WHO: EMERGING TALENT

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CASEY BARNES

Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. He’s had hits in Europe, written songs in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars.

Casey’s Flesh & Bone EP, was recorded in Nashville, produced by Rick Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning. Two singles, ‘Valentine’ and ‘Flesh and Bone’, are both receiving regular radio airplay nationwide and both clips have enjoyed extensive exposure on CMC.  ‘Flesh and Bone’ also made the finals of two prestigious US based competitions, International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only. The International Songwriting Competition alone had over 20,000 entries worldwide this year.

Casey is now set to release the next single ‘Waiting on the Day’, which deals with the tragic and sensitive subject of the loss of a child.  This beautiful, heartfelt ballad reunites Barnes once again with his good friend and songwriting partner, Rick Price. Drawing on personal experience Casey says ‘Waiting On The Day is a tribute to every parent who has endured the loss of a child whether that be before or after birth, and found the strength to face life again.  This song is also for our baby Grace who we lost two years ago and will forever live in our hearts x’.

2014 has been a triumphant year for Casey with the recent announcement that he will support US superstar Mariah Carey at A Day On The Green, cementing him as one of Australia’s premier performers with a career truly on the rise.

VICTORIA AVENUE

Girl groups are plentiful, but it is the truly dynamic and talented ones that are gems to discover. Victoria Avenue, is set to firmly establish themselves as a musical force. For Holly, Tiara and Peta, singing and performing has been part of their upbringing, and the passion they bring to their craft is undeniable. We all attended the same singing school when we were younger and as we started to take it more seriously, well as serious as you can at 16, the three of us really clicked and decided that we wanted to make music our career. In January, the Sydney based girls packed up their car and headed to their first Tamworth Country Music Festival to see what all the fuss was about. A year on, the girls are excited about returning to where it all began.

2014 has been a big year for Holly, Tiara and Peta releasing two singles, gigging from Melbourne to northern NSW, supporting some of country’s finest, Morgan Evans, The Viper Creek Band and Kaylee Bell. Victoria Avenue also played their first Deni Ute Muster on a bill littered with international super-stars.

The trio released debut single ‘Quit You’ in February which went to Number 1 on the iTunes charts and the video clip cracked Top 30 on the CMC. The ladies also made a splash at this year’s CMC Rocks The Hunter, providing backing vocals for Kaylee Bell and Morgan Evans.

In September, Victoria Avenue released their second single ‘Knock Knock’ which was written by Dianna Corcoran and Jamie Paulin. It’s is a high-energy infectious anthem for everyone. The single is topped off with a killer video clip produced by the Filmery’s very talented Josh Favaloro. 

The future looks pretty bright for Victoria Avenue with a diary full of happenings ahead, and will release a follow-up EP at Tamworth, plus grace the lineup at CMC rocks QLD 2015. Victoria Avenue are signed to new country music label Dog Whistle Music.

3RD WHEEL

The group, developed by SSM Nashville, is Janine Le Clair, Tommy Staggs, and Emily Davison. Le Clair, a Canadian/West Australian who trained in music theatre and then emerged as a country solo artist, found a magical blend when she met Staggs and Davison. Le Clair’s bluesy, sultry vocal delivery is distinctively refreshing and absolutely spot on for the trio. Staggs’ velvety voice is best described as a tenor timbre that resonates forever – the quality of a pure vocal that will literally stop you in your tracks. Davison, also of a theatre touring background punches out a crystal yet sassy soprano that synchronises an electric blend with Staggs and Le Clair. Harmonies are the key to 3rd Wheel’s signature sound.

At the CMA Music Festival 3rd Wheel was a hit with audiences, performing at world famous Rippy’s on Broadway Ave. Le Clair is quick to boast to her trio partners about the intensity of Australia’s famous country music festivals, like Tamworth, Gympie and CMC Rocks, and 3rd Wheel members Davison and Staggs and intrigued and hanging out to perform in The Land Down Under one day soon! Though they often perform with a full band, 3rd Wheel is most renowned for their acoustic set showcases, where their harmonies shine through and speak for themselves, with only a guitar or possibly mandolin behind them. The debut album for this exciting new trio will launch in early 2015.

MICHELLE PLOZZA

She’s performed in outback pubs even to empty bar stools, to women in shimmering finery dancing with men in black tie attire under a canopy of stars. Michelle has slept in her fair share of hotels, caravan parks and on the back seat of her trusty little Corolla on the side of the highway in all weathers to get to and from gigs.  It’s been a long road living and breathing music for this North Queensland songstress, and Michelle is earning herself a reputation as a hard working independent artist in today’s industry, and there is no slowing her down. After her recent international success competing in Los Angeles at the Olympics of Performing Arts Michelle brought home two silver medals for Australia. She is respected for her whole-hearted energy on stage and has been awarded an encouraging list of accolades.

January 2014 saw Michelle graduate from the CMAA Academy of Country Music. Fuelling her drive and determination, Michelle went to the next level and recorded her first EP Colour Me Happy with Matt Fell at Love Hz Studio. The 5 tracks are ripe with raw emotion and strip away any pretence to peak through the crack of closed doors. With a traditional style of country and a big dash of contemporary cool, Colour Me Happy will take you on a cinematic ‘journey for the ears’.