Music can be a calling and a healer for many, as is the case for Queensland’s Amanda Heartsong who is now spreading the word on the power of music, while penning songs inspired by dodgy footwear.
Amanda is a graduate of the 2020 CMAA Academy where she had multi-award-winning artist Catherine Britt as her group leader.
The experience is life-changing for every student and staff member.
“The Academy changed my life massively,” she said.
“It gave me the confidence to have my own voice and I learned to play guitar from Roger. Through that, my whole creativity opened up and helped me with writing songs and feeling confident as a musician.
“The Academy helped me find that tribe and that stops the loneliness because I’ve made connections.”
If, like many of us, you’ve followed or been part of Adam Brand’s career over the past 20-odd years, you’ll know he’s always true to himself as an artist, and his latest album, Speed of Life, takes this even further.
This down-to-earth approach has won over thousands of supporters and this week Speed of Life sits at No. 1 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart and No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
Luke O’Shea could add to his
collection of nine Golden Guitars, after snagging three spots at today’s
finalist announcement event in Sydney.
O’Shea released Sing Me A Story,
a duet with Lyn Bowtell, in late September, his first release in three years
and it is a finalist in APRA AMCOS Song of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year
and Vocal Collaboration of the Year. He already has five Heritage Song of the
Year Golden Guitars to his name.
The multi-Golden Guitar winner said he was grateful
Sing Me A Story has connected so strongly with industry personnel and his
country music peers.
“Lyn Bowtell and myself are so
very grateful and super appreciative of the support our duet, Sing Me A Story,
has received from all aspects of the Australian country music industry,”
“It’s been a long time between drinks for me, personally, and
the fact the leading single from my upcoming album has been able to connect
with peers and audiences to this extent is very humbling and deeply satisfying.”
O’Shea wrote the song with Felicity Urquhart in front of other
songwriters at The DAG Songwriter’s Retreat outside of Nundle and the single
heralds a new album for the Sutherland Shire artist.
“A special thanks goes out to the wonderful Felicity Urquhart who I wrote this song with, out at the magnificent DAG Sheep Station Songwriters Retreat and also Sean Rudd who has worked tirelessly on it through it’s many ebbs and flows,” he said.
“It certainly inspires me to keep on keeping on with my aim of singing up this incredible country of ours and I cannot wait to share my upcoming album, There In The Ochre, with you all come the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival.”
“This is a voice that is up there with the very best of
them, including the US greats. It aches of life and love, history and memory”
– Mike Brady AM.
Rory Ellis unleashes his Inner Outlaw on Friday, October 18 with
the release of his ninth studio album.
Inner Outlaw is a collection of 12 tracks of pure Americana, with a touch of Waylonesque attitude that will make your heart sing and your mind wander. It’s dry, minimalist, sometimes appears to fall apart at the seams, but will leave you haunted with a resonance rarely found in modern production.
Music is most powerful when it brings out the listener’s emotions, and Aaron Jurd’s new single, Changed, is hitting all the right notes with listeners.
The single is a celebration of good times and the celebrations have started early with Changed hitting No. 8 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart on release on August 2 and being playlisted on Fresh Country on Spotify the same day.
Changed is the third single from the Lake Macquarie singer-songwriter and is the silver lining to Aaron’s first single, Set Me On Fire.
“This single is first reflecting on down times, which everyone goes through, but shows a change in mindset,” he said.
Singer-songwriter Kim Wright is Livin’ The Dream with his debut EP hitting the top of the charts on release.
Released on July 22, Wright’s EP Livin’ The Dream, charted at No. 2 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. 28 on the iTunes All Genres Album Charts and is the realisation of a 20-year goal that began when he started writing songs in his early teens.
Livin’ The Dream, is a motto Wright lives by and is more often than not what
will come out of his mouth when you ask how he’s going.
“Every day above ground’s a good one
and I believe you should live each day to its fullest,” he said.
collection of songs represents that theme in my world.”
AARON Jurd and The Banned have new songs to share with music lovers and they’re bringing them to Nambucca Heads on June 1.
This will be the
first show on the North Coast for Jurd, who hails from Lake Macquarie and the
bowls club audience is in for a treat.
“I’m so excited
to play at Nambucca Heads Bowling Club with The Banned,” he said.
“I’ve just released
my second single and I can’t wait to play it, my other originals and lots of
people’s favourites at the show.”
Jurd’s single, Hard To Breathe, debuted in the top 20 iTunes
Country Songs Chart on release day, April 12, and his debut single, Set me On
Fire, charted at No. 5 on release in September last year. He will be performing
these among his originals and everyone’s favourite country, rock and pop songs
with musicians Carmel Smith and Ric Durand of The Banned.
TAMWORTH has witnessed the beginnings of many beautiful songs, and Benny Allen’s debut single, Day One Of Missing You, is no exception and this morning it has debuted at No. 19 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart.
Written with legendary singer-songwriter Allan Caswell in the Country Music Capital, the song came to Benny after an early morning trek to watch the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“It was one of those songs that started from nothing,” he said.
“I had just written the song The Lord Above on the drive up to Tamworth because my girlfriend’s dad was in a coma and we didn’t know if he was going to make it. When I sat down with Allan, I had nothing left in me, so he asked me what I’d done that morning and I’d got up and watched the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“We hadn’t had a fight or anything, but my girlfriend was going through a lot and I was 1400km away and I guess that was the emotional genesis of the song; feeling that isolation and separation from someone you love.”
SINGER-SONGWRITER Tom Curtain’s trophy shelf is groaning
after adding another four accolades to his name at The Southern Stars
Australian Independent Country Music Awards in Mildura on Saturday night.
Katherine country artist couldn’t ask for a better year than 2018 after winning
Independent Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and
Independent Artist of the Year.
These come on top of two Golden Guitars in Tamworth in
January for his song and video for Never Never Land with Luke O’Shea. A few
short months ago, he also got married to Annabel McLarty, making 2018 a year
that’s hard to beat.
UP DOWN singer Morgan Wallen is shining proof that life can throw you curveballs when it comes to your childhood ambitions, but your dreams can still come true. He will add to those achievements when he heads to Australian for CMC Rocks 2019 in March.
The US singer-songwriter had dreams of being a professional
baseball player, but an injury forced him to change his life direction and now
he’s playing the stadiums he dreamed of
as a child, just in a different field.
Morgan has released three singles – The Way I Talk, his latest Whiskey Glasses, but it was
his second, Up Down, that caught the ears of new country fans, when he teamed
up with chart-toppers Florida Georgia Line.