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.
Amber just took home 3 of the most prestigious Golden Guitar awards at the 2018 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards!! APRA Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Vocal Collaboration of the year, for the song ‘Our Backyard’, a collaboration with Travis Collins.
A former Qantas Airways employee, and Chartered Accountant, Amber risked it all in 2008 to pursue a career in music. The risk 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.
2017 was an extremely busy year for Amber. She was asked by the American Australian Association to perform in New York to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Amber performed the anthemic song ‘100 Year Handshake’ in front of dignitaries and celebrities including President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Ambassador Joe Hockey, John Travolta and hundreds more. Amber wrote and recorded the commemorative song ‘100 Year Handshake’ for the event, which, as of March 2019 has been released as a single and video clip.
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 March Amber hit the road with fellow Golden Guitar award winner Catherine Britt on their ‘Love & Lies’ Tour of the country, highlighting the single “Cheers To the Girls”, the Golden Guitar nominated song from Amber’s album ‘Happy Ever After’.
Not one to sit around with spare time, Amber has released two children’s albums in the past two years – the first ‘The Kid’s Gone Country’, was quickly followed up by her acclaimed Christmas release ‘Aussie Aussie Christmas’. These albums have filled a huge gap in the Australian country music market, and have seen Amber perform her ‘Kid’s Gone Country’ show Australia wide.
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 visit www.amberlawrence.com.au
Mike Carr is one of Australia's most celebrated performers and songwriters.
As a songwriter he is right up there with the best, having written and co- written some of the most popular Australian country songs of the past 10 years. These include THE ANZAC, New England Highway,Get Loud & Milestones (Adam Brand) "It don't buy you love (Mcalister Kemp) & "I'd Rather Be a Highwayman" (Adam Harvey)just to name a few.He is the winner of 2 Golden Guitar Awards.
As an artist,his self titled debut album, released in 2003, yielded the singles While the Wife's Away, Up on His Shoulders while his follow up album, in 2007”Legend” produced the hit song “She’s Gone”.
In 2008 Mike created the comedy character Buddy Goode and was signed to ABC/Universal music. His 2nd album "The One and Only Buddy Goode" was nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 2011 ARIA Awards. In 2012 his 3rd release "Unappropriate" won the ARIA for best comedy album. In 2014 his 4th release “It’s a Buddy Goode Christmas” also took out the ARIA for “Best Comedy Release”.
In 2013 Mike signed with ABC publishing and continues to have great success in the country genre.'Waiting on a bus" by Kaylens Rain went top 10 in late 2013,"Believe" by Aleyce Symmonds along with "Little Bit Smalltown" by Kaylee Bell that was a finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.
The song “Hard Work” written with Drew Mcalister also featured in VIVID 2015 in Sydney.
In the same year Mike became an integral part of the very successful "Adam Brand & the Outlaws" touring nationally. In 2017 "The Outlaws" won the CMC award for highest selling artist.
More recently,Mike teamed up with Matt Cornell to form "Cornell & Carr". Their first single "Be in the Band" released in November 2018 debuted at #2 on itunes country chart. The album "We Go Way Back" was released in Jan 2019 and also debuted at #2 on itunes country chart.
Simmonds is the 2018 Golden Guitar Winner for Female Artist of the Year, 2017 APRA Award Winner for Country Work Of The Year, 2017 Australian Independent Female Vocalist of The Year and 2017 Australian Independent Artist Of The Year.
Heart Worn Highways, City Streets, Deserted Back-Roads. Like any Country Singer, Tamworth’s own 6 x Golden Guitar and 5 x CMC Award Nominated singer/songwriter, Aleyce Simmonds knows the weight of every step.
Having spent the past 11 years in the Industry, traveling the world creating and recording music, she has grown to realise what she loves about the world, music and in particular, the keeper of her heart - Country Music.
‘It evokes more emotion than anything else.., in my opinion. They say that a picture paints a thousand words.. well, for me, a great country song sings a million words and emotions. And, all in a heartbeat”.
The third studio album, released at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on the 20th January debuted at #1 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association chart beating out Sia and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; #5 on the ARIA Top 40 Country Albums Chart behind Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and Cream of Country; #4 on the ARIA Top 20 Australian Country Artist Country Albums Chart, #25 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart (all genre) and #10 on the ARIA Top 20 Australia Artist Albums Chart (all genres).
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