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Kasey Chambers
Kasey Chambers
Kasey Chambers.jpg
Chambers, ARIA Hall of Fame 1 July 2008
Courtesy Mandy Hall
Background information
Born (1976-06-04) 4 June 1976 (age 41)
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Genres Country, Country pop
Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
1993-1998 (Dead Ringer Band)
1999-present (solo)
Labels EMI, Liberation Music (Aus)/Sugar Hill Records (U.S.)
The Dead Ringer Band, Shane Nicholson
Website www.kaseychambers.com

Kasey Chambers (born 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of singer and musician Bill Chambers, and the sister of musician and producer Nash Chambers.

Solo success

Chambers and Shane Nicholson ARIA Hall of Fame

Chambers recorded her solo album The Captain on Norfolk Island over a few weeks in late 1998 with Nash Chambers producing the album and Bill Chambers on guitar. US country musicians Buddy Miller and Julie Miller added guitars and vocals to four tracks. The Captain was released in 1999 in Australia and in 2000 in the US. Chambers won the 1999 ARIA Award for "Best Country Album" for The Captain and a year later she would win "Best Female Artist". The strong word of mouth would eventually lead to The Captain going double platinum in Australia. The Captain would eventually reach the top 50 of the Billboard country albums in 2001 with Chambers touring the US as support act to Lucinda Williams. Subsequently, she supported Emmylou Harris on her Australian tour. Chambers would receive further exposure when "The Captain" was played on episode 8 of the third season of HBO's The Sopranos titled "He Is Risen".

Chambers' second album Barricades & Brickwalls was released in late 2001 debuting at No. 4 in the ARIA album charts. The record really took off in early 2002 with lead single "Not Pretty Enough" going to No. 1 on the ARIA singles charts. Chambers became the only Australian country artist to have a No. 1 single and album on the charts in that country simultaneously. Subsequent singles "Million Tears" and "If I Were You" also made the Australian Top 40 singles charts in 2002.

Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, released in late 2015 on Austin, Texas-based Eight 30 Records, features Chambers singing the title track.

Commercial success

While "Not Pretty Enough" eventually went double platinum, Barricades & Brickwalls would achieve sales of 7x platinum in Australia meaning Chambers had the second best selling single and album by an Australian artist in 2002 behind Kylie Minogue whose single Can't Get You Out of My Head and album Fever became the biggest successes of the year. At the 2002 ARIA Awards, Chambers won "Album of the Year", "Best Female Artist" and "Best Country Album". Barricades & Brickwalls was released in the US in 2002 peaking just outside the top 100 of the Billboard 200 album charts, topping the Billboard Heatseeker Charts and reaching the top 20 of the Billboard country charts. The album also received a generally positive critical response.[1]

She recorded a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "True Colours" which became the theme song of the 2003 Rugby World Cup[2] and reached the top 5 in Australia in May 2003. It was the 76th best-selling single in Australia that year[3] and won gold accreditation in the Australian ARIA charts.[4]

Chambers released her third solo album Wayward Angel in Australia on 31 May 2004. It debuted at No. 1 on the Australian charts and went platinum in its first week of release. Singles from the album include "Hollywood", "Pony" and "Saturated". Following the Boxing Day Tsunami, Chambers appeared at the Wave Aid fundraising concert in Sydney, to raise funds for aid organisations working in disaster affected areas.

Chambers's next album, Carnival, debuted in the No. 1 position on the ARIA album charts in late August 2006. The lead single, "Nothing at All" also reached the top ten of the singles chart.

Chambers and Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daley played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 March 2009 for Sound Relief, a multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.[5][6] The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[5] All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief.[5][6] Appearing with Chambers in Melbourne were, Augie March, Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters & Collectors, Jack Johnson, Jet, Kings Of Leon, Liam Finn, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Split Enz and Wolfmother.[7]

In 2010 the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for 'Best Independent Country Album' went to the Australian country family dynasty - Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies - for their album. A unique[] collaboration of 3 generations - the 16 original songs were crafted together by Kasey, her father Bill, brother Nash and their collective brood of Little Hillbillies.[8]

Personal life

Chambers was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia.[9] She has an older brother, Nash Chambers and her father is Australian Country musician Bill Chambers. She grew up on the Nullarbor Plain and the tiny fishing village of Southend, South Australia. Her family owned the local fish and chip shop for a time, and were playing and touring as a family band, The Dead Ringer Band, which included her father, Billy Chambers, a Golden Guitar Award songwriter, and Nash Chambers, now a well-known music producer and performer. The Dead Ringer Band continued to tour locally and interstate, gaining support and popularity along the way.[10]

In late 2005, Chambers married Australian singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson. Chambers and Nicholson have two children: son Arlo Ray (2007) and daughter Poet Poppin (2011). Chambers has an older son, Talon, from a previous relationship.[11] In April 2013, Chambers and Nicholson announced their separation after eight years of marriage.[12]

Chambers lives in Copacabana, NSW Central Coast.[13]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
AUS
[14]
US Country
[15]
US
[16]
US
Heat

[17]
US
Folk

[18]
US
Indie

[19]
The Captain 11 49 -- -- -- --
Barricades & Brickwalls 1 13 104 1 -- --
  • AUS: 7× Platinum[22]
Wayward Angel
  • Release date: 31 May 2004
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 31 -- 15 -- --
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[23]
Carnival
  • Release date: 19 August 2006
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: EMI Records
1 -- -- 22 -- --
Rattlin' Bones
(with Shane Nicholson)
1 -- -- 21 -- --
Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies
(with Bill Chambers and the Little Hillbillies)
  • Release date: 6 November 2009
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music
58 -- -- -- -- --
Little Bird
  • Release date: 17 September 2010
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
3 32 -- 6 9 39
Storybook
  • Release date: 23 September 2011
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
21 53 -- 16 19 --
Wreck & Ruin
(with Shane Nicholson)
  • Release date: 23 October 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
6 35 -- 15 10 --
Bittersweet
  • Release date: 29 August 2014 & 24 July 2015 (US)
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Australia
2 49 -- 24 23 --
Dragonfly[27]
  • Release date: 20 January 2017 & 2 June 2017 (US)
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Australia
1 -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Extended plays

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
AUS
[14]
Ain't No Little Girl
  • Release date: 26 August 2016
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Australia
99

Singles

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[14]
NZ
[28]
1999 "Don't Talk Back" 215 -- The Captain
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" 71 --
"The Captain" 68 --
2001 "Runaway Train" 86 -- Barricades & Brickwalls
"On a Bad Day" 147 --
2002 "Not Pretty Enough" 1 4
  • AUS: 2× Platinum[29]
"Million Tears" 32 --
"If I Were You" 32 --
2003 "True Colours" 4 -- Non-album song
2004 "Like a River" and "Hollywood" 28 -- Wayward Angel
2005 "Pony" 10 --
"Saturated" 75 --
2006 "Nothing at All" 9 -- Carnival
"Surrender" 74 --
2008 "Rattlin' Bones" (with Shane Nicholson) 55 -- Rattlin' Bones
"Monkey on a Wire" (with Shane Nicholson) -- --
"Wildflower" (with Shane Nicholson) -- --
2010 "Little Bird" 82 -- Little Bird
2011 "Beautiful Mess" -- --
"Luka" -- -- Storybook
2012 "Adam and Eve" (with Shane Nicholson) -- -- Wreck & Ruin
"The Quiet Life" (with Shane Nicholson) -- --
2014 "Wheelbarrow" -- -- Bittersweet
"Bittersweet" -- --
2016 "Satellite" -- -- Dragonfly
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Music videos

Year Video Director
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" Paul Elliott
2002 "Not Pretty Enough" Danny Passman
2004 "Like a River" Sean Gilligan
2008 "Rattlin' Bones" (with Shane Nicholson) Helen Clemens
2011 "Little Bird" Gemma Lee
2012 "Adam & Eve" (with Shane Nicholson) Duncan Toombs
2013 "The Quiet Life" (with Shane Nicholson)[31]
2014 "Wheelbarrow" Renny Wijeyamohan
"Bittersweet" (with Bernard Fanning)
2016 "Ain't No Little Girl"[32]

Other contributions

  • 2000: various artists - Maybe Baby - Original Soundtrack (Virgin Records) - "Cry Like A Baby"
  • 2000: Slim Dusty - Looking Forward Looking Back (EMI) - "Matilda No More"
  • 2001: various artists - 107.1 KGSR Radio Austin - Broadcasts Vol.9 (KGSR) - "Tear Stained Eyes"
  • 2002: Speedstar - Bruises You Can Touch EMI) - "It's Okay To Be Sad When It Rains"
  • 2002: various artists - 107.1 KGSR Radio Austin - Broadcasts Vol.10 (KGSR) - "Not Pretty Enough"
  • 2002: various artists - Hear Music Vol 8 - Between Stories (Hear Music) - "Not Pretty Enough"
  • 2003: various artists - 107.1 KGSR Radio Austin - Broadcasts Vol.11 (KGSR) - "The Captain"
  • 2003: various artists - Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton (Sugar Hill - "Little Sparrow"
  • 2005: Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys - EMI / Capitol (Gawd Aggie) - "You're Learning"
  • 2005: various artists - She Will Have Her Way: The Songs of Tim & Neil Finn (EMI) - "Better Be Home Soon"
  • 2007: Jimmy Barnes - Out In The Blue (Liberation Music) - "When Two Hearts Collide
  • 2010: various artists - Long Gone Whistle - The Songs Of Maurice Frawley (Liberation Music) - "Hold On" (with Shane Nicholson)
  • 2011: various artists - Floodlight - Barnes Family Songs For Flood Relief (Liberation Music) - "When Two Hearts Collide (with Jimmy Barnes)
  • 2015: various artists - Cold And Bitter Tears: The Songs Of Ted Hawkins (Eight 30) - "Cold And Bitter Tears" (with Bill Chambers)

As composer

  • 2004: Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood - Nancy & Lee 3 (Boots / Warner Music) - track 2, "Barricades & Brickwalls" (co-written with Bill Chambers and Steven Mark Werchon)
  • 2004: Ricky Koole - Who's Suzy? (Brigadoon Vocal) - track 13, "A Little Bit Lonesome"
  • 2005: Catherine Durand - Diaporama (Zone3) - track 9, "I Still Pray"
  • 2014: Bob Seger - Ride Out (Capitol / Hideout) - track 5, "Adam and Eve" (co-written with Shane Nicholson)
  • 2015: Flatt Lonesome - Runaway Train (Mountain Home Music) - track 12, "Runaway Train" (co-written with Steven Mark Werchon)

Awards and recognition

APRA Music Awards

These awards were established by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in 1982 to honour the achievements of songwriters and music composers, and to recognise their song writing skills, sales and airplay performance, by its members annually. Since 1997 the association has formed an alliance with Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), which manages mechanical royalties, to present the awards.[33][34] Kasey Chambers has won 10 APRA Music Awards out of 27 nominations.[35]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" (Kasey Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2001 "The Captain" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2002 Kasey Chambers Songwriter of the Year Won
"On a Bad Day" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
"Runaway Train" (Chambers, Steven Werchon) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2003 "Not Pretty Enough" (Chambers) Most Performed Australian Work Won
Most Performed Country Work Won
Song of the Year Won
"A Million Tears" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"If I Were You" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2005 "Hollywood" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"Like a River" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
2006 "Hollywood" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"Pony" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
"Saturated" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2007 "Nothing at All" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
2009 "Rattlin' Bones" (Chambers, Shane Nicholson Country Work of the Year Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2011 "Little Bird" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2012 "Beautiful Mess" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Nominated
2015 "Bittersweet" (Chambers, Bernard Fanning) Song of the Year Nominated
2016 "Is God Real?" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music Awards

These awards have been presented by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA]) since 1987. Kasey Chambers has won 12 ARIA Music Awards from 31 nominations, including her first win in 1999 for the Best Country Album for Captain.[36] As from November 2017, she has won that category eight times.[36]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 The Captain Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2000 "The Captain" Best Female Artist Won
Single of the Year Nominated
2002 Barricades & Brickwalls Album of the Year Won
Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Won
Highest Selling Album Nominated
Barricades & Brickwalls - Campbell Murray Creating Best Cover Art Nominated
"Not Pretty Enough" Highest Selling Single Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
2003 Barricades & Brickwalls Highest Selling Album Nominated
2004 Wayward Angel Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Won
Wayward Angel - Mathematics Best Cover Art Nominated
2006 "Nothing at All" Best Female Artist Nominated
2007 Carnival Best Female Artist Nominated
Carnival - Nash Chambers Producer of the Year Nominated
2008 Rattlin' Bones (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
Rattlin' Bones (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) - Aaron Hayward & David Homer (Debaser) Best Cover Art Nominated
2009 Rattlin' Bones Max Sessions (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Best Music DVD Nominated
2010 Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies (by Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and other family members) Best Children's Album Nominated
2011 Little Bird Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2013 Wreck & Ruin (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Best Country Album Won
Wreck & Ruin (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) - Glen Hannah Best Cover Artist Nominated
2014 Bittersweet Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2017 Dragonfly Best Country Album Won

Other awards

Year Award-giving body Award Result
2000 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2002 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2009 CMAA Awards Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
APRA Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Group or Duo of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson) Nominated
Single of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Video Clip of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Highest Selling Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 Americana Music Awards Best Duo/Group of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson)[37] Nominated
2010 Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones" - Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson)[38] Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards Female Artist of the Year (Kasey Chambers) Won
Album of the Year (Little Bird) Nominated
APRA Song of the Year ("Little Bird") Won
Video Clip of the Year ("Little Bird") Nominated
Single of the Year ("Little Bird") Won
Toyota Heritage Song of the Year ("Nullabor (The Biggest Backyard)") Nominated
Vocal Collaboration of the Year ("Love Like a Hurricane" - Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett) Won

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