Angus announces new album and releases first single ‘Welcome to my Heart’

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

Angus signs an exclusive licensing deal with ABC Music

Angus is excited to announce that he has signed an exclusive licensing deal with ABC/Universal Music. He is pictured with Natalie Waller, Head of ABC Music and Events. Stay tuned for an album announced coming very soon.

Angus signs worldwide publishing deal with Origin Music Publishing

(Angus is pictured with Philip Mortlock, the creative director of Origin Music Group.)

Mid North Coast hailing singer/songwriter Angus Gill has signed a global publishing deal with Origin Music Publishing, who represent the likes of Megan Washington, Gotye, Lior, James Morrison and many more.

“It’s a privilege to join the Origin Music family. I’ve got an exciting schedule ahead of me for the next 18 months, with new music on the way. I’m really looking forward to working with Philip and the team.”

The 2018 Australian Independent Country Music Award Winner has just finished producing his new album, set for release later in the year and will play Australia’s fastest growing festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival at Broadbeach on July 28. Gill’s latest trip to Nashville saw him work with music legends Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Bernie Taupin, and collaborate with Music Row’s biggest hitmakers, responsible for taking Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to the #1 spot.

Angus announces Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival Shows

Angus is appearing at the 2018 Woodford Folk Festival from 29th Dec-1st January. Head over to woodfordfolkfestival.com to book your tickets now.

Angus will be teaming up with Kiara Rodrigues to present the Young Wheels Down an Old Road show at the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival, a revival of great Australian and American country music, with special guest Pixie Jenkins. Only 2 shows during the festival, so book your tickets now wtlc.com.au

National Recognition for Angus Gill

Wauchope’s Angus Gill is establishing his place as one of the top rising country music artists in Australia.

The singer/songwriter and producer took out the coveted Male Rising Star award for his single Hands are Clean at the annual Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards, held in Mildura.

“I am really honoured to receive this award. I’ve been working for the last 10+ years, with all my time and energy going towards my career, because of this burning passion that I have with the music and the craft. I’m very grateful for this acknowledgement.”

Gill has recently returned from a two month songwriting trip to Nashville, hanging out with music legends Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Taupin (Elton John), Ray Stevens and collaborating with Music Row’s best hitmakers Bob DiPiero (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks), Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban), Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire) and more.

Angus announces QLD/VIC shows

Angus is looking forward to hitting the road again for a string of QLD/NSW/VIC dates.  Hope to see you at a show!

 

Angus announces 2018 tour

Rising country singer/songwriter ANGUS GILL is pleased to present an upcoming tour, following the successful release of his debut album NOMAD.

At 20 years of age, Angus Gill’s songwriting themes and vocals are mature beyond his years. His live show is a dynamic collection of catchy, humorous and poignant songs to make you laugh, cry and think.

Gill’s debut album NOMAD, has rapidly began to cement him in the hearts and minds of Australian country music fans, peaking at #13 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart.  This is an album that is deeply rooted in pure country with an overarching theme of journeys and a smattering of his trademark brand of humour, making it the perfect roadtrip companion.

Not only has he co-written all the songs with the cream of the crop of the Australian country music scene, including ADAM HARVEY, GINA JEFFREYS, LUKE O’SHEA and KEVIN BENNETT, Gill has also produced all 13 tracks on this debut album.

When Angus hits the road in his trusty RV, audiences are in for a surprise. Roadworks, police officers, p plater drivers, small towns and nomads…they’re all being covered during this highly entertaining and intimate 75 minute show.

“I couldn’t be happier to bring my songs and stories to the people that can relate to them the most…the travellers. I’m looking forward to taking them on a journey throughout the evening, hearing about their travel experiences and in turn, hopefully gathering inspiration for Nomad volume 2,” laughs GILL.

“Angus Gill is a brilliant young singer /songwriter and if you want to be thoroughly entertained you’ll go and see his show.”RAY HADLEY OAM

 

TOUR DATES

Thursday 28th December – Big 4 Solitary Islands Resort, Wooli

Friday 29th December – Big 4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park, Yamba

Sunday 31st December – Brisbane Holiday Village, Brisbane

Monday 1st January – Rivershore Resort, Diddillibah

Thursday 4th January – Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Tin Can Bay

Friday 5th January – NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park, Woodgate

Saturday 6th January – Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy

Sunday 7th January – Discovery Parks, Tannum Sands

Friday 12th January – Stockyard Hotel, Warwick

Saturday 13th January – Stockyard Hotel, Warwick

Tuesday 16th January – Waves Campground, Crescent Head

Wednesday 17th January – Armidale Tourist Park, Armidale

Friday 19th January – Tamworth Country Music Festival

 

Angus on Studio 10

Angus has recently appeared on Channel 10’s flagship morning talk show Studio 10 with Sarah Harris, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose, Denise Drysdale and Peter Berner. He performed his new single Roadworks and had a chat with the panel about his new album Nomad.

 

 

New Album – ‘Nomad’

Angus Gill takes listeners on a roadtrip with new album

THE latest release from singer-songwriter Angus Gill, Nomad, is the ultimate roadtrip companion with every track related to journeys and travel.

Having already garnered support for his debut album with the release of the first single, Roadworks – a tongue-in-cheek look at the way roadworks slow down our journeys in life and on the road, Nomad will cement him in the hearts and minds of Australian country music fans.

The singer-songwriter said he wanted listeners to take his music along for their roadtrips and gain an insight into his writing process as well.

“I would like listeners to see that you can always look for different perspectives in life and also in songs, it’s just about trying to dig deeper to find that unique angle,” he said. “I’ve taken on a theme that is extremely common in popular music and tried to put my original slant on it, and set myself the challenge of writing a whole album based around that concept. I really wanted to push myself as a writer and a co-writer.”

Although he hasn’t even reached the age of 20, Gill’s songwriting themes and vocals are mature beyond his years. This is an album that is deeply rooted in pure country with a smattering of his trademark brand of humour.

“I want to get out and take this album to the corners of our country, to the people that can relate to every word and come back with material for the next album,” he said.

The 19-year-old has not only co-written all the songs with the cream of the crop of the Australian country music scene, including Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffreys, Luke O’Shea and Kevin Bennett, he has also produced all 13 tracks on this debut album at his Hot Plate Studios in Wauchope.

The album features Angus teaming up with Kevin Bennett and Amos Morris on Staring Out The Back of a Car dealing with the tragedy of the Stolen Generation and he duets with Adam Harvey on P Plater, a track dealing with the realities of young drivers combining Angus and Adam’s senses of humour.

Angus was a grand finalist in the prestigious 2017 Toyota Star Maker competition and is a three-time CMAA Academy of Country Music graduate.

He is available for interviews to chat about the new album and his upcoming tour plans.

Nomad is released September 15 through Checked Label Services.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Belt, The Country Journo
rebecca@countryjourno.com.au
0427 232591

New Music Video – ‘Roadworks’

Angus Gill’s ‘Roadworks’ out now

“They’re diggin’ it… roadworks”

AUSTRALIAN radio is digging Angus Gill’s new single, Roadworks, charting at No. 6 on the AMRAP Regional Chart, No. 11 on the Country Tracks Charts and the 13th most downloaded track on Play MPE.

From his upcoming album, Nomad, Roadworks is as relevant to those who’ve been stuck at a stop/slow sign as to those who know the feeling of enjoying life before hitting complications that slow you down or delay your journey.

The young Mid North Coast of NSW singer songwriter wrote the song with Matt Scullion on his first trip to Nashville in July 2015 after wanting to theme the album around roads. Angus brainstormed ideas for songs on a mind map, and the premise for Roadworks was born.

Roadworks is an up-beat, lighthearted first single that I think everyone can relate to,” he said. “Just about everywhere you drive there are roadworks that delay your journey. It is also a metaphor for life because you’re cruising along and you hit the roadworks and slow down, speed up and guess what? You hit some more

Along with the message of the song, the music also speeds up and slows down just as roadworks do to a driver’s journey, so was recorded live in the studio with all players following each other.

“It was a challenging song to record, as the musicians couldn’t play to a click track because of the tempo changes, but that’s what made it all the more fun,” Angus said.

Getting in the theme of the song, Angus is often seen performing Roadworks dressed in high-visibility work wear and the occasional hard hat. The track also featured at this year’s Toyota Star Maker Grand Final where Angus performed in full high-vis outfit and it proved a Tamworth crowd favourite.

The singer-songwriter said he wanted listeners to take his music along for their roadtrips and gain an insight into his writing process as well.

“I would like listeners to see that you can always look for different perspectives in life and also in songs, it’s just about trying to dig deeper to find that unique angle,” he said. “I’ve taken on a theme that is extremely common in popular music and tried to put my original slant on it, and set myself the challenge of writing a whole album based around that concept. I really wanted to push myself as a writer and a co- writer.”

Angus also produced and mixed the album in his Wauchope based production suite Hot Plate Studios. Roadworks features Stuie French on electric guitar, Camille Te Nahu and Matt Scullion on backing vocals Clayton Doley on Hammond B3 organ, Bill Risby on piano, Pete Denahy on fiddle, Ian Lees on bass and Brad Bergen on drums.

Returning to Tamworth in July this year, Angus shot the film clip for the single with 2 Lukes Films supported by local businesses Men At Work, Hilberts Hardware and Kazac Civil who assisted with props and, of course, the all-important high-vis work wear. The film clip is released on August 18.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elbfy60gUyk

Roadworks comes from the ultimate roadtrip album, Nomad, to be released on September 15, distributed by Checked Label Services. Nomad can be pre-ordered via Sanity at this link:

http://www.sanity.com.au/products/2348114/Nomad

Angus is available for interviews to chat about the single and album. Download the single for airplay and review: http://bit.ly/2wJRoSZ
Cover art: http://bit.ly/2ur7WP2
Press image: http://bit.ly/2vQ0Uqz

Media Contact:

Rebecca Belt, The Country Journo
rebecca@countryjourno.com.au
0427 232 591