For homegrown country luminary Felicity Urquhart, the past 10 years have held all manner of changes: marriage, motherhood, and the increasing demands of a busy schedule as a radio and television presenter and performer.
But with Frozen Rabbit – the singer-songwriter’s first solo album since landmark sixth studio outing Landing Lights touched down in 2009 – Felicity eloquently demonstrates that, not only do some things endure undimmed across time, but actually become richer with the passage of years.
A soulful, wistful songbook aglow with warmth and welcome, Frozen Rabbit reaffirms Felicity’s status as one of the nation’s best-loved and most respected singer-songwriters, showcasing her celebrated vocal poise, captivating lyricism, and reverence for country music tradition as never before.
“The gathering, the song-collecting for this album has taken a few years,” Fliss smiles. “I wasn’t expecting it was going to be over ten years before the next full album! We had to find the right time.”
Across six studio albums, two EPs, and countless tours, headlining shows, and festival appearances, Felicity has netted three Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, and a Centenary Medal for her “service to Australian society through country music,” among other accolades.
But it’s the Tamworth-raised artist’s incomparable approach to songcraft that has long endeared her to the country faithful. To that end, the past two decades have seen Urquhart collaborate with master songsmiths including Kim Richey, Randy Scruggs, Mark Seymour, Ross Wilson, and James Reyne. In that time, Felicity has released a string of hit singles, from early, pop-influenced bliss-outs, to the dreamy, classic country whimsy of signature tune ‘Planet of Love’, western swing-influenced torch song ‘I Remember You’ (2002), and award-winning festival favourites ‘The Flood’ (2005) and ‘Big Black Cloud’ (2007).
A constant presence on Australian airwaves, Felicity has been a staple presenter on Channel 7’s long-running travel show Sydney Weekender since 2005 and has hosted ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010, cementing her status as the foremost voice in Australian country music broadcasting.
And as one-third of local supergroup Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart, she has released two landmark albums, with the trio’s latest outing, Weeds (2018) garnering three nominations at the recent 2019 CMAA Awards, and winning Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration – including gifting the audience one truly unforgettable and poignant performance singing ‘Every Hello’ with the overarching image of the late great Karl Broadie ‘collaborating’ from the screen behind.
The years between Landing Lights and Frozen Rabbit, then,have been anything but still. Yet the purity and poise of the eleven songs that comprise Frozen Rabbit are testament to lessons learned across more than two decades in song.
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