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HAYLEY MARSTEN READY TO SHARE GIRLHOOD

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HAYLEY MARTSTEN REVEALS 'GIRLHOOD'

ACCOMPANYING ALBUM TOUR DATES KICK OFF JUNE 15, ACROSS NSW AND QLD

Singer songwriter Hayley Marsten is thrilled to announce her highly anticipated new album GIRLHOOD, set for release on June 16 through new label, Cheatin’ Hearts Records. View here.

Hayley explains, “I worked on the recording of Girlhood for over a year, which is completely different to how I’ve made records before. I worked with a production team who also played all the instruments you hear on the album and happen to be people who I have known for a very long time and who have seen me and my career move from the very early days. My co-executive producer, Cody McWaters had a few ARIA wins for his engineering work last year but I met him on the first day of pre-school back in our hometown. Our co-producers Michael Moko played on my first ever EP, Kieran Stevenson who plays keys in my band and is my most prolific co-writer and Dan Sugars who is the drummer in my band, a great producer and also my partner. Working with this team was such an easy and relaxed process, I think you can hear that in the record because I have never taken so many risks vocally or musically on any of my past records. And I think it’s because these are some of the people who know me best so they knew how to get the best out of me and I knew that if I fell flat on my face with an idea, the failure would only lead to something even better.  

“For me, Girlhood is the album I wanted and needed to hear when I was younger. Everything from the songs down to the way the album looks was really inspired by who I so badly wanted to be when I was a teenager and I’m really proud of what I made for that younger self.”

Current single from the album is I Am a Rich Man, with its compelling girl power video – view here. Written with Imogen Clark, the single is a guitar-drenched anthemic tribute to Cher’s iconic quote, “I don’t need to marry a rich man, Mom, I am a rich man” and celebrates women’s right to choose whatever path they want in life regardless of what convention states. The album also features previous singles Drowning MyselfI’m Fine, Thanks and Bittersweet at Best.

Hayley’s sharp pen and open heart garnered widespread praise on her stellar debut, Spectacular Heartbreak in 2019. The album collected multiple award nominations, including Alt-Country Album of the Year at the Golden Guitars and Country Work of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards in 2020. The record also racked up over half a million streams and was crowdfunded for over $17k.

Four years on from her debut, Hayley has signed with Cheatin Hearts Records for the release of Girlhood – which is already award-nominated via Drowning Myself (Country Work at The Queensland Music Awards 2022) and was crowdfunded with over $20k.

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Spotlight On Finnian Johnson

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Finnian Johnson, a name that’s been making waves in the country music landscape, brings a refreshing blend of authenticity, passion, and undeniable talent to the forefront. With his soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and captivating stage presence, Finnian has been captivating audiences and earning recognition far and wide.

Join us as we delve into Finnian’s journey, from his humble beginnings when he found his talent for music to his current status as a rising star in the country music realm. We’ll explore the influences that have shaped his unique sound, the stories behind his most beloved songs, and the moments that have defined his career thus far.

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Spotlight On….Kim McCartin & Her New Single “Head Above Water”

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Dive into the soul-stirring melodies of alt-country sensation Kim McCartin. With lyrics that resonate like a heartfelt conversation and a voice that weaves tales of love, loss, and redemption, Kim’s music is a journey through the heartland of emotions. Experience the raw authenticity of her storytelling, where every note is a brushstroke painting the canvas of life on her latest single “Head Above Water“, out now on all streaming services.

Drawing from roots deeply embedded in the rich Australian soil, Kim’s music effortlessly weaves together the authenticity of country storytelling with the edgy allure of alternative sounds.

On her previous album, Two White Horses, Kim gained debut critical acclaim that left critics and fans longing for more, with songs written by Kim and co-written by the album’s producer, Kevin Bennett. The maturity of her writing at the time won her many fans and friends in the broader Australian music family. Further writing as part of a prestigious song club, Kim was able to collaborate with some of her great friends and notable names in the music industry.

Penning lyrics like pages from a well-worn novel, Kim has just finished recording at her studio on the Sunshine Coast, with a view to releasing a new album in 2024.

With her new single Head Above Water, Kim invites listeners into a world where raw emotions and untamed melodies collide, resonating with a soul-stirring honesty that is both refreshing and unforgettable.

Embrace the rich tapestry of alt-country of a genuine troubadour, whose music speaks directly to the core of the human experience. Don’t pass up the chance to lose yourself in Kim McCartin’s captivating sounds.

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Tami Neilson Records New Single At Willie’s Luck Ranch

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One of Tami’s favourite songs from Willie Nelson’s vast library, “Sister’s Coming Home,” would be the perfect way to commemorate her homecoming to the legendary Luck Reunion Festival that takes place on his ranch. Featuring the talented Nicky Diamonds, a native Texan and member of The Black Opry, and produced by the legendary Pedernales Studio’s own GRAMMY winner Steve Chadie, Tami gushed about how meaningful it was to record this song for a number of reasons:

“Growing up performing in a family band, I’ve always loved this song from a sibling perspective. This track documents the first time me and my two brothers have recorded music together in 25 years. It wasn’t planned- Jay performs and tours with me regularly and our little brother Todd creates my visuals and has produced many of my music videos and album covers throughout my career. Todd was there to film and document this project- which was supposed to be just Jay and I recording a little acoustic love letter to Willie for his 90th birthday present. We walked into the studio and Chadie had scavenged around the studio for some percussion and rustled up a kick, snare and a floor tom- (no cymbals a la Willie!) I asked Todd if he would mind hopping on the makeshift kit and The Neilson Family was reunited once again!”

In 2023, following their unexpected live performance of “Beyond the Stars” at Luck Reunion in 2022, Tami and Willie took home the trophy for “BEST COUNTRY SONG 2023” from the Country Music Awards in New Zealand. Neilson has informed Willie that she will be bringing the plaque to give him for his collection. “You know, just in case he wants to display it alongside his fourteen Grammys!” she exclaims while laughing.

“Sister’s Coming Home” is the first release for Neilson since her award-winning album “Kingmaker” stunned fans and press alike in 2022.

“Neilson is at the forefront of the women who are taking back country music. This is the Album of the Year”

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