FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017
After taking home the ARIA for Country Album of the Year in November 2016, Sara Storer was voted Female Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia, held in Tamworth on Saturday 28th January.
Sara also took out the award for Best Bush Ballad for her song, ‘Amazing Night’, which she performed to a capacity audience at the Tamworth Regional Conference and Convention Centre.
The two gongs take Sara’s career tally to 21.
Sara is recognised as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters whose crisp observations of the Australian landscape and its people provide the solid foundation stone for her music.
Sara Storer was born to sing about real people, honest emotions, and the land she loves and the attention that these latest accolades will bring to her latest work will no doubt further solidify her position as one of our finest musical poets.
Sara kicks off a national tour to promote her award-winning album Silos in February with a string of dates that will take her to all states and territories throughout 2017.
SARA STORER SILOS TOUR 2017
Sat 4th Ruby Hall Vic SOLD OUT
Sat 18th Young Services Club www.youngservicesclub.com.au (02) 63821944
Sat 4th Halekulani Bowling Club www.halibowling.com.au (02) 4390 6400
Fri 10th Orange Ex-Services Club http://oesc.com.au (02) 6362 2666
Sat 11th Windsor RSL Club (02) 4587 6900
Sat 18th GV Hotel Shepparton (03) 5821 982
Fri 12th USQ Artsworx Toowoomba https://artsworx.usq.edu.au/event/sara-storer-little-village-sessions/
Fri 26th Armidale City Bowling Club, Armidale www.armidalebowl.com.au (02) 6772 5666 **
Fri 14th Club Sapphire Merimbula www.clubsapphire.com.au (02) 6495 1306 **
Fri 20th Country Club Casino Showroom Launceston www.countryclubtasmania.com.au (03) 6335 5777 **
Sat 21st Wrest Point Casino Showroom Hobart (03) 6221 1643 **
** tickets not yet on sale. Check venue.
Although multi-award winning songstress, Sara Storer, has been relatively quiet in terms of her public profile over the past 3 years, she has not been idle.
In 2014 she took out 3 major Golden Guitar awards at the Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth and early in 2015, gave birth to her 4th boy. Yes, 4 boys!
During this time Sara and her family also relocated from Darwin to the NSW border city of Albury so they could be closer to family.
Having won a Golden Guitar in 2014 for a duet she recorded with long-time friend and sometime musical collaborator, John Williamson, Sara released a song she wrote about John called Canoe which went on to take out the coveted award for Video Clip of the Year in 2015 bringing her total Golden Guitar tally to an impressive 18!
A genuine admiration of Sara’s work prompted John to comment, “Sara has a unique way of seeing and expressing her observations of love and life in the bush. So she is a songwriter that will be remembered beyond her lifetime.”
In March this year, Sara released her 6th and highly acclaimed studio album, ‘Silo’s and is now embarking on a tour that will take her around the country to perform for her legion of loyal fans.
With an absence of 4 years since she last visited many venues in regional Australia, there is sure to be a high level of anticipation for one of our most loved and enduring singer songwriters.
As respected journalist and book author Noel Mengel observes, “It’s Sara’s crisp observations of the Australian landscape and its people that provide the solid foundation stone for her music. She has seen all the beauty, joy and heartbreak this land can bring.”
2016 TOUR DATES
Sat 1st Australian Camp Oven Festival, Millmerran Qld http://acof.com.au/
Fri 21st Goulburn Bowling Club, Goulburn NSW https://www.trybooking.com/220431 (02) 4821 2782
Sat 22nd Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill NSW http://rootyhillrsl.com.au/ (02) 9625 5500
Sun 23rd Lizottes, Newcastle NSW http://www.newcastle.lizottes.com.au/ (02) 4956 2066
Fri 11th Maclean Bowls Club, MacLean NSW http://macleanbowls.com/ (02) 6645 3711
Sat 12th Casino RSM Club, Casino NSW https://www.casinorsm.com.au/ (02) 6662 1666
Thu 17th Hallam Hotel, Hallam VIC https://www.hallamhotel.com.au/ (03) 8786 0200
Fri 18th Gateway Hotel, Geelong VIC https://www.thegatewayhotel.com.au/ (03) 5275 1091
Fri 2nd ‘Another Night By The Billabong’ - RiverSmart Benefit Concert, Warren NSW ‘Another Night By The Billabong’ Tickets
Wed 28th Inverloch Sounds of Summer Festival VIC Inverloch Sounds of Summer Festival Tickets
2017 TOUR DATES
Fri 10th Noojee Hotel, Noojee VIC Noojee Hotel (03) 5628 9514
Sat 11th Albury Commercial Club, Albury NSW Albury Commercial Club (02) 6021 1133 Tickets on sale soon
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Country singer Sara Storer is pregnant with her fourth child and this time she's hoping for a little girl in March.
Calling from Albury, where she moved from Darwin two months ago with husband Dave and three boys – aged five, three and a one year old– she confirmed the good story for the Storer family on Tuesday.
"I can announce it now – I'm pregnant now with my fourth baby," she said with a proud laugh.
The first trimester is past, and mother and babe-to-be are fine and well. "Everything is great, so we are expecting a baby in March." A new girl will make a change from wrestling with the boys, the singer is hoping.
Sara Storer returns to the Gympie Muster this year as one of the main acts and this year plays her role as ambassador for the Muster's annual "Buy A Bale" campaign – to help struggling farmers. Since January the "Buy a Bale" campaign has sent 80,000 high quality hay bales across Queensland and New South Wales, providing stock feed to approximately 700 farmers. Hay is desperately needed, especially in Queensland, where earlier this year 80 per cent of the state was drought declared.
On Saturday, Sara Storer will play an intimate performance of her recent hit "Come On Rain" to 100 drought-affected farmers when they brought into the Muster site to spend the day forgetting the problems they face on their properties.
The Gympie Muster melting pot of songwriting, musicians and performing, is "just a happy place," Sara Storer says, remembering some of her experiences at 'The Muster'.
"People are all there having a break from work, having a break from life and they are all there for country music," she said. "And country music is such a relaxing genre of music. The crowd is always happy, they're all fired up and they're there for a good time."
This year she will perform with her brother Greg and has a few surprises up her sleeves. "We are going to do a cover – it's a pop song - and I'm going to have a bit of fun and do that with my brother," she said.
"I won't give it away in case it crashes and burns and we can't do it, but that's the plan," she says. There will be a few new Sara Storer songs at the Songwriters Sessions on Saturday afternoon. "There is a session with just three songwriters, so I might even try a few new songs in that just for a bit of fun," she said.
Her Sunday main stage show – just before John Williamson – will be her favourites – and the likely possibility of playing with the man who drew her out of her songwriting blues, John Williamson.
By January 2004, Sara Storer's Beautiful Circle album had earned her eight Gold Guitars and a huge profile including playing before 40,000 at the Gympie Muster. The Firefly (2005) and Silver Skies (2007) albums cemented her place in Australian country music and then motherhood - and a shift to Darwin – understandably put songwriting energies on hold. Bumping into true blue country star, John Williamson at the Tamworth Festival in 2012 sparked her creative energies and kickstarted her hit 2013 album Lovegrass (2013). "For me, I was inspired by an idea about John Williamson and that pretty much started it. "And that song (Canoe) really started the whole songwriting thing again and I couldn't put the songwriting pen down."
Sara said last year's Lovegrass album – with "Come On Rain" - gave her the confidence to keep going. "I knew that I could – because there was a big question mark – and it just answered that question 'Yes, I can be a mum and I can still do an album as well'."
For Sara, songwriting is now still something that happens when she can find the time in between looking after her three boys. "I do the...'I will just find five minutes here, 10 minutes there type of thing, if the kids are having a nap'," she laughs. "It was only happening this morning, when I had an idea and so the dishes piled up, the whole house looked like a bomb had hit it. "And I just still wanted to get these thoughts down.
"So I just sat in the kitchen, watching the kids, writing and playing." "It wasn't until about 11am that I thought, 'They are just destroying the joint, I'd better clean up!"
Sara Storer plays the Muster on Saturday – at the Songwriter sessions at midday, at the Great Australian Music Hall at 5.30pm - and on Sunday; the main stage at 5pm before John Williamson.
The Gympie Muster begins Thursday August 28 and runs until Sunday August 31 at Amamoor Creek State Forest, 40 kilometres south west of Gympie. Main performers include John Williamson, Sara Storer, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Russell Morris, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans and The McClymonts.
Details at http://www.muster.com.au/
DROUGHT-stricken Queensland farmers, particularly in the South Burnett region, will know they have friends after the success of the Gympie Music Muster.
Sara Storer is one of those friends.
The country star was waiting to greet and sing for the 100 South Burnett farmers invited to the Muster as guests of the event.
The Buy a Bale campaign was named this year's Muster charity and organisers decided to give farming families another psychological boost.
While there, farmers would have seen Muster attendees donat thousands of dollars to the campaign, in support of farmers for whom pasture is little more than a memory.
Muster Apex chairman Wayne Dean was delighted.
"One fellow flew over from Albany, I think, in Western Australia and stayed at Banjos (the Muster tent motel)," Mr Dean said.
"He had to get home and he left his wallet with his flight details in it," he said.
"He called us and said he needed the information to catch his plane.
"He said there was some money there and we could give it to Buy a Bale.
"People were wandering up and handing over fifties and hundreds and I thought, 'Are you kidding me?'.
"Our overall attendance figures would be in the 45,000 to 50,000 range, including 800 artists, including musicians.
"It's a big event." .
Mr Dean said his Apex Muster Board was in charge of the hands-on operations, while another body, the Muster Board ran the strategic side.
Muster Board chairman Jonathan Weller said he had received good feedback from sponsors, supports, artists and community groups.
"Attendees said it was back to what it used to be," Mr Weller said.
"It was all good from the comments I heard," he said.
"The really good news for Gympie is that the Muster is back on track."
Lovegrass Now Available
It’s been over three years since Australia’s finest storyteller Sara Storer’s latest album release but the wait is finally over! Lovegrass, the new album from Sara Storer will be released on August 23, 2013 through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia. Since the release of Calling Me Home: The Best Of Sara Storer in 2010, Sara Storer has got married had her second and third child.
Lovegrass features 12 original tracks including songs with John Williamson and Greg Storer.
Sara Storer began her recording career with ABC Music, releasing the Gold selling album Chasing Buffalo (2000) followed by Platinum selling album Beautiful Circle (2002) and Gold selling album Firefly (2004) before again topping the Country Album sales charts with Silver Skies (2007) and her Greatest Hits collection Calling Me Home: The Best of Sara Storer in 2010.
Sara Storer has gone on to become one of the most respected singer/songwriters in Australia. She is an ARIA nominated artist who has a won a staggering 14 Golden Guitar Awards in addition to her Platinum and Gold albums.
Lovegrass is produced in Australia by the mulit-award winning Matt Fell.
1. Come On Rain
4. Heart And Sold
5. Shuffling Mess
7. You’re My Everything
8. Next Year
11. William Paroo
12. Apple Seeds
The Gossip: Sara Storer
On the heels of the release of her new album Lovegrass, the multi award-winning country star sings the praises of family, old friends and outback life
Q: When did you realise it was time to start work on a new album?
A: It was time to release another album but I was too busy making a family. The Best Of album in 2010 was great filler while I sorted that little problem out. I didn’t start writing songs for the new album until early last year after a big dry spell. Thankfully, the songs came and I was able to record just before the birth of my third baby. I had to take some big breaths to get those vocals out!
Q: What was it like launching the new album, Lovegrass (ABC), at the Gympie Muster?
A: It was amazing. I had a great time slot on the main stage -- Saturday at sunset – and the crowd was wonderful. I was a little nervous about playing the songs for the first time but the adrenaline from the crowd and the atmosphere won out.
Q: How did you come to work with John Williamson?
A: John asked me to support a few shows very early in my career. I plucked up the courage to ask him to record a duet with me for my second album, Beautiful Circle, in 2004. I’ve been waiting for the right song to ask him for a second duet. I thought my song “Pozie” would be perfect for us. He’s a champion.
Q: Do you have a favourite song on the album?
A: “Lovegrass” – it’s fun and it makes me smile when I sing it. It makes me think of the thing that matters most – my family.
Q: Do you still live in Darwin?
A: Yes, I love Darwin. We’re still in the dry season. It’s lovely. You should experience it – Mayish to Septemberish. Leave the cold weather for a sunset down at the Sailing Boat Club! Beautiful.
Q: You were a teacher in Katherine, NT – do you still teach?
A: Not anymore. I’d be very rusty if I went back into the classroom. The thing I loved most was watching the children grow in spirit and in mind over a year. If I had the choice I’d definitely like to raise my children on a few acres. The fresh air, the freedom, the room and the opportunities that country living provides make for great self-esteem.
Q: What do you love most about the Outback?
A: The people, the friendliness, the optimism, the colours, the calm.
Q: Who is your favourite country singer?
A: In Australia, Beccy Cole. She’s the best entertainer. She’s funny and a great songwriter. Internationally, Alison Krauss. Her bluegrass background and the amazing musicians she works with help make her music something I can listen to day in, day out.
Throughout her career, Sara Storer has always delivered something fresh with each new album. And she has come up trumps again, with a sweet, organic album that is an absolute delight. Since her last release, Silver Skies, Sara’s acquired a husband and three small sons – but she’s lost none of her unique perspective on the world, and her ability to turn it into unique, memorable music. This album is full of very special songs, including Canoe, her tribute to John Williamson (featuring the man himself on jaw harp) and the moving Pozi on which Williamson duets with her. The delicious title track, Lovegrass, is a real highlight, as is Apple Seeds, written and sung with brother Greg Storer. Tracks like Chapters and the bittersweet Sunshowercapture delicate, powerful emotions, as does the heartfelt You’re My Everything. And the bush hasn’t been forgotten with Come On Rain, Heart And Soul and William Paroo all rooted firmly in the land. Lovegrass will embed its seeds in you from the first listen, and have you completely addicted. It is simply wonderful.