“WILD & FREE” NEW ALBUM FROM VANESSA DELAINE

“Wild & Free” new album from Vanessa Delaine out now!

“Wild & Free” the new album from New Zealand/Australian singer-songwriter Vanessa Delaine highlights the talents of herself & guitarist Michael Barnard. The duo also recorded the majority of tracks on Vanessa’s 2015 album “Runaway” and have been performing live together for over two years. A number of the tracks on “Runaway” were winners at the 2017 Akademia Music Awards, where excellence in music is recognised throughout the world. Awards included Best Country Song – ‘Runaway’, Best Country/Blues Song – ‘Long Gone’ and Best Blues Song – ‘Moon Blues’.

“Wild & Free”, a country-blues album features 12 original tracks and were all specifically penned by Vanessa for this release with the exception of ‘Good Advice’ – written in 1995. The album was born after the songstress walked out of an 18-year relationship. Vanessa recalls, “For the first time in years I was feeling renewed enthusiasm and passion for my life. I was enjoying the sense of newly found freedom and I wanted to express this in my music.”

The album was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Michael Carpenter of Sydney’s Love Hz Studios. Over the course of five days, 12 songs were recorded together with a music video. After hearing the final product, listeners would be none the wiser that Vanessa was battling the flu during the recording. Backing vocals were added to the outro of ‘Live For Today’ by none other than Ella Sunde & Tiahn Barnard, Vanessa and Michael’s daughters, respectively. Check out the music video here: http://bit.ly/VanessaLiveForToday

After those five days the album was left in the very capable hands of Michael Carpenter who then added drums, bass, banjo, dobro, keyboards to name just a few instruments to finish off the collection. Vanessa relished in the recording process, “Michael is a great producer, tweaking little aspects of the songs. He suggested we repeat a bridge here and there; and to rewrite certain lyrics and definitely took the songs to a whole new level. Michael certainly brought out the best guitar playing in Mike (Barnard) and the best vocals from me. It was an absolute pleasure recording with him.”

First single, ‘Rainy Day’, was penned on a scorching hot day when Vanessa was craving a bit of reprieve from the harsh Australian summer. A few days later, as she watched an amazing storm come through, ‘The Storm’ was written. ‘Wild Wind Blows’ is a song about being free to go where ever your heart leads you and it was intended to rock. ‘Wild Child’ is a classic reminiscing/love song and was a lot of fun to write. The last song to be written was ‘Live For Today’ which Vanessa wrote to cheer herself up and it captures the essence of how much we all crave freedom and wanting to be accepted for who we are.

Vanessa and her guitarist Michael met while she was teaching piano, singing and guitar at Baranduda (VIC) Community Centre when Mike’s son Callum started piano lessons. Mike would come along and play guitar during Callum’s lessons and on the third visit Vanessa asked if Mike was playing live for anyone… and the duo have been performing together ever since.

Born in New Zealand, to Australian parents, Vanessa spent most of her childhood in a small country town Darfield, on the outskirts of Christchurch. She has since lived in Hastings NZ, Auckland NZ, Sydney and Melbourne before moving to Wodonga VIC six years ago and recently becoming a legal Aussie.

Growing up with a musician father Vanessa was always around music. ‘It was a natural thing for me to sing and play guitar and write songs’ she says. Vanessa had some lessons during school on guitar, piano, violin and vocals and she also enjoyed being part of the choir, every school musical throughout her schooling life, and could be found performing at local Country Music Clubs every week and regularly getting up to sing with her Dad. By the age of 16 Vanessa was singing in pubs and was part of a small regional NSW tour with her Dad.

She really enjoyed playing in the local music scene in Sydney her early 20’s until a car accident resulting in a back injury at 24 briefly stalled her music career but with music as her motivation Vanessa was in the recording studio nine months later recording her debut EP “One Girl Band”. The EP features two tracks written by Vanessa’s father, who died suddenly a week after they were recorded. One of the EP tracks, ‘While The Music Plays’ was written when Vanessa returned from the funeral in Christchurch New Zealand. This track was the first single from the EP & launched at 1996 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The 1996 Tamworth Country Music Festival saw Vanessa come in the Top 5 for Female Vocal in Capital Country National Talent Quest where she the only entrant to perform an original song and finalist at The Tamworth Services Club.  ’While The Music Plays’ was a finalist in The International Black Opal Song-writing Competition. Her EP ‘One Girl Band’ went on to win six song-writing awards from Music Festivals around Australasia including; NZ Gold Guitar Awards, Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards and Bundaberg Country Music Festival.

Feeling buoyed by the success of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Vanessa went on to do a ‘Certificate Of Contemporary Music Performance’ which covered performing and writing songs in Country, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Reggae and Funk genres and performed regularly in the Auckland music scene for quite a few years following this. Vanessa took a seven-year break, got married and had children. Vanessa credits her 40th birthday party for her return to music. Accompanied by her guitarist-neighbour she performed for her party guests and received countless compliments.

Vanessa is currently in planning mode with preparations for an album launch in Albury in November and a tour kicking off in January 2018 at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. When asked about her upcoming release, Vanessa says, “I am so proud of the album and really delighted with the work we did in the studio; I think it’s my best work so far. I’m thrilled that we have captured the essence of every single song and think it will really be an album that people will love.”

“Wild & Free” is out now

Available on iTunes, GooglePlay & VanessaDelaine.com

First single, ‘Rainy Day’ was released in August, 2017

 

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MISSY LANCASTER RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘FORGET’

‘Forget’ has been serviced to radio today (25/08/2017) via Play MPE/Sony Music

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WATCH THE VIDEO ‘FORGET’ HERE

It is with great excitement that emerging singer/songwriter Missy Lancaster releases her brand new single ‘Forget’ through Sony Music Entertainment Australia today.

‘Forget’ is co-written and produced by highly sought-after Nashville writer/producer Josh Kerr – a writer on the recent #1 US hit single ‘My Girl’ by Dylan Scott and the Kelsea Ballerini hits ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ and ‘Dibs.’

Missy was signed to Sony Music following the successful release of her independent EP last year, which included the popular tracks ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ and ‘Back Row’. She went on to be voted a Top 5 finalist at the CMC Music Awards for New Australian Artist of the Year in March this year.

Missy speaks to a generation that is less about categorisation and labels and more about strong, relatable messages and unique creative expression. She describes ‘Forget’ as a big-hearted lyrical tale that incorporates “a rap style to the verse with a big country-rock sounding chorus.”

Missy has spent a considerable amount of time in Nashville in the last 12 months writing songs and developing her sound in the studio with Kerr and award-winning Nashville based Australian producer Lindsay Rimes (LOCASH, The McClymonts).

‘Forget’ is available now and is the first single from Missy’s forthcoming debut album,
which will be released in 2018.

 

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NEW MUSIC: KYLIE RYAN ‘GOT ME IN’

Kylie Ryan was born in Inverell NSW, has lived in Wagga Wagga NSW, Chiang Mai Thailand & now resides in Western Sydney. Kylie remembers from a very young age being distinctly drawn to her parents’ and aunt/uncles’ LP collections full of Queen, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. However, she credits her uncle with establishing her love of country music.

It is this musical influence that now reflects Kylie’s own brand of country music – she was introduced to music when there weren’t as many genres or classifications, good music was good music. Nowadays Kylie also enjoys listening to several of the big names currently topping the US charts including Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum as well as home grown Aussie artists The McClymonts, McAlister Kemp, Amber Lawrence and Adam Brand.

The singer-songwriter put her dreams of a professional country music career on hold after falling pregnant at a young age and decided that the life of a performer was not ideal as a single mum. Now a wife, mother of two and stepmother of three grown kids, completed studies in music theory performance from WSI Entertainment (Western Sydney TAFE) plus experience fronting bands and as a solo performer, Kylie is ready for her music career.

‘Got Me In’ is Kylie’s debut single, the first from her upcoming EP “Dream Chaser” (to be released later this year) and is 100% self-penned. Kylie can attest to the fact that inspiration can strike anywhere after writing the majority of this track in the shower! With the opening line, “You hit me like warm water on ice cold skin”, it all makes sense. The song explores the feelings and thoughts we have at the beginning of a new relationship, while we enjoy that feeling, as we get older and have had our hearts broken a few times, we also know there’s a chance that it might not last.

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KRISTY JAMES RETURNS FROM THE USA AND FINALISES NEW EP

Newcastle-based artist Kristy James recently returned from a trip to the USA which included stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and of course Nashville. Visiting the American country music capital has long been on Kristy’s dream travel itinerary. While this was a holiday with husband/guitarist Luke Davis, Kristy also included time to work on her new EP due for release later this year.

The award-winning country artist caught up with fellow Aussie now based Stateside Katrina Burgoyne and USA native Gina Venier for songwriting sessions plus spent time with one of the world’s best vocal coaches James Lugo (American Idol, Glee) – while Kristy is a singing teacher by day, she recognises the value in constantly working on her craft and learning new techniques.

Kristy went over with the intentions of finding the new perfect writing partner eventually settling on a new GS mini travel guitar. The holiday of a lifetime created much inspiration for the new material which will come to life on the new EP.

Kristy’s current single, ‘Push’ is at radio now

‘Push’ peaked at #9 on both Country Tracks Top 40 and KIX Country Hottest 20

 

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TRAVIS COLLINS “HITS AND OTHER BITS” @ ROOTY HILL RSL – JUNE 2ND

On the back of a hugely successful 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival which earned TRAVIS COLLINS a sell-out show and three Golden Guitars – ‘Single of the Year’ (Just Another Girl), ‘Song of the Year’ (Call Me Crazy), and the coveted ‘Male Artist of the Year’ (for the album Hard Light) Total Country is proud to have him back and we are ready for a massive night. You may have seen Travis before but not like this…

‘’I’m very excited about this… my ‘Hits and Other Bits’ show is very different from anything I’ve ever done” says Travis. “Recently, I’ve had opportunities to connect and really listen to my fans and what their favourite songs of mine have been – across all five albums… Whilst it’s often all about the ‘hits and latest releases, I’ve been blown away to learn just how many people also want to hear the more ‘hidden’ tracks, never released to radio or CMC. I’ve been extremely moved by this and wanted to find a way to include these ‘fan favourites’ into a show, without having to remove other songs to fit them – That was the challenge”.

“The idea arose for me to play my own support set, featuring all these fan favourites that have never made it to the touring show before… You know, the ones that only usually come out around campfire singalongs, house parties, and band jam sessions. So, that’s what I’ll be doing on Friday 2nd June – We’re still gonna give a hot and sweaty, high energy, full and electric band show where I’ll play ALL the ‘hits’, but I’ll also be my own support act before that and revive a lot of the missing favourites. I can’t wait… It’s gonna be wild”

 

Rooty Hill RSL, Friday 2nd June

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NEW MUSIC: DARREN COGGAN “THE WIDE HORIZON”

The wide horizon, a scope of perception, knowledge, an understanding of new possibilities, fresh starts and second chances. Indeed, the horizon has never been wider for one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse artists, Darren Coggan, with the release of his new studio album, “The Wide Horizon” – out now.

In the time since his last offering, the intensely personal and Golden Guitar winning album, “War Stories”, Darren has been tirelessly lapping the continent with his critically acclaimed theatre show Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story, playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations in the most prestigious venues across Australia & New Zealand including The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Darren Coggan is a masterful storyteller with a knack of weaving fascinating and perceptive tales through his songs. “The Wide Horizon” encapsulates Darren at his very best with songs that will truly engage your spirit. Produced by Ben Edgar (guitarist for Missy Higgins, Goyte, Passenger, Angus & Julia Stone) and recorded in Melbourne, the album features a cast of Australia’s finest musicians who have woven their own distinctive style around Darren’s melodies and lyrics.

The optimistic title track sets the scene for a spirited ride through a landscape that is uniquely Australian and unmistakably, Darren Coggan. “The Wide Horizon” speaks of escaping the day to day grind and searching for new beginnings, embracing the empowering energy of the here and now to dull down the harsh reality that one day, we will look up from our phones and life will have passed us by.

On the eve of the album’s release, Darren added another trophy to his mantle when he took home the coveted ‘Male Artist Of The Year’ for the second consecutive year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards held in Glen Innes on Saturday May 6.

Darren won the award for his stirring song ‘Scotland’, taken from his stunning new album, “The Wide Horizon”. ‘Scotland’ traces Darren’s Celtic roots and tells the story of John Fletcher, a proud young Scot who left his home in Glenbuchat, Scotland, and migrated to the New England highlands of NSW, settling in Glen Innes, where Darren would eventually be born.

Darren, who can be seen on the Network 7 lifestyle program ‘Sydney Weekender’, is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed portrait of Cat Stevens in ‘Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story’. ‘Peace Train’ continues to inspire this year, playing across Australia to standing ovations. In September, Darren will embark on a three-week theatre tour of the UK with ‘Peace Train’, affording him the opportunity to re-visit his ancestral home of Scotland to raise a wee dram in celebration of his successful song.

 

Darren’s newly released, and now, award winning album, “The Wide Horizon”,

is available via Darren’s WEBSITE, iTunes & GooglePlay.

First single/title track is now at radio via CRS Publicity #198, track #1
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TONY COOK ‘LAIDBACK COUNTRY’ MUSIC VIDEO

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(Music video featuring Tony Cook with State & Federal MPs Shane Knuth & Bob Katter)

 

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‘Laidback Country’ the new music video from Tony Cook was produced by the award-winning team at The Filmery and features Federal/State MPs Bob Katter and Shane Knuth. Shot in Charters Towers Queensland, the track is a dedication to Tony’s beloved hometown.

‘Laidback Country’ is out now via Amrap & KrisKat Publicity

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JACKIE DEE UPDATE – MARCH 2017

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Helensburgh NSW based artist Jackie Dee began 2017 by launching her single, ‘Contemplating Life’ at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – the launch doubled as a preview for her third studio album “Six String Heart” released in February.

The single’s accompanying music video was produced by Josh Favaloro of The Filmery at the reportedly haunted Old Railway Tunnel in Jackie’s hometown and has been viewed more than 18,000 times on Facebook alone. It’s a philosophical track with an uplifting message about taking care of each other particularly with the negativity we hear, read and see about each day in the news. WATCH HERE

On its release, ‘Contemplating Life’ enjoyed two weeks on the Amrap Regional Chart and peaked at #9 – this is a weekly top ten list of the singles most ordered for airplay from Amrap’s AirIt, community radio’s exclusive Australian music catalogue. 15,000 new Australian tracks are showcased on AirIt, with dozens added every week so it’s hard to crack the Amrap Charts. Past Amrap Chart entries include Troy Cassar-Daley & Kasey Chambers.

More recently the album’s lead single is sitting at #34 on the Country Tracks Top 40 chart for its second week.

 

‘Contemplating Life’ is out now via Amrap & KrisKat Publicity 

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“Six String Heart” is out now via Checked Label Services

 

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“COUNTRY ROCKS” THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW

"Country Rocks" Sydney Royal Easter Show

“Country Rocks” Sydney Royal Easter Show

In a Sydney-first, Country Rocks comes to the Sydney Royal Easter Show! Country Rocks (the brainchild of Mick Bond, lead singer of country rock band, BREWN) aims to provide a service for artists, venues and the fans of country rock that is mutually beneficial for all parties. The Country Rocks touring banner has showcased the likes of James Blundell, Drew McAlister, Christie Lamb, 8 Ball Aitken, Tori Darke, Ben Ransom, Hayley Marsten, Brewn, Chris Staff & Rhiannon Cooke all over Australia.

Most recently Country Rocks presented ‘Beyond The Blaze’ raising much needed funds for those affected by the devastating fires of Carwoola & Queanbeyan ACT. The fundraising concert at the Royal Hotel Bungendore featuring James Blundell, Brewn, Tori Darke & Ben Ransom raised almost $14,500!

Country Rocks comes to the Royal Easter Show with James Blundell, Brewn, Drew McAlister & Tori Darke next month – April 14th & 15th. Easter Show tickets for those dates will allow you entry into the Country Rocks show.

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