Tune in tonight from 7pm!
On Tuesday, April 11 at 7pm, KIX Live will feature performances from Tania Kernaghan and Jason Owen, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Zac & George, Ashleigh Dallas, Brooke Schubert and Raechel Whitchurch.
Tania Kernaghan is firmly cemented in the Australian entertainment industry. Whilst her name draws attention alone, it is her triple threat talent that has provided her with a career in the industry for over 25 years. Singer, songwriter, TV presenter and Master of Ceremonies…it’s easy to see why Tania is Australia’s most recognisable and loved female country music recording artist.
Throughout her career, she has boasted eight chart topping career albums, 16 #1 radio hits, sell out concerts, coupled with a swag of awards including 2 x CMAA ‘Female Artist of the Year’ Awards, ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Vocal Collaboration of the Year’ and ARIA finalist along with Gold and Platinum albums for record sales in the hundreds of thousand.
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Bursting onto the Australian music scene in 2012 as runner-up of X-Factor, Jason Owen is one of Australia’s most popular young country music stars. His debut album, Life Is A Highway reached #1 on the ARIA Country Chart and #5 on the Australian Top 20 All Genre ARIA Chart.
He has since released Friday Night, featuring his first original hit Damn Right; Proud, his first all-originals album celebrating his First Nations background; Jason Owen Sings John Denver: The 20th Anniversary; and Jason Owen Sings John Denver: The Acoustic Sessions which debuted at number one on the ARIA Country Music Charts. He has been nominated for five major music awards including Golden Guitars and CMC Awards.
Caitlyn Shadbolt’s big break came when she auditioned with Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway on the sixth season of The X Factor Australia in 2014. She was mentored by Ronan Keating throughout the competition up until she was eliminated from the singing series, placing fifth overall.
Following her elimination, she released her six-track self-titled debut EP in 2015, which peaked at #50 on the ARIA chart. In 2016, she was awarded ‘New Oz Artist of the Year’ at the fan-voted CMC Music Awards. The following year, she released her 2017 debut album Songs On My Sleeve, which hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album Chart.
Currently working from her home studio in Queensland with partner and producer, Matt Smith; Caitlyn is finalising her third full length release. Collaborating with Stuart Stuart and Matt Fell as well, this release is expected to drop in June.
Zac & George, originally inspired by iconic duo Simon and Garfunkel, have continued to broaden their musical taste with acts such as John Mayer, Keith Urban and Dan + Shay.
After spending months overseas playing shows and writing new music, Zac & George has released three singles. Their latest, Bar Stool, follows Red Wine & Roses, which has amassed over 700,000 streams via Spotify, and peaked at #9 on the CountryTown National Airplay Chart.
With headlining support for James Johnston’s sold-out TRECC show at the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Zac & George have announced their first headline tour with shows in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Sydney this April.
5x CMAA Golden Guitar Winner, Ashleigh Dallas is third generation in a country music family dynasty. Born in Australia’s Country Music Capital of Tamworth NSW, the CMAA graduate grew up listening to the musical sounds of her family – Roll of Renown recipient and Golden Guitar winner, Rex Dallas and Golden Guitar winner, producer and multi-instrumentalist father, Brett Dallas.
Since the age of 16, Ashleigh has been a proud ambassador for the music festival Tunes In The Tropics, held on Fiji’s Coral Coast. In the 10 years of the trip, Ashleigh has been a part of raising money for the local Fijian Community and local schools while sharing her songs to the festival goers and local families.
Her current and award-winning ‘Traditional Country Album of the Year’, In The Moment, follows 2019’s Reflection, 2017’s Lighthouse, which debuted at number two on the ARIA Country Charts just below Keith Urban, and 2015’s Otherside of Town.
Brisbane singer-songwriter, Brooke Schubert has shared stages with some of the world’s biggest artists, but her career is only just beginning. Known as a powerhouse live performer with her signature style of country and rock, Brooke has taken the last few years to write and record songs that reflect her true self and she’s now ready to show them to the world.
Brooke is no stranger to music lovers, having had her profile boosted with appearances on The Voice and Australian Idol but she has been touring since she was a child. Her biggest appearance yet was with Keith Urban on his ‘Light The Fuse’ Tour of Australia. In addition, Brooke has supported major artists such as Tina Arena, Jimmy Barnes, Casey Barnes, Beccy Cole and Lee Kernaghan.
Raechel Whitchurch is an alt-country singer-songwriter who grew up in regional NSW and found her love of country music while performing in her travelling country family band for most of her childhood. In April 2021, she released her debut album Finally Clear. It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Album Charts and #3 on the AIR Independent Album Charts. It was also nominated for 2 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, ‘New Talent’ and ‘Traditional Country Album of the Year’, and she was invited to perform on stage at the 2022 Golden Guitar Awards.
Raechel spent 2021/22 on the road with Adam Harvey fora 50-date national tour and has also been a guest on Fanny Lumsden’s Country Halls Tour, as well as opening for Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham. She has appeared at the Gympie Muster, Boots & Beach, Groundwater Country Music Festival, and NQs Rock’n Country Festival.