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.
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.
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