Thursday, 10 March 2016

44th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia

CMAA 2016

CountryRoutesBlog take a look at the 2016 CMAA Awards and the main events of The Tamworth Country Music Festival, it includes:
CMAA 2016 show report,  2016 CMAA Red Carpet, Photo and Gallery Links,  2016 CMAA Winners and Nominee listing. Watch the whole Awards Show.

CMAA 2016 Report

The 44th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, were be staged on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference Centre (TRECC). The Awards are country music’s night of nights when the winners take home the coveted Golden Guitar trophies.
For full details of the winners, images and broadcast packages from the 44th Annual Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, head to

CMAA 2016 (Press Photo) Golden Guitar Winners
44th Annual Awards -23 Jan 2016
The 2016 Country Music Awards Australia - Toyota Golden Guitars were presented by Sam McClymont, Travis Collins, Adam Harvey, Paul Kelly, James Blundell, Amber Lawrence, Luke O'Shea, Dobe Newton & Roger Corbett of The Bushwackers, Kristy Cox, Chelsea Basham and Tamworth's own Rex Dallas along with his granddaughter Ashleigh Dallas, Lee Kernaghan, Robby X, Beccy Cole, Tim Daley, Brothers3, Adam Eckersley Band, Lachlan Bryan, The Sunny Cowgirls, Fanny Lumsden, Paul Kelly, Max Ellis and Anne Kirkpatrick.
Sam McClymont and Travis Collins were the official hosts for the 44th Toyota Golden Guitars Australia (aka Country Music Awards of Australia)
Performers included: Lee Kernaghan performing with the New Talent nominees Brothers3, Christie Lamb, Seleen McAlister, Mickey Pye and Caitlyn Shadbolt, Troy Cassar-Daley performing with Paul Kelly, Beccy Cole, Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Roo Arcus, Jasmine Rae and country super-group Adam Brand and the Outlaws.

Troy Cassar-Daley, with his album Freedom Ride, stole the show scooping five Golden Guitars from seven nominations including, Male Artist of The Year, Album Of The Year, Toyota Heritage Song Of The Year, Apra AMCOS Song of The Year and Single of The Year with “Take a Walk in My Country”.

Lee Kernaghan capped off a huge year, adding three more Golden Guitars to his collection. Lee picked up Awards for Vocal Collaboration Of The Year (Spirit of the Anzacs), Video Clip Of The Year (Spirit of the Anzacs), and Sanity Top Selling Australian Album Of The Year (Spirit of the Anzacs).

The winners list: (download a list of winners PDF File )
Album of the Year: Troy Cassar-Daley, FREEDOM RIDE (presented by Adam Harvey)
Alternative Country Album of the Year: Shane Nicholson, Hell Breaks Loose (presented by Fanny Lumsden & Paul Kelly)
Male Artist of the Year: Troy Cassar-Daley (presented by Jasmine Rae and Adam Brand)
Female Artist of the Year: Catherine Britt (presented by Aleyce Simmonds & James Blundell) her 4th CMAA
Group or Duo of the Year: Adam Eckersley Band (presented by Chelsea Basham & Brothers 3)
Vocal Collaboration of the Year: Lee Kernaghan and special guests, Spirit of the Anzacs (presented by Kaylens Rain)
Bush Ballad of the Year: Allan Caswell and Manfred Vijars, One Last Muster (presented by Rex Dallas and Tamworth's own Ashleigh Dallas)
Heritage Song of the Year: Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly, Freedom Ride (presented by Starmaker 2015 winner Mickey Pye & Brad Cramb Chief Marketing Officer for Toyota)
Video Clip of the Year: Lee Kernaghan and special guests (directed by Duncan Toombs), Spirit of the Anzacs (presented by Beccy Cole & CMC's Director Tim Daley)
Single of the Year: Troy Cassar-Daley, Take a Walk in My Country (presented by Amber Lawrence & Luke O'Shea)
Top Selling Album of the Year: Lee Kernaghan, Spirit of the Anzacs (presented by Brooke & Sam McClymont)

Troy Cassar-Daley has plenty to celebrate after winning five Golden Guitars.
The Grafton-raised country musician took out Album of the Year (FREEDOM RIDE), Single ("Take A Walk In My Country"), APRA AMCOS Song ("Freedom Ride”), Toyota Heritage Song of the Year: ("Freedom Ride") and Male Artist of the Year at the 44th annual awards in Tamworth for his ninth studio album FREEDOM RIDE.
Freedom Ride was the first solo album Cassar-Daley recorded after undergoing surgery on his vocal chords in 2013.
CMAA 2016 (Press photo) Troy Cassar-Daley poses
Five Golden Guitars -23 Jan 2016

His awards haul tonight brings his Golden Guitar tally to 32. The late Slim Dusty still holds the overall record of 37 Golden Guitar Awards.
Freedom Ride is a song that tells the story of Charlie Perkins' trip around northern New South Wales half a century ago to fight for the rights of Aboriginal people.
"It was just an amazing thing to look at that story and try and put it into three-and-a-half minutes," he said of the song, which he co-wrote with Paul Kelly.
Kelly said: "It's really easy to write songs with Troy, he rings up and says 'I've got a few ideas for songs, can I come down?' He comes down and he's usually got the song mostly finished."
"He just needs someone to cook some spaghetti for him and open a bottle of wine and have a cup of tea, change a few lines here and there and we've got the song," he said.
He celebrated 35 years since his first festival with a performance depicting his time in Tamworth, from a young busker on the Boulevard of Dreams to teenage up-and-comer and now country music superstar, and was also joined on stage (Image) by Kelly to sing Freedom Ride.

The night kicked off with a high-energy performance on the red carpet by Jared Porter, 2014 Toyota Star Maker, and his band Jared Adlam on guitar, Reece Baines on drums, Michael Cole on guitar.
The CMAA Golden Guitar Awards Information – FAQ’s

Watch back the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards 2016 originally streamed live on Jan 23, 2016
The concert starts at 15 minutes, Travis Collins & Samantha McClymont hosted with 16 performances.

The CMAA 2016 Awards House band:
Brendan Radford (Musical Director & Acoustic Guitar), Mitch Farmer (Drums), Michel Rose (Pedal Steel Guitar/Mandolin), Camille Te Nahu (backing harmony vocals; originally from Gisborne, NZ) with her hubby Stuart (Stuie) French (Tasmania, Australia) & Glen Hannah (Electric Guitars)
Most of the band are Sydney based (except Brendan). Stuie and Camille shared that they get to play with the guys typically once a year for the Awards! Great job!

Running order
a) Mickey Pye's instrumental Unleashed / Adam Brand and The Outlaws "Be My Girl"
b) Catherine Britt "Boneshaker"
c) Tyson Lucas (Young Troys) + Troy Cassar-Daley "Home" depiction of Troy's performing in Tamworth from being a young busker on the street to teenage prodigy to country music superstar.
d) Shane Nicholson "Secondhand Man"
e) Beccy Cole with “Sweet Rebecca”.
f) Mustered Courage performed The McClymonts hit song "Wrapped Up Good" recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the release of The McClymonts self-titled debut EP.
g) Allan Caswell "One Last Muster"
h) Lee Kernaghan was joined on stage by Qantaslink New Talent Of The Year winner Christie Lamb and finalists Brothers3, Seleen McAlister, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Mickey Pye for an incredible rendition of Spirit of the Anzacs
i) Anne Kirkpatrick and Max Ellis induct Graeme Connors to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.
j) Jasmine Rae performed >> "Eggs in a Basket" with Peter Denahy on fiddle.
k) Graeme Connors performs new song "Sixty Summers". 40 years since first album
l) Peter Denahy performed his award-winning "Singin' Shoes"
k) Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart performed Kasey Chambers' >> "I Still Pray" to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the release of Chambers' landmark album “Barricades & Brickwalls”
l) Roo Arcus performed "Let's Get Out of Here"
m) Sara Storer performed "Mallee Boy" in a special tribute to celebrate the 30th Anniversary release of John Williamson's landmark album.
n) Duo of The Year winners Adam Eckersley Band performed "Wheels".

Lee Kernaghan was the other big winner of the night, bagging three awards including Top Selling Australian Album of the Year for Spirit of the Anzacs.
He now has 36 of the golden gongs. “I think making the Spirit of the Anzacs was the greatest musical experience of my life,” he said.
“It’s probably given me a much deeper appreciation of what it means to be Australian. We just wanted to make a fitting tribute to the men and women who serve and have served their country.”
Kernaghan was joined on stage during the awards show by New Talent of the Year winner Christie Lamb and finalists Brothers3, Seleen McAlister, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Mickey Pye for a live performance of Spirit of the Anzacs. The title track took out Vocal Collaboration of the Year and Video Clip of the Year, and the album was Top-Selling Australian Album of the Year.

"I know when we were making the album it was so moving because every single song on the album is a true story and there were a lot of tears and a lot of emotion, and we all felt so privileged to have been a part of it," he said. Kernaghan handed his Golden Guitar for Video Clip of the Year to the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson.
Dr Nelson said the idea for the album came from a meeting two-and-a-half years ago, when the pair decided the nation needed an anthem for the Centenary of Anzac.
"Lee and I stood in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and in silence we were looking at the inscription I'd just put on the front of the Tomb: 'He's all of them and he's one of us'," he said.
"I said to Lee, I think by 2015 the nation will be looking for an anthem, and that's it."

(16 March 2015) Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (Import)
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2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC's landing at Gallipoli, In honour of this landmark occasion, music icon and former Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan, teamed up with a host of local artists and musicians to bring you 'Spirit Of The ANZACs.' Recorded at Rancom Street Studio in Sydney, Lee worked with long-time producer and collaborator Garth Porter, Granted unique access to the Australian War Memorial archive. 'Spirit Of The ANZACs' is inspired by the letters of these diggers to their loved ones from WWI thru to the present day.

Coming off the back of her success at the 2015 ARIA Awards, Newcastle girl Catherine Britt was named Female Artist of the Year after a year that has included her best (getting married) and worst days (battling breast cancer)
Shane Nicholson's “Hell Breaks Loose” won Alternative Country Album of the Year.
Group or Duo of the Year went to Adam Eckersley Band picking up their 2nd golden guitar win having won Qantaslink New Talent of the Year in 2015.
Despite not winning New Talent of the Year, Gympie singer Caitlyn Shadbolt has a bright future ahead of her after winning a scholarship to travel to Nashville, America's country music capital. 
Pete Denahy
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Pete Denahy left the night with two awards from three finalist spots, winning Instrumental of the Year for “Cluck Old Hen” and BHP Billiton Bluegrass Recording of the Year for “Singin’ Shoes” with the same musicians from Melbourne were involved in both recordings. Denahy boosted his tally of Golden Guitars to five.  Denahy, who won his first Golden Guitar in 2011, said the Bluegrass track, Singin’ Shoes, was in memory of the late Benalla horseman Reg White.

My dad knew him and I met him when he was an old man and still had horses and a dray he used to pull around town and do a bit of work for the council,” he said.
“He worked on the Yarrawonga-Mulwala weir when 500 horses and scoops were working on it. “Dad loved the song and I was really happy to win for his sake.
Singin’ Shoes is the sound of horse shoes hitting sealed road.” I was really chuffed for them because they put their heart and soul into this project,” he said.

For the first time in many years, the awards included the announcement of the Roll of Renown. Graeme Connors was the deserving inductee this year, with Max Ellis and Anne Kirkpatrick (the daughter of Slim Dusty and Joy McKean) presenting him with the accolade.
Connors thanked his home town and adopted town for their support. "The community of Mackay, believe me, when you feel like an honoured citizen in a town, it's amazing," he said.
"There's a number of songs I have written that have been inspired by that community and the community of Tamworth, which I feel is my second home, every time I come here there's this real sense of total support."
This year marked 40 years since the release of his debut album, AND WHEN MORNING COMES, and he has received a total of 14 Golden Guitars

Bush Ballad of the Year winners were Allan Caswell who now has won 7 golden guitars and Manfred Vijars picked up his first.

Karin Page of Wembley Downs, Western Australia, won Toyota Star Maker 2016.

Karin took the title in a sing-off with Tamworth's Allison Forbers and Picton's Miss Lancaster.
The final was staged as part of Toyota's Concert for Rural Australia in Country Music Capital's Bicentennial Park on Jan 22nd.

Karin wins a huge prize including the full use of a Toyota vehicle for 12 months, recording and video production plus guaranteed performances at a number of venues including Tamworth and Nashville.

2016 CMAA Winners

List of 44th Toyota CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia Nominations, Winners

2016 Golden Guitar Award Winners

Catherine Britt - Boneshaker
Troy Cassar-Daley - Freedom Ride * WINNER
Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests - Spirit Of The Anzacs
Beccy Cole - Sweet Rebecca
O'Shea - The Famine and The Feast

Come On In, James Blundell, Producer: Nick Howard, Theo Posthumus & Karen Waters
Hell Breaks Loose, Shane Nicholson, Producer: Matt Fell * WINNER
Skin, Kevin Bennett and The Flood, Producer: Glen Hannah
The Mountain, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Producer: Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan, Damian Cafarella
White Lies & Melodies, Mustered Courage, Producer: Forrester Savell

Roo Arcus - Cowboys & Sunsets
Troy Cassar-Daley - Freedom Ride * WINNER
Shane Nicholson - Hell Breaks Loose
Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs
Travis Collins - Wired

Catherine Britt – Boneshaker * WINNER
Jasmine Rae – Heartbeat
Ashleigh Dallas - Other Side Of Town
Tori Darke - Silver Lining
Beccy Cole - Sweet Rebecca

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (Country Music Capital News):
Hearts On Fire, Jetty Road
Skin, Kevin Bennett and The Flood
The Famine and The Feast, O'Shea
The Second Album, Adam Eckersley Band * WINNER
White Lies & Melodies, Mustered Courage

Luke O'Shea & Amber Lawrence - Catch You
Beccy Cole, Sara Storer & Gina Jeffreys - Precious Times
Lee Kernaghan, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Jon Stevens, Amy & George Sheppard, Shannon Noll & Megan Washington - Spirit of the Anzacs * WINNER
Troy Cassar-Daley & Jimmy Barnes - Two Weeks On, Two Weeks Off
Catherine Britt & Steve Earle - You And Me Against The World

(presented by Rex Dallas and Ashleigh Dallas)
Norma O'Hara Murphy - Bundarra Dust
Tom Maxwell - Just Drift Back In Time
Dean Perrett – Lorraine
Allan Caswell & Manfred Vijars - One Last Muster * WINNER
Graham Rodger - Territory Man

TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR: “Freedom Ride” Songwriters: Troy Cassar-Daley & Paul Kelly
INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR: CLUCK OLD HEN Pete Denahy (presented by the Adam Eckersley Band)

Singin’ Shoes Pete Denahy (presented by Kristy Cox and Lachlan Bryan)

(presented by Lee Kernaghan & wife Robbie Kernaghan)
Broken Record - Christie Lamb * WINNER  
Brothers Never Par - Brothers3
She's Getting Stronger - Seleen McAlister
Shoot Out The Lights - Caitlyn Shadbolt
When She's Drinkin' - Mickey Pye

APRA AMCOS Song of the Year:
(presented by The Sunny Cowgirls)
Boneshaker, Catherine Britt. Songwriters: Catherine Britt, Tony Buchen
Freedom Ride, Troy Cassar-Daley (feat. Paul Kelly). Songwriter: Troy Cassar-Daley * WINNER 
Joshua, Aleyce Simmonds. Songwriter: Aleyce Simmonds
Secondhand Man, Shane Nicholson. Songwriters: Shane Nicholson
Spirit Of The Anzacs, Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests. Songwriters: Garth Porter, Colin Buchanan, Lee Kernaghan

Catherine Britt – Boneshaker
O'Shea - Parade; Shane Nicholson - Second-hand Man
Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests (Director Duncan Toombs) - Spirit of the Anzacs * WINNER 
Troy Cassar-Daley - Take A Walk In My Country

Catherine Britt – Boneshaker
Jasmine Rae – Heartbeat
Shane Nicholson - Second-hand Man
Lee Kernaghan & Special Guests - Spirit Of The Anzacs
Troy Cassar-Daley - Take A Walk In My Country * WINNER

Hell Breaks Loose, Shane Nicholson,Producer: Matt Fell
Spirit of the Anzacs, Lee Kernaghan & Special, Guests Producer: Garth Porter * WINNER 
Sweet Rebecca, Beccy Cole, Producer: Shane Nicholson
The Famine and The Feast, O'Shea, Producer: Jay O'Shea, Mark O'Shea, Ilya Toshinsky, Mark Moffatt
Wired, Travis Collins. Producer: Travis Collins

Photo credit: David Jackson from Shotz by Jackson

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On Friday night Jan 22, 2016: The 2016 Toyota Star Maker title was run and won - congrats to WA's Karin Page.
She triumphed over the two other finalists - Missy Lancaster and the homegrown Allison Forbes.
Previous winners include Keith Urban, James Blundell and Lee Kernaghan.

It was all-girl Toyota Star Maker Grand Final on Friday after the girls were victorious at the hard-fought finals on Sunday.
After 10 artists performed two songs each, Tamworth's Allison Forbes, West Australian artist Karin Page and Sydney singer Missy Lancaster were announced as the trio who battled it out for the Toyota Star Maker title on Friday night.
Page said she found out about the competition three years ago when she was involved with Telstra Road to Discovery.
Toyota Star Maker grand finalists 2016
Karin Page (L) with Allison Forbes &
Missy Lancaster  (22 Jan 2016).
"I never thought I would be able to be a contestant," she said. "Six months before the competition opened, a few people said you're going to be across east, so enter. I was really shocked to get in."
Page said her plans for the year ahead were everything the competition was about.
"I've been on the road for 18 months writing songs and I plan to tour and play festivals," she said.
"For the next 18 to 24 months, I want to get to as many festivals as I can. I would love the financial support to be able to do things with the amazing team and the industry guidance. It would be living the dream with the right people around you."
Karin performed a ballad and an upbeat anthem that ended with a toe-tapping reprise of “Stuck in the Middle with You”.
Toyota Star Maker co-ordinator, Cheryl Byrnes praised all the entrants saying;
The Toyota Star Maker competition continues to unearth some of the most exciting new country music talent and tonight is no exception,” Toyota Star Maker coordinator Cheryl Byrnes said.
 “Our expert judging panel found it extremely difficult to choose the one, but it’s a sign of just how healthy the industry is overall, and that excites us.”
The victory will see Karin receive a prize pack including the recording of three singles and three videos clips, a brand new Toyota vehicle with an unlimited fuel card for 12 months, and guaranteed performances at major festivals throughout Australia.
Karin was already set to join The McClymonts on some of their tour dates later in 2016

Northern Daily : Local Perth musician, Karin could soon be on that list after taking out the title in Tamworth on the weekend. Karin was in the Mornings studio to have a chat about what the win means for her career and performed her new song ‘Keep On.’
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Country sweetheart Christie Lamb
wins her first Golden Guitar
CMAA QantasLink New Talent Of The Year Golden Guitar Winner 2016

Country sweetheart Christie Lamb has won her first Golden Guitar, taking out the CMAA Qantaslink New Talent of the Year award at the revered Country Music Awards of Australia ceremony at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The award wrapped up an incredible 12-months for the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who has been carving a musical niche with her distinct style of country-rock. It is not the first accolade that the talented songstress was nominated for in 2016, she is also a finalist for the CMC Female Oz Artist of the Year and CMC Oz Artist of the Year.
Winning the first Golden Guitar of her career is an auspicious step for a musician who is already planning on heading into the studio this year to record her next offering. In fact, Christie was one of only two female artists to win on the night, proudly standing beside Catherine Britt, who won the Female Artist of the Year accolade.

Christie says as an independent artist, she was blown away to receive the award and was proud to stand beside the other finalists who included incredible Australian artists. “Receiving the Golden Guitar was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I first went to Tamworth ten years before as a busker and watched all the big artists at TRECC. It was honestly surreal, looking at the artists in the front row and seeing all those same faces watching me on that stage accepting my Golden Guitar. It was honestly a night I will never forget.”
After forging a special music connection with Lee Kernaghan and Robby X in 2015 while touring as part of Lee’s iconic The Songs & The Stories in Concert tour, Christie says the night was all the more meaningful when they presented her the award. It gave her an opportunity to publicly thank Lee for inviting her on the tour, which visited regional and metropolitan centres during the second half of last year.
To not only open the show for Lee Kernaghan, but to sing with him and be a part of his band with The Wolfe Brothers was definitely a dream come true for me,” she said. “It was a privilege to be part of such a special tour showcasing the true stories from the hugely success The Spirit of the Anzacs album.”
Christie also gave a nod to her fellow artists Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds for the good times they had during 2015 on The Girls of Country Tour. She thanked the CMAA, Toyota and Qantaslink for their support, and made special mention of her producer Andrew Cochrane and her plans to record in 2016. Acknowledging the support of CMC and local radio, Christie also thanked those in the media for giving artists a platform to showcase their music and for supporting her career thus far.

Christie Lamb has been described as ‘the full package’, a vibrant multi-instrumental award winning singer-songwriter.
She gained success of her debut album ‘ALL SHE WROTE’ which spurned three #1 hit singles and two top 5 singles. Following a sold out album launch in Sydney, ‘All She Wrote’ hit #1 on the Aria Hit Seekers Album Chart (All Genres) and #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Country Chart.
 “Christie is an incredible artist; not only an amazing singer, she is also an extremely talented multi-instrumental musician. She opens the concert with songs from her debut album, then joins my band on guitar, piano & mandolin. Christie sings all the female vocal parts from the ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ album, including show-stopping solo performances of ‘Song For Grace’ and ‘Only 19’.
At just 23 years of age I reckon Christie Lamb is the one to watch. She is a star of the future” - Lee Kernaghan.

Christie previously toured with Australian stage and screen legend Jon English for 55 dates across Australia during 2012/13.  Cast as the lead female vocalist, also playing piano and guitar as part of the ‘Rock Revolution’ tour.
She managed to juggle her studies and complete her Bachelor of Music on a full scholarship at The University of Western Sydney during this time, and smashed on to the Australian Country Music scene with her debut EP in 2012.
Constantly impressing at live performances her profile and loyal fan base only continues to grow. Christie has subsequently been booked on Australia’s Premier Country Events, including Gympie Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, Mud Bulls and Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Urban Country Music Festival, Cruising Country and Sydney Country Music Festival to name a few.

CMAA 2016 Winners (2016) 2-CD Compilation
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The CMAA Winners compilation returns for another year featuring the very best of Australian country music. 

The album is a 2CD (Universal Music Australia) set of the nominees for the 44thCMAA Awards (to be awarded on Saturday, 23rdJanuary 2014 in Tamworth). Featured artists include Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, and Dean Perrett. Being released Friday January 8 through Universal Music Australia, the ‘CMAA: Winners 2016’ compilation will continue last years format packed with 38 songs across a double CD set.

The album represents all award categories and features local artists including Shane Nicholson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence, Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Lee Kernaghan, Mustered Courage, Adam Eckersley Band, Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, Dean Perrett and many more, representing a broad stylistic range. Roger Corbett (Vice-Chair of the CMAA) said. “The CMAA is proud to be growing its membership and support of country music in Australia

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2016 CMAA Red Carpet
The Golden Guitar Awards are held during the Country Music Festival in Tamworth each year.
And on Saturday night the stars were out to shine for the 44th annual event, as Amber Lawrence stunned in a strapless gown, while Brooke and Samantha McClymont dazzled in sparkles.
Others opted to make a statement in outfits that were more 'yee haw' than yes, especially The Hillbilly Goats who arrived in a very interesting style. - Report by Amy Lyall for Daily Mail Australia (Getty images)

Amber Lawrence
Amber Lawrence – She was a vision in a bright colbalt blue Eternity Sheike strapless gown on the red carpet at the 44th Golden Guitar Awards, flashing her toned and tanned legs through the thigh-high split
A sweetheart neckline elegantly showed off her ample assets and she finished her look with shimmering gold accessories and a vibrant red lip.

Ashleigh Dallas - The 2014 Best New Talent winner, 2016 nominee for Female Vocalist and there to present The Bush Ballad of the Year award, donned a bright blue frock with lace detailing across the chest and an Elvis inspired collar around the neck paired with matching boots. This was paired with boots that appeared to be made with the same satin as her skirt, with the ankle boot style cutting her legs short in the outfit.
The performer even went the extra mile and dyed the front of her fringe the same blue hue as her dress and shoes.
She shared on social media: A MASSIVELY Thankyou to Gemma Swab from Ammeg Designs right here in Tamworth (Shop 1, 459 Peel Street Tamworth, New South Wales) for designing and making my dress!! Plus shoes from my cupboard that were dyed especially for tonight by the Shoe Repairs found in City Plaza.

Caitlyn Shadbolt:  A vision in white: The former X-Factor Australia sweetheart looked elegant in a Racy & Lucky Couture Gown with a chic crop and floor length skirt. The 2-piece combination showed off her pins with a daring split. Racy & Lucky (Instagram)are a Clandestine Australian Fashion Label who specialize in customized designs for film clips, live performance, fashion editorials, red carpet & music industry. Check out a progress shot (Instagram) of the half way mark during construction of Caitlyn Shadbolt's fab carpet look. They also styled Caitlyn at the "Live, Loud and Free" festival event where she donned a blue and grey patterned outfit (Instagram) and Agave Blue boots.
And Caitlyn wasn't the only former X-Factor Australia contestant to grace the red carpet, with Brothers 3 posing shoulder-to-shoulder at their second Golden Guitars.
Becoming regulars: Former X-Factor Australia contestants Brothers 3 posed shoulder-to-shoulder at their second Golden Guitars Image

Catherine Britt – The Female Artist of the Year nominee looked summery in bright kaftan style gown by Australian designer Camilla adding brown strappy sandals.

Top (L-R): Amber Lawrence, Ashleigh Dallas, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Catherine Britt
Bottom (L-R): Chelsea Basham, Christie Lamb, Jasmine Rae 

Chelsea Basham: Summer fun: went for a bohemian chic look and showed off a slice of her toned stomach in a Spell Designs two-piece Hotel Paradiso Castaway Skirt set. (Website | Product Detail | Address: 1/1 Marvell St Byron Bay (cnr Fletcher St) NSW 2481, Australia)

The 100% Rayon flowing full bodied cream and rose print skirt rocks castaway and has become a classic in their Spell repertoire. In the dreamiest pearl with splashes of vibrant colour, it flutters in the wind and flatters any figure. It can be effortlessly paired with a luxe white blouse or cami adding some grunge with a vintage rocker tee and boots. Chelsea opted to add a splash of colour with strappy sunshine yellow wedges, earrings, beaded bracelets on her right wrist and carried a stylish gold clutch.

Christie Lamb: Rocked Glamour girl!:  The Qantaslink New Talent of the Year winner was vivacious in red and must have felt like a princess at your prom wearing the high low Sherri Hill dress from the 2013 collection. 

This exceptional dress (style #21213 | Watch the Promo Video) as a keyhole back adding a dramatic finish, fits snug to the body and features a gorgeous flowered lace over nude fabric. The dress has a high turtleneck collar with the natural waist of the dress accented with a solid belt that attaches to the chiffon overskirt of the dress. Christie flicked her sheer skirt overlay for the cameras as she posed on the CMAA red carpet. The chiffon outer-skirt can be detached and the short under skirt looks similar to the top of the dress with stunning floral lace on top of nude fabric. Christie amped up her all red look with hot strappy red wedges, along with jewelry and a red lippie to match. She had flowing sideswept golden locks and accessorized with a silver bag. Her winning smile matched her carpet look - Simple Gorgeous!

Hayley Jensen – Pictured on the red carpet with James Blundell and the Sydney Country, Pop, Singer/Songwriter Top 10 finalist in the Toyota Star Maker was styled by CLD PR. She looked gorgeous in a sleeveless white 2-piece outfit with studded detailing at the waist which had a floor length see-thru train. She added sandals, silver jewels with lovely flowing blonde locks for a winning look -
She reached fourth place on Australian Idol. “The One” (White Dove Music) is her brand new, catchy summer single from the Aussie singer/songwriter released on Jan 15. 2016 (iTunes). It was produced by CMAA Golden Guitar and ARIA Award winning producer, Matt Fell, “The One” was co-written by Hayley with Jay Collie and Jasper Somerville-Collie (Jonah’s Road, David Campbell, Aleyce Simmonds).

Jasmine Rae - Nominated for Single of The Year, Female Vocalist and there to present the Male Vocalist award she wore a cream floor length sleeveless outfit adding open silver strappy platforms. She was styled by Sinead Burgess (Website)

Karin Page – The Toyata Star Maker winner looked radiant wearing a short sleeveless black Ammeg Designs dress with detailing across the shoulders, adding hot beige booties and a cool floppy hat.

Kaylens Rain (Kaylee Harrison & Glen Harrison) Brother and sister Contemporary Country/Rock duo looked happy on the red carpet. Kaylee looked wonderful in a silver embellished sleeveless gown and sported lovely side swept locks.
Their single >> "Firefly Summer" was sitting at #35 on the Country Music Channel chart.
On Feb 3 it was big congrats to the happy couple Kaylee and husband-to-be Joel Stewart as they have got married!

TOP (L-R): Karin Page, Kaylee Harrison, Robbie Kernaghan, Sara Storer Bottom (L-R): Libby O'Donovan & Beccy Cole,The Sunny Cowgirls,Tori Darke

Libby O'Donovan & Beccy Cole Beccy wore a blue outfit with dark cropped jacket, adding black shoes and wore her signature bright red lippie. Libby wore a pretty crimson with black lace overlay detailing. The Cowgirl and the Showgirl were celebrating their recent engagement.
When O’Donovan turned 40 recently, Cole took the opportunity to propose at the birthday party, in front of their family and friends and she said yes. “I didn’t believe it when she did it,” O’Donovan said. “It was the best celebration ever.
“We had such a huge party at our house and everyone has been so supportive. I was sobbing.”
They will marry when marriage equality legislation is passed in Australia. Cole was in the running for six Golden Guitars - “I’m blown away by the nominations,” Cole said. “This is an ever-changing industry, so to be in there with a shot is fantastic.

Lee Kernaghan's wife Robbie Kernaghan - Boho chic: She looked very summery in light-weight bright kaftan style Camilla dress with a short train gowns by Australian designer Camilla (Facebook |

The McClymonts - The brunette singer was one of the knock outs on the red carpet, Brooke and CMAA host Samantha McClymont there to host the red carpet arrivals (with Adam Eckersley) and 44th CMAA Country Music Awards respectively as well as present the Top Selling Album of the Year.

Sister act: Samantha and sister Brooke McClymont (R) cut a stylish figure and dazzled in thigh-skimming frocks that showed off their bronzed pins.
The baby of the family Mollie was officially on maternity leave from the band
Samantha wore her blonde tresses perfectly curled and loose around her shoulders, a similar style to her brunette sister's do.

Sara Storer – The Australian country singer-songwriter looked fresh in a sleeveless floor length flower print dress, sported a neat up-do adding jewels and carried a black purse. Sara Storer fans could rejoice with the news she was slated to be back with a new album in March. The as-yet-untitled album is the fruit of plenty of hard labour as Storer juggles life as a performer and a mother of four boys, aged from about 10 months to nearly seven years old.

The Sunny Cowgirls – Wearing cowboy hats they looked pretty in light green and white lace dresses paired with tan ankle boots.
THE Sunny Cowgirls have enjoyed a big year personally and professionally, with Sophie Clabburn learning the value of speed dating and Celeste Clabburn branching out into making music alone. Celeste launched her debut solo album, KEEPING ME HERE, at the Family Hotel, but they will continue performing together, and Sophie recently got married in Perth on December 10th.
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Tori Darke - The Female Artist of the Year nominee stunned in a beautiful Sheike & Co oufit.
Being nominated for a Female Artist Golden Guitar demonstrates the hard-work the singer-songwriter has put into her career, especially over the past 12-months with the release of her latest album. “This is something I have strived for, for more than half my life,” said Tori of the nomination. “I am overwhelmed with excitement and feel that I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real. This year has been a bit crazy, both personally and professionally. I really want to share this new chapter of my life and my new album with everyone, I just want everyone to hear my music”.
With new material under her belt, returning to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for her annual trip was an exciting prospect. “It’s always exciting returning to Tamworth,” she shared. “I am so looking forward to sharing with my fans the 11 new songs off my album. It will be great sharing some experiences with them and seeing their reaction to my new songs.”
Tori Darke’s new single Silver Lining, and album of the same title, are out.

CMAA 2016  red carpet
Travis Collins & Rebecca Collins (23Jan2016)
Travis Collins and Rebecca Collins - Lovely Couple: They opted for a glamorous look for the night. 
Travis wore a dark jacket, shirt, washed demins, crocodile-like shoes with his tie appearing to match the shoulder detailing on her sleeveless dress which had an attached black train - Image

Troy Cassar-Daley and wife Laurel Edwards – They looked happy and stylish and as they both wore all-black ensembles.
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However, the biggest fashion fail on the night came from The Hillbilly Goats, who strutted their stuff in what could have been a Halloween costume. Straw cowboy hats, a Mohawk, embellished corsets and fishnet stockings gave them a look that definitely made them stand out, although it wasn't for the right reasons. 

What were they thinking? 
The Hillbilly Goats donned straw cowboy hats, embellished corsets and fishnet stockings gave them a look that definitely made them stand out, although it wasn't for the right reasons

Not so glam: One member of The Adam Eckersley Band took a very relaxed approach to the night and arrived in flip flops Image
8 Ball Aitken's completely white cowboy look was quite the statement - Image

Maddy Lang named Queen of Country Music at 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival:
The winner was Maddy Lang. She was crowned the Queen of Country Music, Dominique Judd the princess, and Adina Hanley voted in by her fellow entrants as Miss Congeniality, at Friday night's gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club.
The new festival royalty were chosen after a final round of judging in which the 13 quest entrants were quizzed about their views on topics which ranged from sports to music and farm aid. Northern Daily

CMAA 2016 GALLERY / Slideshows

Golden Guitars 2016: The red carpet (60 Image Gallery) Northern Daily
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