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Twenty year old Shea Fisher was born in Portland Victoria in April 1988.
Shea has an amazing story.
As well as being a recording artist, both in Australian and now in the US as well, Shea is a champion rodeo rider. Shea started to ride and compete in rodeos at the age of three, when she entered her first barrel race and for the next few years the Fisher family travelled around Australia competing in rodeo competitions. At the age of seven Shea won her first junior barrel race against 18 year olds and in 1997 she won her first National Rodeo Association Junior Barrel Racing title. In 1998, Shea and her family moved over to the United States where her father Eddie Fisher was competing in the Bud Light Cup tour and the PBR events. Eddie was ranked in the top 45 bull riders in the world. When they first moved over to the US they lived in New Mexico on a ranch not far from Roswell. Living on the ranch in New Mexico was a fantastic experience for Shea.
Learning to drive a truck at the age of 9, mustering and branding cattle every week and attending a small school in Elida for half the year was just a small part of the experience. At the time, Shea was truly living the true cowgirl life. The family then moved to Bellville, Texas and Shea began to compete in Texas Youth Rodeo Association events. She won the Junior Barrel Racing Championship, Goat Tying Championship, All Round Championship and was runner up in the Pole Bending and Breakaway Roping Championships. In 1999, Eddie Fisher was working his way up the world standings, collecting big prize winning cheques each weekend until he badly broke his arm during a routine rodeo bull ride. After Eddie‟s misfortune, the Fisher family decided to return back home to Australia. In 2000, Shea was back at school on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and began competing again on the Australian rodeo circuit, making it to the National Finals Rodeo in 2001 for Junior Barrel Racing and Junior Breakaway Roping. Shea began singing and performing in 2001 began singing the National Anthem at professional rodeos including the National Finals Rodeo in addition to competing in the events. Shea continued to compete at rodeos but also began performing shows afterwards at major rodeo events at Longreach and Mt. Isa.
In 2004 she also made it to the APRA national finals rodeo in the Junior Breakaway and Barrel Race and was the first girl ever in history to make it to the APRA National Finals in the Steer Ride. Throughout 2004, Shea was the only girl competing in the steer ride all year but was as tough as any boy. Luckily she had the expert help of her Australian champion father. She continued to balance Year 12 and her rodeo success into 2005 where she became the Australian Professional Rodeo Association Junior Barrel Racing Champion on her horse Jet, All Round Junior Champion and a national finalist in the Ladies Open Breakaway at only the age of 17.
In 2006, Shea put a band together and started to perform at music festivals and special events including a couple of shows at the Australian Bushman‟s Campdraft & Rodeo Association (ABCRA) National Finals Rodeo. Shea supported Steve Forde on the National 2006 Rowdy & Loud Tour while managing to fly to the US to record her debut album in Nashville. She also performed for the first time at the Deni Ute Muster before returning to the ABCRA National Finals Rodeo stage in Tamworth in early 2007. In April 2007 and at the age of just 19, Shea signed a record deal with ABC Music and released her debut album, Everyday Girl in July 2007.
In 2008 she recorded her second album with award winning US producer Richard Landis, with the assistance of Steve Forde. The self-titled album will be released in Australia on March 21, 2009. Following the recording of the album, Shea was signed to new US Label Stroudavarious, which is headed by hit making US producer James Stroud. Shea is the first female signed to Straudavarious and she‟ll head to the US in mid 2009 to begin her US assault after the initial Australian release of the album. Shea‟s new self titled album features a mix of pop and mainstream pop/country tracks – it‟s not a common mix and the album is quite unique. The common denominator throughout the album are the themes and overall vibe which consistently touch on relationships, break ups, summer holidays and everything else that young girls experience and deal with. "From a young age, I've just naturally worn a lot of different 'hats'.
There's the singer, songwriter and performer, the rodeo chick, the beach girl and then the normal teenager who just wants to have a good time with my mates", says Shea. "It has been such an incredible journey so far, and I know this is only the beginning". The message of self belief is another key element of the new album. “I believe that anything is possible no matter how big or how small your dream is. No matter what anyone says, don‟t let anyone tell you, you can‟t live out your dreams. Stick at it and you can make it. If you fall, get back up again and keep going. Whatever you want to do is possible if you want to make it happen,” says Shea.
Shea flew to Los Angeles in December 2008 to film the music video for the new album‟s first single „Don‟t Chase Me‟. The clip was directed by acclaimed US director Trey Fanjoy, who has also recently directed clips for the likes of Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Michelle Branch in the US. The video became her third CMC Top 30 Countdown #1, with her next clip, filmed in Australia, „Suitcase‟ also topping the same chart.
"Don‟t Chase Me‟ also reached #2 on the National Country Airplay Charts. Shea debuted in the ARIA Country Albums Chart top #10 and at #3 on the ARIA Australian Country Albums sales chart. Shea Fisher already has four #1 Music Videos, two top #5 National Country Airplay singles and is quickly becoming one of Australia‟s most exciting emerging talents.