My love for country music began from a young age as my mum use to play a lot of old records and tapes at home.
I began singing at the age of 13 at the Balaklava Country Music Festival in March 1991 where i sang only one song with Roger Redpaths band 'Southern Cross' and it sounded absolutely terrible. From then I didn't sing very much at all until 1992 / 1993 when we formed a family band 'Misty Mountain' which consisted of myself on vocals and rhythm guitar, sister Tarita on tamborine and vocals and brother Trent also vocals. Over the years Tarita learnt to play Bass guitar and Trent the drums.
We performed as a group doing plenty of walk ups at country music clubs and festivals including the Adelaide Country Music Club Junior showcase in 1993, Balaklava Country music Festival and the Dublin Country music Festival. In 1994 I won my very first trophy at the Black Stump Show case and saw us play all over South Australia including Ardrossan Country Music By the Sea, Warooka, Ardyakka Park, Owen, Wallaroo, Glendambo, Broken Hill, Barmera, Bute, Port Pirie, Mount Gambier, Yongala, Eurelia and so many more.
Over the years I have been backed by and supported by some fantastic musicians and supporters like Merv Westlake, Merv Rayson, Dean Ettridge - Southern Skies, Key Country, Detour, Wild Card, The Miller Band and so many many more.
A few highlights so far are the 1997 Kapunda Country Music for Cancer Research Festival where I had the privilege to perform with Johnny Mac and at Barmera in 1996 where a few of us were busking on the street and Johnny Mac came up and started singing and playing guitar with us. I was also very lucky to become the very first recipient of the Len Wakefield Memorial Fund.
I have enjoyed performing over the years all across South Australia and although I have not performed much over the last few years (due to having a family) I look forward to perhaps entertaining you all again very soon.
1994 - BLACK STUMP SHOWCASE - PARINGA 1st Under 18 Female Vocal
1995 - GAWLER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 3rd Senior Gospel
1995 - GAWLER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2nd Female Vocal
1996 - LEN WAKEFIELD MEMORIAL FUND - 1st Recipient
1996 - GAWLER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 3rd DUET
1996 - GAWLER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 3rd Female Vocal
1996 - RIVERLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL STAR STEP TALENT QUEST - BARMERA -2nd Female Vocal
1997 - RIVERLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - BARMERA 1st Duet
1998 - SALT LAKE CITY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - LOCHIEL 1st BAND - 'MISTY MOUNTAIN'
1998 - SALT LAKE CITY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - LOCHIEL 1st Senior
1998 - SALT LAKE CITY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL - LOCHIEL - Overall Winner - 'MISTY MOUNTAIN'
1998 - PORT AUGUSTA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 1st Female Vocal
1998/1999 - Finalist Champion Of Champs
2009 - RIVERLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL & AWARDS - 3rd Band Section- 'ALL PLOUGHED UP'
For further details please contact Derani at Email or on mobile: 0408 738 548
at my very first performance
Black stump Show case - Paringa with Judith Waugh
Gawler Country Music Festival - 1996 - with Trophies
with trophy at Port Augusta
Kapunda 1997 Cancer Research - with Johnny Mac
'All Ploughed Up' at Barmera where we won 3rd place in the Band Section 2009
From Left Tarita Haynes - bass guitar, Todd Bennett - lead guitar,
Derani Sanders - rhythm guitar & vocals, Trent Haynes - Drums