SPOTLIGHT ON COURTNEY CONWAY
interview by Steve Rake 09/10/2013
Hi Courtney, thank you for taking the time to talk with Country All Over.
We believe you’ve been working hard on a new album…what can you tell us about that experience and how you would describe the vibe of the album?
has been a couple of years in the making now, so it feels a bit surreal to have
it here in my hand! I’ve always wanted to experience recording in Nashville but
never thought it would actually be possible! My producer, Sam Hawksley, moved
to Nashville a few years ago and I really wanted to work with him again after
he produced my EP in 2010. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to follow Sam
over and record with him again!
And does the album have a title/release date, you can share yet? Or do we have to wait and see?
reveal the album title to you ! The
album will be called ’21 Days’ after the first release from the album. I
thought it was kinda cool because it’s the same amount of time we were in
Nashville for recording.
And the first single, “21 Days”…Tell us about this one…inspiration, vibe and why it was selected as the first single?
talented girls in Nashville, Amy Krechel, Angela Krechel, Courtney Krechel and
Rachel Loy wrote my brand new single ’21 Days’.
"21 Days" is now available on iTunes: CLICK HERE
It’s hitting radio stations across the country today! Which is VERY exciting!
I think performing live shows is one of the most important things you can do. It’s a wonderful thing to have that opportunity to get out there and perform for those people who have gone out to stores, purchased your album or downloaded your songs from iTunes. It’s also a wonderful way to go out there and share your stories and experiences on how the songs came about. People love hearing the stories behind their favourite songs including myself! I also love meeting the people afterwards who have been collecting your music from the start or who have only discovered you that night. It always surprises me how many people come out to see your show and sing along to the songs. It’s a wonderful way to personally thank them for their support because without them, this job would not exist!
Who are some of your favourite artists that you feel have influenced your musical direction?
My first ever-favourite
artist was Shania Twain. Both my parents used to listen to a lot of country
music, Dad would listen to the more traditional like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lyn,
George Jones and Billie Jo Spears. My Mum listened to the more modern country
like Shania Twain, Tim McGraw and Lee Kernaghan. I remember Mum bought Shania
Twain’s ‘Come On Over’ album when I was just starting to develop my own taste
in music… or so I thought. Turns out most of my parent’s CD collection are now
If you could record a
duet with any artist (dead or alive), who would you choose?
And do you have a song in mind? (for the duet)
Gosh no! haha You know what would be really cool? If I got to write a song with Shania Twain and then record it with her. Now I’m REALLY dreaming! haha
Away from music, what are some of your interests/hobbies/passions?
I really, really love animals. We had heaps of pets growing
up and when I’m a bit older I can’t wait to get a big property with lots of
And here at Country All Over, we like to have some fun. We have a game called five words…we say five words, you tell us the first thought that comes to mind after each word.
Australia - beautiful
Sand - sticky
Golf - boring
Feet - odd
Johnny - Cash
Finally, with Christmas approaching is there anything on Courtney’s wishlist yet?
It’s hard to think of Christmas at the moment! I feel like
we’ve just gotten over the last one! Haha
Thanks Courtney, and
good luck with the new single and album. Stay in touch and let us know what you’re up to.
Since bursting her way onto the country music scene with her debut EP ‘A Few Little Things’ Courtney Conway has had both her singles reach the top 20 on the Country Music Channel, a top 30 single on the CMR chart, a nomination for CMC New Oz Artist of the year, won best new talent at the Victorian and National Awards in 2011 and supported some of Australia’s biggest stars such as The Sunny Cowgirls, Beccy Cole and Melinda Schnieder.
Courtney grew up in the big country town of Bendigo in Central Victoria. Raised in a large, musical family, Courtney started classical training on the piano at a very young age but her true love has always been country music.
“As I grew up I went through all the classical grades to keep my parents happy but as soon as I got home from school I was learning country songs off the radio such as ‘Goondiwindi Moon’ by Lee Kernaghan and the theme song from McLeod’s Daughters!”
After graduating from the CMAA’s highly accredited College of Country Music in Tamworth, Courtney finally took the plunge and stepped into the Australian Music Scene as a solo act, recording her first EP titled “A Few Little Things”.
Courtney's debut album was produced by Sam Hawksley and recorded at ‘Fool On The Hill Studios’ in Nashville. “This album has been a long time coming and I cannot wait to release it for the world to hear! Recording in Nashville was absolutely incredible and something I’ve always wanted to do but wasn’t sure was possible. We had so many talented musicians playing on the record, including artists such as our very own Sam Hawksley, Australian Ben Bulter, whose been performing on the world's stage with his incredible guitar work, and Nick Buda who has played drums on all of Taylor Swift’s records.”
Courtney is a vibrant and talented individual who proves her love of country music with this fantastic debut album; we expected no less for this amazing, young talent.