Kirsty Lee Akers returns with her new single, Outta Here. Countrytown has your first look at the music video in this exclusive premiere!
Kirsty Lee Akers returns with her new single, Outta Here. The perfect break out from 21 months of lifestyle restrictions, the lyrics explore the things that we all took for granted before the pandemic – the freedoms to get out, explore the world and have your time in the sun. Countrytown has your first look at the music video in this exclusive premiere!
Co-written by Kirsty, Phil Barton, Bruce Wallace and David Mescon, the track is a fun summer song with a nostalgic feel. Kirsty also co-produced the track (the second through her newly formed record label, Rider Records) with Paul Bain, Isaac Kennedy and Dan Ebbels.
In line with the theme of the song, about all the freedoms we took for granted before COVID-19, Kirsty took the opportunity to escape to the magical surroundings of tropical North Queensland. Given the track was written and recorded during two different lockdowns, it made sense to break free to film the clip. She and her husband, come-producer, slash-director, Jesse Anderson decided to capture the mind-blowing natural attributes and spirit of freedom that Australia is known for.
Filmed mostly in the Whitsundays, the video depicts Kirsty and Jesse enjoying the offerings of locations like the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach, and then some final shots back in the couple’s home region, around Lake Macquarie back in NSW. From jet skis to scooters, swim-up bars, and even a ride in a seaplane, the music video certainly makes up for lost time and all those adventures we have craved during the lockdown.
Proud of her Indigenous heritage as a woman of the Wonnarua people (Hunter Valley), Kirsty 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).
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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. The album, which saw her in the producer’s seat for the first time, landed at #3 on the iTunes Country and ARIA Australian Country Albums chart upon release (as well as #5 ARIA Country Album, #8 ARIA Australian Album, and #29 all-genre ARIA Albums chart).
Last year, Kirsty 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 competed on season 17: Fans v Faves of the Logie award-winning renovation reality series, The Block with husband Jesse.
Kirsty recently performed on Australia Day at the Sydney Opera House, taking to the stage on national television, in a much-needed spirit-raising event, with fellow artists including Delta Goodrem, Andrew Farriss, and John Stevens.
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