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Genre: Country

Felicity Urquhart

Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian song. In a career encompassing six studio albums, two EPs, and countless sold-out headlining shows and capacity festival appearances, Felicity Urquhart has netted seven Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, four CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards, and a Centenary Medal for her “service to Australian society through country music”.

A 2001 inductee into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame’s Hands of Fame, Urquhart has been named Best Country Artist at the Musicoz Awards, received the American Country Music Association (CMA) International Country Broadcaster Award, been awarded an Australian Country Music Listener’s (ACML) People’s Choice Award, and taken home two APRA-AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year Awards.Drawing accolades at every major juncture in her career, Urquhart has released a string of hit singles, from the dreamy classic country whimsy of signature tune ‘Planet of Love’, to award-winning festival favourites ‘The Flood’ and ‘Big Black Cloud’.

In 2007, ‘Big Black Cloud’, a co-write with the inimitable Randy Scruggs, took out the No.1 spot on the Country Tracks National Top 30 Singles Chart.Urquhart has opened for Willie Nelson and the late, great Waylon Jennings, supported John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow, and toured with the iconic Kenny Rogers.She’s performed for an American president, and shared a stage with the gamut of local country luminaries from Gina Jeffreys to Adam Harvey.

Off-stage, Urquhart’s commitment to the timeless craft of songwriting has seen her collaborate with masters including Kim Richey, Randy Scruggs, Mark Seymour, Ross Wilson, and James Reyne. A constant presence on Australian screens and airwaves, Urquhart has been a marquee presenter on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender since 2005, and has hosted ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010—as well as serving as the face of Tourism NSW’s nationally broadcast Heart of Country NSW campaign.Following the release of landmark sixth studio album Landing Lights in 2009, recent years have seen Urquhart teaming up with fellow Australian country mainstays Lyn Bowtell and Kevin Bennett as Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart. The trio’s second album, Weeds, was recently nominated for three Golden Guitar Awards.

With stunning seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit set for release in 2019, Felicity Urquhart is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date.

Release
Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.