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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?

This 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!
Recording in Nashville was everything I imagined it to be plus so much more! It was pretty incredible! The musicians Sam had chosen to play on the album were seriously amazing. Most of them have played shows and recorded with many of my favourite artists! I absolutely loved it!
The overall vibe of the album is a feel good, positive, uplifting kind of feel. There’s a few sad songs mixed In there too but that’s all part of the journey isn’t it! :) 

 

And does the album have a title/release date, you can share yet? Or do we have to wait and see? 

I can 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.
There isn’t a concrete date for the album release yet… all I can say is it’ll be out before the end of the year. So you’ll have to keep an eye out! 

 

And the first single, “21 Days”…Tell us about this one…inspiration, vibe and why it was selected as the first single?

Four very talented girls in Nashville, Amy Krechel, Angela Krechel, Courtney Krechel and Rachel Loy wrote my brand new single ’21 Days’.
It has that fresh country feel to it with a great Nashville vibe. The song describes the tortured path that love often takes, the angst of a new relationship and the commitment required.

"21 Days"  is now available on iTunes:  CLICK HERE

It’s hitting radio stations across the country today! Which is VERY exciting!


How important do you think it is for artists to perform live shows as part of their profession?

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 mine! Haha!
I listened to a lot of Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan going through high school and I always find myself reaching for their albums on the long road trips. 

 

If you could record a duet with any artist (dead or alive), who would you choose?
Wow that’s a hard one. It often changes! Had you have asked me when I was 14 I would’ve said Shania Twain. When I was about 20 I would’ve said Keith Urban. If it were yesterday I would’ve said Blake Shelton! Haha There’s so many! They would definitely be my top 3… I could go on for ages with this one! Lets say Shania Twain 

 

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 animals!
I love to bake, I find cooking dinner a bit boring but I loooove to cook sweet things like cakes and muffins. I just cooked a bunch of choc chip cookies actually! They’re currently cooling on the bench and they smell soooo good!
I like crafty stuff too. This is showing more of my nanna side now! But I’m currently working on a really cute cross-stitch for a good friend. It’s taken me a lot longer than I’d hoped but it’s looking really cute! It’s got little owls all over it!

 

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.

 

Australiabeautiful

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
I have to tiny things on my dream wish list…. Tickets to see Shania Twain in Vegas and a successful album release… Is that too much? haha

 

Thanks Courtney, and good luck with the new single and album. Stay in touch and let us know what you’re up to.
Thank you so much for having me and thank you for all your support at Country All Over – I really appreciate it  CC xx

 

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COURTNEY'S BIO

 

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.

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