Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, drinking songs, and breakup ballads, his songs are rooted in the influence of Cory’s hometown, where he grew up surrounded by the salt-of-the-earth residents of North Bay, Ontario. It was there where he began playing drums at ten years old.
Whenever he wasn’t banging along to songs by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, he was listening to his parents’ country records, developing a deep appreciation for outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Those two genres — classic country and amped-up rock — would eventually join forces in Marks’ own music, earning him a string of gigs with heavyweights like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert along the way.
Before launching his songwriting career, and changing the trajectory of his life, Marks would prove himself in the hockey rink and pursue dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He strapped on his first pair of
skates at 3 years old, eventually earning a spot on the university hockey team at Royal Military College, and was a dominating presence on the ice, thanks to his 6-foot 1 inch, 220-pound frame. Prior to attending college, he enrolled in a private pilot school where he logged in almost 100 flight hours and eventually had the opportunity to fly one of those hours with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in the summer of 2017. He continues working towards his private pilot license.
While in college, he never stopped playing music but did so privately… that is, until he joined his
teammates at a local bar one night and found himself pushed onstage when the regularly scheduled musician took a break. “My friends knew I played a little music, and they were chanting for me to do some songs,” he remembers. “It was a packed little bar. I did two originals and two covers, and afterward, people were coming up to me and asking where I was playing next. I didn’t have an answer
for them, because this was literally the first time I’d ever sung in front of anyone.” Cory began making weekly trips to the bar, hopping onstage with each visit. As time went on, he wrote a new batch of songs, hit the road, and hasn’t looked back since.
A road warrior, Cory has built a strong following not only in Canada, but also in America, where he has been recording with award-winning producer, Kevin Churko. Along with Kevin’s son Kane – the Juno Award-winning producer and songwriter, the three of them worked together in Churko’s Las Vegas studio, capturing the energy and electricity of Cory’s live show. It was a natural partnership. Like Cory, Kevin had grown up playing drums, eventually expanding his career to include collaborations with country artists like Shania Twain and rock icons like Ozzy Osbourne. “We both appreciate country music greats like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but we love the heavier side of rock & roll and metal, too,” Cory says of his producer and mentor. “We decided to mash it all together. It’s funny, because when I was growing up, my favorite records were Ozzy records. I dreamt of having that kind of production on one of my own records. Sure enough, seven years into my career, I’ve partnered with the producer who worked on all those albums. What a cool circle.”
Shannon Noll has become a legend, a meme, an everyday hero and a county boy who stands by his word and convictions. He is also a proven Australian music icon.
His social media numbers alone prove what an influencer he has become in Australia!
His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the first Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever. Certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles. Beat that!
The album was a personal milestone. It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Album chart and featured the songs ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Forget’ which not only topped the country singles charts, but also achieved millions of streams across the globe.
In fact, Missy was the first Australian artist to ever be featured on Apple Music’s global initiative “Country Wide.”
Piece of Me also received industry recognition with Golden Guitar nominations for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” at the 2019 Country Music Awards of Australia.
But what she’s most proud of is the life-changing experience of travelling to Uganda, Africa as an ambassador of International Needs Australia. This opportunity had a profound effect on Missy and has helped shape her as a person and songwriter.
In the last couple of years, she has experienced all the highs and lows that come with being an emerging recording artist. From getting a major record deal and the opportunities that come with that, to the lonely realities that come with constant travel, the pressure of expectation and regular absence from family and friends.
Missy’s new music is a reflection of all those experiences, those of her family and friends and her journey in arriving at adulthood.
The direction is reflected in her nostalgic new single ‘Wild,’ the first taste of what’s to come in Missy’s next musical chapter. With a new record deal and management team now in place, she’s taken the time to reflect on everything she has encountered in the last couple of years and she’s now ready to share those experiences through her music.
“I now understand and trust the process of what it means to be honest as a songwriter,” says Missy.
That process also extends to teaming up once again with her Grammy nominated producer Josh Kerr, who first collaborated with Missy on Piece Of Me. Kerr has also worked with superstars such as Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Dolly Parton.
She’s also found a songwriting sole-mate in Isabella Kearney-Nurse, who as well as writing hits for the likes of The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy, has become one of Missy’s best and most trusted friends.
“I am in awe of how music can bring people together and help you uncover emotions you didn’t ever imagine you had,” says Missy.
“It’s an amazing thing to see how songs can have so many different meanings to different people. Music speaks to our soul in every sense. Being a storyteller through music is something I will always feel my most comfortable and fulfilled in doing.”
Central Queensland’s Anna Farquhar sings heartfelt tales of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and is heavily inspired by her experiences and travels. Inspired by the likes of Missy Higgins, Amy Shark and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few, Anna puts her own spin on the acoustic and pop rock genre. She is unapologetically honest in her song writing — unafraid to tell the truth, her music is direct, and she wears her heart on her sleeve.
After a winning performance on the main stage at the Gympie Music Muster, a national tour, and climbing chart positions on CMC, KIX Country Radio and The Music Network; Australian Contemporary-Country newcomer, Natalie Pearson is making an impression.
She may be petite at 5’2, but this girl-next-door has some big notes to deliver.
Natalie received the most recent Australian Independent Music Award for Best Country, and has since opened for notable country music industry names such as multi Golden Guitar Award winners and nominees – Adam Brand, Travis Collins, The Wolfe Brothers and Troy Kemp, as well as TV pop artists Jessica Mauboy and Karise Eden.
With her strong vocals and engaging live performance, she is certainly a performer to get excited about.
Her latest release “Plan B” has received strong fan support, with the track debuting at #7 on the iTunes Country Chart, and thousands of organic streams on release day. Her previous release with Brook Chivell “I Wonder What You Kiss Like” was filmed on the Gold Coast, and has been very popular with contemporary country music fans. The song debuted at #2 on the iTunes Chart and is climbing the KIX Country and The Music Network Charts as well as rotation on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.
Her songs drive messages of sass and empowerment, Natalie believes we should know our worth, and never settle.
With her increased online popularity, she recognised the demand to take a leap of faith, leaving the comforts of her hometown in Perth for the east coast, where opportunities are creating a worthy new path.
Natalie has been included on the programs of Deni Ute Muster and Gympie Music Muster, VDM Fest, Tamworth Country Music Festival, and WolfeFest, and has returned from songwriting in Nashville for future release.
This talented young Australian singer songwriter’s old soul melodic tones mixing traditional, classic country and rock with a twist creating a new and vibrant sound.
From amazing acoustic solo performances to rocking the country socks off the crowd with a band she is always an attraction for young and old.
Phoebe Jay is a country music singer-songwriter, living around the sunny cane-fields of Bundaberg. Her performances are varied in styles as well as dimension however her main style is all about country. This wonderfully, talented Australian singer’s melodic tones and harmonies mix traditional, classic country with a twist creating a new and vibrant sound.
From amazing acoustic solo performances to rocking the country socks off the crowd with a
band she is always an attraction for young and old.
Launching her debut EP 'Higher Than This Day' at the age of 14, after the successful release of her debut single “14 cents at the gate” in support for the Dairy Farmers crisis.
This has projected her into the spotlight charting worldwide and nationally as an award-
winning independent Australian country music artist.
With two national number one singles within her Ep as well as her latest release “Free Air”
which she partnered with rural aid in support of rural suicide prevention campaign featuring
the amazingly talented Tommy Emmanuel to bring awareness of our rural people and the
wider community who are at risk of taking their own lives.
Phoebe’s journey has been filled with amazing performances from the Gympie Music Muster
to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and all over the country. She has a string of
independent country music awards and charting success with her original songs that have
reached out far and wide to radio and TV. Now at 18 years old Phoebe Jay looks back on
seven years of performing within the Australian country music family and has opened or sang
with so many of our finest Artists. At the end of the day, this girl loves connecting and
entertaining her country music fans.
Viper Creek Band
Since early 2011, The Viper Creek Band have been delivering an exciting new sound and high energy, seamless live performances to Australian country music.
The 2014 release of their debut Album ‘Kickin’ Up Dust’ claimed the Number 2 spot on the ARIA Australian Country Albums chart. Since then, The Viper Creek Band have toured extensively, playing major festivals including Gympie Muster, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, CMC Rocks & Tamworth Country Music Festival shows that are standing room only and never disappoint.
Their nominations for ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ in 2015 & 2016 and the coveted ‘Oz Artist of the Year’ in 2016 through the fan-voted CMC Awards, leaves little doubt The Viper Creek Band have a well established, loyal following.
‘In 2015, the Band joined a US country music cruise with headliners Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins & Neal McCoy. So popular were they, that they’ve been invited back for the 2017 cruise alongside Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry & Kelsea Ballerini.
2016 saw the release of Just Press Play which Country Update magazine called ‘the soundtrack to the best night out of the best summer of your life’ The album debuted in the ARIA top 5 and spawned 4 Top 10 singles
Viper Creek have played ‘Tootsies World Famous Orchard Lounge’ in Nashville and toured Canada in 2016 and 2018 playing two of North Americas biggest country music festivals ‘Big Valley Jamboree’ and ‘Cavendish Beach Music Festival’ on the bill with US superstars ‘Luke Bryan’ and ‘Carrie Underwood’
The brand new record ‘Beautiful Destruction’ was released in 2019 and spawned the Number One smash hit single ‘Green Light’ and fan favourite ‘Australian Girls’
The Tony Q band
What started as an Aussie soldier with a guitar in his hands and songs in his heart, inspiring happiness in Afghanistan, a place where happiness can be a foreign concept.
Nicknamed “Tony Q” by his US brothers and sisters, he returned to Australia to peruse his passion and dream of music. After teaming up with Ben Morine, Steve Wills and Matthew Bresolin, The Tony Q band was born. A brotherhood of great mates that fuse that southern country sound with a good dose of rock and roll, all while keeping true to their blue collar Australian roots.
Eight Second Ride
Since launching on the scene, Eight Second Ride have fast gained a strong fan base with nearly 10K on socials and have venues around Australia in demand for them to bring their high energy, unique ” GOES COUNTRY” show to their town.
They bring a stage energy not seen in Australian
Country with heavy riffs, technical guitar solos, super tight sets and crowd interaction choreographed to engage and entertain
as they play their catalogue of released & unreleased songs, as well as popular modern covers known by all.
They have performed with the likes of The Wolfe Brothers, Hurricane Fall, Brad Cox & Casey Barnes.
They have also opened for Busby Marou and Mental as Anything, just to name a few. They have headlined some impressive events being Smithton NYE Tasmania ( 5K ) Sarina Ute Muster ( 2.5K ) Stroud Rodeo ( 5K ) Lift the outback Festival (2.5K ) and the Brisbane EKKA (10K) As well as performing their own headlining East Coast Tour, selling out some major venues in
With major touring plans already underway for 2020, it will surely be a busy year for the group. Also with plans to release a new song every 2nd month, they will definitely be making a lot of noise and gaining more followers as they rapidly build their portfolio.
With one release “See What Tomorrow Brings” (featured on CMC ) under their belt and with their New Releases ” Sun Comes Up” & “Whiskey ” hitting platforms in DEC 2019 they position themselves for a great year ahead and a tonne of new music for the fans.
Eight Second Ride band members.
Matt Sneddon ( Vocals / Guitar)
Tom Morley ( Lead Guitar )
Ellen Hartwig ( Bass / BU Vocals )
Luke Woods ( Drums )
Born and raised in Sydney, Ben Ransom, started playing guitar and writing song at the age of fifteen. Growing up, he was constantly exposed to a broad range of music that strongly influences his own original writing style.
It has allowed Ben to draw the listener in on many different levels and connect in a more personal way.
In 1999, Ben left Australia to spend time in Europe, essentially to hone his skills and develop his musical style.
He cut his teeth in the heart of London’s West End with a permanent residency in one of the most happening venues at the time.Ben’s down to earth personality and ability to deliver live saw him become one of the hottest, most sought after artists in that scene, bringing “the spirit of a B&S Ball to the heart of London”. Ben toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe before returning to Australia where his passion for music held root.
In 2010, Ben completed his first album, “The Long Way”. Ben says the album was a labour of love that gave him a vehicle for expression and allowed him to explore all facets of his personality and display his passion for music. The first single, “Bourbon & Sunsets”, was a runaway hit – peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Top 50 chart and as a solid performer on the CMC Top 50.
In 2012 he was a finalist in the coveted Toyota Star Maker competition – the same competition that launched the careers of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell and Samantha McClymont. Ben completed the album, “Slow Burn”, in 2012 with Matt Fell and Glen Hannah. The first single, “Truck Stop Honey”, received national airplay and earned him a nomination for Contemporary
Song of The Year at the TSA Awards. The album was released in 2013 to rave reviews and continued to produce hit singles in the form of “Big Country Sky” and “You’re On The Top of My To-Do List”.
National touring, appearances at major festivals along with international trips and a second Star Maker berth were highlights that year along with being named a finalist at the 2013 Southern Stars Awards for Best Male Artist and Best New Talent.
In October 2013, Ben was introduced to international hitmaker and multi-million record selling producer, Rob E.G. Porter. This resulted in the collaboration on the Jackson Browne classic, “Somebody’s Baby”. Released under Porters’ famous Wizard record label, the track was launched at the 2014 Country Music Festival and entered the charts at #10.
Following his “Ben Ransom – LIVE” release and the hits “One More Beer” and “Mamma I’m Coming Home”, he released the stellar single, “Dry Town”. It peaked at #2 on the Country Singles Chart and the video aired consistently on CMC. He was also named 2016 Southern Stars Rising Male Artist.
In 2017 Ben joined with Country Rocks Records as their first signed artist to their newly formed label. “Let’s Go Driving”, was the first release under this new deal. It’s a fun, country rock smash, which gave Ben his very first number one, staying at the top spot for six consecutive weeks.
“I’m absolutely stoked to be part of the Country Rocks family – knowing that I am associated with a team that actually walks the walk! These guys are out there putting in the hard slog, which is why their passion for music and ethos of ‘respect’ for the artists is so refreshing”, he says.
Earlier in the year he performed daily in the main arena at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show and had the pleasure of supporting iconic artists including Jon Stevens, 1927 and James Blundell.
“You’re The Reason Why” followed the same path of “Let’s Go Driving” and quickly rose up the Australian Country Charts where it’s currently positioned in the Top 10.
January 12, 2018, sees the release of the album – “101” – along with the simultaneously released single, “Same Song, Different Day”. The song has massive mainstream potential – leaning more into a classic rock sound, blended with tones reminiscent of Tom Petty.
“This is without a doubt the longest pre-production I’ve had for an album, which goes to show how much thought and effort has gone into this release. From the songwriting – which meant sorting through roughly fifty songs – all the way through to production … so I can honestly say this is the definitive story of who I am musically”, says Ben. “This album will ROCK, but there are still a few surprises in there to satisfy fans of all the flavours of country music!” One thing is for certain, Ben Ransom is the real deal and is destined for very big things.
What does it take to get to number one in the music business?
For those in the know, it’s not just about the talent of the lead singer…it’s about the band.
And if you want to be famous you need a band unafraid of the miles and miles of road that need to be travelled, the gritty live shows that must be tackled head-on and dedication to the craft that knows no bounds.
SaltbushSix, who are Peter Clarke, Marlon Holden, Brad ‘Hoola’ Hooper, Allan Cameron and Darcy Crawford, are one such band; in the late 80s and early 90s – the heyday of live music in Australia – they were the party band for a generation. So pivotal was their talent, skill and dedication, the band became the launch pad for the most successful global act to come out of Australia in the new millennium – Keith Urban.
Joining the band as a shy young guitar player and singer in 1988, Keith Urban still pays homage to the band that showed him what it takes to make it in the world of professional music. And, when Keith decided to try his luck with a solo career, key members of the band went with him to become his permanent backing band, from the inception of his Australian recording career right through to the first deal he signed in the cradle of country music, Nashville Tennessee. Keith’s critically-acclaimed first album in the US, The Ranch, is today regarded by top US recording companies as the template for all new artists in America if they want to easily successfully straddle the worlds of rock and country music.
From humble beginnings in southern Queensland, today the band boasts a roll-call of performers they have backed that’s a veritable who’s who of country and rock: from Lee and Tania Kernaghan and James Blundell, to Doc Neeson’s Angels, Trisha Yearwood, Big House and the godfather of country music itself, Slim Dusty.
A bunch of music professionals whose love of performing has only increased in their many years working together, SaltbushSix know what it takes to raise the roof and have fans keep coming back for more.
After a number of years hiatus from the original music scene and many years backing other artists the lads decided in 2018 to record a new album of their own. Bringing on board a young award-winning vocalist, Darcy Crawford, they called upon all their many contacts and came up with the very best of new, original songs from critically acclaimed songwriters from around the world. Together with the legendary musician and producer extraordinaire, Mark Moffatt, they have created a fantastic new album titled ‘Beyond The Ranch’ released in July 2019.
The band are excited to be presenting these new songs to Australian audiences throughout the year and with festivals already booked, SaltbushSix is ready to take on the world again.
Aussie country rock artist flew out the gates of 2018 with ‘The Good Life’ debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country Album Chart and peaking at #2 on the ARIA Country Album Chart. Radio embraced album favourites ‘The Way We Ride’, ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Set Sail’, with smash hit ‘Ain’t Coming Home’ racking up consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Tracks Top 40 chart.
Meanwhile ‘Better Days’ became the #1 Most Downloaded to radio and amassed over 1.5 million streams.
2019 saw Barnes fill his calendar with tours and festivals, from impressive USA stadium outings in Kansas City and South Dakota with opening performances at the Professional Bull Riding tour, to taking out the People’s Choice Award at the Groundwater Festival, receiving double the votes to second place. He’s gained the reputation of delivering an electric and relentlessly entertaining live performance from fans across the nation by playing shows from Mt Isa to Melbourne, culminating in his November return to the USA for stadium shows in Vegas and Nashville.
All the while he was working on new music for his next studio offering to be released April 17th titled ‘Town of A Million Dreams’, from which his first single, ‘A Little More’ jumped straight to #2 on the iTunes Country Chart with radio eating it up and Spotify playlists ‘Fresh Country’, ‘New Music Friday AUS/NZ’ and ‘New Music Nashville’ pushing the single past one million streams.
Now in 2020, the momentum keeps growing. The new single ‘Sparks Fly’ dropped and rocketed straight to #1 on the iTunes Country Chart, with fans eagerly awaiting more information on the 11 date national tour. The new album, ‘Town of a Million Dreams’ will see Casey reveal some of his biggest hits, and be his first album after signing to Michael Chuggs’ management and label ‘Chugg Music’. Australia’s largest international country and roots festival CMC Rocks is where you can catch Casey next ahead of his national Tour kicking off on April 17!
Casey Barnes has over 7 million streams, 134,000 monthly listeners, 45,000 followers, multiple Golden Guitar nominations, Gold Coast Music Awards nominations, Independent Country Music Association Awards and is an unparalleled performer.
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It’s paying off with some much deserved attention from the ears and eyes from key music industry players.
Sisters Tiana and Briannah Dennis released their debut self-titled EP in February 2020. Recorded at Brisbane’s Red Engine Recording Studios and produced by Andrew Cochrane, Oh Harlow recently hit Top 3 on the Australian Country Hot 50 Chart with lead single ‘Give It A Miss’.
Earlier in the same week they picked up the Best Country Queensland Music Award for the same song which was presented to them by Michael Chugg.
With Tiana on guitar and Briannah on bass, the Sunshine Coast girls began writing in their early teens after a long period of chronic illness which prevented them from attending school. They each contribute to song writing, share lead vocals and blend harmonies the way only siblings can, and in an undeniable style spanning folk, country and pop.
Oh Harlow have recently opened for Busby Marou and have and have been performing at some of Australia’s leading music festivals including Woodford, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Groundwater and Caloundra Music Festival.
Oh Harlow are building a solid fan base and with their captivating performances of original songs
that deliver catchy melodies and clever lyrics, revealing a maturity beyond their years.
The band, co-fronted by two of Australia’s most highly regarded female modern-country artists ‘Missy Lancaster’ & ‘Rachael Fahim’ can collectively boast three Australian Country #1 records, Two CMC award nominations and more than seven million streams.
Banding together in early 2019, the SOUTHBOUND vision was clear ‘we wanted to create an act with a rocking live show that would empower women at the same time!’.
The groups debut single “Get Drunk On Me’ released January 2020 with a near capacity debut show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the group were met with rave reviews followed by adds across the country radio network seeing the song peak at #6 on the National airplay charts and achieve more half a million streams in its first 3 months.
SOUTHBOUND is a high energy, sexy, enigmatic live spectacular filled with fun! The group performing re-imagined Rock N Roll classics with a country twist, fan-favourites from solo careers and new SOUTHBOUND branded material that the group warmly refer to as ‘a bunch of drinking songs to party to!’
Southbound will release their sophomore single ‘Drink’ in May 2020.
goals within the music industry.
Her album Something More, debuted at #2 on the Australian
iTunes Country Charts and #20 on the all genres chart. The Queensland based artist pre-launched her album in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and to SOLD OUT album launches in Queensland.
From here, she has travelled throughout Queensland, NSW and Victoria on her ‘Something More’ Tour sharing her powerhouse vocals, stories and entertaining performances.
The debut single from Brittany Elise’s album, ‘Another Day’ was released and debuted at #3 on the Australian iTunes Country Chart and #8 on the Top 40 Australian Country Airplay Chart.
Her second single ‘Something More’ debuted in the Top 15 on the Australian iTunes Country Chart, #9 on the AMRAP Australian Regional Airplay Chart, as well as being added to ABC Country and Country Music Channel Australia. ‘Dorothy May’ also featured at #10 on the AMRAP Australian Regional Airplay Chart. The album has received great critical acclaim across the industry including from the likes of Kasey Chambers and more.
Brittany Elise is a graduate of the world-renowned Junior and Senior CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music Excellence and DAG Singer Songwriters Academy. She has opened the Tamworth Country Music Festival in Bicentennial Park and headlined at various festivals around Australia. Brittany Elise was the invited guest artist to perform her #1 charted single ‘A Simple Plan’ for Keith Payne, Victoria Cross AM recipients’, 2019 Civic Reception, as well as shortlisted as a Finalist for the Patti McKinnon ‘Up and Coming Artist’ Award at the ICMA
Australian Awards 2020. In 2020, Brittany Elise started the initiative of ‘Raise Your Voice’, a show empowering local female singer songwriters, whilst bringing local community women together.
Brittany Elise’s powerhouse voice and storytelling lyrics have seen her support Graeme Connors, Tania Kernaghan, Lyn Bowtell, Natalie Henry, Melody Moko, Carter and Carter, and Jade Holland, as well as Lee Kernaghan on his Australian Tours from the age of 12. As well as
worked with Fanny Lumsden, Kevin Bennett, Luke O’Shea, Shane Nicholson, Amber Lawrence and Jen Mize.
Vixens of Fall
The three sisters Kristina (Nina), Adrienne (Wren) and Anneliese (Lulu) who make up Vixens of Fall are like the region they are sweet, hot and a little bit crazy! The girl’s earliest influences came through the music of their home.
The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and later on Shania Twain, were all a part of their family’s morning repertoire and began the girls early passion for song.
Their coming together as ‘Vixens of Fall’ in 2014 has seen the girls work tirelessly to capture the hearts and minds of their fans across the states. From that date onwards they have played numerous country music festivals including the legendary Tamworth and Gympie Muster, received notable radio airplay and released two singles and an EP. They have just returned from Tamworth Country Music Festival with a string of successful shows, winners of the Tamworth 2020 Battle of the Bands, Runner up in the Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the year 2020 and first timers in walking the red carpet at the Golden Guitar awards.
Vixens of Fall ooze the country rock ethos of their predecessors. The three have such a sassy attitude and disposition about them that you can’t help but be enchanted by the glowing smiles that draw you in and dance you through their playful but heartfelt songs. Songs that quite obviously come from a place of passion and experience and obviously connect deeply with their spellbound audience.
In 2020 The Vixens are bound for bigger and better things as they prepare for the recording of their first album after launching their new single on Valentine’s day, February 14. Receiving high rotation airplay on over 30 stations throughout Australia and having debuted at number 12 on the Australian Country Charts.
Releasing her debut ep ‘Just the Beginning’ on April 17, Denvah has received encouragement and applause from artists such as Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley & Brad Butcher.
‘Just The Beginning’ features the Top 10 single ‘My Favourite’, a song about the simplistic complications of missing someone you know you’ll never see again, which half of you doesn’t really mind, but the other half is just grateful you even met. First cut on the EP, ‘Do It Again’ is a feel-good song about a perfect night, with the most perfect people. A night that you look back to in years to come. ‘How Could You’ is a break up song detangling the feelings of young love. Final track ‘N+J’, Denvah captures the true love shared by friends.
For those not familiar with her story, it may come as a surprise that ‘Just the Beginning’ was written entirely by Denvah, commencing in August 2018. The EP was recorded over 2 days in a makeshift studio set up on Great Keppel Island at the Shell House, a sprawling 1961 building crammed with an extraordinary variety of sea shells. Recorded by Nathan Davis (Busby Marou) with Jeremy Marou on guitars, bass and ukulele and Denvah adding guitar. Additional recording, engineering and mixing was provided by Matt Fell at Love HZ Studios along with bass, percussion and keyboards with Josh Schuberth on drums and percussion.
With an early childhood in dancing and musical theatre that navigated Denvah into singing at age 13, it was only natural that she steered towards country music. The genre has always been in Denvah’s veins. It’s the only thing she heard blaring from her mums’ speakers at a young age. She found herself falling in love with legends such as Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Kasey Chambers, her 3-year-old self, screaming out the lyrics in the car, country twang and all. And like every 10-year-old girl, she wanted to be just like Taylor Swift, to sing from the heart and to wear cool outfits just like Tay Tay. She soon discovered Ed Sheeran and as quickly as she fell in love with her country legends, Denvah fell in love and got lost in Ed’s lyrics which, merged with her love of country have helped shape her sound.
What People Are Saying About Denvah
“Since first hearing Denvah I knew she was the real deal, her voice is amazing and best described as a cross between Kasey Chambers and Dolly Parton. Her song-writing ability at her age is nothing short of brilliant and the scary thing is she will only get better. It was an absolute privilege to be a part of her debut ep” – Jeremy Marou, Busby Marou.
“Totally on the Denvah Train”. – Justin Thomson, KIX
“To do it live last night, the way she spoke to the crowd – her natural effervescence is just
something you can’t extinguish” – Felicity Urquhart, Artist.
“Love the new material from Denvah, she’s very talented. Big future there”. – Greg Shaw, Artist Manager.
“It just blew us away, she’s such a talent, such a natural songwriter. I think that’s something that’s going to keep her in good stead for a long time. For a debut release though, if you haven’t heard the single of hers yet, it’s quite amazing”. – Brad Butcher, Artist.
Yes, it’s only the beginning for this rising star”. – John O’Brien, Sunday Mail Queensland.
“This is a fantastic EP, I love it. I’ve been playing it on repeat it for the past hour and soaking it up. Denvah is a real talent. ‘Just The Beginning’…indeed”. – Dave Parker, Music Executive.
Her name was Camille Trail, a young singer songwriter from Central Queensland, who’s debut album Shane had just produced.
One of the interesting things about Camille, Shane told the audience as his guest took to the stage, was that she’s the only person he’d ever worked with who paid for the recording of an album by selling a couple of bulls.
As much as that is true – Trail was born, raised and still lives and works on her family’s cattle farm west of Rockhampton – anyone in the audience expecting a singing cowgirl was in for a surprise.
Instead Camille, accompanied by Shane and his band, delivered a haunting and masterful rendition of the moody title track of Nicholson’s ARIA award winning album Hell Breaks Loose.
Camille nailed it, the audience loved it, and it tipped the scales into a recording agreement with Compass Bros Records – a stellar start to 2020 for the 21 year old singer songwriter from the cattle farm in Central Queensland.
Camille Trail was introduced to the joy of music at an early age. “Most mornings I’d wake up to music – Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson and other great singer songwriters. Dad and I would dance in the kitchen while Mum cooked breakfast. I think that’s why I love music so much – plus I loved listening to my mum play piano accordion – it was my entire childhood really”.
She learned piano from the age of eight and was soon writing her own songs. After high school she committed to her musical ambitions and studied song writing at the JMC Academy in Brisbane.
While attending JMC Camille would study by day and play as many gigs as possible at night – honing her craft, testing her songs on audiences and finding a community of peers.
It’s also when she wrote the songs on her forthcoming album. “I was writing in the early hours of the morning or late at night. I found that was when inspiration hit me the most. I was inspired by heartbreak of course, love, and also what I was reading at the time and even just looking out the window and people watching.”
Camille sent a demo to Shane Nicholson asking if he’d be interested in producing her album. Nicholson responded enthusiastically and the album was recorded in three weeks during February 2019.
Camille Graduated from JMC with a Bachelor of Music, specialising in songwriting, in April 2019. In July that year her debut single and video Humming Chain was released independently. It reached #6 on the iTunes singer songwriter chart and introduced the world to an extraordinary new talent.
Now, Camille releases her second single Devils Drink.
“I wrote Devil’s Drink around the idea of something following you – whether it’s a person or a fear – and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake it off. I struggle with anxiety so this links in with me dealing with the pressures it brings and trying to shake it all off. I hope the song connects because I feel that the message is universal – in one way or another maybe everyone has something they’re trying to outrun.”
The video for Devil’s Drink was directed by multi award winning director Duncan Toombs of The Filmery.
“We see the shadow of a dark spirit following me through the late night back streets of Sydney. It possesses by-standers as I walk past. The tension builds as I become more and more worried – looking over my shoulder and trying to outrun whatever it is that’s stalking me.”
Devil’s Drink, the new single from Camille Trail, released on Compass Bros through Universal Music Australia on February 28th has climbed up The Music Network, iTunes and CMC Charts.
For further information please contact:
Jules Delemare @ Wild Heart Publicity
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- Camp Onsite! No need for Taxi.
(Biloela has just ONE Taxi so waits are Looooong.)
- Sunscreen and a hat
(If the suns out it will still have some bite)
- Foldable chair
(So you can have a rest between boot scooting)
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