Where words fail, music speaks - a mantra which is encapsulated in the work of GOLDHEIST (aka Hester Fraser), releasing her new concept album REALM with a sold out concert at the Sydney Opera House in September 2017.
Visually and sonically arresting, flower crowned crooner GOLDHEIST has been likened to Kate Bush, Florence & The Machine, and Ellie Goulding, bringing her songs and stories to stages across regional and metropolitan Australia.
2018 has been a year of collaboration for GOLDHEIST. Selected for Sydney's VIVID Festival, she joined forces with Auslan Sign Language interpreters, performing a completely translated concert at the Art Gallery of NSW of VIVID Music and Art After Hours.
In September and October of 2019, GOLDHEIST toured outback and regional NSW with painter James Needham, performing live art and music performances exploring the spirit of place and the ways in which our surrounds inspire and impact us.
In previous years, GOLDHEIST charmed audiences as a Finalist for three years running in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, was Winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award in 2016, and 2nd Place Winner of the Judges Choice in 2017. But it’s not all singing in the streets for GOLDHEIST. Her songs tell tales of love, life and adventure, painting vibrant pictures of the Australian bush, current affairs and events, not to mention a few broken hearts. In recent months, GOLDHEIST released her new single Far Away From Here, recorded with TAFE NSW as a result of winning the People's Choice Award in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Her song You Were There, written in support of Suicide Prevention Australia, was the Semi-Final Regional Winner and Grand Finalist in The Official Top Ten Night's Listen Up Australia! songwriting contest.
Educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the GOLDHEIST story has taken some time to unravel. In early 2014, she toured NSW with her debut release Dust, raising funds and awareness for drought in rural areas. This was her first tour under the moniker GOLDHEIST, leading to further drought relief performances through Centacare New England North West, followed by appearances at the Quirindi Music Festival, RAW Visionary Melbourne, and a mini-tour to Byron Bay and Murwillumbah. She was the winner of BalconyTV Producers Pick for her live video performance of Wild Things on the rooftop of Sydney Harbour YHA, and in 2015, two GOLDHEIST songs were included in the soundtrack for independent feature film Beijing Being, which was selected for the 39th Montreal World Film Festival and the NYC Independent Film Festival.
Following the death of her grandfather, the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, she wrote and released The Camellia Tree, a musical tribute to his life and legacy. The subsequent media campaign, widespread radio play, and performance on The Morning Show helped to raise funds and awareness for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This is an ongoing project to which GOLDHEIST lends her voice and her art, contributing to the call for changes to Australia’s controversial policies towards displaced peoples seeking asylum.