AMY TO COME TO CQ
AWARD-winning Queensland singersongwriter Amy Shark is often asked by industry colleagues and companions – hailing from the savvy glamour of LA and other American music and talent hotspots – where they should visit when they come to Australia.
Ms Shark, who won her first two ARIA trophies last year and has been nominated in nine categories this year, said many were planning holidays on the Gold Coast, where she was raised.
“And I say, ‘You need to head out west and get your real Aussie experience’, and everyone I’ve said that to, they have gone and done it.
“They can still tick off the Gold Coast and Sydney, but everyone’s pretty interested in going somewhere no one knows about.”
Ms Shark, who released her debut album Love Monster in July, has been nominated for nine ARIA Awards this year including Album of the Year, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, and publicly voted categories for Song of the Year and Best Video for her two-times platinum single ‘I Said Hi’, with winners to be announced on November 28.
However, while her popularity continues to rise, she said the down-to-earth friendliness of Queensland’s rural towns would always be a “real treat”.
“I talk about it with my band and partner all the time, about how you know when you’re in a small town because the service is so much better and they’ll remember your order the next time.
“All those things are a real treat – it’s such a different experience, especially when you’ve been in cities.”
Ms Shark is looking forward to her trip out west next year for Way Out West 2019 where she has been announced headlining act.
TASTE OF OZ: Amy Shark will perform at Way Out West 2019.