Tune in this Monday from 7pm!
On Monday, September 12 at 7pm, KIX Live will feature performances from McAlister Kemp, Canadian trio Petric, Katie Jayne and Abbie Ferris, plus Justin will chat to CMA and ACM award-winner Jon Pardi and announce the week's 'Centre Stage' artist.
Jon Pardi fell in love with country music when he was a kid, aided by the presence of his grandmother's karaoke machine. He started singing at age 7, began writing songs at 12-years-old and joined a band when he was 14. After graduating from high school, he formed a duo with his friend Chase McGrew called Northern Comfort. After splitting in 2008, Jon moved to Nashville to attempt to break into the country music business.
He released his debut single Missin’ You Crazy in 2012, but it was his follow up, Up All Night that gave him his first country top ten. Jon released his debut studio album, What You A Song in 2014 and an six-track EP the following year and saw him open for acts like Alan Jackson, Kip Moore, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.
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In 2016, Head Over Boots became his first number-one single and featured on his second album, California Sunrise. After joining Brooks & Dunn for their album Reboot, he released the lead single from his third album, Heartache Medication, and its deluxe edition, released in 2019 and 2020 respectively. His latest offering, Mr. Saturday Night was released on September 2, 2022.
Comprised of Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp, McAlister Kemp remains one of the most successful Australian country acts of the last decade. From the immediate, breakout success in 2010, which saw them take home the award for ‘New Talent of the Year’ at the 2011 Golden Guitars, through to disbanding in 2015, the duo earned their stripes as one of the highest selling and most loved touring acts in Australian country music.
Their three highly acclaimed albums – All Kinds of Tough (2010), ARIA Award-nominated Country Proud (2012) and Harder to Tame (2014) – produced number one video and airplay hits including Country Proud, Hell Yeah, It Don’t Buy You Love, Harder to Tame, Fight Me and All Kinds of Tough. They have toured extensively, playing to big crowds on large festival stages, and opening for the likes of Adam Brand and international acts Alan Jackson and Big & Rich.
The duo originally reunited in 2020 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of McAlister Kemp’s debut album, All Kinds Of Tough. They have since released their fourth studio album, We Roll On, which features the lead track, After The Breakdown, and current single, Paid For Drinking Beer – their first new releases in over 7 years. They’re currently on their We Roll On tour. See dates here.
Like many teenagers who have a dream of one day getting up on stage and playing their music, brothers Jason (guitarist) and Tom Petric (lead vocals), along with their long-time friend Jordan Day (backing vocals) have always had a fire burning inside to entertain audiences and push themselves to newer and greater levels. Hailing from Transcona, Manitoba, Petric have been fulfilling this dream and making new fans everywhere they go.
Formed back in 2014, Petric have since racked up over 15 million worldwide online streams, multiple chart-topping hit singles on Canadian country music radio, including three top 20 hits, and have won a handful of awards. They have taken their music from the small stages of hometown bars to the most prestigious festivals and venues across Canada, including the Calgary Stampede, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Country Thunder and more.
Their album Flashbacks, alone, has more than 3 million online streams and has opened up doors to multiple international markets, including earning the band their first top 35 single in Australia with White Lyin’ – which we premiered here.
Katie Jayne began her career in the United Kingdom in 2015 as the driving force behind the duo Southern Junction. Making her debut at the Isle of Wight Festival, she went on to play many impressive venues including London’s O2 Arena, for the Country2Country Festival as well as the UK’s two leading country music festivals, Buckle and Boots and FSA Fest.
Originally from Dubbo and now residing in Newcastle, Katie is best known for her fun, high energy band performances and authentic social media presence. A champion of women, her songs lead the listener on a journey of girl power style sass through to a vulnerable relatability. Exploring an autobiographical writing style, Katie writes songs for girls just like her while drawing inspiration from the likes of Miranda Lambert, The Chicks and Dolly Parton.
A favourite in the digital landscape, her music sits at over 1 million streams. Combine that with multiple top 20 radio placements and many notable festivals under her belt, Katie continues to go from strength to strength.
Abbie Ferris is the definition of a true-blue country girl, having grown up on a 90-acre farm in Mallala, South Australia. After being awarded the Market The Music ‘Emerging Artist Scholarship’ in 2017, she made her festival debut at the Groundwater Country Music Festival.
Having cracked into the festival circuit in her debut year, she followed up with bookings at Tamworth Country Music Festival, Country at the Camp, Australian Music Week, Savannah in the Round, Charters Towers Country Music Festival, as well as touring with Golden Guitar winner Kirsty Lee Akers and Australian Idol star Hayley Jensen.
Following releasing four singles to radio – For A Moment in 2018, Beat You at Your Own Game in 2019, plus Love Up On Me and Bad Boy Crush in 2020 – December 2019 saw a brief departure from original music as with the release of a concept EP, The Five – My Teens based on a re-imagining of the five songs that have influenced Abbie’s journey as an artist through her teens.
After the success of that release, Abbie turned her focus to her debut 6-track EP, Ready Or Not and relocated to the Central Coast in New South Wales. This year, she dropped her new singles Drunk On You Like Wine and 3AM Girl.