Country Work of the Year - 2012

Title: Bad Machines
Artist: Shane Nicholson
Writer: Shane Nicholson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Over the course of three solo records, It’s a Movie (2003), Faith and Science (2006) and Familiar Ghosts (2008), Brisbane native Shane Nicholson has embraced a broad musical scope that encompasses rock, pop, folk and country.

Shane met Kasey Chambers when she sang backing vocals on the lead single from It’s a Movie and, the two eventually marrieed and went on to record the highly-acclaimed number one album Rattlin’ Bones. The album went on to win Best Country Album at the 2008 ARIA Awards and scored five Golden Guitar Awards in 2009. Eventually, the album achieved Platinum plus sales.

Shane’s latest album Bad Machines confirms him as one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer songwriters. The album features guest appearances from Kasey, as well as Paul Kelly, Catherine Britt and Matthew Ryan. Bad Machines debuted at number three on the ARIA Country Chart, number four on the Australian Artist Chart and number 29 on the National ARIA Chart.

Previous APRA Music Awards:

  • 2009-Country Work of The Year: Rattlin' Bones (With Kasey Chambers)

www.shanenicholson.com

Title: Beautiful Mess
Artist: Kasey Chambers
Writer: Kasey Chambers
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

“Beautiful Mess” is the second single from Kasey Chambers’ sixth studio album Little Bird, released in September 2010. It debuted at number three on the ARIA Album Charts and number one on the Country Charts. After just five weeks it achieved Gold status and went on to win four Golden Guitars at the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Awards. “Beautiful Mess” was also awarded the Grand Prize for the US-based International Songwriting Competition. Kasey also won the ISC’s Americana Award for “Devil On Your Back” and second prize for ISC Performance category for “Little Bird”.

Kasey is one of Australia’s  most-awarded music artists. She has racked up an impressive 10 APRA Awards and 10 ARIA Music Awards since the release of her first album The Captain in 1999. She has released six studio albums under her own name, The Captain (1999), Barricades and Brickwalls (2001), Wayward Angel (2004), Carnival (2006), Rattlin’ Bones (with Shane Nicholson) (2008) and her latest Little Bird (2010).

Previous APRA Music Awards:

  • 2001 - Most Performed Country Work : The Captain
  • 2002 - Songwriter of the Year
  • 2003 - Song of the Year : Not Pretty Enough
  • 2003 - Most Performed Australian Work : Not Pretty Enough
  • 2003 - Most Performed Country Work : Not Pretty Enough
  • 2005 - Most Performed Country Work : Like A River
  • 2006 - Most Performed Country Work : Pony
  • 2007 - Most Performed Country Work : Nothing At All
  • 2009 - Country Work of The Year : Rattlin' Bones (With Shane Nicholson)
  • 2011 - Country Work of The Year : Little Bird
www.kaseychambers.com

Title: Famous Last Words
Artist: Shane Nicholson
Writer: Shane Nicholson
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Over the course of three solo records, It’s a Movie (2003), Faith and Science (2006) and Familiar Ghosts (2008), Brisbane native Shane Nicholson has embraced a broad musical scope that encompasses rock, pop, folk and country.

Shane met Kasey Chambers when she sang backing vocals on the lead single from It’s a Movie and, the two eventually marrieed and went on to record the highly-acclaimed number one album Rattlin’ Bones. The album went on to win Best Country Album at the 2008 ARIA Awards and scored five Golden Guitar Awards in 2009. Eventually, the album achieved Platinum plus sales.

Shane’s latest album Bad Machines confirms him as one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer songwriters. The album features guest appearances from Kasey, as well as Paul Kelly, Catherine Britt and Matthew Ryan. Bad Machines debuted at number three on the ARIA Country Chart, number four on the Australian Artist Chart and number 29 on the National ARIA Chart.

Shane explains: “This is my first proper look at mortality. It’s about unfinished business, and wanting to be prepared for when the curtain comes down after the final act. It’s a serious premise for a lyric, but it’s all wrapped up in a two-minute slice of musical light-heartedness.”

Previous APRA Music Awards:

  • 2009-Country Work of The Year: Rattlin' Bones (With Kasey Chambers)
Title: Meant To Be
Artist: O'Shea
Writers: Kim Carnes (BMI)* / Mark O’Shea^ / Jay Smith
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd* / J Albert and Son Pty Ltd^

Mr. and Mrs. is the debut album from husband and wife duo, O’Shea. Produced by Mark Moffatt (Tim Finn, Yothu Yindi, The Saints), the album embodies the musical union of two accomplished singer songwriters - Jay and Mark O’Shea.

Jay’s musical journey has seen her tour the globe as a backing singer for superstars such as INXS and Sir Tim Rice. For 10 years her songwriting skills have kept her busy as a staff writer in London, LA and Nashville. Jay’s songs have been cut in the USA, Japan and Australia. They’ve even found their way to the number one spot on pop lists in Europe, where her track “Little Miss H” knocked Madonna from the top of the charts and went double Platinum for Spanish superstar, Chenoa.

Mark’s career began when he was 16 years old in Western Queensland, where he won a talent quest at the Gympie Muster. Since then he’s racked up several number one hits on the Australian Country Charts both as an artist and a writer. He cracked the ARIA Top 20 with his pop/rock band Zinc, has opened for the likes of Keith Urban, Sara Evans and Trisha Yearwood, Hanson, John Farnham and Switchfoot.

After 15 years together they formed a musical duo. Their debut album sees the two performers share the songwriting duties, not only with each other but also with numerous other guest writers, including Billy Falcon (Bon Jovi), Shawn Colvin and Josh Leo (Alabama, Reba McIntire, Timothy B. Schmidt, Emerson Drive), Georgia Middleman and Dave Berg.

Their single “Meant To Be”(a wedding song of sorts) was written with the help of none other than Kim Carnes (“Bette Davis Eyes”) and features a music video which includes snippets from their own wedding day.

“It’s a very personal song for us,” Jay said, “and when it came time for the video, we thought we’d just continue with that honesty and realism and use footage from our own lives”. “That’s all very well,” Mark interrupted. “But my hairdo in that wedding video is a little TOO real!”

The song debuted at number nine on the ARIA Country Chart and the video reached number one on the Australian Country Music Channel Top 50.

In January 2012 the duo won the CMAA Award for Best New Talent.

www.therealoshea.com

Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes is one of Nashville’s most revered writers and gifted artistic talents. A native of Los Angeles, Carnes garnered her first record deal in 1972 with famous record producer Jimmy Bowen. After a stint with A&M Records, she became the first signed artist at the newly established EMI-America (Capitol) in 1978. Soon after, her duet with Gene Cotton on “You’re a Part Of Me” became her first Top 40 hit.

Kim has penned three number one country songs, including “The Heart Won’t Lie”, a smash duet for Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer”, a duet she performed with Kenny Rogers, and “Make No Mistake She’s Mine”, a duet by Rogers and Ronnie Milsap.

Kim continued to augment her success through the 1980s. She released Voyeur (1982), Café Racers (1983), Barking At Airplanes (1985) and Lighthouse (1986).

She has co-written with top Nashville tunesmiths like Kim Richey, Matraca Berg, Greg Barnhill, Al Anderson, Jeffrey Steele and Brett James and has had songs covered by Deana Carter, Kevin Sharp, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Lila McCann, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and Michelle Wright.

In 2004, Kim released the album Chasin' Wild Trains. An extensive European tour followed. She continues to tour throughout the US, Europe and South America.

www.kimcarnes.com

Title: Serves You Right
Artist: Jetty Road
Writers: Lee Bowman / Paula Bowman / Chris Burke-Gaffney (SOCAN) / Keith MacPherson (SOCAN)/ Alexander Ross / Julian Sammut

Jetty Road are one of Australia’s burgeoning country music acts. The band is made up of identical twin sisters Lee and Paula Bowman, Julian Sammut and Simon Ross. The four met whilst studying at Music College in Melbourne. They released their debut album Full Circle in 2005, followed by Dirt Roads City Lights in 2007, their multi award-winning album Life at a Million Miles in 2009 and most recently Far Away Places in 2011.

Far Away Places saw Jetty Road co-write with George Canyon  for “Wrong”, Jason McCoy on “I’m a Dreamer” and “Welcome to the Party”, as well as with duo Chris Burke-Gaffney and Keith MacPherson for “Serves You Right”.

Since their debut, the band has had ten tracks in the Top 20 on Australian country radio, with nine of those in the Top 10. “Million Miles” and “I'm A Dreamer” retained the number one position for weeks and “Serves You Right” peaked at number one for four weeks. Five of their video clips made it to the coveted number one position on the CMC Top 30 chart (Country Music Channel): “City Lights” (2008), “Million Miles” (2009), “World Keeps Turning” (2009), “Serves You Right” (2011) and “I'm A Dreamer” (2012).

Along with strong chart success, Jetty Road have taken home many awards over the past few years, including two CMAA Awards (Golden Guitar) for Best Group / Duo, Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Australian Independent Album of the Year, Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year, numerous Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards and the National Music Oz Award for Best Country Act. At the inaugural AIADA awards, Jetty Road took out the major Professional Development Award ($20,000) in recognition of excellence in Australian Independent Country Music.

Other career highlights including taking their music to the world stage at events such as Big Valley Jamboree, WE Fest, Havelock Jamboree, Merritt Mountain CM Festival, Capitol Hoedown, plus Norway and Switzerland's famous Vinstra and Trucker & Country Festivals alongside the cream of country music.

The band has recently signed to On Ramp Records, one of Canada’s premier country music record labels.

www.jettyroad.com

Chris Burke-Gaffney
Chris started his career as singer and bassist for The Pumps (Polygram). He signed his first record deal as a teenager and toured the country with the likes of Triumph, Guns & Roses and AC/DC. He wrote his first Top Ten single during his 20s with the group Orphan (CBS). The song “Miracle” is still a staple on classic rock radio across Canada.

In 1996 he formed CBG Artist Development to manage and develop singer songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk (SONY). He co-wrote her triple platinum album Under These Rocks and Stones. Chris has written and produced hundreds of songs and has helped artists develop their material, including McMaster & James, Kyle Riabko, Sierra Noble and Driver.

His songs and productions have been recognised with numerous awards (Best Aboriginal Recording – Eagle & Hawk – Juno Awards) and (Album Of The Year and Best Folk Album – Little Hawk Aboriginal Music Awards). Many of his songs have also been used for movies and television including Chicago Hope, Felicity, Malcolm in the Middle, Degrassi, Real World and Providence.

Chris now oversees the daily operations of CBG Artist Development, which consists of: CBG Artist Development / CBG Studios / Vatikan Records / songs4media.com.

www.cbgartistdevelopment.com

Keith MacPherson
Keith MacPherson has been involved in Canadian music for the past fifteen years as an artist, singer, songwriter and musical producer. He currently performs with Canadian duo, ‘Keith and Renee’. He has also appeared on Season Four of Canadian Idol in 2006 and has had his music placed in a number of popular television shows including One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, Canadian Idol and Degrassi. He is also involved in humanitarian work with Canadian NGO, ‘Free The Children’.

Keith has been nominated for many awards including the Juno Award nomination for his work on the album This Is Daniel Cook as well as numerous Western Canadian Music Award nominations. Keith wrote the Jetty Road smash hit "Serves You Right" (number one on Country Radio in Australia) with Chris Burke-Gaffney and Jetty Road.

www.cbgartistdevelopment.com