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Spotlight On….Jamie Preston



You may remember him as the young artist who jumped on stage with Keith Urban in Sydney in December 2022, but Jamie Preston is back in the spotlight with his debut single, “Take It Slow.”

“Take It Slow” is a reflection of his diverse musical influences.

“Morgan Wallen was one of the main artists I was listening to when I wrote this song,” he said.

“It’s about the ups and downs of love that many people can relate to, even if they might not know how to put those feelings into words.”

The song was initially written solely by Jamie, but he collaborated with award- winning artist and mentor, Lyn Bowtell, to fine-tune and bring out the best in it.

“We swapped some things around to create a perfect balance,” Jamie added. “Take It Slow” is a song that tells the story of a hesitant romance.

With a unique blend of heartfelt storytelling and contemporary country pop sounds, Jamie aims to bring in listeners far and wide.

“There was a girl who I met, and the song is about love, falling in love, and wanting to give it a shot, but also about playing it cool, taking things slow,” he said.

What sets this single apart is Jamie’s ability to create music that is both familiar and refreshingly new.

“I wanted to create something relatable, something that many people would feel but might not know how to express,” he said.

“I aim to connect with the audience through my music. I’d like to get this song out for everyone to hear and make my first mark on the country music scene, with hopes of eventually reaching the global country music scene.”

“Take It Slow” is not Jamie’s first foray into the music world; he gained recognition as the winner of the Today’s Country 94One Brand New Star competition and had the opportunity to record the single with renowned producer Simon Johnson.

Jamie described this experience as “really cool” and a great learning opportunity.

“He understood the way my mind worked and what I wanted to get out of the song, which made the recording process easy,” he said.

As Jamie continues to build his career, he’s already been making his mark on the local music scene. You can catch him performing regularly at The Beer Shed, a popular venue in Sydney. In December, he is set to open for the renowned country trio Petric at the venue.

Looking ahead, Jamie has big plans for his music career.

“The whole sound of ‘Take It Slow’ and the way it made me feel convinced me that it was the perfect first song,” he said.

“I love the vibe of it, and I knew it would be a great introduction to my style. I’m always looking to change it up, and my heart is set on country pop, which is what I’m into and what I enjoy listening to.”

As he balances his music career with his studies, Jamie is currently in Year 10 and plans to finish his HSC before diving into music production.

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Jayne Denham Shares Her “Moonshine”



In the latest episode of the Country HQ Spotlight On podcast, we are over the moon to be welcoming special guest Jayne Denham, wherein listeners can expect an engaging conversation about her journey in the music industry. Known for her powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Jayne Denham has made waves in the country music landscape, and are a feature of her latest album MOONSHINE.

Hosted by Adam Simon, the podcast delves into Jayne’s artistic vision, influences, and experiences that have shaped her career.

Whether you’re a die-hard country music enthusiast or simply curious about the stories behind the songs, this podcast provides an intimate look into the lives of artists like Jayne Denham.

So grab your headphones, tune in, and immerse yourself in the world of country music with Jayne Denham as your guide!

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Caitlyn Shadbolt Returns With All Star Single



Caitlyn Shadbolt’s “Country Music Never Made More Sense” is her latest single release after a short break. Melanie Dyer, Sammy White, and Sarah Buckley form a formidable trio to join Caitlyn on the single, which is a playful tribute to country music. All of them, plus Camille Trail, contributed to the composition of the song during a girls’ songwriting weekend.

“’I got together with the girls for a writing weekend. We planned to be all professional and split into groups and write in the studio, but we ended up having a couple of wines and writing this song around the fire! I feel like this song is extra relevant right now as country music is cranking and it’s never made more sense!”

Caitlyn Shadbolt is a top songwriter and performer in Australia’s modern country music scene. With the help of ABC MUSIC, Caitlyn was able to release her first album, “Songs On My Sleeve” (May 2017), after reaching the finals of Season 6 of The ‘X Factor’ Australia (2014). The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Country Albums chart upon its release. For eight weeks running, the lead single “My Break Up Anthem” was the most played song on Country Radio, and it also topped the CountryTown National Airplay Chart, while the CMC Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Female Artist of the Year were both given to Caitlyn in recognition of her accomplishments.

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“A Bird That Won’t Sing” Comes Straight From The ‘Hart’



“In The Midnight Sky Alone” is the most recent album by soulful alt-country troubadour Rick Hart of Melbourne, Australia and the single “A Bird That Won’t Sing” is the new single from the album.

Rick Hart’s signature style is a melodically flowing, harmony-laden environment overlaid with the profound grief of his words and visuals. All of Hart’s tracks have the signature Americana and country sounds that make him unique. There is a noticeable amount of Wilco and The Jayhawks influence.

An emotionally charged story on the harsh truth of heartbreak. Everything that was once is gone, and with it comes an unwavering sense of regret and the knowledge that change is inevitable.

“Rick Hart writes and delivers beautiful country songs – they are thoughtful, poignant, heartbreaking and smart,” remarked legendary Australian musician and songwriter Lachlan Bryan of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and The Pleasures, who co-produced Hart’s third long play . “I wanted to work on this record because I already believed every word he sings, and after spending weeks in the studio with Rick and his guitar, I now KNOW them all to be true”

Early reviews of the album indicate it’s amazing reach and potential to appear on several year end top ten lists, even though we are not even at the halfway point yet.

Based on Michael George Smith’s review of the album ‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ in Rhythms Magazine, “the songwriter that the record portrays is a storyteller of the heart.”

“You really should listen to this album in its entirety because, first, if you skip around, you’ll miss out on some of the characters and stories told throughout, and second, if you just listen to a couple of songs, you won’t get nearly the whole experience that this album offers. I get that we live in a singles-based culture, and I’ll admit that there are a number of tracks that would grab my attention if I only listened to the singles, but listening to the entire album has been incredibly rewarding.”
‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ album review in RAGMAG

“Hart is a refreshing counterpart to the plethora of male singers who have gone awry of country tradition. Hart is a perfect antidote to whatever bro-hangover still looms over us and has the same refreshing appeal that Sam Outlaw’s debut album had”. For The Country Record

“This is impressive songwriting! The melodic aspects perfectly capture the emotional tone of the songs. The classic alt country/R&B musical aspects are brilliant. It’s a genuine pleasure to review this exceptionally high level of songwriting.“ The Great American Songwriting Contest

“With his deeply soulful voice, Rick Hart journeys to the heart of modern Americana-alt-country, where frankness, sadness and songs collide.” Greg Arnold (Things of Stone and Wood)

“I’ve worked with Rick Hart, and he’s a superb songwriter! Rick’s music is a unique combination of roots and country.” – Bill Chambers (Australian Country Music Icon) –

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