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Country music’s golden girl Kasey Chambers and acclaimed singer/songwriter Luke O’Shea head up the list of finalists for Australia’s longest running music awards – The Golden Guitars - which will be presented in Tamworth on 24 January 2015.
 
Named as finalists in six categories each in the Country Music Awards of Australia, which were announced today, Kasey Chambers and Luke O’Shea are well represented across the 14 Awards categories including the Male and Female Artist of the Year.
 
Industry icon John Williamson, who is no stranger to the finalist and winners lists, is a finalist in an impressive five categories, which include Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. A song he wrote and recorded about Tamworth, Australia’s Country Music Capital, is among his finalists nominations.
 
Kasey Chambers, who is currently on a doctor imposed break from performing due to small nodules and inflammation on her vocal cords, is also a finalist in Album of the Year, Vocal Collaboration of the Year, APRA Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Video Clip of the Year.
 
Luke O’Shea, who took home two Golden Guitars at this year’s Awards for his song Lady of the Land, is also a finalist in Album of the Year, Vocal Collaboration of the Year, Toyota Heritage Song of the Year, APRA Song of the Year, and Video Clip of the Year.
 
International superstar Keith Urban, who is a former winner of the Tamworth Country Music Festival’s Star Maker, has scored a finalist berth in two categories - Single of the Year and Video Clip of the Year.
 
Also featuring prominently are Adam Harvey in five categories, and with three each – The McClymonts, Lyn Bowtell, Kristy Cox, Harmony James and McAlister Kemp.
 
The finalists for the Country Music Awards of Australia (The Golden Guitars) were announced at an Awards event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, hosted by multi Golden Guitar winner Catherine Britt and Morgan Evans.
 
Two Golden Guitar Awards were presented at the event – Top Selling International Album of the Year which went to Dolly Parton for Blue Smoke, and the Sanity Top Selling Australian Album of the Year which was won by The McClymonts for Here’s To You & I.
 
Roger Corbett, the Vice Chair of the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), who in partnership with Tamworth Regional Council, presented the Awards as part of the annual Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth, said there had been a record number of nominations for 2015.
 
"This record number of entries are spread between signed artists and independents and is a great testament to the strength and diversity of the Australian country music brand,” Mr Corbett said.
 
“The CMAA congratulates every artist named as a finalist. The Golden Guitar Awards celebrate excellence and achievement and the finalists for 2015 represent the very best that Australian country music has to offer.”
 
Mr Corbett said the CMAA is delighted to be partners with the Tamworth Regional Council in presenting the 43rd Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth, as the pinnacle event of the city’s iconic country music festival, which has an international reputation.
 
Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said: “Congratulations to each of the finalists announced today for the Golden Guitars Tamworth 2015, the Australian Country music industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.”
 
“These Awards are the grand finale of the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth, which is recognised world-wide and attracts significant visitation and visitor expenditure to the State. The NSW Government is proud to support the Festival through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW,” he said.
 
The complete list of finalists for the 2015 Country Music Awards of Australia (The Golden Guitars) is

 

Category

Album/Track Title

Artist

Producer/Songwriter/Collaborator

Album of the Year

Family Life

Adam Harvey

Producer: Graham Thompson

 

Cautionary Tales

Harmony James

Producer: Herm Kovac

 

Honest People

John Williamson

Producer: John Williamson & Matt Fell

 

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers

Producer: Nick DiDia

 

Sing You Up

Luke O'Shea

Producer: Luke O'Shea

 

 

 

 

Alternative Country Album of the Year

Sometimes When You Lose You Win

Allan Caswell

 Producer: Roger Corbett

 

Wanderlust

Davidson Brothers

Producer: Hamish Davidson & Lachlan Davidson

 

Living For The Moment

Kristy Cox

Producer: Jerry Salley

 

The Other Side

Lou Bradley

Producer: Anthony Lycenko & Lou Bradley

 

Heart Of Sorrow

Lyn Bowtell

Producer: Shane Nicholson

 

 

 

 

Male Artist of the Year

My Side Of the Street

Adam Brand

 

 

Family Life

Adam Harvey

 

 

Honest People

John Williamson

 

 

Sing You Up

Luke O'Shea

 

 

Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Female Artist of the Year

Superheroes

Amber Lawrence

 

 

Cautionary Tales

Harmony James

 

 

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers

 

 

Living For The Moment

Kristy Cox

 

 

Heart Of Sorrow

Lyn Bowtell

 

 

 

 

 

Country Music Capital News Group or Duo of the Year

The First Album

Adam Eckersley Band

 

 

Wanderlust

Davidson Brothers

 

 

Harder To Tame

McAlister Kemp

 

 

Here's To You & I

The McClymonts

 

 

Nothin' But Trouble

The Wolfe Brothers

 

 

 

 

 

Vocal Collaboration of the Year

My Country My Land

Dean Perrett & Troy Cassar-Daley

Collaborator: Troy Cassar-Daley

 

It's All About Love

John Williamson & Beccy Cole

Collaborator:  Beccy Cole

 

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

Collaborator:  Bernard Fanning

 

How Long?

Lyn Bowtell & Kevin Bennett

Collaborator:  Kevin Bennett

 

Truckstop Flowers

Luke O'Shea & Aleyce Simmonds

Collaborator: Aleyce Simmonds

 

 

 

 

Bush Ballad of the Year

Bloodwood And Clover

Dean Perrett

Songwriter:  Ian Quinn

 

Jack Bridle

Dianne Lindsay

Songwriter:  Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson

 

He's Droving Once Again

Graham Rodger

Songwriter:  Graham Rodger

 

Honest People

John Williamson

Songwriter:  John Williamson

 

That Day In Cunnamulla

Tom Maxwell

Songwriter:  Geoff Sidebottom

 

 

 

 

Toyota Heritage Song of the Year

The Lifesaver

Amber Lawrence

Songwriter:  Amber Lawrence

 

My Country My Land

Dean Perrett featuring Troy Cassar-Daley

Songwriter:  Dean Perrett & Troy Cassar-Daley

 

Coal Seam Gas

Harmony James

Songwriter:  Harmony James

 

Clouds Over Tamworth

John Williamson

Songwriter:  John Williamson

 

Three Brothers (The Great War)

Luke O'Shea

Songwriter:  Luke O'Shea

 

 

 

 

Instrumental of the Year

Old Hickory

8 Ball Aitken & Troy Cassar-Daley 

 

 

Bottle Cappin', Back Crackin' Blues

Davidson Brothers

 

 

Young Gun

Michael Fix

 

 

Candle Creek

Mustered Courage

 

 

Riders Of The Kimberley

Terry Bennetts/Ian Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

Bluegrass Recording of the Year

Take Me to the Mountains

Davidson Brothers

 

 

Oh Ye Must Be Born Again

Dean Perrett

 

 

One Heartbreak Away

Kristy Cox

 

 

Kiss From A Rose

Mustered Courage

 

 

Making Hay

Simply Bushed

 

 

 

 

 

Qantaslink New Talent of the Year

Give Her The World

Adam Eckersley Band

 

 

Wish You Were A Cowboy

Christie Lamb

 

 

Deep End

Jared Porter

 

 

Blood Meridian

Jenny Queen

 

 

Making Hay

Simply Bushed

 

 

 

 

 

APRA Song of the Year

Family Life

Adam Harvey

Songwriter: Adam Harvey & Clint Crighton

 

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

Songwriter: Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

 

Three Brothers (The Great War)

Luke O'Shea

Songwriter: Luke O'Shea

 

Fight Me

McAlister Kemp

Songwriter: Drew McAlister & Troy Kemp

 

Here's To You & I

The McClymonts

Songwriters: Stuart Crichton & The McClymonts

 

 

 

 

Video Clip of the Year

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

Director:  Renny Wijeyamohan

 

Somewhere In My Car

Keith Urban

Director:  John Urbano

 

Sing You Up

Luke O'Shea

Director:  Ross Wood

 

Fight Me

McAlister Kemp

Director:  Duncan Toombes

 

Canoe

Sara Storer

Director:  Duncan Toombes

 

 

 

 

Single of the Year

She Don't Know She's Beautiful

Adam Harvey

 

 

Bittersweet

Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

 

 

Somewhere In My Car

Keith Urban

 

 

Canoe

 Sara Storer

 

 

That Kinda Night

The Wolfe Brothers

 

Sanity Top Selling Australian Album of the Year

My Side Of the Street

Adam Brand

Producer:  Craig Portiels
(ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)

 

Family Life

Adam Harvey

Producer:  Graham Thompson
(Sony Music Australia)

 

If I Want To

Jasmine Rae

Producer:  Luke Wooten
(ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)

 

Harder to Tame

McAlister Kemp

Producer:  Jeremy Stover
(ABC Music/Universal Music Australia)

 

Here's To You & I

The McClymonts

Producer:  Lindsay Rimes
(Island Music Australia/Universal Music Australia)

 

 

 

 

Top Selling International Album of the Year

Blue Smoke

Dolly Parton

Producer:  Kent Wells
(Sony Music Australia)

 

The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2015 is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

 

The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth 2015 will be held from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 January with the Country Music Awards of Australia (The Golden Guitars) being presented at a gala concert in the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) from 7.30pm on 24 January, 2015. The event kicks off at 5.00pm in the TRECC forecourt with live entertainment and the red carpet arrival of Australia’s hottest country music stars.