Cloe Terare.
Cloe Terare.

‘It’s incredible’: Toowoomba musician wins major award

FOR Cloe Terare, Toowoomba has brought a sense of songwriting freedom that wasn’t previously there.

The 23-year-old up-and-coming musician moved to the Garden City about a year and a half ago.

“I grew up in Brisbane when I was a kid, but would travel to Toowoomba a lot,” she said.

“I ended up meeting my boyfriend who was from Toowoomba in Brisbane. I told him I wanted to move to Toowoomba full-time as it’s such a beautiful and serene place to make music.

Cloe Terare
Cloe Terare

“As soon as I went up the range, it’s like the air changed and it feels like you’re in a completely different place. The weather changes, the air changes, everything slows down. It’s the perfect place to write music.”

The artist released her debut single Take Me Home on Triple J Unearthed soon after she moved to Toowoomba.

The song reached number one on the indigenous Triple J Unearthed charts and number 18 on the Unearthed Top 100 charts.

“Music has been a part of my whole life,” Cloe said.

“When I was younger I used to come up here for the Australian Children’s Disability Christmas Party and perform there. I spent a lot of time at Tamworth when I was young with my family who were all in the music industry.

“My musical influences would be Jessie Reyez, Lana Del Rey, Her … they’re kind of my writing and stylistic influences.”

More recently, Cloe won the main award at the QMusic Songwriting Retreat alongside Brisbane-based electronic artist DVNA for their song Easy. The win gave her a recording package for that song and another one.

An acoustic version of that song is up now on Triple J Unearthed and other streaming platforms.

“Easy is about being used to toxic relationships, any kind of relationship whether that’s romantic or not and transitioning out of that to something better,” Cloe said.

“It was so incredible to win that prize.”

The prize was just the start to what is set to be a massive year for the musician.

Cloe said she was currently working on some projects with producer Paces, known for his songs 1993 (No Chill) and Siren.

“I’m also in the development stages of my own EP,” she said. “There will be a few more singles leading that.”