As a rock artist his passion for country was born when touring the southern states of America. From finally discovering the emotional depths of this genre an amazing personal inner experience hit and changed his whole musical dynamic in one single Memphis moment.
Having fronted rock and contemporary bands, as well as duos throughout his musical existence, his path has taken him onto a solo journey into the world of country music. This journey recently experienced the musical depths of Nashville, Tennessee where he recorded his debut album “Rip it up!”. Two singles from this album have been released in Australia and both have enjoyed chart success both here and overseas. “Rip It Up” the single was released in May 2017 and topped the Australian Country Charts at Number 22, the International Mainstream Country Music Charts at Number 5, and local charts at Number 7. “Ain’t Thinking About Monday” was released in late July 2017 and reached an amazing Number 4 in the Australian Country Music Charts and is still charting both here and overseas.
The key to his popularity and success has been relentless hard work, performing at every available venue in Queensland, big and small, from the tip of Cape York in the north, to Coolangatta in the south, and Thargomindah in the west – not to mention a swag of venues in the other states.
A regular at the world famous Tamworth Country Music Festival, Kerry has also performed at the Gympie Muster, Mud Bulls and Music and the Mountview Music Muster to name a few. And he helped put together the first Thredbo Music Fling (which later became CMC Rocks The Snowiest).
In 1997 he released his first album “Australia’s Most Wanted ” and in the same year he was a finalist in the TIARA awards in Tamworth. Several tours of New Zealand and Vanuatu followed, setting the agenda for a regular round of international dates to complement the Australian schedule.
2004 saw the release of his second album “Glass Of Wine ” which went to Number 1 in the European country music charts for Most Requested Song. That year he toured Europe, headlining the Uster Country Music Festival in Switzerland - a tour he would repeat in 2008 and 2011.Every October since then Kerry with his band ("Double Barrel") has toured New Caledonia, headlining the Fête du Boeuf (Beef Festival and Rodeo) in Païta. Kerry has appeared on several TV shows including Today Tonight, Good Morning (NZ), Nightline (NZ), Good Morning Gold Coast, Around Midnight and 11 am, and currently has four video clips being played on CMC as well as nine video clips on YouTube to date.
The Kerry Kennedy show is a polished and entertaining experience – the result of endless performances, and innovative, inspirational song writing. Kerry Kennedy is a world-class entertainer, a proud Australian, and an Australian to be proud of.
For Twenty- one year-old country singer/song writer Rhiannon Cooke, being born with talent and passion for music, was just the start. She began training in singing and dancing at the age of five, and held a Vocal scholarship for six years at St Paul's Grammar School Crane-brook. For the past 11 years Rhiannon has been studying vocal performance under Natalie Carboni’s Academy Of Voice & Entertainment, while also studying guitar and song-writing. In 2007, Rhiannon won the “13 and under vocal section’ in the Sydney Eisteddfod - a big achievement for a 13 year old. In 2010 Rhiannon was chosen as one of the top eight for the Grand Final of the Contemporary Singer Of The Year. In 2013 saw Rhiannon place first in the ‘Country Section’ with her original ‘Power Of A Woman’. Rhiannon has been performing around the club circuit, at community events, and as a session singer from a young age, gaining much industry experience. At the beginning of 2014, Rhiannon took a major step in her career with the release of her debut Ep ‘Reflections’. After releasing her debut Ep, Rhiannon was signed to NG Management, then was offered an amazing debut single written by Golden Guitar winners Tamara Stewart and Amber Lawrence. ‘Swings And Roundabouts’ was released in October 2014 and received national and international air-play and was also shown on the Country Music Channel on Foxtel.
In January 2015, Rhiannon attended the Academy Of Country Music in Tamworth, alongside 21 other young artist’s hand-picked from around Australia and New Zealand. Since attending the Academy Rhiannon has been song writing with some of Australia’s top songwriters including Allan Caswell and Karl Brodie. Rhiannon released her second single ‘Power Of A Woman’ which sat in the Country charts for 20 consecutive weeks and is releasing her second EP in June this year. Her latest single "Kookaburra Song" has seen her gain another Top 10 hit.
However his long awaited second studio album Charm Offensive is much more than just a progression in another artistic journey.
It is a statement of intent, and an announcement to the music business that James has arrived!
Embarking on an album is no easy task for any artist. In this case it was a three year sojourn of gaining management, songwriting, honing his live show, building his profile and finding the right producers to work with. But all in all for James, having the right songs was king.
“I branched out more with different co-writers this time, with fantastic results”, James said. Co-writers on the new album include hit writer Allan Caswell, and one of their tunes Coal Town hit the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 chart in Dec 2015. They also penned the title track together. Other co-writers include Nashville based Aussie Craig Morrison, as well as long time collaborator Steve McNaughton. James also contributes with some great songs of his own.
He also selected material from American writers to help strengthen the album (one of those is his current single Can’t Put You Down that has also spent time on the Top 40 country airplay charts). He also covered a song by well known Australian writer Kelly Cork (The Rain).
The result is ten very strong tunes that fit nicely on any contemporary commercial country rock radio format, and engage listeners with catchy tunes and mature lyrics.
The majority of the songs are stories about love and the album title Charm Offensive reflects the positive vibe and sound they convey overall.
Adding to the success achieved through the songwriting and song selection is a very professional approach to production with the help of great producers.
“I wanted to step away from being in control of the recording process. I was too close to it on the first album and in retrospect, I really needed someone independent and technically capable of bringing my sound together, just like having a band mate to be critical. So that’s exactly what I did on the new album”, James reflected.
So he called Jay Collie from famed Aussie rock country band Jonah’s Road, who had just opened up a studio on the Central Coast NSW. With many influences alike, and with the help of fellow JR guitarist Rodney Auld tracking guitars and bass, the two worked together to perfect James’ guitar orientated rock country sound. With half of the album complete, Jay left the project due to family commitments and the album took a brief reprieve. Planning his next moves, James worked with Matt Fell and Nashville’s Jason Garner to record Can’t Put You Down.
Finally, James paired up with legendary session guitarist to the stars – come producer, Rod Motbey. Learning from the best including iconic LA producer Craig Porteils, Rod finished the album, played on it and mixed some of Jay Collie’s work. The results speak for themselves.
“I’m very proud of this album. It brings together so many elements of my live sound and musical influences, but demonstrates that I can do more than just rock out. There are soft moments on this record and I love every song on it”, James said.
And he believes listeners will love it, too.
James has come along way since picking up his Christmas-gifted guitar at 8 years old and lessons from The Four Kinsmen guitarist Graham Wilson. To cutting his teeth playing Eagles and Neil Young songs around Wollongong as a teenager and learning how to write his own tunes. To years later walking away from music to have a family, only to have the passion ignited again from tertiary studies in music. To recording his own album. To signing a management deal with Cameron Syrett Management. To playing festivals from Tamworth to Airlie Beach and supporting big names like The Choirboys and The Radiators, James is only beginning….
This dynamic young artist has been playing guitar since the age of ten and has been performing for the past seven years being invited into guest artist spots at such places as Seaforth Bowling Club, Belrose Bowling Club and Balgowlah RSL. He also performs monthly at his local Oakdale Workers Club and fortnightly at the Oaks Pub with his band.
Brad loves to sing both classic and modern country music listing his main musical influences as Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Adam Brand and Chris Young.
Brad is currently working towards his first album writing with people such as Troy Kemp (McAlister Kemp), hit writer Allan Caswell and six time Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea. His first single was released to radio in June 2015 (“Take It or Leave It”) co-written with Troy Kemp and his second in November of 2015 (“With Respect”) co-written with Allan Caswell, both receiving great airplay across Australia.
If you ask Kelly how long he’s been writing songs he will say in his self-deprecating way “some people would say too bloody long!” He is a third-generation member of the Cork family, with many locations around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland carrying the family name. In between tinkering in the back of a motorcycle workshop (he’s a mechanical engineer); Kelly has kept on penning songs of love gained, love lost, and the mysterious and sometimes cruel irony of life's journey.
He has just taken delivery of his first solo songwriter CD, the aptly named One of These Days. The album was engineered by Rob Mackay at Pacific International Studio, Hervey Bay. Kelly’s reputation in the Australian alt country scene is such that he was able to call on Kevin Bennett to add vocals, acoustic guitar and what KB terms “scruffy telecaster.”
Some of Kelly’s former band mates including Tom Richter (guitar), Max Sportelli (percussion) and Ashley Wolffe contributed to the album, as did Gary Kohler and Rob Mackay (The Bobkatz). Canadian vocalist Carolyn Lovely and Brisbane guitarist Mick Thatcher also joined the party. The CD has been very well received and is enjoying strong radio air play on 98.9FM Brisbane and several ABC stations including as the feature album on ABC’s Felicity Urquart show.
My career in music began in 2002 at the age of 19. I joined my first band and started studying music Theory and Collaboration, soon after I started attending Vocal lessons and spent the next decade working on my vocal training and developing my song-writing abilities whilst performing with various bands.
The most prominent of the bands I fronted was in early 2008- late 2009 when I was a part of the rock band Altered Perception. In March of 2009 we recorded our first and only Self-titled EP before disbanding in August of 2009.
Since 2009 I have worked on many musical projects including a couple of short stints with Pub Rock Covers bands as well as collaborations and performances with my Original Rock band ‘Alexi’ and the Blues Duo ‘Chantra’. These past projects left me with 1 album and 3 EP’s to my name as well as 2 low-budget music videos ‘Black Roses’ by Alexi and ‘Army Man’ by Chantra.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I really came into my own and found my niche when I discovered a passion for Country Music and Southern Rock. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Miranda Lambert, Alannah Myles, Johnny Cash and Traditional Blues Artists, I started working on my first Solo Album ‘Road to Redemption’ early that year. In addition to this emotionally driven Album I released 2 Official Music Videos to Youtube for the songs ‘The Darkest Road’ and ‘Grandfather’s Hat’. Both videos reflect the emotions and stories behind the lyrics of each song and were beautifully pieced together as promotional tools for the album’s release.
Being a Singer/songwriter yet not an Instrumentalist myself I have commissioned the help of some talented Musicians/collaborators to help bring my vision and Performance to life. Over the past few years starting in 2012 with the making of my first solo Album ‘Road to Redemption’ I have been affiliated with a handful of Artists and Co-writers. Those who helped me to write and Produce my first Album include session Guitarist Jason Aquilina formally of the Country Band ‘Wildseed’, Singer/Songwriter Linda Mizzi of ‘Hobograce’, well established Songwriter and Guitarist Cletis Carr also of Hobograce. Well known Sydney Artist and Sound Engineer Shannon Guihot, Percussionist, Engineer and Founding Member of ‘Wildseed’ Geoff Zenner and the Multi-Instrumentalist and owner of Songcave Studios in Lawson NSW Eliot Reynolds.
Recently I have been gigging acoustically with guitarists Steve England and David J Bull, as well as performing with a Country Rock band and have just recently released my second solo Album ‘Leather Holster’, which I wrote and recorded with David J Bull. The album was recorded by Geoff Zenner with the help of David J Bull, Johnny Hayes and a few other guest musicians. Leather Holster is now available on itunes and CD. Yet to be officially released and unveiled to the world this album is my proudest achievement to date and something I am very excited about.
At the age of just 24, Ryan has been educated by Jen O’Donnell in Mansfield for over 7 years, and also by the David Jaanz Academy of Singing in Melbourne. Ryan was accepted into the Country Music Association of Australia’s annual and prestigious Academy of Country Music in 2012, where he was under the instruction of some of Australia’s biggest names such as David & Merelyn Carter, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett & Tamara Stewart. It is there where Ryan really began to hone his craft as a performer.
2015 was a big year for Ryan, having released his debut EP 'Dreams', which features numerous tracks co-written by some of Australia’s finest award winning songwriters including Drew McAlister, Karl Broadie & Tamara Stewart. Released on the 29th of May, 2015, the EP shot straight up the national iTunes country charts to #42. Here’s to the future, and for a fresh, new face to be unleashed onto the Australian music industry.
Their fifth album was released in 2014 and was recorded in Nashville entitled “You Made me Stronger”, and throughout 2015/2016, the duo have been touring to support their single releases from that album.
“Fifty Bucks and a Case of Beer” was voted in the Top 10 best songs of 2015 of most radio stations posting National Charts. It gained #1 position for six weeks in the Australian Country Tracks Chart Top 40. The duo returned to Nashville in 2015 and recorded their sixth self-penned album which will be released in 2016.
This duo deliver an above and beyond live performance experience with their expertly crafted mix of alternative and contemporary country music, with plenty of old favourites to keep punters satisfied. They are true masters of their craft.
The duo's many accolades include the Darryl Kirkup award from TSA, two Canberra Country Music song writing awards, finalist in the Australian Country People's Choice Awards for 2013-2015 and the converted Gold Medallion Media Award in 2015, for New Talent of the Year, and winners of the SCALA/FOOM Award, audio/open division for their song “You Made me Stronger” which was described by the Judges as a “brilliant original Master Piece.”
Performed at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2015/2016; Pier to Plate Festival 2015, Bonnie Doon Music Festival, Dubbo Country Music Festival 2015, Tamworth “Hats Off” Country Music Festival, Glenn Innes High Country Music Festival, Dog Town Hobsons Bay Festival, Purrumbeete Good Friday Appeal, various corporate events including recent Tasmanian Tour. (Devonport RSL, Dover RSL, Smithton RSL etc.)