Countrytown in partnership with KIX Country is proud to announce Amy Sheppard as our ‘Centre Stage’ artist of the week.
Countrytown in partnership with KIX Country is proud to announce Amy Sheppard as this week’s ‘Centre Stage’ artist. Every week we'll be shining a light on a single artist every week across all platforms including online features, airplay, and social support.
Amy began her career as a member of the duo, Sheppard with her brother George. Their sister Emma later joined on bass and backing vocals with friend’s Jay Bovino, Michael Butler (who left the band in 2019), and Jared Tredly (who was later replaced by Dean Gordon).
They released their self-titled debut EP in 2012, which took them to festivals in South Africa, London, Thailand, and the United States. Its lead track Let Me Down Easy was nominated for ‘Best Independent Release’ at the ARIA Music Awards the following year.
In 2014, they released their breakout single Geronimo, which spent three weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and internationally reached the top ten in Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Poland. With the release of their debut album, Bombs Away, reaching #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, they opened for Keith Urban during his Light The Fuse Tour. That same year, they were nominated for seven ARIA Awards, winning ‘Best Group’.
They have since supported Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, and Little Mix, performed at the 2020 AFL Grand Final and participated in Eurovision – Australia Decides in 2018, where they placed third. Sheppard also released a further two albums – Watching The Sky (2018) and Kaleidoscope Eyes (2021) – and are currently working on their fourth.
Inspired by her country music upbringings, listening to the likes of The Chicks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes, Amy decided to packed up her pop stylings and fused them with country influences for her debut solo EP, Nothing But Wild, released on September 16.
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She has spent the past three years writing and building towards this debut solo release, which features the title track, which peaked at #3 on the Countrytown Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart, and follow-up single, Blue Guitar, which currently sits at #20 and rising.
While definitely not her first foray into the genre, previously already a Golden Guitar Award winner for her vocals on Lee Kernaghan’s Spirit of the Anzacs, Amy has previous experience writing and singing with artists like Kasey Chambers and The Wolfe Brothers.
She also appeared in body-image advocate Taryn Brumfitt’s documentary, Embrace: Kids, alongside other celebrities like Celeste Barber, Alex Noble, Jameela Jamil, and Electric Fields. Amy is set to play at CMC Rocks on September 23 and Savannah In The Round on October 1.
Keep up to date with Amy Sheppard on her Facebook page here.