2019 has already been an exciting year for Wauchope based singer/songwriter Angus Gill, inking both an exclusive licensing deal with ABC / Universal Music and a worldwide publishing deal with Origin Music Publishing.
Today, Gill is releasing the first single ‘Welcome to my Heart’, lifted from his forthcoming album of the same name. It’s warm, infectious, genuine and brings Gill’s strong family values to the fore.
The song was initially inspired by a conversation between Gill and Grammy winner Lisa Loeb in Monterey, California. “Lisa and I were talking about songwriting and she mentioned that there just aren’t enough non-romantic (platonic) love songs being written. She mentioned songs like Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend and Bill Withers’ Lean on Me. I was quite intrigued by this thought and I kept it in the back of my mind. I was about 2 weeks into the trip when I flew into Nashville, and I was thinking about my family and the house that I grew up in. I had a writing session booked in with two great songwriters LaLa Deaton and Blue Foley. We were all sitting in LaLa’s living room having a great chat and Blue mentioned this title Welcome to my Heart. For some reason, it made me think of my family, probably because I was missing them. It made me think of Sundays at home, the smell of the pork roast cooking in the oven, Nan coming over to help Mum with the ironing, all of us gathered in the same room, sitting down to a big feast.”
The song was produced and mixed by Gill and features ACM Award winner Ilya Toshinsky (Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton) on banjo, Susie Ahern (John Farnham, Anthony Callea) on backing vocals, Cameron Bruce (Paul Kelly, Josh Pyke) on Hammond B3 organ, multi Golden Guitar winner Stuie French on guitars and many more.
Gill mentioned, “When we were writing this song, I came up with the opening riff after noodling around on my acoustic guitar. I was in my studio putting some guitar down and I looked across at the Greek Bouzouki I had sitting on a stand. I thought, I might just use it in this song. The bouzouki is an 8 stringed instrument typically used to thicken up the rhythm beds of a track. It’s rarely used in country music as a lead instrument, but this song is an exception.”
When it came to shooting the music video, there was only one option for a location and Gill knew he had to do it at home with all of the family involved. “Let’s face it, they’re really cheap actors,” Gill laughed. The music video was directed by Brock Daubert of Golden Guitar winning The Filmery. “Brock and James came up from the Central Coast to do the shoot and they’re always fantastic to work with. It was a real, organic and honest depiction of our family lunches, apart from the fact there were cameras around, and it was done on a Friday. When I was doing my performance shots, it was super authentic, because I could even hear some arguing going on in the background.”
Gill’s second studio album Welcome to my Heart will be released on Friday 20th September. He will be performing an exclusive album preview at Australia’s fastest growing festival Groundwater Country Music Festival on Sunday 28th July, so be sure to pre-order the album here and catch him at one of his upcoming shows:
Wednesday 24th July – Luminosity Youth Summit, Port Macquarie – NSW
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Broadbeach – QLD
Saturday 10th August – Port Macquarie Panthers (w/ James Blundell), Port Macquarie – NSW
Friday 23rd August – Sunday 25th August – Gurindji Freedom Day Festival, Kalkarindji – NT
Sunday 1st September – Landmark, Darwin – NT
Thursday 5th September – Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar, Yarraville – VIC
Sunday 8th September – Fat Goat, Upwey – VIC
Friday 20th September – Album Launch – Glasshouse, Port Macquarie – NSW
Saturday 21st September – Album Launch – Citysider, Tamworth – NSW
Monday 30th September – Sunday 5th October – Mildura Country Music Festival, Mildura – VIC
Wednesday 9th October – Lizottes, Newcastle – NSW
Sunday 13th October – Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville – NSW
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October – Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham – NSW
Friday 15th November – Tourist Hotel, Queenbeyan – NSW
Saturday 16th November – Country Rocks The Capital, Canberra – ACT
Sunday 17th November – Lake George Hotel, Bungendore – NSW
Sunday 15th December – Christmas Under the Stars (w/ Tania Kernaghan), Port Macquarie – NSW