Some of our people...
Steve Vertigan has performed with many international and award-winning artists, such as Peter Allen, Jon English, Christine Sullivan, Colleen Hewitt, Suzanne Johnston, The Victorian Opera, The Australian Ballet, Jane Clifton, Joe Dolce, The Seekers, Debra Byrne, Tina Arena, 'Code One' - the Victoria Police Rock Band, The Australian Army Band and many others. Performances at events such as Olympic Games broadcasts, AFL grand finals, ABC recordings for television and radio, network television shows and major concerts and events.
As an engineer, Steve has recorded more than 2,000 songs including many that charted on iTunes, Unearthed, AMRAP, etc. His recordings have been heard on commercial radio, ABC television, and radio, SBS, Foxtel, Network 10, amongst others.
Author of 'The Greatest Ever Improve Your Singing Book', written with award-winning vocalist Linda George. It's included in the VCE for Contemporary Vocals and is also used by educational institutions across the country, both secondary and tertiary. Author of 'Blues Plus' a jazz improvisation method used widely across Australian schools and universities.
Steve holds a current Police Check and holds a current Working with Children Pass.
drums and percussion
Peter ‘Maz’ Maslen first came to our attention as a drummer in 80s rock-pop outfit Boom Crash Opera, a band which has been doing quite a few comeback gigs lately. He can also be seen clicking sticks with Mark Seymour and The Undertow and a list of other acclaimed artists.
'Maz' has performed on many albums at Soggy Dog Recording and has also worked with:
Delta Goodrem, Jimmy Barnes, Kylie Minogue, Colin Hay, Mark Seymour, Natalie Imbruglia, Diesel, Olivia Newton John, James Reyne, Boom Crash Opera, Daryl Braithwaite, Deborah Conway, Men at Work, The Seekers, Rob Mills, Archie Roach, Angry Anderson and many more.
guitar and keyboards
A founding member of Sherbet, Sam went on to become musical director for John Farnham and Brian Cadd, whilst furthering his career as a producer, studio musician, arranger and songwriter. Sam’s best-known song is "Reasons" from Farnham's "Whispering Jack”.
He has played on and produced records by artists including Tina Arena, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Goanna and The Black Sorrows. Sam was musical director of the landmark Bicentennial concert, “Under the Southern Cross” and Steve Vizard's "Tonight Live" – a five-nights-a-week national TV show.
Belinda Parsons gained a Bachelor of Music Performance in Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts. Although many of Belinda's credits are in the theatre domain, she is equally at home on the jazz and rock stages. Belinda has exceptional knowledge and 'ear' for harmony, producing anything from the very simple and expected to the most creative and complex backings in many diverse styles. Some of Belinda's credits include - The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Tour to China, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Live from the Great Hall of The People (DVD), Mack and Mabel (Production Company), HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Crossroads (Workshop), Life's a Circus, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, A New Brain (Chapel off Chapel) and various other corporate events, concerts and television appearances.
piano, keyboards, arranger, composer
Anthony Barnhill's performances have been described as ‘heroic’ (Wilma Smith, concertmaster MSO), ‘sensitive and intelligent’ (ArtsHub review) and displaying ‘incredible showmanship’ (Tina Arena). Anthony’s credits span radio, national television and as guest soloist with symphony orchestras.
In 2019, Anthony was the Associate Musical Director for the international tour of West Side Story (Opera Australia, GWB entertainment, BB group). Tour highlights included conducting performances at renowned opera houses around the world, including Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and the Sydney Opera House. Other musical theatre credits include Evita (Opera Australia), Oklahoma! (The Production Company) and most recently, as AMD for the Australian production of Chicago (GFO).
Anthony has worked for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, Monash University and Opera Scholars Australia. He has been the pianist for Grammy-nominated RnB artist Mario, toured China as Musical Director for Australian International Productions and served as Composer in Residence for Creative Innovation Global.
Anthony studied at Monash University where he won numerous awards including the flagship Concerto Competition, while also achieving the university’s highest performance result in each year of study. He was winner of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award.
lead and backing vocals
Even though she's the youngest and newest member of our team at Soggy Dog Recording, Montana Sharp has already performed backing vocals on songs that have hit the AMRAP charts. After completing a double degree in Arts/Music at Monash (with distinction) in 2019, Montana has been working as a live performer and session musician, featuring on a myriad of EPs and albums across multiple genres. Montana has a background as a classical pianist. Her understanding of theory, contemporary chord progressions, and layering of harmonies allow her to create unique textures as well as conventional voice leading.
Her raw and painfully honest songwriting has awarded her 'Best Original Song' in the Fast Track Singing Showcase (2014) and afforded her the opportunity to perform at international venues in Europe and the US. Her own work as a songwriter and singer is getting her noticed by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Simon has been Associate Musical Director on the productions Australia’s Got Talent and X-Factor, as well as being a member of the Australian Idol band. He has toured more than 48 different countries with artists including Vanessa Amorosi, Taxiride, Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll, Birtles/Shorrock/Goble, Anthony Callea, and recorded for artists including Bachelor Girl, Peter Andre, Guy Sebastian, Ross Wilson, Christine Anu, and Anna-Maria LaSpina.
In addition, Simon has also performed with Kylie Minogue, Joan Jett, Chris Isaac, Rogue Traders, Darryl Braithwaite, Petula Clarke, Thelma Houston, Steven Cummings, Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate), and Renee Geyer to name just a few.
bass and backing vocals
Jason Vorherr was the bass guitarist for the original line up of the Little River Band (BSG) featuring Glen Shorrock, Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble, The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano and many others. Jason has appeared numerous times on The Footy Show as a member of The Footy Show Band as well as many appearances on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton.
Jason works at Soggy Dog Recording as a musical producer, arranger, guitarist, bass player and vocalist.
acoustic and electric guitars
Brett Kingman tours with James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, Joe Camilleri, Vika & Linda Bull, Peter Andre, Jenny Morris and dozens of others. Brett has toured the world supporting acts such as Tina Turner and Robert Palmer and is also a well-known identity at international music trade shows such as NAMM and Musikmesse.
The “Brett Kingman” YouTube channel is now acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the world. Brett also produces demonstrations for the ProGuitarShop channel based in Portland, OR, USA and writes for Tone Report Weekly, an iMag that is fast becoming a reliable reference for guitarists the world over.
Music Radar Magazine has voted Brett as one of the top 10 guitar personalities in the world today. (December 2017)
lead and backing vocals
Amber Ferraro performs at sold-out shows throughout Australia including The Nightcat in Fitzroy with her band 'Honey'. She has recently performed for eight-thousand fans at two of Australia’s most popular festivals; Golden Plains and Strawberry Fields. Amber graduated from Monash University with a music degree in improvisation. She records at Soggy Dog as a lead or backing vocalist.
Pete Ryan's international career includes performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Fillmore in San Francisco, UK & European festivals such as the Reading and Roskilde with audiences up to 200,000.
Pete’s recording career includes a top 20, UK hit and work with Peter Hammond, (PWL), Tom Watkins , (Pet Shop Boys, E17 etc), and Dominic Finley, (Cutting Crew). Pete performs and records in a range of styles including ska, reggae, blues, metal, pop and rap. He was involved in early recordings of artists such as Rob Mills and rapper 360.
Pete holds a current Police Check and holds a current Working with Children Pass.
Justin Humphries is an accomplished and experienced percussionist, sound engineer, composer and educator living in Melbourne Australia. With a rich and varied career spanning over 30 years, Justin has performed and recorded as a percussionist and operated as a sound engineer with numerous bands and artists.