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Hailing from the Central Coast of NSW, Berman started performing at the age of 8. Since then, she has toured extensively and shared the stage with artists including Travis Collins, Jake Davey, Brad Cox, Abbie Ferris, Amber Lawrence and Hurricane Fall.
She released her debut EP, Better Than Ever in 2018, which reached #4 on the iTunes Country Albums chart. The following year, Berman was a Toyota Star Maker finalist, won the Market the Music ‘Emerging Artist Scholarship’ and an endorsement from fashion label Racy & Lucky.
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Her 2021 EP, Can You Just Not hit #1 on the iTunes Country Album chart and #5 on the iTunes All Genres chart, and features the title track as well as Your Call and Waste My Time, which peaked at #22 on the Countrytown Music Network Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart. Her current single, Break Up With A Friend, was written with Lydia Sutherland and Chris Yurchuck.
Since bursting onto the scene with Start the Car in 2005, Collins has fast established himself as a leading light in Australian song. Nine studio albums later and Collins is a regular mainstage fixture at Australia’s peak country music festivals, and routinely plays to sold-out crowds across the country.
Collins has won a total of eight Golden Guitar awards, including three for Our Backyard (2017), his collaboration EP with Amber Lawrence. His LPs, Brave & The Broken (2018) and Wreck Me (2020) both received ‘Best Country Album’ nominations at the ARIA Music Awards.
The triple CMAA ‘Male Artist of the Year’ and CMA Global Artist Award-winner has toured alongside US megastars Tim McGraw, Luke Combs and Billy Ray Cyrus, and recorded with Nashville’s best and brightest, including super-producer Luke Wooten. He will also support Midland on their The Last Resort: Greetings From Tour this December.
Proud of her Indigenous heritage as a woman of the Wonnarua people (Hunter Valley), Akers was born in the small town of Kurri Kurri, NSW. She first performed in public at three-years-old and recorded her first EP at 16. Kirsty is the only artist in history to have won three of the major prizes in Australian country music – Telstra Road To Discover (2006), Toyota Star Maker (2007) and a Golden Guitar Award (2008).
The CMAA Academy of Country Music (2004 and 2005) graduate had success with her albums Little Things (2007), Better Days (2009), Naked (2011) and Burn Baby Burn (2016), and, in 2018, she released her fifth album, Under My Skin – her most successful album to date.
Last year, Akers took home her second Golden Guitar Award for her ‘Vocal Collaboration of the Year’ rendition of John Williamson’s True Blue with Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds and Dianna Corcoran. She also formed her own record label, Rider Records, and competed on season 17: Fans v Faves of the Logie award-winning renovation reality series, The Block with husband Jesse Anderson.