Join Mark Tempany, Alison Hams and special guests
Mark Tempany & Alison Hams were part of the all-star cast of
Presented by Mario Maiolo Promotions the "full house"
(many of whom travelled from far and wide) enjoyed a star-studded concert of
Country hits & classics and clapped and cheered their way through the night!
By LOUIS MAYFIELD Aug. 02, 2016
Local music talent will now have an opportunity to further their professional careers
thanks to a new joint initiative by Stormfront Productions and the Whyalla City Council.
The inaugural Whyalla Recording Scholarship was launched on Monday,
which allows young singers, songwriters and musicians to audition for the chance
to record in a local professional recording studio.
Stormfront Productions member Alison Hams said the initiative was
'born of an idea that we wanted to get young musicians
out of the bedroom and out to the greater world’.
Acting Council Chief Executive Officer Migelle Hiscock
said the council were ‘very keen’ to be supportive of the scholarship,
which had been identified as a positive initiative by the Whyalla Youth Council.
Whyalla residents aged 12 to 19 can audition for a panel of judges who will
award the scholarship to a musician.
“They have about six months to take that physical opportunity in the studio and
record their song, then the following six months leading into next year’s scholarship
will be a mentorship of sorts,” Ms Hams said.
“We will be able to help them promote that music.”
Entry forms can be found at www.whyallarecording.com
– entries close on September 9.
By KAYLEIGH BRUCE Oct. 14, 2015
Whyalla singer-songwriters Alison Hams and Mark Tempany have been recognised for their years of service to the region, being inducted into the Brand South Australia Regional Awards Hall of Fame.
The couple's music service company Stormfront Productions was inducted last Wednesday night at the South Australian Regional Awards for the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region.
The awards were held at the Westland Hotel Motel with about 200 guests celebrating the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses in the region.
Stormfront Productions has been previously recognised in the awards arts category in 2006 and 2010.
The company picked up its third award for service to the arts and creative industries at last week's awards ceremony, earning Stormfront Productions a place in the Hall of Fame.
Ms Hams said it was interesting to see that arts award category changed this year to incorporate arts and creative industries to recognise viable arts businesses.
"We're very proud that the arts cannot only be recognised as creative and sometimes just as a hobby but can also be seen as a sustainable full-time business and as far as Stormfront Productions is concerned, offering a valuable service to the region," she said.
Ms Hams said Stormfront Productions has had a long history with the awards and she and Mr Tempany strongly supported what the South Australian Regional Awards were all about.
"We really support Brand SA and their promotion of the regions and for them to have these awards to acknowledge people in country areas that are thinking big is great," Ms Hams said.
Mr Tempany said it was an incredible honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the awards, which really provided a platform for recognition for groups and businesses that might not otherwise have a particular place.
"These guys have a really broad view of the regions in everything, not just the arts," Mr Tempany said.
“I love that I am able to use what I can do as a singer to give back,” she said.
"It's so cool that they're recognising the things that sometimes slip through the cracks."
A number of Whyalla businesses and community organisations were winners on the night with Whyalla Aged Care picking up the Telstra Large Business Award for its professional service in meeting the increasing needs of an ageing population in the region.
Bedford Group Eyre Peninsula took out the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of South Australia Community Group Award for its valuable services in both the Whyalla and Port Lincoln communities.
Rounding out the winners was UniSA's Department for Rural Health Sport 4 Rural Health initiative, picking up the ReturnToWorkSA Award.
By Kate Bilney - Thursday January 22nd
Whyalla’s own country music legend has been named this year’s Whyalla Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
Alison Hams is a well-known figure around Whyalla, having lived in the city for most of her life, much of which has been spent giving back to the community she loves so dearly.
Alison has dedicated her life to music by teaching others the art as well as using it to enhance community events and raise funds for deserving recipients.
Together with her husband, Mark Tempany, Alison runs Stormfront Music Tutoring service, and last year celebrated 10 years of running the service.
“2014 was a very full and very fulfilling year for both my husband Mark and I,” Alison said.
“We celebrated our 10 years of Stormfront Music Tutoring service in Whyalla, performed at the Brand South Australia Awards in Port Lincoln and donated a number of charity performances throughout the year.
“We also sponsored a number of recording projects for young and emerging musicians in Whyalla and on top of that I managed to complete a Diploma of Music in just four months.”
Alison said she felt lucky to be able to turn what she loves into a career and use that career to give back to the community.
“To be able to do what I love all day, every day is pretty special,” Alison said.
“Being self-employed isn’t easy - but I believe in going for your goals and giving it 110 per cent.”
Alison said she enjoyed being able to use her musical abilities to give back to the community.
“I love that I am able to use what I can do as a singer to give back,” she said.
Alison is a strong advocate for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and in 2014 was named the JDRF SA Volunteer of the Year for her work in raising funds and awareness for the cause.
She also hosted Whyalla’s eighth annual Jamm for Genes, raising funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Alison also won the 21st Australian Country Music Community Service Award at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Despite all this, Alison said she didn’t do what she did to receive awards; knowing she was making a difference in the community was reward enough.
“I never expect to receive awards or accolades, but it is nice to be recognised in this way,” she said.
“I am a strong believer in giving back to the community and hopefully by being named Whyalla Citizen of the Year, I can inspire other people to do the same.
“If you have a talent why not use it to help someone else?"
“Being based in a regional centre like Whyalla shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving their best - in fact it should make you work even harder to make whatever difference you can.”
This isn’t the first time Alison’s contributions have been recognised locally, as she was named Whyalla’s Junior Citizen of the Year in 1999.
Alison said she would continue to work hard to assist others, particularly younger people, in developing their skills to find a place in the music world.
“I love it when we get an email from someone asking for advice on song writing or the music industry,” Alison said.
“Music to me is a very powerful thing, and with the advent of social media also globally engaging.
“I think that’s why Mark and I dedicate to our music tutoring with such passion - to help the next generation of musicians find the meaning and emotion in their singing or playing.”
Stormfront's Mark Tempany and Alison Hams were very proud to once again act as Stageshow Co-ordinators for the largest FREE Concert event in Regional South Australia - LIONS Arrium Onesteel "CAROLS IN THE PARK"
A crowd of over 5000 once again flocked to Civic Park to "Celebrate Christmas With Whyalla" with a colourful and vibrant stageshow made up of a team of nearly 100 cast & crew including:
The Carols Community Choir, Glitterbugs,
Two's Company, Kimberley Nitschke, Peter Brown, BOOMSTARS,
Mark Tempany & Alison Hams.....and of course SANTA!
For more great photos visit the website
Saturday 15th November 2014 saw Stormfront Productions proudly present its
The 2-hour show - celebrating a decade of Stormfront's Music Tuition Service operating in Whyalla - featured 52 performers ranging in age from 4 to adult, and a wide cross-section of soloists, groups, duo's, instrumental and band pieces.
On Sunday 26th October, Mark Tempany and Alison Hams hosted a 36-strong Stormfront Music Tutoring team aged 5 to adult as they sang and played their way through a fantastic FREE public concert at the Whyalla Public Library.
Held in conjunction with Whyalla City Council, the show marked the first-ever concert performance in the City Of Whyalla's brilliant new facility - which also proved to be an exceptional live venue!
The non-stop, 2-hour concert featured group songs, soloists, instrumentals and an audience of nearly 100!
On Friday 10th of October 2014, Mark Tempany & Alison Hams
The 3-day event was held to encourage performers of all ages and genres to learn more about the music industry
with a Talent Quest on Saturday (Mark & Alison acted as adjudicators alongside Tracy Stewart)
culminating in a Gala Awards concert - where Mark & Alison were guest performers.
On Wednesday 1st of October 2014, Mark Tempany & Alison Hams
The South Australian Regional Awards are held annually to celebrate and showcase
the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia
The Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Awards were held at the prestigious
Port Lincoln Hotel with an elegantly presented gourmet two-course meal,
an array of local wine, a selection of South Australian beer and of course Mark & Alison as entertainment.
Mark & Alison soundcheck, walk the red carpet, and perform to a full house at the Awards
On Sunday 28th of September Mark Tempany & Alison Hams
The“Acoustic Afternoon” featured Mark & Alison,
along with nine acts who each performed 3 songs in an intimate setting to an appreciative audience!
Mark & Alison at An ACOUSTIC AFTERNOON
Thursday August 14th, 2014
Whyalla's eighth annual "JAMM For Genes" concert rocked the Westland Shopping Centre Foodcourt on Thursday night August 7th - raising awareness and funds for the national Jeans For Genes charity.
Whyalla's event is the longest running "JAMM" in Australia and not only did the annual concert allow Whyalla's young talent to shine while supporting a worthwhile charity, it also gave members of the public the opportunity to enjoy a night of free entertainment and patronise local business at Westland Shopping Centre.
This year's "JAMM" (hosted by Alison Hams & Mark Tempany) featured a cast of 52 performers from Stormfront Music Tutoring ranging in age from 4 to 22, with a crowd of over 250 enjoying the non-stop, 2-hour concert. All performers were brilliant -
$587 was raised on the night - bringing the Whyalla event's total raised since 2007 to more than $3800.
Jeans For Genes funds The Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) - an independent organisation committed to unlocking the mysteries of genetic diseases in children.
"JAMM For Genes" is an initiative to encourage musicians & their love of music to sponsor this wonderful charity each year.
By LION Terry Hill - Tamworth, NSW January 2014
Pictured are Mary Donnelly (National Manager) & Nermeen Yacoub - Events & Community Fundraising at CMRI in Sydney receiving the cheque for $500.
In 1994 the LIONS Club of Tamworth Peel Valley Inc. instigated an award to honour people involved in Country Music who have used their musical talents to give community service in a voluntary capacity.
In 2014 Mark Tempany and Alison Hams from Whyalla, South Australia were selected to receive the 21st Australian Country Music Community Service Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Award will be presented by Peel Valley Lions Club president Mike Ham live on air on Tamworth Toyota Festival FM on Tuesday 21st January at 11.30am.
Mark and Alison, both accomplished artists in their own right, have given many years of service in co-ordinating and performing at Whyalla’s Carols In The Park.
The pair raises money and donates performances for local events such as the Whyalla Tappers, Relay For Life, and aged care facilities as well as national charities J.D.R.F and the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
They also mentor and encourage many young artists to embrace their musical talents through their successful Stormfront Music Tutoring service in Whyalla, and through workshops and talent quests at festivals all over Australia.
Mark and Alison will receive a distinctive trophy created by Tamworth renowned ceramic artist Fred Hillier and a cheque for $500 which they will donate to the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
By Kirsty Davis - Tuesday December 17th
Crowds of an estimated 5000 people attended OneSteel Whyalla and Arrium Mining's annual "Carols In The Park on Sunday.
Children, parents and grandparents alike all headed out with their picnic blankets and candles ready to sing-a-long to some of their favourite Christmas carols.
The free event was held at Civic Park on Sunday, December 15 with a host of local performers hitting the stage including the Whyalla Players, Mark Tempany and Alison Hams, the Carols Community Choir, Kimberley Nitschke, Whyalla Hip Hop Dance School and Twice Shy.
"Carols In The Park" stage show coordinators Mark Tempany and Alison Hams said overall the night was a great success.
"We think it was a fantastic night and we were blessed with great weather," Mr Tempany said. "We had another huge crowd and hopefully we sent Whyalla to Christmas on a good note."
Mr Tempany believed the event attracted similar crowd numbers to last year's "Carols In The Park, but said numbers had increased over the past five years.
"Everyone did a fantastic job," Mr Tempany said.
"We are particularly proud of our Whyalla cast, the show stands on the quality of talent of locals here in Whyalla.
"We also appreciate the work off stage ran by Gavin Chandler."
Special guests the Fabulous Lemon Drops travelled all the way from Brisbane to perform at the Carols.
Many eager children squeezed to the front to see their favourite characters come to life.
The big man in red himself Santa Claus also made an appearance, despite his busy schedule.
Santa danced and sang a few songs with the Carols Community Choir before he had to head back to the North Pole.
Mark and Alison thanked the Whyalla and Mount Laura Lion's Clubs for their continuing service to the event.
"We would like to say a big thanks to the Whyalla and Mount Laura Lions Clubs and all our sponsors and we hope to be involved again next year," Mr Tempany said.
Locals are encouraged to check out the event's website www.whyallacarols.com in the next week or so as organisers post more photos and feedback from Sunday night's show.
By Daine Hoffman - Thursday November 14th
Local music icons Alison Hams and Mark Tempany have been awarded a prestigious Country Music SA Country Music Industry Award.
The award was presented at Country Music SA's Champion of Champions awards night.
However the pair was not able to attend the awards night as they had already committed to performing at the Whyalla Tappers charity concert.
Because of this the pair did not find out about the award until they were surprised on live radio.
Radio Adelaide DJ Tamara Wellman knew about the award and arranged the interview under false pretences, with the pair thinking they were going to discuss their project the "Jelly Baby Song".
"When Tamara began to tell us how she had attended the presentations the night before, we thought that was lovely, however we weren't quite sure how announcing all the winners during our interview was relevant, but it soon became apparent," Mr Tempany said.
"We are very honoured and dedicate the award to our family, friends and supporters who allow us to do what we do and love," Alison said.
The pair said they were surprised to have the award announced on live radio.
"Even though we knew it (the awards night) was on, it had kind of gone off our radar a little," the pair said.
"The radio interview was a really nice way for Country Music SA to announce it, and we were actually a bit speechless but very honoured nonetheless."
The pair said as the Christmas period comes around they were busy with a number of commitments for them and their students.
The biggest event for them will be "Carols In The Park".
They said they would love to release some new material in the future.
"The focus for 2013 was always our charity single"Jelly Baby Song", so now we would like to get into the studio and demo some more of our songwriting," the pair said.
"We have both released solo albums up to this point, so a collaboration of the two of us would definitely be a long term goal."
However Mr Tempany and Ms Hams said it was hard to find time for themselves, but agreed that they would not have it any other way.
"Whether we are teaching music, organising concerts, travelling to country music festivals or working in the studio, we feel that through music we can offer a little bit of joy and give back to the community, be that through teaching, performing or our charity work," they said.
The Westland Shopping Centre Foodcourt rocked as Mark Tempany and Alison Hams hosted their seventh annual "Jamm For Genes" concert - raising awareness and funds for the national "Jean For Genes" charity.
"Jeans For Genes" funds The Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) - an independent organisation committed to unlocking the mysteries of genetic diseases in children.
"Jamm For Genes" is an initiative to encourage musicians & their love of music to sponsor this wonderful charity each year.
This year's "Jamm" was featured a cast of 44 performers
ranging in age from five to adult - with a crowd of over 200 enjoying the non-stop, 2-hour concert.
All performers were brilliant - with 8 making their "Jamm" debut!
A total of $457.15 was raised on the night - bringing the Whyalla event's total raised since 2007 to over $2500!
Mark Tempany and Alison Hams have again been "on the road" to the 35th Annual Riverland Country Music Festival and accompanying SA Country Music Awards in Barmera, SA.
One of the longest-running music festivals in Australia - and SA's premier Country Music event - Mark hosts the SACM Awards, and Alison features as part of the elite SACM Awards Band. Mark & Alison also perform as Feature Artists in this 10-day long festival which attracts hundreds of visitors to the Riverland each June long weekend.
Mark & Alison performed live at both the SACM Awards Presentation Concert at Barmera's Bonney Theatre as well as the SACM Award of Excellence at the Barmera-Monash Football Club and at the festival's final Campfire Concert at Cobdogla Station Caravan Park.
Alison & the Jelly Baby Choir release Jelly Baby Song.
Australian singer and songwriter Alison Hams wanted to combine her professional love of music and kids with her personal interest in helping people with Type 1 Diabetes - and so the "Jelly Baby Song" was born!
Written late in 2012 by Alison, recorded with her young music students - and produced by husband Mark Tempany (himself a Type 1 Diabetic) - "Jelly Baby Song" is a toe-tapping, sing-a-long tune set to take on the world to raise awareness & funds for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
From it's launch on 1st May 2013 in-line with JDRF Australia's national "Jelly Baby Month" campaign - 100% of all sales of "Jelly Baby Song" have flowed straight back to JDRF and their quest to cure Type 1 Diabetes!
Alison and Mark - apart from their long and successful independent recording careers - also run "Stormfront Music Tutoring" in Whyalla, South Australia "where the Outback meets the sea!"
With well over 100 music students each week Stormfront has a proud history of fostering the musical dreams of young people - and of further encouraging students to "give back" to their local community, and the world in general.
Recorded at Stormfront Recording's studio, and mastered by Sage Audio in Nashville, Tennessee - "Jelly Baby Song" is set to take the world by storm as an on-going Project over the next 12 months!
If everyone, everywhere simply buys a copy of "Jelly Baby Song" - just imagine what a difference we will make towards curing Type 1 Diabetes!
Alison & Mark at
Fishy Fringe Festival on Easter Sunday March 31st.
Whyalla's annual "Fishy Fringe Festival" has staged at
The 2 day festival features arts and crafts, foods from around the world
and the fantastic BHP Billiton stage featuring
local artists of different musical genres showcasing their talents for the
large crowd gathered from all over Australia
enjoying the Australian Snapper Championship and festival atmosphere.
Mark and Alison hope to enjoy their association
with this annual event for many years to come
and thank Events Whyalla and Gavin Chandler Sound
for another enjoyable Easter show.
Alison & Mark with the Carols Community Choir at
Carols In The Park on Sunday December 16th.
Whyalla's LIONS Onesteel Arrium "Carols In The Park" has staged in Civic Park to a massive "biggest ever" crowd.
CHECK OUT our 2012 story at....
Alison & Mark with fellow Community Service Award winners and
Whyalla's Mayor on 26th January 2012.
Alison and Mark Tempany have won a 2012 Australia Day Community Service Award for their contributions to the Whyalla music scene -
Alison said "This award pays true testimony not just to the work Mark & I enjoy doing - but also to the fantastic dedication shown by our students over recent years to donate their talents and energies to community causes".
Alison also won Whyalla's "Young Citizen Of The Year" award in 1999 - and LIONS Onesteel "Carols In The Park" won "Community Event Of The Year" in 2010.
Alison with Mark Tempany at LIONS Onesteel "Carols In The Park"
in Whyalla, South Australia on December 12th 2011.
Alison, Mark Tempany and their Stormfront Productions crew have completed another fantastic "Carols In The Park" in Whyalla's Civic Park in front of a record crowd of over 5800 people.
This year including an all-star local cast and Aussie television icon Humphrey B. Bear - this stageshow has rapidly grown to become the biggest free public concert event in regional SA.
CHECK OUT our 2011 story at....
Alison at Whyalla's 2011 McHappy Day.
Alison and Mark Tempany made their annual volunteer appearance at Whyalla's McHappy Day - raising money for the national Ronald McDonald House charity.
As well as working in-store this year, the duo were also joined by Stormfront Music Tutoring students Jade, Hayley and Ashlee who performed on the outside stage with Whyalla's own One Night Stand.
McHappy Day is a wonderful chance to give-back to kids in need -
and Whyalla put on a great show to ensure a fun day was had by all!