Allan Caswell
At the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival Allan Caswell was inducted into the prestigious Galaxy Of Stars. It was recognition for the huge contribution he has made to Australian Country Music as a songwriter, performer, record producer and author. To see his plaque alongside the Dustys, Casser Dalys and Kernaghans was a sobering experience “I was the only one I hadn’t heard of”
Caswell is one of Australia’s most recorded songwriters with well over 700 of his songs being released around the world by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, Patti Page, The Irish Rovers, The Living End, Slim Dusty, Barry Humphries, Ricki May, James Blundell, Jasmine Rae, McAlister Kemp, Graeme Connors, The Wolfe Brothers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Chad Morgan, Lynne Hamilton, The Delltones, Beccy Cole, The Wolfe Brothers, Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Jade Hurley and Ella Hooper among dozens of others.
Caswell has also built a big reputation as a writer of children’s songs as, among other projects, the co-writer and co-producer of the hugely successful Don Spencer albums.
In 1979 Caswell wrote the theme for the Australian television series “Prisoner” (Cell Block H in England) … “On The Inside” was a number 1 hit in Australia and New Zealand in 1979 and later reached number 3 in the UK and the Patti Page version made the country charts in the USA. After the success of “On The Inside” he went fulltime and has made a living writing and performing ever since. Recently rising star Seleen McAlister took the song to Number 1 on the Australian Country charts.
Caswell’s performing career has taken him to virtually every town in NSW to every state of Australia, New Zealand, LA, New York, Nashville, East Timor, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
A glittering career in Country Music in Australia has netted Caswell 7 Golden Guitars  (Country Music Awards Of Australia) from 37 finalist nominations … he has also been awarded 12 songwriting Awards from the Tamworth Songwriters Association, including The Songmaker Award … a virtual Hall Of Fame for country songwriters. He has won 9 Awards at the Independent Country Music Awards (Southern Stars) including Album Of The Year for his last 3 albums. In the last 6 years there has been hardly a week when there hasn’t been at least one song (often 2 or 3) on the Australian Country charts. He is the go to cowriter for many of Australia’s top country artists.
At the 2016 Southern Star Awards, Caswell won an unprecedented 5 Awards … Heritage, Single, Male Artist and Album of the Year … and the coveted Australian Independent Artist Of The Year.
At a recent Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards Allan won the National Legend Award. Caswell was named a 2-time finalist in the 2018 Golden Guitars and now again in 2019.
The Tony Q Band
The Tony Q Band is Australia's answer to Brothers Osbourne. A band that has its roots set in country with a good dose of rock. A band that will not just have the party jumping but will leave you wanting more!
In the last year, apart from being a regular band at Johnny Ringo’s, the boys closed out the Warwick Rodeo to a packed house and joined names such as Kip Moore, Jessica Mauboy, Lee Brice, James Blundell, John Williamson and The Black Sorrows at Winton’s ‘Way Out West Festival’.
Since 2016, the band have made a massive impact on the South East Queensland country music scene and have developed a very strong following nationwide. Their debut album, "Road to Nowhere", peaked behind Keith Urban’s “Ripcord” on the iTunes Country album charts at number 2. The title track also placed 4th in the ASA awards in 2017 in the country category and they were most recently grand finalists at The Gympie Muster talent search.
Each member of the band have at least 15 years experience behind them; performing on stages from The Gympie Music Muster and all the way to the sands of Afghanistan.
The Tony Q Band have been quoted as one of the tightest country rock bands in Australia and that they don't just perform, they put on an energetic show that will have you dancing, singing and partying until the sun comes up.​
Mark Shay
Mark Shay was born in the O.C. of California, USA before his parents moved the family, at first, to N.Z. and later to Australia. Raised with a wide variety of musical influences from Dolly Parton to Elvis to Mozart, he soon found himself in piano lessons learning classical music at an early age.With such a strong surrounding of Rock ’n’ Roll and Country Music, Mark Shay was soon looking for a musical identity of his own which he found in the likes of Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, and Prince to name a few.
At the age of 11 he stumbled onto a video clip of a young Glam Band named Poison with the song “Talk Dirty To Me” and his fascination with the humble guitar began.
 Mark Shay spent the next few years teaching himself how to play the guitar and from the age of 15, he even began to teach others how to play. Along the way of developing his craft he also taught himself how to play the Bass Guitar, Banjo, Cello, Drums, and Violin among other instruments.Being the rebellious teenager, Mark Shay’s musical tastes began to lean towards the guitar dominated Hard Rock / Heavy Metal genre where he became influenced by the likes of Poison, Skid Row, etc.
At the age of 14, Mark Shay found himself playing for local bands / artists at pubs and clubs in Sydney and surrounding areas. With the help of Karaoke, he began to work on a very undeveloped voice. As his vocal ability began to improve Mark Shay used Karaoke competitions to fine-tune his performing skills and was soon finding himself not only placing in competitions, but winning them outright.
Although he started his songwriting at the age of 12, the maturity in the music did not start to show and develop until his later teens. 
Frustrated with being unable to secure a record deal, and after going under different stage names, Mark Shay finally had a little success under the name Shy-Michel with his heavy metal song called “Wake Up” which he released via the internet. (Pre Social Media)
Throughout the years, Mark Shay’s musical taste had remained very eclectic, as he listened to the likes of Marilyn Manson, Christina Aguilera, Sebastian Bach, Shania Twain, Motley Crue, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eminem, Michelle Branch and so on.
But it was at a Line Dancing class that he attended where he heard Keith Urban for the first time.
Soon after being exposed to the music of Keith Urban, Mark Shay started to discover others who were reinventing the sound and image of the country music scene that he was raised with.
Mark Shay soon found himself being drawn back to Country Music. It wasn’t long before the influence began to reappear in his songwriting. And it was soon after that where he found himself performing to crowds that were dominated by country music fans.
The diversity in Mark Shay’s musical influences leads to the unorthodox approach he takes with his songwriting, playing, and performing, which has been enthusiastically received by his Fans who continue to grow with each step in his career.
Out of all Mark Shay’s accolades, the award he is most proud of came in 2011 where he was announced the Peoples Choice Best Male Performer at the Canberra Country Music Festival. Having a Top 40 album under his belt, as well as a number of Top 10 singles both in Australia and Internationally, and years of experience to drawl from, Mark Shay’s career continues to grow.
His career has led him to perform across half of Australia, from NT down to VIC, and he continues to do so playing both small and large venues and festivals.
Currently based out of the Hunter Valley, NSW, he continues to aspire to one day have his own name immortalised with those who have, and are still pioneering and reinventing the term “Country Rock”.
Mark Shay just wants to stay true to himself.
“If I can blend the simplicity and honesty of Country, with the passion and excitement of Rock… and do it well… Then what more could I ask for.”
Cameron Cusack
Cameron Cusack is a Melbourne born Contemporary Country artist. Merimbula New South Wales raised, Cusack was born into a musical family. Cameron's musical gene ...came from his Great Grandfather 'Foster Deefholts', Lead Guitarist of Grammy Award Winning Indian Band 'Garney Nyss & The Aloha Boys'.
Now Cairns Far North Queensland based, the 25yr old Singer/Songwriter began his professional music career with his first release Debut Ep, 'Cars & Guitars' in 2012. With hit single "Hot Rod Town' proudly written for Cusack by his mentor Troy Cassar-Daley, reaching number #2 on the Great Southern Charts. 2013 Cameron Cusack toured 'Cars & Guitars' with Troy Cassar-Daley on the 'Home' tour as supporting artist.
2015 Cameron released hit single 'Endless Summer' which reached Number #10 on the top 20 most downloaded country tracks of September 2017.
Now through Checked Label Services & Universal Music distribution, Cameron Cusack is set to release his second studio album 'Postcards To Marli' in 2018.
Cameron Cusack is very active in his non-profit organization 'Making a Difference, Making Music', in 2018 with a team they will teach under privileged children in war torn third world countries. Cusack is also very active in the Free West Papua Campaign, donating his time to raise awareness of the genocide happening to the people of West Papua, organizing successful charity global peace concerts, 'Rockin' For West Papua'.
Two time Toyota Star Maker Finalist (2011/2013) tours with his Cairns based band with warm energetic shows and Island sounds from highly remote parts of Australia to big cities and Internationally.​
Jase Lansky is an Australian independent country rock artist, singer and songwriter. From being raised in the southern parts of Tasmania Jase has developed his own style of country music over a number of years of performing and writing songs. He has played everywhere between Hobart and Hamilton Island, and internationally from Bali to Nashville. 
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. 

Whiskey Business
With recent shows alongside some of Australias favourite Country Music Artists, such asCatherine Britt, The Viper Creek Band, Ben Ransom and Hurricane Fall. Taking Tamworth by storm in 2016 and the upcoming 2017, finalists in the 2016 Gympie Talent Search, Headlining the new Country Music Jamboree in Hobart, TAS in March, 2017 and a recent reshuffle of Team Members. Whiskey Business has now taken shape to becoming one of Australia’s Favourite Original Bands.
The Collaboration of these 5 Artists has become an Entertainment Force to be reckoned with. Having the ability to provide up to 4 part harmonies with an influence of Country, Rock & Blues, blended together to bring you songs from Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Pat Benetar, The Divinyls, The Zac Brown Band and a lot of your favourite new and old chart topping artists, as well as throwing in Original tunes of their own into the mix. So for authentic & lively Country Covers & a touch of Individuality, Whiskey Business are​ available for any type of function you can dream up.
Kerry Kennedy
Kerry hails from Dalby, a small country town in Queensland, and his rich vocals and polished presentation of original and popular country/rock music has been selling out shows since 1989.
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.​
Graham Howle
Graham is a singer / Songwriter from Mackay in Queensland. He enjoys the uninhibited life of song writing about the “Real Things” around us. “ I don’t go looking for a song, they come knocking on my door and I just start to write”.
Graham was raised on Beef and Dairy farms on the NSW North Coast working with cattle and horses and then moved to Tamworth where he enjoyed “hanging out in the bush” camping and getting away from the fast lane. His kids always wanted him to take his writing and singing further but it was not until he moved to Mackay about 7 years ago that Graham began to write and the music started to fall into place.
He has enjoyed various writing awards and has just released his debut album “Man with a Story” with Producer Robert Mackay from Pacific International Music arranging Graham’s 12 original songs.
Graham believes lyrics and melody should should gain and hold the attention of the listener. “If they don’t then the song is not good enough”.
Graham was nominated for the 2016 ‘Rising Star’ for the Southern Stars Independent Music Awards in Mildura.
Some of Graham’s other accolades include:
2013 – Semi Finalist Maton Talent search Gympie Muster (All Original Music)
2014 – Pioneer Valley CMF Overall Winner & recipient of CMAA Scholarship for 2015. (All Original Music)
2014 – Queensland Country Music Champion of Champions Overall winner. (All Original Music)
2015 – Graduated from the Tamworth Country Music Academy of Australia (CMAA)
2015 – Received the Trans Tasman “Most Outstanding Original Song” at Norfolk Island with “Drover and the Brumby”
2015 - 3rd place in the Australia Category of the Australian Song Writing Awards (ASA)
2016 – Seven Semi Final and Two Final songs in the Tamworth Song Writing Awards (TSA)
Justin Standley is a multi-award winning Australian country singer-songwriter.  Justin shot to national prominence late 2012 after appearing as a Top 12 Finalist on the X Factor on a quest to find his missing children. 
Since then, Justin has proven to be a popular festival and club performer, touring regularly across Australia and overseas.  Justin is known for his distinctive voice, impressive vocal range, song-writing, yodelling, Indigenous songs, comedy songs and beautiful ballads. 
In late 2013, Justin’s debut album, A Father’s Love, earned him Best Country Male Vocalist (Qld) and Listener’s Choice Award (nationally), at the Gold Medallion Media Awards.   
In 2014, Justin co-produced a highly successful charity album, Hope Lives Here, for Relay for Life and the Queensland Cancer Council.
In 2015, Justin’s Red Light EP, produced by Rob Mackay, spawned two top 10 hits in the CMR charts: Return of the Stockman and Hard Easy, an original composition which reached no.1 on the chart and also won Justin the APRA/TSA New Songwriter of the Year.  In the same year, Justin also won Comedy Song of the Year in the SongsAlive Australian song-writing competition.
Justin’s 2nd album, Hold On To Love, produced by Matt Fell, is due for release in 2016.  The first single from the album, Man Gone Missing, entered the CMR charts at no.5, giving Justin his 3rd consecutive top 10 hit in 2015. In late January 2016, Justin had 3 songs in the top 5 of the CMR charts.   His second single from the Hold On To Love album, 100 Droving Days, quickly soared to the no.1 position on the CMR charts in February 2016. 
Other achievements include: winning Queensland Champion of Champions 2012; being named Most Promising Country Music Entertainer, Trans-Tasman Entertainer Awards 2013; and winning the Independent Country Music Awards (Tamworth) Most Popular Balladeer in January 2016.
Guy Sebastian summed it best when he remarked, “I believe that in the country scene Justin has the whole package.”

Rhiannon Cooke

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.

James Stewart Keene
It’s been almost three years since Wollongong’s JAMES STEWART KEENE released his debut album The Navigator in early 2014.  At the time, Jon Wolfe from Country Music Capital News magazine described James “as a name to be reckoned with in the future”.  The self-produced and recorded album featured some good songs (Bottom of The Barrel gave him his first radio hit) and was a decent introduction to his sound. 
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….
Brad Marks is a 24 year old male living in the southern highlands of New South Wales. He is a graduate of the 2014 Academy of Country Music which saw him being asked by Golden Guitar winner Amber Lawrence to become an Ambassador for Walk Of Life. Since his graduation Brad has worked a number of performances in Tamworth both acoustically and with his band returning in 2015 and 2016 to do so. In Tamworth he has supported Amber Lawrence, Margie May Hockey, Peter Denahy, Forever Road, Troy Kemp and Luke O’Shea at their invitation as well as performing in the Country Goes Pink and Lifeline concerts.
 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.
Brett Clarke
Country singer/songwriter Brett Clarke started his musical journey in early 2003 overcoming his fear of stage fright with the help of Country Music Capital’s Kim Adams of Kim’s Karaoke where his musical dreams of becoming a fulltime singer finally began.
In 2005, Brett toured Australia with The Brian Young Show, along with 2006 Toyota Star Maker winner Cat Southern, 2005 Nashville song search winner Shandell Tosoni and Golden Guitar nominee and award winning songwriter Wayne Law. The Brian Young Show was a four-month tour of the Australian outback, entertaining aboriginal communities and rural towns throughout Australia.
While on tour, Brett wrote his first song, Moving On, with the help of Micah Reimers, the show’s bass player.
I learnt so much from all the amazing people I toured with, from songwriting tips, guitar chords and singing advice. It was just amazing, one of the best experiences of my life that I’ll never forget.”
Brett was born in Armidale, NSW, on November 11, 1985, and grew-up on a property at Rocky River (on the outskirts of Uralla) with younger sister Rebecca and three older brothers, Dwayne, Mathew and Justin. In 1994, Brett and sister Rebecca, with their mother Christine, moved for a short time into Uralla.
In 1995 the family moved out west to the opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge, NSW, where his father Darrell “chased a fortune underground”. In late 2001, Brett’s parents separated with his mother Christine deciding Tamworth was the place to start a new life.
Brett soon joined the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) musical workshops held monthly at The Pub but his fear of the stage initially held him back from singing.
The Telstra Road to Tamworth (talent search) discovered Brett in 2006 in Dubbo. He won the heat and $1000 towards his career and media promotion. Brett went on to sing in the finals of Telstra Road to Tamworth during the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
In January 2007, Brett graduated from the Country Music Association of Australia College of Country Music where he wrote a heartfelt song Standing Back – an emotional journey about his stage fright and hidden talent. He considers the writing of this song to be one of his career highlights.
In 2008, Brett recorded a demo with Phil Emmanuel at Mother Mountain Music Studios in Gympie, Queensland, before moving back to his home town of Tamworth.
In March 2009, Brett auditioned for Australian Idol in Tamworth and was one of five making it through to the judging round in Sydney where he faced Marcia Hines, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Kyle Sandilands and Delta Goodrem and ultimately achieved a Top 130 placing.
Brett gained a position in the Top 48 on the much anticipated new series The Voice Australia in 2012 where he performed the Keith Urban hit Making Memories Of Us in the blind audition.  “It was a nerve-wracking time singing a Keith song,” Brett says, “especially considering Keith was one of the judges and my Idol.”
With great hope and to Brett’s surprise, Keith turned his judge’s chair for him, seconds into his performance. The smile that followed spoke volumes of how Brett felt at that moment. He went into the competition and was mentored by Keith. Throughout Brett’s time on The Voice, Keith would say: "You do this amazing, crazy thing with your voice that people would kill to have. You give me goose-bumps when you sing, Brett.”
Though Brett eventually lost the “battle round” to Darren Percival, he gained so much in his time with Keith. It is an experience and time he will never forget and will carry with him wherever his country road leads.
Today, Brett is focusing on a full-time career in country music and is working hard to follow his dream and achieve his goals.
Kelly Cork
Singer songwriter Kelly Cork of Maleny, Qld is best-known for his work with The Rain and As The Crow Flies, the latter a trio which had a lengthy residency at Maleny venue Finbars.
 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 name is Chantell Alexi, I am a Singer/Songwriter from Sydney. My passion for Music began at a very young age. Inspired by music from the 60's and 70's such as Heart, Led-Zeppelin, Suzi Quatro, Free/Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd, I decided very early on that I wanted to be a Singer.
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. 
Ryan Daykin
Growing up in Mansfield, Victoria and still residing there to this day, Ryan Daykin is a familiar face in his hometown – known for his outstandingly social nature, wicked sense of humour and his unique & emotive singing voice & musical style. Ryan only performed in public for the first time in 2007, and since then has been a regular performer around Mansfield & the High Country of Victoria, appearing at many events around the district. Ryan has built a strong local fan base and following, who have proved extremely loyal in following his musical development.
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.
Ashie Noey
Ashie Noey is a young, up and coming country singer with big dreams to share her music with the world and leave her boot prints all over town.
Music has always been a big part of Ashie’s life, drawing early influence from her Nan who was also a singer and is her biggest inspiration.
Carrie Underwood, The McClymonts, Cam and Raelynn are also big musical influences for the 20-year-old Singer-Songwriter from Western Sydney.
From her early years Ashie was very involved in all her school musicals and had lead roles in both Romeo and Juliet and Gangster paradise. She was also selected to sing the American Anthem in front of the American Leadership Ambassador.
Helping others through her music is very important to Ashie, who has directed several drama/singing workshops at Rooty Hill Primary/High and also volunteers her time and helps raise funds for Children’s Cancer.
Ashie has had a lot of experience competing in talent quests throughout NSW. She was also named the winner at the Rooty Hill Oscars with her acting performance (comedy/satire).
Selected in the top 10% from 1600 entries, Ashie was invited to perform at the famous Hard Rock Café in Sydney as a part of the “I want to be famous” showcase for emerging talent.
She has also performed at many western Sydney shows including the Blacktown, Penrith and Hawkesbury show and had a solo residency at Vickie’s café in Minchinbury, Sydney.
Ashie has embraced every opportunity to learn about the music business and has appeared in Taylor Henderson’s “Brighter Days” Video clip as well as Amber Lawrences video clip for
“I Will Love You”. These experiences have inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry.  
Ashie is a self-taught guitarist who picked up the guitar in order to assist her in her song writing and has a book full of song writing ideas she wishes to bring to life.
Following on from her previous single “There for you”, Ashie has recently released her second single "Every Single Sunset" written by Nashville writers Doug Tough and Justin Busch. “Every Single Sunset” then earnt a debut as number 19 on The Australian County Music Tracks Chart and number 15 on The European Top 20 Singles Chart.
Ashie has had a multitude of experience for someone so young and is determined to make her mark in the Country Music industry.
The Long and Short of It are a country music duo from Melbourne whose well rounded country sound consists of smart non-formulaic song writing, honest lyrics and superb harmonies. However, it's their live show that has really seen the duo earn the adoration of fans and critics over the last six years.
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.)

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