Song of the Year - 2011

Title: Big Jet Plane
Artist: Angus and Julia Stone
Writers: Angus Stone/Julia Stone
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Angus and Julia Stone are a brother-sister duo from the Northern Beaches of Sydney.  They released their debut album A Book Like This in 2007, and returned with the much-lauded follow up release Down The Way in 2010. 

Down The Way debuted at Number 1 on Australia’s ARIA Charts enjoying a remarkable 12 months inside the ARIA Top 20 albums chart. It went on to pick up Album Of The Year at the 2010 ARIA Awards and includes the Platinum selling Single Of The Year “Big Jet Plane”, which was voted Number 1 on the 2011 annual Triple j Hottest 100. The album has achieved triple Platinum (210,000+) sales in Australia - the only Australian artist album to reach this milestone on the current ARIA Top 50 albums chart.

On Down The Way they make their debut as producers, and develop their sound without losing the spirit of their debut.  They show a subtle shift in gear, evidence of a growing confidence - the music gravitates from sparse to rich and textured arrangements, yet never loses its ethereal charm.  The work was recorded in a number of diverse locations around the globe: an old sawmill on the river banks of Fowey, Cornwall, a studio in Brooklyn, a water tank in Coolangatta, their second home (London) and Queens in New York.

Over the course of the last three years the duo have ventured everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to the heart of the USA.  Their tireless touring has expanded their audience with Myspace plays now exceeding five million.    A number of their tracks including “Draw Your Swords”, “Hold On”, “Santa Monica Dream”, and “Big Jet Plane” have also been featured on US and Australian television dramas.

Angus and Julia received three ARIA Awards in 2010: Album of the Year, Best Adult Alternative Album and Single of the Year – “Big Jet Plane”.  

www.angusandjuliastone.com/

Title: Clap Your Hands
Artist: Sia
Writers: Samuel Dixon*/Sia Furler^
Publishers: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*/EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Sia

The track “Clap Your Hands” was the first single released from Sia’s fifth studio album We Are Born, (2010).  In 2010, We Are Born received the honours of Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards, and achieved Gold accreditation on the ARIA charts in 2011. The previous year she won the ARIA Best Music DVD for Some People Have Real Problems.

Before mainstream success with her solo career, Sia recorded Healing is Difficult in 2000, and Colour the Small One in 2003.   These were followed up by Lady Croissant (mostly a live album) and Some People Have Real Problems in 2007.   Sia has also collaborated with the likes of Katie Noonan, The Bird and the Bee, Lior, Flight of the Conchords and Fatboy Slim among others.

 Her music has appeared on numerous television shows and movies including Six Feet Under (“Breathe Me”), Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Private Practice, The Secret Diary of Call Girl.

Previous APRA Music Award:
2002 -  Breakthrough Songwriter Award

www.siamusic.net

Samuel Dixon

Samuel Dixon is an Australian record producer, songwriter and musician.

He has frequently worked with fellow Aussie Sia Furler and his compositions have featured on her albums, Some People Have Real Problems, Colour the Small One and We Are Born. Dixon co-wrote the single "Clap Your Hands", from We Are Born, which was nominated for Best Single at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards.  

Dixon and Furler co-wrote four songs with Christina Aguilera for her 2010 album Bionic, including the second single, "You Lost Me", with Dixon producing the songs.  Dixon produced and co-wrote "Bound to You” which Aguilera performed in the 2010 movie, Burlesque.  "Bound to You" was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Dixon’s other production and writing credits include KT Tunstall, Paloma Faith, I Blame Coco, Will Young, the Presets (notably on their 2005 song, "Girl and the Sea”) and Leona Naess.

Dixon's primary instrument is the bass guitar. As well as playing on his own productions and compositions, he has played bass in Sia's live and studio bands, and can be heard on recordings such as "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae, "Warwick Avenue" by Duffy and "Ludlow Street" by Suzanne Vega. Dixon currently plays bass for singer, Adele.

Previous APRA Music Awards:
1996 - Jazz Work of the Year - Scott Saunders, James Robertson, Timothy Rollinson and Terepai Richmond for “Futures”

www.samuel-dixon.com/wp/

Title: Little Bird
Artist: Kasey Chambers
Writer: Kasey Chambers
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

“Little Bird” is the title track from Kasey Chambers’ sixth studio album. In this track Kasey reflects on a young woman’s insecurities. “I started remembering how I felt when I wrote “Not Pretty Enough” and comparing it to how I feel now. I was wondering how that sentiment would come out if I revisited it,” says Kasey. “I still have moments like that, of feeling insecure and unsure, but I feel differently about that now. I feel stronger and more powerful, not willing to compromise so much. “This is like the strong, secure version of “Pretty Enough”.”

The album Little Bird follows Kasey’s success in 2009 with Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies released in November through Liberation. This project included Kasey’ s first children’s book and joint effort Album with her Dad Bill, which also sees the debut of a new generation of Chambers singer/songwriters. The Little Hillbillies are made up of Kasey’s sons Talon and Arlo, Bill’s further additions, Jake and Tyler, Nash’s tribe of 3, Eden, Skye and Béla and best friend Worm’s son Townes.

Kasey Chambers is one of the most Awarded Australian music artists. She has racked up an impressive 9 APRA Awards and 8 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) which achieved Gold sales status in 2010.

In May 2011 Kasey Chambers won the International Songwriting Competition’s Grand Prize for her son “Beautiful Mess” in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category. “Little Bird” also received second place in the Performance category.

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)

www.kaseychambers.com

Title: Plans
Artist: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Anthony Jackson/Ian Kenny/Adam Spark/Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

“Plans” was the second single from the self-titled Birds of Tokyo - the group’s third studio album.  The single peaked at Number 11 on the ARIA singles chart, and was their first ever single to hit Top 50 in Australia.  Birds of Tokyo also performed this song at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards, where the song was nominated for Single of the Year.  The track was also voted in at Number 4 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown for 2010 and has achieved double Platinum sales status in Australia.

In an interview with Triple J, front man Ian Kenny said regarding the song:
"When you're writing records, every now and then you come across a bit of a stone in the road in the writing process, and you start questioning things. “Plans” just wasn't coming together the way we thought it should, so we put the song down for a bit, and when we returned to it — I don't remember what we did differently — it came together. We got the demo and went, 'Yep, that's got something in its guts.’”

The band’s album, Birds of Tokyo, gave them their highest ever chart debut and was certified Gold in its first month of release. The disc debuted at #1 on the Australian Independent charts and came within a whisker of toppling Eminem from the top of the national Top 100 rankings thanks to the group’s first genuine hit single, “Plans,” which was ensconced in the continent’s iTunes’ Top 10.

The album was recorded in Sydney, Gothenburg and New York City, with producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Sleepy Jackson) and mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix) along with guitarist Adam Spark, who served as one of the album’s producers.  

Birds of Tokyo’s debut album Day One reached Number 3 on the AIR charts and spent 36 weeks in the Top 10.   In 2008 they followed up with Universes, which hit Number 3 on the ARIA albums chart.  Their latest effort Birds of Tokyo topped that, peaking at Number 2.

In March 2011 the band announced bass player Anthony Jackson parted ways with the band.

www.birdsoftokyo.com

Title: Revolution
Artist: John Butler Trio
Writer: John Butler
Publisher: Family Music Pty Ltd

John Butler Trio’s fifth studio album April Uprising was released in March 2010.  The LP was recorded with new line up featuring Byron Luiters (bassist) and Nicky Bomba (drummer and percussionist).  

April Uprising was named after Butler's voyage to find his ancestors on SBS Television’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? The first single from the album, "One Way Road", was released in December 2009. Butler described the song as being “the combination of pretty much most of my musical influences; dancehall, roots & rock. Some how we found a way to bring all these feels in a way that sounds natural and not too contrived or cerebral. I’m really happy with how we captured the vibe of this song.”

The band, according to billboard.com, recorded twenty-two songs at Butler's home based studio in Fremantle, this was eventually cut down to the fifteen that appear on the album. April Uprising debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA albums chart on 5 April and whilst the first two singles from the album, "One Way Road" and "Close to You", charted at Number 15 and Number 36 on the Australian ARIA singles charts, they both reached the top five in the Spins radio airplay charts, the former reaching Number 1.

 “Revolution” is the opening track and third single from April Uprising, and showcases Butler’s fiercely passionate politics.  It reached number 34 on the ARIA chart and has achieved Gold sales status in Australia.

On 4 June 2010 John Butler Trio played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which was streamed live to fans around the world at Livestream.  In November 2010, April Uprising, was nominated at the ARIA Awards for Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Independent Release.

John Butler Trio’s previous studio albums include John Butler (1998), Three (2001), Sunrise Over Sea (2004) and Grand National (2007).

Previous APRA Music Awards:
2004 Song of the Year Zebra
2006 Most Performed Blues & Roots Work Somethings Gotta Give
2008 lues and Roots Work of the Year  Good Excuse

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