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Kasey CHAMBERS (1998)

Kasey Chambers

1976 – Born on the 4th of June. At three weeks of age her parents Bill and Diane Chambers took her and her two year old brother Nash into the Australian Nullarbor plain on what was meant to be a working holiday hunting foxes and selling the pelts – this lasted for nine years.

The family would spend seven or eight months of the year on the Nullarbor, resupplying themselves from the Indian Pacific train. The rest of the year, the hot months, the family spent at a small South Australian fishing village. Each night in a different spot on that vast Australian landmark Bill and Diane passed on their love of country music and homeschooled their children by the glow of the campfire, under the stars.

1986 -The family returned to "civilisation" so that Bill and Diane could pick up interrupted music careers and the children could attend secondary school and have friends their own age. It also meant that they were exposed to other music.

The Chambers had started playing pubs and clubs again and before long had become a group.  First Kasey joined them as lead singer, then Nash, and they became known as the Dead Ringer Band (as Kasey and Nash looked so like their parents).

1992 - The family had become full-time musicians, playing to city audiences as well as heading back out into the countryside.

During the '90s the Dead Ringer Band members, released seven CDs and collectively earned two ARIA's, five MO Awards and seven Gold Guitars. The Dead Ringer Band’s albums were released on the “Massive” label. When major label EMI came knocking the band was taking an extended break. EMI were quite happy to sign Kasey to a solo deal.

1998 - Chambers recorded her solo album 'The Captain' on Norfolk Island which was released in May 1999.

1999 - ARIA award for Best Country album.

2000 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with “The Captain”. Mo  Awards for Female Country Performer of the Year. People’s Choice Awards – Best Group or Duo. ARIA Award for Best Female Artist.

Between Australian and American tours in late 2000 and early 2001, Kasey wrote the songs which constitute her second solo album, 'Barricades & Brickwalls'. The album’s lynchpin was the single “Not Pretty Enough”, Kasey’s reaction to her lack of radio airplay for ‘The Captain’.

2002 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year with “Not Pretty Enough”, and Top Selling Album of the Year with “Barricades and Brickwalls”. Mo  Awards for Female Country Performer of the Year. ACE Awards – Country Female Act. ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “Barricades and Brickwalls” and Best Female Artist.
Kasey was invited to record Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colours” as the Official song for the Rugby World Cup with it reaching Gold sales and Top 10 on the ARIA Singles Charts.

2003 – Golden Guitar for Toyota Golden Winner of the Decade. Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PCCA) Award for Most Broadcast Australian Country Artist (Radio).

2004 - ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “Wayward Angel” and Best Female Artist. Named Global Country Artist. 'Wayward Angel' entered the national charts at No.1 in June.  Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PCCA) Award for Most Broadcast Australian Country Artist (Radio)

2005 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with “Pony”. Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PCCA) Award for Most Broadcast Australian Country Artist (Radio)

In late 2005 Kasey married Australian singer/songwriter Shane Nicholson.

2006 – Golden Guitar for Single of the Year with “Pony”. Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PCCA) Award for Most Broadcast Australian Country Artist (Radio).
Kasey released the album “Carnival”, which went on to reach the ARIA #1 position and platinum sales.

2008 – “Rattlin Bones”, a collaborative effort with husband Shane Nicholson was released in April. Aria award for Best Country Album with “Rattlin’ Bones”, Sales of this album have achieved platinum status.

2009 - Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson dominated the 37th annual Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth with 'Rattlin' Bones' winning Song, Single and Video Clip of the Year for the album's title track, and Highest Selling Album and Album of the Year.
Kasey released “Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill & The Little Hillbillies”, an accompanying children’s book was written by Kasey.

2010 - Kasey released ‘Little Bird’ was produced  with her touring band The Millionaires featuring Jim Moginie , Jeff McCormack, John Watson, Shane Nicholson, Bill Chambers and brother Nash.

2011 – Golden Guitars for Best Female Artist, Best Vocal Collaboration (with Kevin Bennett) for “Love is Like a Hurricane”, Song of the Year and Best Single for “Little Bird”.

2012 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration with Beccy Cole for “Millionaires”.

2013 – Golden Guitar for Group or Duo with Shane Nicholson.

2015 – Golden Guitar for Album of the Year and Single of the Year with “Bittersweet”.