You will know him as half (originally one-third) of ‘America’, a troupe that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and enjoys a legacy of enduring hit singles, membership of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All well and good and still a going concern that Gerry Beckley remains proud to be a part of but the band is not necessarily able to house all the music Beckley creates.
Since 1995 Beckley has released eight studio solo sets so far. KEEPING THE LIGHT ON – THE BEST OF GERRY BECKLEY takes stock of that journey. The newly formed label Tasman Music has licensed the album from Los Angeles label ‘Blue Élan Records’ for the Australian and New Zealand territories.
Gerry has been living in Sydney with family full time during lockdown. In fact, for the last 8 years he has commuted back and forth from homes in the US and in Sydney, in amongst a busy schedule of over 100shows a year with ‘America’.
Gerry says “America, like all touring acts, have been on hiatus for the last year but I consider myself so lucky to have been able to spend the year here in Sydney. I used the time to (finally) build a home studio here, something that I’d been considering for years. Gerry said “I have treasured my frequent visits to New Zealand over the years. Performing from Auckland to Queenstown and many towns in between I have had the opportunity to enjoy, not just the scenery, but the hospitality of many Kiwis over the years, so bringing this music to Australian and New Zealand fans is something I am looking forward to”.
Tony Cook is a country music artist with a passion for the outback, good people & great music. Having been raised in the remote outback of Queensland, Tony is proud to be from the bush and you can hear it in his music.
Being passionate about promoting Australian & outback culture through song, Tony recently released his debut album. His unique and likeable sound has seen him take out this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival’s, People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal.
Tony Cook is a person who loves to be surrounded with good people, preferably in an outback hotel in the middle of nowhere. His music tells stories and has meaning and is well worth a listen. With a string of community radio airplay chart topping hits, you never know, you might just come away with a different perspective and a new favourite artist.
Neil Anthony is a Sydney based country cabaret singer songwriter. Neil started his musical career in the central western NSW city of Orange. Now based in Sydney his live club performances specialise in senior’s entertainment.
Neil has written several hundred songs and has released 4 solo albums plus appeared in albums with his bands.
Over 250 radio stations throughout Australia have played Neil’s music. His song “April the 25th” has been played on mainstream commercial radio – on the John Laws show, by Bob Rogers on 2CH and on local radio stations from every state including Macca’s “Australia All Over” program through 50+ stations on the ABC network and the “Good Morning Country” show on 80+ community radio stations.
Some of Neil’s other original songs such as “Farmer’s Face”, “Tamworth Country Gold”, “Peanut Butter on Toast” and “The Grey Nomads” have received national Australian radio coverage and even overseas in Europe, UK and a country network in the USA.
His original song “Wishing you a Merry Christmas” was released to radio and online in December 2018. The song achieved success on radio reaching #40 in the Country Tracks Top 40.
Kerrigan La-Brooy was a full-time Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer who Toured the World and Topped the Charts, but he shelved his Career to raise his 6 young Children whom he refers to as his Priceless Treasures. Kerrigan was just making a long-awaited come-back to the music scene when he was Divinely Directed to Plant Gethsemane Church & Charity which feeds and clothes hundreds of community members daily, 365 days of the year.
After nearly 20 years, multi-talented, multi award-winning Kerrigan, returned to the Recording Studio to raise funds in order to continue his unrivalled charitable work nationally and globally. Kerrigan will soon be releasing his 8th Studio Recording and his 2nd Country Gospel Album. His 1ist Single off the Album, titled ‘Eye Of The Storm’, has just been released. Kerrigan is the host of 3 weekly radio shows. He also runs his own radio station and hosts and produces his own television series.
Kerrigan has been #1 on the charts for 28 consecutive weeks either in Australia or around the world, sometimes #1 on multiple charts during the same week with multiple songs. For example, Kerrigan was #1 on TEN different charts with FOUR different songs in the SAME week. What’s really important to Kerrigan, even more than impacting the charts, is to impact people’s hearts.
Geoff Williams is a singer/songwriter who has been performing country music for many years.
A retired school principal, Geoff organized and compered the Belrose Country Music Club and Pittwater Country Music for 17 years, and performs for parties, concerts and country shows.
Geoff’s “History Of Australian Country Music – The First 50 Years” is very popular with corporate bodies and other groups.
With 3 albums, ‘Just Be Yourself’, ‘A Peaceful Mind’ and ‘Anyone Can Fly’, Geoff has won awards for some of his songs.
On a tribute album to the late George Jones, his band The Jones Boys recorded Geoff’s ‘Dobro Song’ and that album was top of the U.S. charts for three months in 2014.
Geoff Williams has been presenting country music on Radio Northern Beaches in his ‘Country Music Showdown’ program every Saturday at High Noon for 19 years and also presents trad jazz on Wednesdays.
Tony has played in many bands performing Rock n roll / Covers Band/ and of course a country music band. He has played in holiday camps, pubs and clubs all over the U.K. In 2014 he received from the U.K best new recording artist award.
BORN IN 55 is a polished 14 song album of neotraditional Country that captures all the warmth in Tony’s vocals as well as a singular approach to songwriting.
Last year Tony wrote and recorded, mixed and mastered in Melbourne, Australia.
Jon Davis (JD to his mates) – Radio & TV presenter, Master of Ceremonies, comedian, variety entertainer, composer and travelling songwriter! While officially based in Darwin, JD tours Australia, and internationally with his mobile recording studio, wowing audiences with his amazingly rich voice and heartfelt lyrics.
JD started as a 17 year-old, country DJ where he had to play songs from people like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson and others, not realising that they would form the foundation for JD’s future writing. In 2019, JD’s lyrics placed in the top ten for the ASA Australian Song of the Year and he has around 100 tunes slowly simmering in his creative cauldron…
After a chance meeting in Darwin with The Kenny Rogers Band, they invited JD to record a selection of his compositions in Nashville and they are still recording with him to this day, albeit across the continents due to COVID
With a recording career that began in 1961 and continues even stronger today, Johnny Chester is one of Australia’s most enduring recording artists.
His singing career started in 1959, at the age of seventeen. During the 60s he hosted two television series for the ABC and toured with a host of overseas stars, including the Beatles, became a disc jockey on Melbourne’s number one radio station 3UZ as well as doing an entertainment tour of duty for the Australian and American forces in Vietnam.
During the 70s Johnny moved via a varied but well charted course into Country Music. Winning three consecutive Golden Guitars at the Australasian Country Music Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and many other accolades as well both here and overseas. He also hosted two more national television series for the ABC. From 1989 to 1991 he hosted several weekly radio programs including his ‘Soundabout Club’ and his ‘World of Country Music’ for Radio Australia, our international broadcaster.
Amongst his achievements so far in the 21st century is the production of his musical comedy ‘REBOUND’ which was first produced in 2000 by the Wagga Wagga Community Theatre group to rave reviews.
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Brady, Stewart, Green & Young
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