Piper Butcher did the country music community proud, making it into the top 24 on the singing competition series, Australian Idol. Showcasing her fresh blend of genres, the emerging artist impressed with her unique renditions of Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive, Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, Avril Lavigne’s Complicated and more. Although Piper was eliminated before the top 12 live finals, she’s still a winner in our eyes.
Hailing from Newcastle, Piper, who has been performing since she was 11, already has an #1 EP (Alternative Album iTunes chart and #2 on iTunes All Genres Albums chart) under her belt and supported the likes of Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Diesel, Kasey Chambers, You Am I, Robben Ford (USA), Mia Dyson, The Black Sorrows, Shane Nicholson, The Badloves, Thirsty Merc, Melody Moko, Josh Pyke, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham, Corey Legge, Tori Forsyth and more.
With Americana meets rock ’n’ roll influences from the likes of Lukas Nelson, Chris Stapleton and Stevie Nicks, Piper's soulful tones are way beyond her 18-years. To celebrate her immense talent, we thought we’d count down our five favourite Piper songs, ranked.
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According to Piper, Long Road – co-written with fellow Groundwater KIX-Start competition top ten finalist Cassi Marie – covers the long road of heartbreak. The song was the third single released from her EP, September, released in 2021.
Piper says, “The lyrics provoke sorrow and frustration but proves that leaving unhealthy people behind is a difficult but prosperous journey.”
Before The Thunder immediately struck a chord with fans and the industry alike, emanating from the storyline where someone tries to cross the line to get what they want. The song builds with emotion, entrancing you with whimsical guitars and strong melodies.
Released in 2022, Read Between the Lines is a fierce anthem that sets her apart from other new artists. Showcasing Piper’s passionate story telling with swooning bass lines, a strong chorus, and drums that pack a punch, it's evidently the most vulnerable Piper has been with her music.
We couldn’t do this list without mentioning her incredible debut single, Haunting Your Thoughts. The song developed from an idea formulated by Piper and 2020-21 Toyota Star Maker winner Sammy White: what happens when a troublemaker doesn’t clean up their mess? The song peaked at #3 on the iTunes Alternative Chart and has attracted more than 50,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Piper channels a path of discovery on her latest release, Unconscious Mind. Throughout her lyrics, she portrays the story of a mind-bending battle, between the power that people hold over each other, and how a minute choice can send you spiralling down a road to self-destruction.
Of the Matt Fell produced track, Piper says, “People crave freedom in their own lives, but sometimes the only person blocking that is themselves.”
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