Australian country musician Adam Harvey recently released Family Life, an album that focuses on what he loves the most – his family
Adam Harvey is blessed with the biggest voice in Australian country music. Harvey, of Bateau Bay, is on tour to celebrate the release of his latest album, Family Life.
He heads to Twin Towns at Tweeds Heads this weekend.
With a career spanning almost 20 years, half a million album sales, gold and platinum albums, and eight Golden Guitar awards, Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular musicians.
Family Life follows the outstanding success of The Great Country Songbook, his platinum-selling album with Troy Cassar-Daley.
The album is a collection of personal stories and observations that resonate with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
They tell of his experience as a husband, a father and a son, and of a man who is content with his life.
“This album really came very naturally to me,” Harvey says. “It was also a lot of fun because I’m writing songs and singing about the things that I love the most … family.
“I can still remember the day 13 years ago when my wife Kathy called me on my way home from work to say that I was going to become a father.
“I was so frightened that I nearly crashed the car.’’
The record includes a beautiful duet with Harvey’s 12-year-old daughter Leylah – a cover of Daddy What If, the classic Shel Silverstein song made famous by Bobby Bare.
“Recording a duet with my baby girl Leylah was not only a highlight of this album, but also of my career,” Harvey says.
“I’m so proud of the way she sang in the studio and I still get teary when I play the track and think about it. With her typical sense of humour, Leylah told me this duet might be a one-off because she thinks I’m holding her back.”
Can he see another Harvey taking the stage?
“Leylah might follow me into country,” Harvey says. “She’s very good. My son Conway, though, is into rap.
“I told him that if you combine country and rap you get crap and that just won’t work on stage. So I’m not sure there.”
Harvey says his love for country music stems back to his childhood, when his father would “brainwash” him as a kid with old vinyls.
“He’d have country music playing day and night and I used to sit by his stereo and sing along,” he says.
“I got a guitar when I was 10 or 11 and I’d try and strum along to his Johnny Cash records.”
Adam Harvey, The Sunny Cowgirls and Luke O’Shea, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, Saturday night
RECORDING A DUET WITH MY BABY GIRL LEYLAH WAS NOT ONLY A HIGHLIGHT OF THIS ALBUM, BUT ALSO OF MY CAREER
Adam Harvey still gets teary when he plays the track that his daughter Leylah also performs on.