Ku-ring-gai’s shot at stardom!

Emma Swift nominated for ARIA award

The Ku-Ring-Gai council and community are proudly supporting the talented Emma Swift as she has been nominated for this year’s ARIA awards.

‘Delivering songs that are equal parts heart-worn and careworn,’ Swift’s musical history goes way back to when she sang in choirs in Wagga Wagga, before moving to Sydney.

Music industry professionals in the category of Best Country Album have nominated Ms Swift for the prestigious award after her debut album Emma Swift went on sale in August this year. Her album was critically acclaimed; “her voice has the right balance of sweetness, sonorousness and just a hint of hard-life huskiness” according to Chris Cobcroft of 4ZZZ Radio Brisbane. The album is available at www.laughingoutlaw.com.au.

Emma works for the Ku-Ring-Gai council in the communications and community engagement unit, only recently returning to Sydney after recording her debut album in Nashville, USA. She came home to play alongside Kasey Chambers among others in various concerts around NSW prior to being nominated for the award.

Swift has also worked for ABC-TV and radio station Double J as well as composing her own music, which is featured on her album.

Growing up listening to an eclectic mix including, David Bowie and Elvis Costello as well as Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and George Jones, it is no wonder her country style is unparalleled.

Emma SwiftShe believes that country music needs more prominence in Australia. “I’d like to get people in Australia to think more broadly about what is considered ‘country music’. We have a few myths worth dispelling,” says Swift.

The council and especially Mayor Jennifer Anderson are understandably proud of their friend and colleague. Mayor Anderson said the council was very supportive of staff that wanted to achieve in fields outside their work.

“We are thrilled that Emma has been nominated and have our fingers crossed for her.”

Other nominees Swift will be contending with for the esteemed award include Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and the McClymonts.

Her musical idols are “the contemporary female songwriters who made me think it might be possible to make a career in music.” The list includes, Jen Cloher, Mia Dyson, Sarah Blasko, Abbe May and fellow contender; Kasey Chambers.

Her biggest goal for the future is to “play more shows, to more people, more often” and we hope the local star achieves this goal.

Her next gig in Sydney is in Newtown at the Vanguard on the 23rd of October.

The Australian Record Industry Association awards are announced in November each year and are ‘a celebration of all that is great and popular in Australian Music.’ Considered the ‘flagship event of the Australian music calendar’, it is a big deal even being nominated for such an award.

We commend Emma for all her work and wish her all the best for the nominations, held on the 26th of November.

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