(Single out now through Liberation Music)


Singer, writer, presenter, broadcaster and force of nature Em Rusciano has released her first ever  single, Versions Of Me. Em’s phenomenal voice has been well known to Australian audiences since she made her debut as a young mother in a tutu and combat boots on the hugely popular second season of Australian Idol back in 2004. Em made it through to the final ten contestants, and in the following years has built a solid foundation for herself as a stand-up comedian, radio presenter, published author and powerhouse live performer.

The uplifting, catchy tune is Em’s first foray into original songs, and was co-written and produced with Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis, who comprise the Melbourne-based MSquared pop production duo. Renowned as one of the finest young pop production teams in the country, MSquared have been tirelessly releasing music since 2011. Following a long established solo career including multi-platinum selling single Love The Fall in 2010, Michael Paynter teamed up with young session musician and producer Michael DeLorenzis with the goal of writing great songs and producing quality, world class pop music.

“From the minute she walked in the studio, Em was a big, blustering ball of hilarious, frenetic energy. She had so much she wanted to say, and a really clear vision of how she wanted to say it. So once we got her behind the mic, we just sat back and watched the sparks fly… We’re really proud to be a part of this song, and wholeheartedly believe in its message.” – MSquared (Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis)

The single, which is available now on all digital platforms, jumped straight to number 15 on the iTunes charts alone when it was unleashed on Thursday 17 November. It is Em’s dream that the audiences at her upcoming live tour will have learned the words to sing back to her, John Farnham-power-pop-anthem style.

“I wanted to write a bit of an anthem for the broken and that is what this song is. When I was a little girl I went and saw John Farnham perform, and at the end of the show he performed You’re the Voice and he held the mic out to the crowd and they all sang it back to him.

I released this song in the hope that everyone who is coming to my shows, when I hold that microphone out, will sing my own song back to me … Expect (to see) me in tears in the foetal position on the floor, ready to die because I am a happy woman.” – Em Rusciano

In a year of ‘firsts’ for Em, 2016 has seen her publish her memoir- Try Hard – the missing pieces of which (mostly the stuff she wasn’t allowed to publish for legal reasons) she’s performing around the country in her Try Hard Tour from December- and Versions of Me is the third and final piece to this tri-pronged puzzle. Em says it’s the soundtrack to the book – the theme song – and the book, the tour and the song all come together in one big multi-media threesome.

Out now through your favourite digital retailer!
Purchase from iTunes or Google Play | Stream at Spotify or Apple Music

Presented by Frontier Comedy

Thu 08 Dec
QPAC Concert Hall | Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) | Ph: 136 246

Fri 09 Dec
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849

Sat 10 Dec
Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, SA (All Ages) | Ph: 136 100

Tue 13 Dec
Theatre Royal | Hobart, TAS (All Ages) | Ph: (03) 6233 2299

Wed 14 Dec
Theatre Royal | Hobart, TAS (All Ages) | Ph: (03) 6233 2299

Thu 15 Dec
Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIc (All Ages) | Ph: 136 100

Fri 16 Dec
Wests City | Newcastle, NSW (All Ages) | Ph: 1300 121 012

Fri 10 Feb
Astor Theatre | Perth, WA (All Ages) | Ph: (08) 9370 1777

Sat 18 Feb
Entertainment Centre | Townsville, QLD   (All Ages)
(formerly Sat 17 Dec) | Ph: (07) 4771 4000

Please note: this event is recommended for patrons aged 16+

EM RUSCIANO – VERSIONS OF ME out now through Liberation Music | |