Angus Gill Welcome To My Heart Track by Track

Track 1: Welcome To My Heart

(Angus Gill/Richard B. Foley/LaLa Deaton)

I was having a conversation with Lisa Loeb in Carmel CA about the fact that there aren’t enough platonic love songs being released in the current environment, songs such as Stand By Me and You’ve Got a Friend in Me. I was in Nashville the following week, writing with my friends LaLa Deaton, Blue Foley and I think it was Blue who had the title Welcome to my Heart. The title sparked my interest and I thought about what it meant to me, and my family came to mind. We wrote the song by thinking of all the things that we do on a perfect Sunday, at home with the family. 

Track 2: Last Minute Larry

(Angus Gill/Bill DiLuigi)

My Mother has always called me Last Minute Larry, because as much as I am the first one out of bed, I’m usually the last one out the door. I try to cram as much as I can into the 10 minutes I have spare, before I leave the house, and I always end up sending texts like, “so sorry I’m running about 5 mins late, traffic is terrible.” Which is exactly what I was doing when I went to write with my mate Bill DiLuigi in Nashville, except the twist was. “It’s actually quite fitting because the idea I’d like to write is called Last Minute Larry.” In this song, the protagonist finds that his lateness is ultimately his advantage. 

Track 3: Origins

(Angus Gill/Lance Carpenter)

I spent 2 months over in Nashville in 2018, writing 2-3 times a day, and I wrote exactly 52 songs while I was in town. I had a writing session with a great singer/songwriter Lance Carpenter and I had this title in the back of my head called Origins. I was thinking back to my childhood memories and the house that I grew up in, the abundance of photo albums showing me learning to play guitar, the mini concerts I held in the backyard, tearing up Dad’s lawn on the PW50, getting my hands dirty building our herb garden and repairing the chicken pen when the foxes got too close. That’s the genesis, the foundation, the fabric of my existence, it’s where I come from, it’s my Origins. 

Track 4: Don’t Care How Long It Takes

(Angus Gill/Graeme Connors)

Besides playing music when I was growing up, I had a strong interest in radio, as my Nan was a secretary at my local community radio station 2WAY FM in Wauchope. At 14 years of age, I learnt how to work the panel and they gave me my own show on a Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm called The Local. One of the first artists I discovered as kid was the legendary Graeme Connors and I would often play his music on my show. Graeme was coming to town to do a show and I asked his management if I could interview him, and I got the interview. They gave me tickets to the show and I got to meet Graeme at the end. He told me that I could call him up if I ever had any questions about the music business. Years later, I saw him at the Golden Guitar Awards and we reconnected. GC and I have written a few times now and it’s a privilege to call him a friend and a mentor. 

Track 5: Fly on the Wall

(Angus Gill/John Scott Sherrill)

I met the legendary writer John Scott Sherrill in Nashville, through Gina Jeffreys and Rod McCormack, who was playing a round with John Scott at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. John Scott agreed to write and told me to meet him at the only tavern in Music Row, Bobby’s Idle Hour at 3pm on a Friday. I saw him out the back in the parking lot and he said that he was going to take me to his friend’s publishing house to write, but would I mind doing it right here. In the parking lot, with all the crickets and the squirrels and the frogs. We wrote Fly on the Wall in an hour and walked straight inside to try it out on an audience. It just happened to be the 70th anniversary of the Idle Hour and they were having a big celebration. You can’t get any more Nashville than that! 

Track 6: Cornerstone

(Angus Gill/Matt Scullion)

I was touring over in Tasmania last year with my friend Emma Jene, and in between shows, we went to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. The building and the exhibitions were very impressive, however one piece of futurist art caught my eye, which was titled Cornerstone. I thought about it and what it meant to me, then I thought of my Mother. Mum is like the cornerstone of the family household and the family business. No matter how busy she is or how much she has on her plate, she always keeps it all together.

Track 7: Bad Women

(Angus Gill/Jim Collins)

My great Grandfather Roy Rousell lived to be 103 years of age, he was driving up until he turned 100 and still living in the house that he built to raise his family. He was quite the legend, the first cricket player to score a run, boundary and half a century at Monash Park in Sydney. He also dabbled in music and was my closest musical connection in my family (skipping 2 generations). He played the mandolin and I still have his beautiful instrument hanging up in my studio. I interviewed him on radio some years ago, and I asked him what his key to longevity was. He replied, “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I stay away from bad women.” I thought, there’s definitely a song in that. 

Track 8: Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Believe (feat. James Blundell)

(Angus Gill/Matt Scullion)

I grew up listening to James Blundell’s music, and when I was on radio, I had the opportunity to interview him and hang out backstage before his show at the Wauchope RSL Club. I wrote a song with Matt Scullion a few years ago, which was about spirituality and the things that we believe in, regardless of what our religious views may be. I thought it would be a good duet song, and when I was producing the album, I got in touch with James and I’m very grateful that he agreed to sing it with me. 

Track 9: We’d Prefer You Pay in Cash

(Allan Caswell/Angus Gill)

I spent a few days up in the Blue Mountains writing with Allan Caswell last year, we’d already got a few songs in the bank and it seemed as though a drinking song was coming on. But this one was not going to be any drinking song, it was going to be an Irish drinking song. When it came to producing the track, I got in touch with an incredible multi-instrumentalist John Mock, who plays with Dolly Parton, amongst others. I asked John if he could play a tin whistle part on the song and not only did he do that, he did it in full 4 part harmony. 

Track 10: Wish a Storm on You

(Angus Gill/Terry McBride)

While I was over in Nashville, one of the worst droughts Australia had experienced was devastating the country. Farmers crops were dying, they had to sell off livestock to be able to feed the remaining herd, and I felt I needed to write a song for the farmers. I teamed up with Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn, McBride & The Ride) and we wrote this song for anyone out there who is doing it tough.

Track 11: In The Cards

(Angus Gill/Jerry Salley)

Family is so incredibly important to me. Nothing beats the feeling of coming home to them after being out on the road for weeks at a time. Both my Nan and my Grandma have been hugely supportive of me, and I have always been very close to them. Recently both of them were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. There’s been much sadness and distress in having to put my 71 year old Nan into a nursing home and watching my Grandpa struggle every day with looking after my Grandma at home. I used to play a game of Gin Rummy with my Grandma at any chance I had. Shortly before her diagnosis, I tried to have a game with her and she was starting to get confused and embarrassed by her confusion. It was very difficult to see her like that, and ever harder watching both of my Grandparents deteriorate right in front of our eyes. Writing this song has been my way of trying to come to terms with this terrible disease, and it has connected me with other people who are going through the same thing with their loved ones. 

Track 12: The Present

(Angus Gill/Jerry Salley)

This song was inspired by a corny high school experience that I had with a girl, but I knew it would lead to a good idea for a Country song. One thing I love about classic Country music, apart from having a strong narrative, is the word play in the lyrics, it makes people think and it changes their perspective. I had a writing session with hit songwriter Jerry Salley and I knew this was the right idea to write with Jerry. 

Track 13: Looking in the Mirror

(Angus Gill/Byron Hill)

Having two teenage siblings, I notice the daily pressure that they face to look and act a certain way. Living in such a digital era, it is so easy to compare the unedited version of yourself, to the edited appearance and lifestyle of other people. Young girls and boys feel as though they need to alter their appearance and their behaviour in order to feel worthy and accepted. This is my song that says, you are already worthy and I see it.

Track 14: Sidetracked (feat. Joe Robinson)

(Angus Gill/Joe Robinson)

When my creative brain is ticking over 24 hours, 7 days a week, sometimes I kinda get a little sidetracked. I go to write a setlist and end up writing a song. Yes, it’s happened! I wrote this song with Joe Robinson, who has been living over in the States for 10 years now, playing with the likes of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. We’re both from the Mid North Coast of NSW and it was great to reconnect in Nashville and write this song. When Joe came home in January, he stopped by my studio in Wauchope to record a rip roaring guitar solo and guitar parts for the album.

Bonus Tracks:

Track 15: My Austrian Friend (feat. Brennen Leigh)

(Angus Gill/Brennen Leigh)

Track 16: By We, I Mean You

(Angus Gill/Bill Whyte)

For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Valerie MacIver at VMPR:  valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au  or 02 9443 2401

Angus Gill new album Welcome To My Heart out today!

Award winning singer-songwriter Angus Gill returns with the release today of his brand new album ‘Welcome To My Heart’ featuring second single ‘Origins’. 

Angus will showcase ‘Welcome To My Heart’ at album launch shows in Port Macquarie (Glasshouse, September 20), Tamworth (Citysider, September 21) and Sydney (Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville, October 13).

The 14 songs on ‘Welcome To My Heart’ include a duet with country music legend James Blundell called ‘Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Believe’, as well as a co-write with industry icon Graeme Connors on the song ‘Don’t Care How Long It Takes’. The CD version of the album also includes two bonus tracks.

James Blundell said, “When I first heard the song (Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Believe), I thought there you go, at 21 years of age this guy is actually asking questions that matter. I thought it was a brilliant song, which is why it was a pleasure to sing it with Angus. I think very highly of what he’s doing.

Gaining a reputation for his perceptive songwriting, new single ‘Origins’ ties the album’s theme of family and home together. 

Angus said, “I was thinking back to my childhood memories and the house that I grew up in, the abundance of photo albums showing me learning to play guitar, the mini concerts I held in the backyard, tearing up Dad’s lawn on the PW50, getting my hands dirty building our herb garden and repairing the chicken pen when the foxes got too close. That’s the genesis, the foundation, the fabric of my existence, it’s where I come from, it’s my Origins.”

‘Welcome To My Heart’ was produced by Angus with multi-instrumentalist Matt Fell working with him to co-produce a couple of songs.

Angus has recently released a podcast also titled ‘Origins’ that you can listen to here. The ‘Origins’ podcast features a special guest each episode and explores the album’s theme of family and home. ‘Origins’ takes Angus back behind the microphone as an interviewer, a skill learnt as a presenter on 2WAY FM 103.9 in Wauchope.

On September 30 Angus will be opening for US Country Superstar Kris Kristofferson at his Saddles, Mt White show, and will also be playing his own shows on the following dates:

Angus Gill – ‘Welcome To My Heart Tour’

Friday September 20 Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW – ALBUM LAUNCH

Saturday September 21 Citysider, Tamworth, NSW – ALBUM LAUNCH

Tues Oct 1-Sun Oct 5 Mildura Country Music Festival, Mildura, VIC

Sunday October 13 Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville, NSW – ALBUM LAUNCH

Friday Oct 18-Sun Oct 20 Wingham Akoostik Festival, Wingham, NSW

Sunday December 15 Christmas Under the Stars (w/ Tania Kernaghan), Port Macquarie, NSW

‘Welcome To My Heart’ OUT NOW!

Website: https://angusgill.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angusgillmusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angusgillmusic/

For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Valerie MacIver at VMPR:  valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au  or 02 9443 2401

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.