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2019 Line-Up

Adam Brand

Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most popular and successful recording artists. So what is it about this charismatic male artist originally from the suburbs of Perth that has
made him so successful.
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    A stellar career spanning twenty years has seen him nominated for multiple ARIA Awards, win 12
    Golden Guitars, sell over 600,000 CDs & DVDs, as well as earn 3 platinum & 5 gold albums.
    A fan favorite, he has won a record 7 CMC OZ Artist of the Year awards.

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    But the real key to Adam’s popularity is that he conjures up different feelings in different people and these feelings remain with listeners long after the last note. These listeners then become loyal fans for life. 

    While Adam Brand has always worn his heart on his sleeve, he is also ever ready to extend a helping hand. In 2012, Adam lent his single ‘I Was Here’ to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. Among other such worthy causes, Brand has been an active supporter of Westmead
    Children’s Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital Gold Foundation and The Salvos.

    Adam has many TV and radio hosting credits next to his name including The Great Outdoors, Dancing With The Stars, Farmer Wants A Wife and GOLD FM.

    A supreme live entertainer, his current #1 album and sell-out National tour, Milestones…20 Years marks the celebration of this outstanding career and confirms his place as one of the giants of modern Australian country music. It’s a collection of Adam’s greatest hits, moments
    and memories to date. And the story is still being written, and it’s still going strong…

    Anna Farquhar

    Anna’s performances have been described as ‘Refreshingly honest” and “her passion for music pours out in every song she sings” and it’s no doubt! Anna is a talented artist on the rise so don’t miss her! 
      VDMfest 2018 Opening Act Comp WINNER

      Anna WOW’d audiences last year and WON our “Opening Act Competition” which saw her on stage as the Opening Act of VDMfest 2018! Anna is a fair dinkum star on the rise bringing her raw talent and passion to the heart of every song she plays.

      Apply HERE to perform in our upcoming Heat 1 Rounds and OPEN VDMfest 2019!

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      Anna Farquhar has been making her way around Central Queensland for the past 4 years performing at weddings, charity and fundraiser events and private and corporate functions, while simultaneously running her own music studio teaching voice, guitar and piano. 

      Anna is determined to ensure that kids from rural areas have the same opportunities in music as their city counterparts – something that wasn’t readily available when she was growing up in Emerald. 

      After 4 years of being a cover artist Anna is ready to take her travels and experiences and turn her passion for music and songwriting into reality with the release of her debut single “Mama (A song for Chris)” and EP “Saints and Sinners” in 2017.

      Anna’s performances have been described ‘Refreshingly honest”, “her passion for music pours out in every song she sings”. Anna music style has been described as acoustic pop/rock with a hint of country, “a style similarly matched to Melissa Etheridge and Missy Higgins”.

      Arna Georgia

      Arna Georgia’s debut record ‘Midnight Carousel’ was released August 2017, debuting at #2 on the iTunes Country charts and at #19 across all genres.

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        Country singer born and raised in the city of Sydney. Who would have thought?
        Arna Georgia grew up in the suburb of Sans Souci, just 20 minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, quickly taking a liking to the stage, she has spent the last 10 years studying singing, dance and acting, obtaining …

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        a certificate IV in performance, a Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre and most recently graduated from the CMAA Academy of Country Music in early 2016, where she was mentored by a number of leading Australian Country Music artists and industry professionals.

        Since graduating from the CMAA Academy of Country Music, Arna Georgia has spent the last few years performing at a number of country music festivals
        including the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Bluewater Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster and Americanafest in Nashville (2016).
        Thought 2017, Arna joined Amber Lawrence and Cathering Britt on the Southern NSW leg of their ‘Love and Lies’ Tour and spent the remainder of the
        year and beginning of 2018 opening for Amber Lawrence and Travis Collins on their ‘Our Backyard’ Tour.

        In November of 2017, Arna Georgia joined Bill Chambers as special guest and band member for a 17 show tour of the United States, in which they past
        through 23 states and played a number of venues, house concerts and the Meraki Fest in Fort Wayne. Arna Georgia has also joined Bill on a tour around
        Victoria and South Australia in September last year.

        She has currently completed a double headline tour with Brisbane based singer-songwriter Hayley Marsten, having played shows in NSW and VIC and sold out shows in QLD in late October of 2018 Arna Georgia’s debut record ‘Midnight Carousel’ was released August 2017, debuting at #2 on the iTunes Country charts and at #19 across all genres. The
        record gained airplay around Australia and the debut single and video clip entered the CMC charts at #43.

        The record, produced by Bill Chambers included 7 tracks with songs co-written with Bill Chambers himself and the title track co-written with Catherine Britt. Highly influenced by the Carter Family,
        Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the record has a unique, raw and traditional country sound.

        “I was immediately impressed with her original approach to writing in a way
        that combines cool lyrics with simple arrangements, resulting in song that sound fresh and new but still retain a healthy dose of the traditional country
        sounds of the past”
        – Bill Chambers

        Arna Georgia having been writing all year both in Nashville (Feb) and Australia is looking forward to heading in to the studio in March next year and
        begin recording her debut 12 track album.

        Brad Cox

        Ripped feet first from the belly of the Kosciuszko mountains. Stubby in hand and baptised in the freezing waters of the Snowy River. Brad Cox celebrates the good and bad that comes from growing up and working on the land.

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        Songs full of heart and maturity well beyond his years. A sound which can induce hypnosis and coma. You may require medical attention after hearing Brads music, but no rehab will ever cure you of the addiction.

        Brook Chivell

        Brook grew up with a strong country music influence, cutting his teeth on his father’s record
        collection which included Hank Sr, Cash, Haggard, Jennings and more

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          Country-rocker Brook Chivell is fast becoming a fan favourite with his electric performances.
          Most recently on the main stage at the Groundwater Country Music Festival in Broadbeach
          QLD. His energy and connection with the crowd, show after show, has seen Brooks profile rapidly rise.

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          After a solid album release with his Melbourne based band, Brook Chivell moved interstate and made his solo debut as a Grand Finalist at the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition in Australia's country capital, for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

          A regular performer at many major country music festivals, Brook has built a strong bond with fans at the Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, Broadbeach/Groundwater, Tamworth CMF, Sydney CMF,
          Emerald CMF and Whittlesea, prompting a national tour in late 2017 through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
          Brook grew up with a strong country music influence, cutting his teeth on his father’s record collection which included Hank Sr, Cash, Haggard, Jennings as well as country rock n roll icons Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

          This musical education, self-discovery and a long standing
          tenure in the Melbourne live music scene contributed to Brook's unique sound, self-producing modern country that sits just as well in the Australian Country scene as it would in the American
          market. A songwriter at heart, Brook loves the search for the melody, the hook and the soul of the song, and delivers a vocal performance that is both powerful and passionate.

          His latest release Outta My Song is a dirty country-meets-southern-rock anthem of good riddance to an unwanted muse.
          A contemporary groove, Brook Chivells new sound will re-introduce you to country-rock.

          www.brookchivellofficial.com

          Casey Barnes

          Casey started his singing career in his home state of Tasmania before relocating to the Gold Coast, which he has called home now for the past 20 years.

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            Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene.  He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

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            A chance meeting in 2014 with one of his childhood idols Rick Price (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows) in Nashville spawned Casey’s 2014 EP ‘Flesh & Bone’. Produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning, this EP saw the release of four singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’, ‘Waiting On The Day’ and ‘Hard Times’.

            Casey headed back to Nashville in 2016 to record his follow up album ‘Live as One’ at the famed Sound Emporium Studios. This album showcased a mixture of fan-favourites plus new songs, including ‘The One You Love’, which was produced by ARIA award winning producer Nick Didia. (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers).

            The album’s title track became the first single, a heartfelt song with an even more powerful music video, featuring well-known Australians along with national and international sporting identities holding up #LiveAsOne signs. The song conveyed a positive message at a time where hope is needed more than ever. Other tracks on the album include hit single ‘Just Like Magic’, co-written with powerhouse songwriting team Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis for what became a modern country smash. Eddie Spear (Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton) also lends a hand, engineering and mixing the title track, ‘Live As One’, ‘Saving All My Love (feat Michelle Barnes)’, and ‘Say That You Love Me’. Upon the album’s release it immediately shot up the ARIA charts landing at #9.

            In June 2016, Casey travelled to California to perform at major US music festival Country Summer. An annual event, held at Santa Rosa, the stellar line up featured the likes of Lady Antebullum, Kip Moore and The Band Perry. Casey also made his US television debut performing on CBS morning show ‘Good Day Sacramento’.

            In June 2017, Casey released his next single ‘The Way We Ride’. This gutsy high-octane track with an anthemic feel maintained Top 10 status on various Country Chartsincluding the #1 position on the Country Tracks Top 40 Charts for 4 weeks. This was also the single that saw Casey nominated for his first Golden Guitar Award. The track went on to catch the attention of PBR Australia (professional bull riding) which saw Casey performing at their national events across two years.

            ‘Keep Me Coming Back’ kept the success continuing. Catchy and upbeat, the song, debuted at #4 on the Country iTunes Charts and rocketed to #1 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Charts. The single also made its presence felt in North America when it made the Top 10 on the iTunes ‘Hot Tracks’ country charts. This was the third collaboration with MSquared and one that continues to gather momentum and high chart success with each release. Creatively Casey is now in the best place he’s ever been. Constantly pushing the boundaries delivering dynamic country/rock songs that embrace a feel-good element.

            The success continued in 2018. Lead single and the uplifting feel-good party track, ‘Ain’t Coming Home’ from the new album ‘The Good Life’ enjoyed two consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Tracks Top 40 Chart.

            Casey’s current album‘The Good Life’ was recorded in Melbourne with Casey teaming up once again with Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis from MSquared Productions. The album got off to a tremendous start debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and an equally impressive #2 on the ARIA Country Charts, proving that Casey is a force to be reckoned with on the country music scene. The album carved a path of contemporary country, delivering toe tapping songs that have turned into favourite anthems. To date it’s also been streamed over 2.3 million times on Spotify.

            Success didn’t stop there, with the album spawning two more successful singles ‘Be Mine’ (which has amassed over 1 million Spotify streams) and the beautiful heart-warming ballad ‘Set Sail’. The latter proving one of Casey’s personal favourites which is close to his heart.

            The last 5 years have seen many achievements for Casey with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He’s performed at major festivals around Australia including main stage premier events such as Caloundra Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster and the very popular ‘A Day On The Green’ (with Mariah Carey). A career defining highlight was performing at CMC ROCKS 2018. Known as Australia’s largest International Country Music Festival, Casey shared the stage with the likes of Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Brett Young and many more.

            A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, Foxtel’s AFL 360, and the annual Channel Seven Telethon in Perth.

            Casey is gearing up for an exciting and massive start to 2019 with his association with PBR continuing, this time internationally with performances locked in as part of the USA major event ‘Unleash The Beast Tour’. This amazing opportunity will see Casey performing at arena events in Kansas City, Missouri and two events in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the first quarter of this year. Casey is also set to return to Nashville and Los Angeles to continue writing and recording his fourth studio album that will also contain new songs from Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis keeping that magic formula going. The album will be due for release later this year.

            In the meantime, we can look forward to a new single release on 15thFebruary. ‘Better Days’, from the current album ‘The Good Life’ is a positive song about living in the moment and relishing every day, something that Casey is certainly doing to his fullest potential.

            Further festivals and shows are already locked in, ensuring that 2019 will be one of Casey’s biggest years to date!

            Publicity Enquiries: Karen Lindsay – Little Sparrow PR

            Email: karen@littlesparrowpr.com Ph (0437) 720 825

            Hayley Marsten

            Equal parts sass and sincerity, Hayley Marsten wears her heart on her bedazzled sleeve with pride and humour.

             

            “Sweetheart, I ain’t playing second fiddle.”

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              It’s the opening declaration on Hayley Marsten’s brassy second release, and a statement you’d be a fool to doubt. The Gladstone songwriter and purveyor of bold country music is older and wiser on Lonestar, which is at once playful and deeply personal.

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              Marsten has moved past the heartache that permeated her debut release, Even, and through collaboration with acclaimed artists, such as Lyn Bowtell and Aleyce Simmonds, has brought a more mature songwriter and performer to the surface.

              Life experience has ultimately imbued this collection of songs with a more intimate yet worldly view, with the support of fellow songwriters giving Marsten the confidence to be direct with her audience. The title track exemplifies her determination, the desire to forge a career in the face of a doubter. Playful defiance, strength, fun and resilience flow throughout each song.

              The sophomore release debuted at #8 on the ARIA Country Charts and #1 on the Australian Independent Records chart.

              Mick Lindsay

              Mick stepped into the national spotlight in 2016 with a real kicker; a ground-breaking new sound for the EP “This Song”, which on release, charted as #1 on the Australian iTunes charts, and sky-rocketed to #5 on the ARIAS.

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                Recently returned from Nashville with some killer new
                releases, if his last EP is any indication of how Australia
                reacts when this QLD boy drops a new tune, 2019 is
                looking to be a jam-packed year for Mick Lindsay, stay
                tuned to Mick’s socials for when he is going to be touring his new music.

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                Mick Lindsay has toured extensively over the past 8 years, with performances throughout Australia, Asia,
                Europe, The MiddleEast & America.

                Unafraid of sounding contemporary, and without completely abandoning his country roots, Mick is equally at home with country, rock, soul/funk, and pop. However, despite the hard-hitting, up-tempo numbers, he infuses every song with his own distinctive flavour and undeniable honey twang.
                Mick’s selection of musicians has led to a powerful, and precise band, which displays a vigor that will stand up
                to the most discerning music critics. This rough-and-tumble Mick Lindsay band is well seasoned and pours
                their heart and soul into every live set.

                If you think that traditional country is all “He-Haw” and yawn, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Mick can fill a floor in 0.6 seconds with revelers from ages 6 to 60, especially when he adds his own funky grit to his commercial originals, classic faves, and fresh funky radio hits.

                Being hand-picked as one of only 21 Australian & New Zealand artists to attend the CMAA (College of Country
                Music), saw this audacious country rocker emerge with a series of original songs under his belt. Mick says, he
                has been humbled at the support by his audiences for his original work. His songs have been embraced with
                great enthusiasm and his debut self-titled album features impressive songwriting and collaborations with splendid quality studio production.

                Opening Act Competition 2019

                Now in our third year and staying true to our roots we again have our Opening Act Competition rolling our across the coming months with the winner to OPEN VDMfest 2019!

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