Taylor Moss serves up sassy Chaser

Sassy country star Taylor Moss has served up the Chaser to her two hit singles, You Ain’t Getting A Song and Ain’t No Girly Girl.

The Queensland singer-songwriter’s latest single, Chaser, raced up the charts on release, is nearing 100,000 streams worldwide and has been added to playlists in Australia and the US with plenty of women in country playlists jumping on board with support.

“I’ve got this very feminist girl power approach to my songs,” Taylor said.

“I’m stoked that women are understanding what I’m saying because I’m one of those people that if you tell me I can’t do it, I will.”

Taylor wrote Chaser in her first writing soiree with Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift.

“I contacted Andrew Swift during the first lockdown to see if we could write via Zoom and I had written in my notes, ‘I need a chaser’,” she said.

“We have very different genres – him being alt-country and me in pop country, but we thought we’d give it a go and wrote the song within a couple of hours. The t-shirt I was wearing during that Zoom said ‘Now that I’m sober, you ain’t that fine’ and it all came from there.

“It all came together because I bought that t-shirt in New York, I wrote it with the right person and it was just one of those things that worked.”

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Casey Barnes releases ultimate love song

If you’re looking for a song to dedicate to the one you love, Casey Barnes has you sorted with his latest single, God Took His Time On You.

The Gold Coast singer-songwriter wrote the track about 12 months ago with Nashville songwriting partners Kaci Brown and Sam Gray.

It’s appropriate I spoke to Casey this week about the song, as he and wife, Michelle, celebrated their 15th anniversary.

“This is the ultimate tribute to your partner because it’s saying that whoever made you took their time because you are perfect,” Casey said.

“Sam said he’d been tinkering on his guitar with different melodies and Kaci was riding on the ride-on mower when the idea came to him, so went in and said, ‘I’ve got this amazing idea for a song and we need to get Casey on Zoom’.

“When they played me the initial idea, I loved it and the song wrote itself; we all knew it was a special track.”

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Ray of sunshine from Daniel Reeves’ World Learning

Melbourne singer-songwriter Daniel Reeves brings us World Learning – the song we all need right now.

Written five years ago when he was re-assessing his career and life plans, World Learning could have been written for everyone experiencing life during lockdowns and dealing with a worldwide pandemic.

Daniel wrote World Learning after being on the road for a long time as a professional musician and wanting to re-connect with his friends and family.

 “While friends were celebrating milestones, I was missing them all because I was on the road and I was tired because I couldn’t see very far in front of me at that time, so I came back to Melbourne because I wanted to ground myself and re-connect with them and myself,” he said.

“The way I look at it is you have to close one door to open another and I loved being back with my friends in a place I absolutely loved, which was the Thornbury area, which is renowned for music and art.”

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Amber Lawrence calls to Bring It Back

All music lovers are counting the moments until live concerts and festivals return, and Amber Lawrence has summed this up in her latest single, Bring It Back.

Written from the perspective of someone standing in the audience with their on a balmy summer night with a drink in their hands and their favourite artist is about to walk on stage.

“Music still hasn’t returned to that point where there are no restrictions and when I wrote the song, I was visualizing myself at Gympie,” Amber said.

“Big festivals have had to cancel and there is so much that goes with that for the artists, support services, food providers and the fans and others involved in the industry.

“For a lot of people, going to festivals and concerts is their hobby where they catch up with their mates and they only know them because they met them in the mosh pit somewhere.”

Although we are all missing the live music scene being what it used to be, Bring It Back isn’t a sad song; it’s a positive message as we look forward to getting back to doing what we love.

“The song has that party vibe that this will happen eventually, but there’s some real nostalgia in it, too, especially for the bigger artists – they haven’t worked for two years,” Amber said.

“I hope it’s got some nostalgia in it for a lot of people. This is a different style for me and is the first song off the album and shows I am moving forward in my sound and pushing the boundaries a little, but Bring It Back is not necessarily representative of the sound on the new album.”

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Ian Burns – Tamworth awards haul

Ian Burns has proven his talents and popularity in the Australian country music scene this month, taking home two awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Kicking off in style, Macarthur singer-songwriter won the Tamworth Songwriters Association Local Heroes Song of the Year for Think Again, co-written with Mary V I Harrison and David Carter. Ian then added to his Tamworth accolades, winning Best Male Vocal in the 2021 Australian People’s Choice Awards.

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Cornell & Carr welcomes 2021 with first No. 1 Country Song

The new year is only hours old, but Cornell & Carr have made their mark already, topping two charts with their new single, What Kind Of World, released in the first seconds of 2021.

What Kind Of World hit No. 1 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart and No. 4 on the iTunes All Genres Songs Chart as the duo give 2020 the middle finger with this single released at the stroke of 12.01am on January 1, 2021.

What Kind of World is somewhat of a protest song from the Golden Guitar finalists Matt Cornell and Mike Carr, as they question what sort of world we have created and are leaving for future generations.

This single is the first release from the duo since July 2019, and they’ve come out of the blocks with a thought-provoking, ‘FU’ to the year that’s been.

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Entries open for Keppel talent search

Are you an up-and-coming music artist who’d love to perform at a country music festival in front of the cream of singer-songwriters?

The Green Brothers Country on Keppel Talent Search is open for entries for its second year in 2021. The competition kickstarted Country on Keppel 2020 in November this year with award-winning artists James Blundell and Matt Cornell among the judges.

Photo: Jakkii Fenlon

Mackay singer-songwriter Bella Mackenzie won the inaugural competition and encourages others to share in her experience.

“I would really encourage other musos to enter next year’s competition to not only have a goal to work towards but make friends within the music industry and take up the amazing opportunity to play at the beautiful Great Keppel Island,” she said.

“The competition was so great, really well-organised and the people involved were super supportive.

“The competition was really well selected, there was no clear winner and everyone did an amazing job so it was a great show to watch, let alone be a part of. Not to mention to amazing venue and scenery; it was beautiful – the perfect spot!”

Legendary country singer-songwriter James Blundell praised Bella’s performance, and said great music in an idyllic spot was a recipe for success.

“Talent quests are an interesting and potentially complicated program; too many entrants and a judging panel becomes fatigued and desensitised, and poor production, and the entrants are both disadvantaged and frustrated – all in all getting one to run smoothly is quite an art,” he said.

“This year’s Green Brothers Country on Keppel Talent Search bypassed all those pitfalls, and delivered a short list of exceptionally talented artists. Judges Matt Cornell, Bec Gracie, and myself were similarly inclined to comment that each artist was perfectly capable of taking out the quest but Bella McKenzie’s performance was a standout.

“What that means, is in a well organised snapshot of what contemporary Australian country music has to offer. The future is solid, and strong performances, strong songs, and a healthy, courteous attitude to fellow participants made it a joy to be part of.

“A high bar has been set for next year’s event, but as the festival gathers momentum, I’ve absolutely no doubt we’ll be seeing more and more exceptional talent taking to the stage.”

Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Matt Cornell agreed Bella was a standout in this year’s talent search.

“I think it’s fair to say, country music is looking as healthy as ever, after seeing the talent pool at the recent Green Brothers Country on Keppel Talent Search,” he said.

“Every act was strong, but the eventual winner Bella Mackenzie really stood out! She has the star factor, she looked so confident on stage; this girl has a big future ahead of her.” 

Jeff Green from Green Brothers said the Rockhampton music store always wanted to support new talent coming through.

“It’s the up-and-coming stars that keep the whole music industry going and we would like to see the talent quest and festival grow for the benefits of tourism,” he said.

“It’s great for the Central Queensland area.”

The talent search is open now until April 19 to allow all potential contestants to get their entries in for a chance to perform at Country on Keppel 2021 with the competition running on Friday, July 16 at Great Keppel Island Hideaway.

Prizes include opening the festival on Saturday, July 17, and a Takamine guitar and hard case from Green Brothers.

Enter here: https://greatkeppelislandhideaway.com.au/talent-search-entry/

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Cornell & Carr welcomes 2021 with statement single

Cornell & Carr are making their mark on the year that was and giving 2020 the middle finger as they unleash their new single into the world at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2021.

What Kind of World is somewhat of a protest song from the Golden Guitar finalists Matt Cornell and Mike Carr, as they question what sort of world we have created and are leaving for future generations.

This single is the first release from the duo since July 2019, and they’ve come out of the blocks with a thought-provoking, ‘FU’ to the year that’s been.

“It’s not particularly about 2020, but is reflecting on everything that’s been going on,” Mike said.

“It’s a song of reflection and a song of hope; it’s a look at how people adapt.”

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