Luke O’Shea is the 2014 Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year, a singer songwriter, six-time Golden Guitar recipient and the current Country Music councillor for Music Australia. Luke has been a professional High School teacher for 25 years; he is married and a father of three who proudly supports regional Australia.
Celebrated Storyteller – Singer Songwriter – Luke O’Shea – spent decades touring Australia and the world absorbing insights and inspirations that he magically weaves throughout his fine crafted songs.
A recipient of The Bush Laureates ‘Golden Gumleaf’ Award, 9 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Country Music Artist of the Year -Luke O’Shea, with or without his exceptional band ‘Medicine Wheel’ – has a powerful – yet classic Australian sound.
Drawing inspiration from the unique and everyday characters he meets or the heartbreaking and significant events of the past, O’Shea designs and delivers his songs to cut straight through the listener’s defences – and whilst there – respectfully enlightens and entertains.
Luke’s sixth album ‘Caught Up In The Dreaming’ was announced a 3x finalist in the 2017 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards – for Album, Heritage Song and Male Artist of the Year – an award he won previously in 2015.
Deeply passionate about this incredible country of ours – Luke’s determination to Sing Up Australia – and it’s people- is at the absolute heart of his songs. Combine this with his uncanny ability to disarm and engage audiences – evoking tears and laughter – all within a matter of minutes, heralds O’Shea as master craftsman.
Amber Lawrence is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter who captures the nation’s attention and heart with her songs about Australia; it’s people and the things that matter to them. A former Qantas Airways employee, and Chartered Accountant, Amber risked it all in 2008 to pursue a career in music. The risk finally paid off in 2015 when Amber was awarded the iconic and prestigious ‘Female Artist of the Year’ award for her song ‘Superhero’, at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar awards – the highest accolade for country music in Australia. This was quickly followed up with the Country Music Channel 2015 ‘Female Artist of the Year’ Award. This was the first time in history that an artist has won both awards in one year.
2016 saw the engaging entertainer win Female Artist of the Year at the Country Music Channel Awards, once again, plus the people’s Choice Award for Female Artist of the Year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Amber was also extremely honored to receive an Australia Day Bronze Achievement Award for her contribution to War Veterans and their families, via her work with RSL DefenceCare.
In 2016, Amber released not one, but two albums – the critically acclaimed 5th studio album “Happy Ever After”, and her high selling children’s album “The Kid’s Gone Country”.
Amber is also a mentor to young artists in the Australian Music industry and has provided free entertainment and mentoring in over 300 schools Australia wide, as part of her ‘Be Your Own Superhero’ program. Amber has a strong connection and affiliation with children, with her first children’s album “The Kid’s Gone Country” released with a number 1 iTunes hit (“My Big Mack Truck”), in May 2016.
Amber is the face of iHeartRadio Australia Country, hosting the show each week, a guest presenter on Channel 9’s ‘Getaway’ and the co-host of the CMC Music Awards in 2017 – live on Foxtel.
Amber works tirelessly for many charities including RSL DefenceCare, Special Olympics and The Stroke Foundation.
More information www.amberlawrence.com.au
Selling out shows, and converting people to her style of country music is nothing new for this Sydney city girl and former Qantas accountant. Her ability to engage audiences and tell stories has kept her on the road and working hard for the past 9 years.
She’s played all the major festivals, including The Gympie Muster, Deni Ute Muster and CMC Rocks the Hunter and CMC ROCKS Queensland, has entertained Australia’s Troops in East Timor, UAE and the Sinai, has toured Australia extensively and has one of the most loyal fan bases in the country!
Christie Lamb has been described as ‘the full package’, a vibrant multi-instrumental and award winning singer songwriter. Adding to her ever-growing mantle of awards, Christie was recently voted ‘CMC Female Artist of the Year 2018’ by Australian Country Music Fans. The talented songstress has also been the recipient of a Golden Guitar for ‘CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016’ and was also voted ‘CMC New Oz Artist of the Year 2015’ again by Country Music Fans.
Christie closed out 2016 by signing with ABC Music and subsequently released her first single, ‘Flamethrower’, which was selected as ‘Country Pick’ on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel and also picked up by BBC Radio UK. ‘Flamethrower’ reached #1 on The Music Network (5 weeks) and on Kix Radio Network (2 weeks). The 3 following singles from the album ‘Loaded’ all achieved #1 spots on radio and CMC.
Christie has achieved 10 top 5 singles on radio to date.
Her debut album, as well as her latest album ‘Loaded’, both reached #2 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, narrowly missing out on the number 1 spot to Keith Urban. Christie was later invited to perform a duet with Keith at the Deni Ute Muster in front of thousands of Country Music fans.
Constantly impressing at live performances, Christie has subsequently been booked on Australia’s Premier Country Festivals and Events, including CMC Rocks, Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival, Mud Bulls and Music Festival, Cruising Country and Sydney Country Music Festival to name a few.
Christie has been touring relentlessly, not only with her own dates, but also with Lee Kernaghan for the past 3 years, opening the show, playing piano and mandolin with Lee’s band and singing the female songs and duets with Lee from his albums.
She has also previously joined Aussie Rock legend Jon English for ‘The Rock Revolution’ tour, Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds for ‘The Girls of Country’ tour, plus The Wolfe Brothers for the ‘This Crazy Life’ tour, playing many sold out shows and constantly expanding her fan base.
Christie launched her own 30 date National Tour of Australia and New Zealand to see out 2017 and has continued the tour due to popular demand into 2018. The year ahead already looks very busy for Christie with her own ‘Loaded’ Tour forging ahead and some upcoming dates with Amber Lawrence.
Later this year Christie will also be a special guest for Adam Brand for a few dates on his Milestones – 20 Years Tour, as well as recording her new album.
‘I reckon Christie Lamb is the one to watch. She is a star”. Lee Kernaghan