Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most popular and successful recording artists. In a career spanning twenty years he has sold more than 600,000 albums, won innumerable awards and built a large and loyal following that any recording artist would envy.
Twenty years is a long time to sustain a successful recording career. It should be respected and celebrated. So on July 13, 2018, exactly twenty years to the day since the release of Brand’s self-titled debut, ABC Music released Milestones…20 Years, a carefully curated collection of Brand’s greatest hits plus two new songs recorded exclusively for the project.
It’s 1997 and Adam Brand is living in the suburbs of Perth running a small business by day and singing in a country covers band a few nights a week. He had been turned on to country music when he stumbled across Boy Howdy, an American country band featuring Jeffrey Steele.
He records a demo with Martin Jenner, the brilliant but underrated guitar player (Everly Brothers, Ralph McTell, Cliff Richard) and drives solo across the Nullarbor in his XF Falcon ute to the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he busks on Peel Street, sneaks into a Troy Cassar Daley concert and hands out his demo to unsuspecting passers by.
From Tamworth he heads to Sydney to track down Melinda Schneider, a childhood friend who introduces him to Graham Thompson, then Creative Manager at Rondor Music, the publishing arm of A&M Records.
“That was a significant fork in the road,” reflects Adam. “Who knows what would have happened if I’d gone straight home to Perth. Graham listened to my demo’s, told me I could be the next James Blundell and offered me a publishing deal with Rondor.”
Adam signed to Rondor and soon settled in Sydney. Songs were written, demo’s recorded and an offer of a recording contract eventuated from Warren Fahey at Festival Records.
“I’m convinced that Warren signed Adam to Festival because of FMO – fear of missing out,” remembers Graham. “ABC Music were the dominant country label and Warren wanted to get in on it. I happened to sit next to him at a CMAA event in Sydney in 1997. People were saying nice things about Adam at the time but no one was jumping to sign him. I bent the truth a little about interest from other labels and he became very excited. The following Monday he sent us an agreement.”
Adam Brand’s self-titled debut album was released by Festival Records on July 13, 1998. The first single from the album ‘Last Man Standing’ became an instant radio hit and CMT (Country Music Television), who were serendipitously launching in Australia around the same time, saw the newcomer as a perfect fit for their target demographic.
Dirt Track Cowboys followed. It sounded fresh on the radio… riff driven country rock that featured a race call by Wade Aunger from Parramatta Speedway in place of a guitar solo. And it opened the door to a whole new audience: Revheads.
Brand developed a reputation as the hardest working artist in country music. Not content to sit around waiting for the world to make him famous, he and Thompson, who had by this time become his manager, drove from Far North Queensland to Western Victoria playing at schools and record stores. They visited every radio station, country music club and event promoter along the way. Album sales built steadily and the hard work didn’t go unnoticed.
Adam’s big break came at the 1999 CMAA Country Music Awards when he won three Golden Guitars: New Talent of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Last Man Standing) and Video of the Year. It was unprecedented for the winner of New Talent of the Year to win any other award in the same year, let alone the prestigious APRA Song of the Year.
The big ball was rolling. Appearances followed on Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia and others. Tours sold out quickly. Major festivals offered prime time spots and decent money. The record company and booking agency had a bona fide star who was willing to work hard. By September 1999 the debut album was certified gold and Adam had become one of Festival Records’ highest selling artists.
So what was it about this debutant from the suburbs of Perth who created such a stir in an industry in need of a shot in the arm?
Adam Brand’s songs resonated as much with people from the suburbs as they did with those from regional and rural Australia. He was a supreme live entertainer. But the real key to Adam’s popularity was that he conjured up different feelings in different people that were not mutually exclusive and worked to his advantage.
Young men related to him because he was a knockabout kind of bloke - down to earth, good natured and sang about cars and partying. Families liked him because he was down to earth, good natured and sang about family and friends. And to young women he exuded a sexual energy that they were attracted to but it was not so blatant that their boyfriends hated him. In fact their boyfriends liked him too for all the other reasons.
The debut album was followed in February 2000 with Good Friends. It built on the themes of the debut album and spawned numerous career songs: Good Friends, The Good Things In Life, I Did What?, Beating Around The Bush and You’re A Revhead. The singles were hits and the album won three more Golden Guitars - this time the three most prestigious: Album of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Good Things In Life) and Male Artist of the Year.
And the big ball kept on rolling.
These remarkable early achievements set the pattern for a career that hasn’t waned in twenty years. They are the first chapters in the story of a gifted and much loved artist and his twelve studio albums, five gold albums, three platinum albums, four ARIA nominations, seven CMC OZ Artist of the Year awards and twelve Golden Guitars to date.
Subsequent chapters include an American record deal, touring with Taylor Swift, winning Dancing with the Stars and more. And it’s still being written, and it’s still going strong.
Milestones…20 Years marks the celebration of an outstanding career. It’s a collection of Adam’s greatest work to date plus two new songs: the reflective title track ‘Milestones’ and a foot stomping party anthem ‘Party Down Under’. Both were written with his “Outlaw” buddies Drew McAlister and Mike Carr and produced by Graham Thompson. It also includes an out take from the ‘Built For Speed’ album – a previously unreleased version of the Randy Travis classic ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ as well as ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Hard Times’ from Adam’s first demo session with Martin Jenner. And Sherriff Bullfrog – a song that Adam has long considered a lost classic held under wraps for twenty years by doubters and naysayers - finally gets it’s day in the sun.
Adam Brand (1998)
Adam Brand (1998)
Good Friends (2000)
Built For Speed (2002)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
My Acoustic Diary (2013)
My Side of the Street (2014)
Get On Your Feet (2017)
Milestones...20 Years (2018)
NATIVE TONGUE is the third studio album from critically acclaimed artist Mojo Juju. Stylistically, Mojo once again embarks on new territory through collaborations with multiple producers – Steven Schram (Paul Kelly), Joelistics (TZU), jnbo (The Cactus Channel) and Jamieson Shaw (Netflix series ‘The Get Down’). The album opens with a guest appearance from ‘The Pasefika Vitoria Choir’ and is followed up by features from Hip Hop MC Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion), Soul music royalty Joshua Tavares and spoken word artist Lay the Mystic. This time around Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending genres and doing her own thing. Perhaps the manifold musical incarnations of Juju are symbolic of the manifold pieces that make up her identity. Perhaps this unique blend of Soul, RnB, Blues & Hip Hop is in fact her ‘Native Tongue’.Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, it is an album about self-discovery and it is her most personal offering to date. It is honest, emotional and intrinsically political. Track Listing:1. Native Tongue (Feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir2. Papa (Tagalog Interlude)3. Something Wrong4. Think Twice5. Bound To6. Cold Condition (Feat. Joshua Tavares)7. Shut Your Mouth8. Never Again9. I Just Wanna Know10. Pidge (Jackie Interlude)11. Far Too Late12. 1000 Years13. History14. Hurricane15. Don’t Stop Me Now16. Native Tongue Reprise (Feat. Lay the Mystic)
Modern music for the modern man.ABC Classics presents Bespoke Classics: New Classics for Cool Dads. Featuring the very best new music and a handful of the old, this hand-picked collection of classics is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the modern man – in all his variation and complexity.There’s no ‘right’ way to be a dad in 2018, just like there is no ‘right’ music to listen to. This compilation blurs the lines between genres and traditions, never burdened by the weight of the past and instead forging a new path. Neo-classical, post-classical, chilled classics, contemporary music – call it what you want, it’s undeniably cool and modern.Featuring new school masters such as Einaudi, Glass, Michael Nyman, Arvo Part and Yann Tiersen, plus old school favourites by Debussy, Bach, Schubert, this is the perfect compilation for the fathers in your life.This isn’t your dad’s classical music – it’s yours. TRACKLISTINGCD11 EINAUDI I giorni2 PELĒCIS Concertino bianco: II. Con venerazione3 KATS-CHERNIN Tuesday Suit4 WESTLAKE Hinchinbrook Riffs5 VASKS Cantabile6 KINGS OF LEON Revelry7 CHAN Forever #18 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 39 ABBOTT Re-Echo10 DEBUSSY Clair de lune11 BARBER Adagio for Strings (Original string quartet version)12 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria13 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude CD2 1 NYMAN The Piano: Here to There2 KATS-CHERNIN Unsent Love Letters3 VINE Knips in Brixton4 BADALAMENTI Twin Peaks: Falling5 GÓRECKI Three Pieces in Olden Style: No. 16 WILLIAMS Escapades: I. Closing In7 BOULANGER Nocturne8 SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat major9 SOLLIMA Alone10 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel11 PELĒCIS All in the Past12 TIERSEN The Argument from Amélie13 FALCONIERI Ciaccona14 BACH Prelude in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier15 GLASS Opening16 HINDSON Technologic 135: III. Cantabile17 ORTIZ Recercada segunda Artists include:Slava Grigoryan guitar • Amy Dickson saxophoneGenevieve Lacey recorder • James Crabb accordionSally Maer and Umberto Clerici cello • Claire Edwardes percussionSally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Roger Woodward pianoGoldner String Quartet • Nat Bartsch TrioMelbourne and Tasmanian Symphony OrchestrasAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra
Best Queensland band of all time” - ABC Radio Brisbane Rain Lover was co-produced by Nashville art rock recording legend Mark Nevers. HALFWAY have previously recorded with renowned producers Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Peter Jesperson (The Replacements) andMark Nevers (Lampchop). With a long history in the local and national music scene, fans can look forward to an album packed with tracks that are broadly universal yet remain devastatingly personal; the album is a story of big dreams, conflict, addiction and disappointment with the narrative using central characters which are real people from Rockhampton in the 60’s, 70s, 80s. Previous albums ‘Any Old Love’ (2014) and ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ (2016) both received 5 star reviews in national press, an AIR Award for Country album of the year (2015) and received a nomination for an APRA award and won three QMA awards including Song of the year in 2015 for the song Dulcify from the album ‘Any Old Love’. Halfway describe themselves: “The band is like a face, showing all the stuff that the years have piled on. One day you’re just a kid, screaming around in the summer dark, and then you do what you do, roads less travelled or waking up in the ditch, but keeping on.Then every now and then, in the midst of it all, you look in the mirror and it’s all there. These albums are like those mirror moments.
“Together, we are better. That simple understanding sits at the heart of the Hush project.”Developed by medical pioneer Dr Catherine Crock AM to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by young patients and their families in hospitals, the Hush music collection transforms that difficult environment with carefully curated music from some of Australia’s foremost musicians and talents, and is now played in hospitals and homes across the globe.ABC Classics is proud to announce the release of Volume 18 in the Hush series, Collective Wisdom, performed by the musicians of ACO Collective, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s mentoring and regional touring ensemble.For this project, Hush sent twelve Australian composers to do residencies and workshops in adolescent health units in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth: established composers Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson, Maria Grenfell, Paul Stanhope, Elena Kats-Chernin and James Ledger fostering these rewarding experiences with six emerging composers, Caerwen Martin, Katia Beaugeais, Thomas Misson, Natalie Nicolas, Rachel Bruerville and Olivia Bettina Davies. The composers and the teenagers played music together, talked, shared experiences and explored how music might help people during hard times.Based on what they saw, heard and learnt during those collaborative sessions, the twelve composers then wrote the pieces that appear on this disc. The music is honest and heartfelt, acknowledging the fears and anxieties of the hospital experience yet full of hope, joy and optimism. As composers Caerwen Martin and Stuart Greenbaum point out, ‘Music can remind patients that they are more than their illness…and what they might be when they are better.’This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project has also been supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. TRACKLISTING RACHEL BRUERVILLE Dancing on TiptoesSTUART GREENBAUM The Rotation of the EarthNATALIE NICOLAS We Won’t Let You DownMARIA GRENFELL Knitting UnicornsMATTHEW HINDSON Nothing Is ForeverTHOMAS MISSON Glow (Abridged)PAUL STANHOPE Dancing on CloudsKATIA BEAUGEAIS Like Snowdrops You Will ShineJAMES LEDGER DaydreamCAERWEN MARTIN Stars Come Out in a Midnight SkyELENA KATS-CHERNIN Moon Feather MagicOLIVIA BETTINA DAVIES Crystalline Performed byACO CollectiveLeader: Helena Rathbone ACO Collective is the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed regional touring and education ensemble. Directed by brilliant Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the ACO to create a high-energy 17-piece string orchestra that tours music and education activities to regional locations all over Australia.
Tune out the noise of your busy day, and sleep more easily at night,with this collection of pink noise, created by the producers at ABC Classics & Jazz.The album features 15 tracks, each with a specially-constructed sonic texture. With sounds like rain on a tin roof, car wheels on a smooth road, the hum of an aeroplane cabin or wind whistling through the trees, this collection offers peace and relaxation in our busy modern world.
Tune out the noise of your busy day, and sleep more easily at night,with this collection of white noise, created by the producers at ABC Classics & Jazz.The album features 15 tracks, each with a specially-constructed sonic texture. With sounds like rain on a tin roof, car wheels on a smooth road, the hum of an aeroplane cabin or wind whistling through the trees, this collection offers peace and relaxation in our busy modern world.
ABC KIDS is the renowned home of trusted, quality entertainment for Australian preschoolers. Parents and children alike have grown up with this much loved, iconic Australian brand. ABC KIDS Listen is the ABC’s brand new dedicated kids digital radio station and app for preschoolers and their families. It provides a safe space to access trusted, educational and entertaining audio programs that feature music and stories from their favourite ABC KIDS characters. To celebrate the launch of the station, the ABC KIDS Listen compilation album collects the crème de la crème of the music featured on the station, including songs by beloved favouritessuch as The Wiggles, Justine Clarke, Sesame Street, Giggle and Hoot, Bananas in Pyjamas and more!
John Schumann first came to national recognition as the lead singer and songwriter of the legendary folk-rock band Redgum, who made their mark on the Australian conscience with the enduring Vietnam veterans’ anthem ‘I Was Only 19’. Never one to be short on an educated opinion, John Schumann has spent his life understanding, exploring and supporting Australia and its diverse culture, a passion shared through song on his new album with The Vagabond Crew titled ‘Ghosts & Memories’. With his distinctive voice and renowned lyricism, Schumann has compiled a different kind of album with ‘Ghosts & Memories’, exploring new topics and approaching the album in a way he hasn’t previously done. ‘Ghosts & Memories’ is a collection of 12 songs that delve into the life of John McDouall Stuart (’Skinny Little Kid’, ‘Won’t Look Down’, ‘Remember Me’), explores the complexities of being a ‘FIFO’ worker (‘FIFO Road’) and climate change (‘Nobody’s Fault’), visits our Anzac history (‘Anzac Biscuits’, ‘On Every Anzac Day’) and discusses the state of the world from the perspective of someone who genuinely cares (‘Times Like These’, ‘The Long Run Remix’) and has an interest in life on the land (‘Fade Away’, ‘Awesome Day’, ‘What Did You Do Today’).
Celebrating 20 years since his first album release in 1998. This collection songs includes hits, fan favourites and the new single. One of Country music’s leading male artists, Adam Brand is multi award winning artist including this year’s CMC Australian Artist of the Year winner.Track Listing:CD 1:MilestonesParty Down UnderKing Of The RoadLast Man StandingGrandpa’s PianoDirt Track CowboysGood FriendsGood Things In LifeI Did What?New England HighwayThe AnzacShe’s CountryGet LoudCigarettes & WhiskeyGet on Down The RoadComin’ From / Khe SanhBlame it on EveCD 2:Ready For LoveHell of a RideIt’s Gonna Be OKShe Got AwayI Was HereThere Will Be LoveFreedom RebelsHearts I Leave BehindMy Side Of The StreetGood Year for the OutlawIf Heaven Has a SoundtrackDrunkGet On Your FeetFor Ever And Ever AmenHold My HandHard TimesSheriff Bullfrog
The rarely recorded ballet masterpiece comes to life under the baton of the great Barry Wordsworth.Swanilda and Franz are engaged to be married, but Franz can’t get his mind off the mysterious and beautiful girl Coppélia who sits on the balcony of the house of the suspicious Doctor Coppelius. Franz breaks into the house only to find all is not what it seems, and Swanilda must save the man she loves from the diabolical doctor.Léo Delibes’s Coppélia might not have the profile of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet scores, but it is every bit as important. It was Delibes who brought the symphony orchestra to the ballet, composing new, rich and memorable music for dance rather than the messy mash-up of popular tunes it had been until then.Rarely recorded in its entirety, Coppélia is a charming and beautiful ballet featuring irresistible and iconic melodies. This sparkling work comes to life in this recording by Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Barry Wordsworth, Principal Guest Conductor and former Music Director of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, and one of the world’s most celebrated ballet conductors.This 2CD set contains the complete score of Coppélia, as well as alternate versions of the main numbers, designed to cater to dancers of different skill levels and physicality – perfect for ballet schools and anyone else who loves to dance along! TRACKLISTINGLÉO DELIBES (1836–1891)Coppélia(Complete ballet score) CD1: Acts One and TwoCD2: Act Three Plus alternate versions of five of the best-known movements, played at different speeds to accommodate the physicality and technique of individual dancers:Act Two: Scène and BoléroAct Three Divertissement: La Discorde et la Guerre, Danse de fête and Galop final Orchestra VictoriaBarry Wordsworth conductor Barry WordsworthBarry Wordsworth is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, having been the company's Music Director from 1990 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2015. He is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Brighton Philharmonic, and Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.For over 40 years Barry Wordsworth has enjoyed a close association with The Royal Ballet in London. He has toured extensively with the company including, most recently, performances at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Britten Sinfonia and in Taipei with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra Victoria Established in 1969, Orchestra Victoria is a specialised ballet and opera orchestra. As the proud performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, it is one of Australia’s most versatile and respected orchestras. In addition to its busy schedule in the pit, the orchestra performs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and is very active in music education. Orchestra Victoria’s breadth of repertoire makes it unique among Australia’s professional orchestras.
Narrated by Luke Carroll | Music performed by Ensemble Offspring“The perfect adventure to start your mini musicians on a lifetime of classical music.” – ArtsplorersNarrated by Play School's Luke Carroll, Classic Kids introduces pre-schoolers to classical music through a musical tale of the Australian landscape.When Kirra Quokka finds a lost concert ticket, she sets off on a big musical adventure. With the help of her friends Carlos the Crow, Harper the Humpback Whale, Niipu the Numbat, Elena Emu and Padma Possum, Kirra travels the length of the country from her home on sleepy Rottnest Island all the way to the bright lights of the Sydney Opera House!In each of the six episodes of the story, the Australian environment, landscape and weather are evoked through music and storytelling. Children learn all about the clarinet, cello, flute, piccolo and percussion, and how different instruments work together to create magical soundscapes.Featuring new music by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Iain Grandage, Martin Wesley-Smith and Jessica Wells, performed by Ensemble Offspring, Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia is both an effective educational resource that encourages learning through play, and a delightful and engaging story the whole family will love.Classic Kids is an ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM co-production. It was produced in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House Children, Families and Creative Learning program. TRACKLISTINGEPISODES1 Kirra Quokka finds a concert ticket 7’142 Harper the Humpback and Kirra float over the ocean 8’413 Niipu Numbat and Kirra ride a train across the desert 8’594 Elena Emu and Kirra Quokka climb up the Blue Mountains 5’295 Padma Possum and Kirra Quokka arrive in the city 6’136 Kirra's big musical concert surprise! 8’02 MUSIC7 ROSS EDWARDS Crow Dance 2’478 NIGEL WESTLAKE Ocean Sunfish 3’259 IAIN GRANDAGE Corrugation 3’3110-12 JESSICA WELLS Blue Mountain Suite 2’4013-14 MARTIN WESLEY-SMITH White Knight and Beaver – excerpts 2’2615 JESSICA WELLS Finale Medley 2’1716 Kirra Quokka Theme 0’1217 Carlos Crow Theme 0’0918 Harper Humpback Theme 0’1619 Niipu Numbat Theme 0’1220 Elena Emu Theme 0’1121 Padma Possum Theme 0’1322 Locomotive Theme 0’59 Luke Carroll narratorEnsemble OffspringClaire Edwardes Director, marimba, percussionVéronique Serret violin, electric violinFreya Schack-Arnott celloLamorna Nightingale flute, piccolo Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet