding Group or Individual
    • 1996
    • 1997 (Nomination)
  • Most Outstanding S.A. Release
    • 1998 – 'Shift' Live @ the Gov & JJJ, Fruit
  • Achievement Award
    • 1998 – Fruit, for independent touring
    • 1997 – Mel Watson & Bev Luff for The Into One Project
  • Most Outstanding Live Engineer
    • 1998 – Adam Budgen
  • Most Outstanding CD Artwork
    • 1998 – Miska Graphics, Rachel Harris & Andy Rasheed Photography for 'Shift'
  • Most Outstanding Guitarist
    • 1998 – Anthony Scott
  • Most Outstanding Bass Player
    • 1997 – Jenna Bonavita
    • 1998 – Anthony Scott
  • Most Outstanding Drummer
    • 1998, 1997 – Catherine Oates
  • Most Outstanding Video
    • 1997 – Mel Watson & Bev Luff for The Into One Project
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