Kristen Lane

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Kristen Lane

‘Heaven On Earth’, the latest radio single from Kristen Lane speaks of enjoying every minute of every day and is another song-writing collaboration with musician/song-writer/producer Garth Porter (Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Sara Storer). This is the second single to be lifted from the 2012 Toyota Star Maker finalist’s debut EP, “Loving & Free” which was released on Australia Day 2013.
 

First single, ‘On The Esplanade’ celebrates all the singer-songwriter’s favourite things about the area she grew up in and still calls home. Kristen was born in the NSW small town of Kurri Kurri and is now based in Morpeth while teaching music at Cessnock High School. She has been singing since she was just five years old, in her father’s band at age 11 and touring the country with her sister, Amanda as The Lanesbury Sisters.

The 2013 Country Music Busking Championships finalist is influenced by country music royalty including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willy Nelson and Patsy Cline, Kristen has been blessed to share the stage with many of her peers and Australian country music favourites including Adam Harvey, Felicity Urquhart and The Flood.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristenlanemusic

Website: www.kristenlane.com.au

Michael Edwards

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MICHAEL EDWARDS – HIS NEW BABY

‘His New Baby’, is the debut single from Melbourne based singer Michael Edwards. The track features Hamish Davidson on fiddle and dobro and was produced by Brendan Marolla, producer/musician who has also worked with Ron Sellars and Doug Bruce.

The track was written by Nashville hit-maker Blake Mevis (George Strait, Joe Nichols & Loretta Lynn) and his co-writers Tony Ramey and Lane Turner.  ‘His New Baby’ is the first single to be lifted from Michael’s self-titled EP to be released on July 17th.

Michael is a self-taught musician (drums and guitar) and has always been interested in music – particularly country music from an early age. ”Most of my childhood was spent pretending I was in the spotlight and the lead singer of a very famous country band,” says Michael who grew up listening and admiring Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, George Strait and Elvis Presley.


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Liam Brew

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LIAM BREW – SHE’S GONE

The self-penned ‘She’s Gone’ is the opening single from Liam Brew’s forthcoming album “Faster”. The follow-up to 2009’s debut album “Wild Heart” was produced by Rusty Crook and is set for release on Friday June 28th. Upon the album’s release, Liam joins fellow Toyota Star Maker alumni Travis Collins, Luke Austen and Luke Dickens for the ‘Turn The Page Tour’, performing in NSW and QLD – for full dates TURN THE PAGE TOUR 

Of the upcoming release, Liam says, “It typifies who and what I am as an artist and for the first time features some of my own songs which I’m really excited about. I’m happy that I can now step aside and let the album do the talking. It’s a diverse bunch of songs but I think it’s a great description of the type of stuff I grew up on and the stuff I love playing as an artist, so I hope that shows in the record when people hear it”.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LiamBrewMusic

Website: http://www.liambrew.com.au

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Jacqui Ryan

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JACQUI RYAN ‘HEAVEN FOUND ME’

‘Heaven Found Me’ the latest radio single from Brisbane-based Jacqui Ryan comes from the collection pen of Lyn Bowtell and Rick Neigher and speaks of that intense butterfly feeling you get when you know you’ve met someone special. This is the fourth single to be released off “Break Through” the debut album from the 2004 College Of Country Music graduate.

The linked video clip was shot in Melbourne by Crestway Productions aka Carter & Carter. The clip’s love interest is played by indie English actor Christian Heath and while Jacqui enjoyed the experience she insists there’s plenty of footage for a bloopers reel should she ever need one!

The 2003 QLD Champion Of Champions was introduced to country music by her late grandfather; a big Slim Dusty fan who always loved to hear Jacqui sing ‘Blue’ by LeAnn Rimes. But her family always knew she would be an entertainer, dancing by the age of three and then singing by 12.

Jacqui recently performed at the Urban Country Music Festival and looks forward to supporting The McClymonts on their Acoustic Harmony Tour next week.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JacquiRyanFans

Website: http://www.jacquiryan.com/music

Sally-Anne Whitten

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SALLY-ANNE WHITTEN FINDS ‘MY PLACE IN THE WORLD’

Latest radio single, ‘My Place In The World’ from Sally-Anne Whitten was written by the Tamworth local herself and close friend Allison Forbes. This is a lyrical tale about a musician’s constant struggle between sustaining a “real life” and chasing a career. This career can sometimes seem like a fruitless task, while friends are off playing house with babies, husbands and mortgages, musicians spend every cent on recording, touring and promoting, all in the hope of carving out a name for themselves as an artist.

Sally-Anne philosophises, “The moral to the story is of course, that even though I struggle with it, music is the only true place where I feel like I really belong in the world. So whether I achieve a chart hit or not, it’s something in my blood that I have to do. It’s a family love for music that’s been passed down through the generations. Performing, writing and recording is where I am meant to be… my place in the world”.

When the self-confessed ‘Funky Country’ (a blend of country, rock and blues) artist speaks of ‘a family love’ she’s talking about her dad, Barry Whitten – a guitarist/piano/bass player who taught a young Sally-Anne most of what she knows about music today. As a teenager, he taught her to read and write music and she honed her skills as a backing player – funnily enough as a bass player! From the age of 15 Sally-Anne worked in bands as a session player alongside her dad.

‘My Place In The World’ the second single from “Sell My Soul”, Sally-Anne’s second album release will also have an accompanying video clip released soon. The clip was produced by 171 Entertainment’s Ross Wood who recently produced clips by The Sunny Cowgirls (‘Green And Gold’), Luke O’Shea and Dianna Corcoran (‘New England Sky’) and worked on previous Sally-Anne clips too.

The clip was filmed at the Caipora Alpaca’s property in Duri, 20 minutes outside of Tamworth – the property and beautiful sandstone home of Sally-Anne’s cousin Diane. The songstress felt at home filming at this location, where the home was built by Diane’s stonemason husband Phil and the walls are adorned with pictures and memories of the extended family. Plus on the day of the filming a baby alpaca was born, no doubt a good sign of things to come!

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Website: http://www.sallyannewhitten.com/fr_home.cfm