FAM­ILY FIRST

Aus­tralian coun­try mu­si­cian Adam Har­vey re­cently re­leased Fam­ily Life, an al­bum that fo­cuses on what he loves the most – his fam­ily

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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.

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