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Loren Ryan Releases Single “Suddenly”

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Loren Ryan releases Suddenly, her first single as the 2023 Toyota Star Maker winner. The song was one of two songs Loren performed in Tamworth this January at the Star Maker Grand Final.

Loren said; “Nostalgia is the core theme of this song. Everyone says time passes by so quickly and to savour every moment with your little one, and you don’t really understand them until suddenly you no longer have a toddler and you’re shopping for their first school uniform.

“I’m quite a sentimental person; I’ve raised my daughter Charlie on my own since she was four-months old, and every year when I sing happy birthday to her, I’ve cried happy tears,”

In September 2022,Loren attended the APRA AMCOS SongHubs Country at BIGSOUND 2022, where she joined US hitmaker Shy Carter and fellow Australian artists including James JohnstonKaylee Bell and Melanie Dyer.

It was at this event that she impressed CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development Milly Olykan,who joined the writers as event curator and it was here where Suddenly was written, with Melanie Dyer and Gavin Carfoot.

Gavin Carfoot said; “We wrote Suddenly as part of APRA’s first ever Country SongHubs writing event. Milly Olykan from the CMA in Nashville put Loren, Melanie Dyer and I together for the day. Loren was really missing her daughter, who was back home in Tamworth and growing up so quickly.

“The song just flowed straight out of that emotion. It was something that I could relate to as well, thinking about my twin daughters who are about to turn 12, going on 21! Loren captures the feeling so perfectly in her performance. It’s something that every parent can understand.”

Melanie Dyer added; “It was an absolute pleasure to be in the room to collaborate with Loren and Gavin on this special song. From the moment Loren expressed that she wanted to write a song for her daughter, we had the box of tissues at the ready and felt every single lyric and melody that floated around the room. It was extra special to see Loren perform this song and connect with an audience of thousands at Toyota Park and go on to take out the Starmaker title!”

Loren has just returned from her first international adventure, the 50th CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee where she performed on the Spotlight Stage and at the Sounds Australia Showcase. During the second half of 2023 Loren will perform at Hats Off To Country Festival in her hometown of Tamworth, then onto the Gympie Music Muster, Deni Ute Muster, Groundwater Country Music Festival, Savannah In The Round and Cruisin’ Country.

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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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