Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide #1 singles. He's won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 3 People's Choice Awards and numerous other honours. His iconic career achievements include being named the BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for all music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for all music genres. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending over 10 weeks at #1. His career long tour successes include the record setting Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 with his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie, The Shack, as well as played leading roles in Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. McGraw recently released two news songs ‘NEON CHURCH’ and ‘Thought About You’, his first new solo music in two years.
Kelsea Ballerini has emerged in the last three years as one of the biggest names in Country music. Praised by The New York Times as being an “elegant songwriter”, she’s currently climbing the charts with single “Miss Me More” from her acclaimed sophomore album “Unapologetically”. The deluxe edition features four new tracks, including her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “This Feeling”. Headlining “The Miss Me More Tour” in 2019 with Brett Young, she’ll first join Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning Of Life Tour” this winter. In addition to being awarded high-profile accolades from ASCAP, iHeartRadio, Billboard, and Radio Disney, plus several breakthrough female artist nods from ACM and CMT, the Black River Entertainment artist is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at The 52nd Annual CMA Awards. Ballerini remains the only female artist in the genre’s history, including female duos and groups, to claim #1 with her first three consecutive singles [Platinum-certified, #1 smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan”] from a debut album [Gold-certified breakout “The First Time”].
Midland, Hailing from Dripping Springs, TX lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland’s rich sound that is rounded out with lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Their critically acclaimed freshman album, “On the Rocks” (Big Machine Records), features 13 tracks with song writing credits from each member alongside hitmakers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Their debut No. 1 single “Drinkin’ Problem” earned the band their first Grammy Awards nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Midland was also named New Vocal Group of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards and are nominated for three CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem” and New Artist of the Year.
Country artist Eric Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native has earned numerous songwriter award nominations including GRAMMY’s Best Country Song, ACM’s Song of the Year twice and the CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Eric was also honoured with GRAMMY nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music.
Also from Texas, Raelynn is a two-time ACM New Female vocalist nominee. She penned her single “Tailgate” alongside Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, and recently dropped her upbeat country rocker “Rowdy”. Raelynn’s empowering anthem “Queens Don’t” showed off another side of the rising star and has earned upwards of 20 million on-demand streams without radio airplay, adding to her cumulative career streaming total of more than 300 million to date. Raelynn’s debut album “WildHorse” was a No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s All-Genre Albums Sales Chart upon release and recognized among the best country albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone, UPROXX and Stereogum. Raelynn’s tour credits include runs with Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, FGL, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
Drake White and The Big Fire
Alabama native Drake White will return to Australia for C2C – this will be his 2nd visit to Australian shores. Immediately shooting to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart upon release, White’s debut album ‘SPARK’ has earned praise both commercially and across his loyal following. The undeniable sound of his soulful voice has whipped concert audiences into a frenzy as Drake and his band, The Big Fire, raise the roof and summon spirits to life onstage. It’s equal parts Baptist tent revival and amped-up southern rock festival. White, along with his band The Big Fire, have toured with superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Toby Keith.
Since the release of their debut EP in 2006, sisters Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont - The McClymonts - have established themselves as Australia’s number one country group with over a quarter of a million album sales, two gold album sales accreditations, twenty-two chart-topping singles and a reputation for being one of the most exciting touring acts in country music. They are thirteen-time Golden Guitar Award winners including the 2018 ‘Album of the Year’ for their best-selling album ‘Endless’ (which went #1 on the ARIA country album chart). They have also won two ARIA Awards, an APRA Award, three Country Music Channel Awards and a CMA ‘Global Artist of the Year’.
Travis Collins is a seven-time Golden Guitar winner and a true Australian country music superstar. With a growing string of hit albums, No. 1#1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt, he continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. Collins is as well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances. His sixth studio album ‘Brave and the Broken’ is out now.
At just 9-years-old, Lacy began her career in entertainment, landing a lead role on Barney and Friends. Now 22-years-old, the Minden, Louisiana native has spent the last five years writing music in Nashville. During that time, she has toured nationwide with Morgan Wallen and Chase Rice, and has played shows with Kane Brown, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Chris Lane, and Dustin Lynch. Her singles “Cheating On U, “Get Away With It” and "Blue Suede Couch" have over 5 million streams and have earned praise from Rolling Stone.
Adam Eckersley Band
Adam Eckersley Band has won fans and accolades for their southern-rock “Americana” inspired music. The NSW Central Coast based band have released two studios album (titled “The First Album” and ‘The Second Album’), won the 2015 APRA Country Work of The Year for “Give Her The World” and the 2015 CMAA New Talent Of The Year Award.
Nashville duo Reverie Lane will make their first Australian debut at C2C. Coming together in 2014, singer-songwriters Spencer Bartoletti and Presley Tucker have achieved some impressive milestones which many musicians can only dream of, including performing on stage at The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium alongside Presley’s mother, country music icon and legend, Tanya Tucker.
Canadian Jess Moskaluke is the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 Canadian country music singles chart since 2008, when her single “Drive Me Away” peaked at No. 3. She is also the first female Canadian country artist since Shania Twain to achieve Platinum single status, with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”. Moskaluke received six Canadian Country Music Awards in 2018 (including Album of the Year and Single of the Year) and won the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year. With a growing fan base, Moskaluke now has over 23 million views on YouTube to date and her current single is “Save Some Of That Whiskey”.
Andrew Swift won two Golden Guitars in 2019 for Alt Country Album of the Year and New Talent of the Year. His album ‘Call Out For The Cavalry’ unleashed 4 singles, including ‘Reckless Desires’, ‘Runaway Train’ (one of 2018’s most played singles on Australian country radio), ‘King of the Sky’, and the latest (and Golden Guitar nominated for Vocal Collaboration of the Year), ‘Fire & Ice’ featuring Catherine Britt, which climbed the radio and video charts since its release in November 2018, reaching #2No. 2 on Kix Country and No. 1#1 on the Country Music Channel (Australia) video chart in March 2019.
Judah Kelly won the 2017 season of The Voice Australia. Music has always been part of Judah’s life, from performing in front of family in a New Zealand church at the age of four to three stints at Tamworth's Academy of Country Music and a number of years spent working for others as a live and studio guitarist and bass player. His second album ‘Real Good Time’ is out now.
Kaylee Bell is a Country Pop Artist from small town New Zealand. Singing since the age of 4 years, Kaylee grew up on American Country and channels icons Leann Rimes, Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow to perform her upbeat, engaging live show. She was invited to perform No. 1 US single ‘WE WERE US’ with International Superstar Keith Urban on his Light The Fuse Tour of Australia in 2014 and again on his 2016 ripCORD World Tour at the infamous Cake Tin arena in Wellington. Bell was a Support Act opening for The Dixie Chicks on their World Tour in New Zealand at Mission Estate, April 2017. Kaylee has won the prestigious Toyota Star Maker in Tamworth, Australia, picked up Best Female Country Artist at the NZCM Awards, US Unsigned Only Overall Grand Prize Winner and won a Tui Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best NZ Country Album.
Nashville-based Australian singer/ songwriterand multi-instrumentalist Sinead Burgess is a guitar slingin’, one-woman show stopper whose solo sets nail a crowd with more intensity than most full bands. Beginning her career in her early teens, Burgess has spent almost a decade honing her skills by touring with some of music’s biggest acts including James Bay, The Script, Joe Bonamassa and Don McLean), as well as collaborating with high profile songwriters and producers across multiple genres around the world.
Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene. He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams. Casey will return to Australia for C2C following key tour dates in the US during the first half of 2019 and the release of his new single “Better Days” taken from his chart-topping album “The Good Life”.
Dubbed the ‘Queen of Country’ in her home country, Jody Direen hails from a small, alpine town in New Zealand called Wanaka. After five years travelling between her home country, Australia and the USA touring, writing and recording, she signed with Australian record label, ABC Music. Direen has since had numerous Top 10 and No. 1 singles in both Australia and New Zealand as well as 4 CMC Award nominations. Direen is the 2015 Female Artist of the Year (CMANZ) as well as 2015 ‘Benny’ Award winner for Best Vocalist of the Year. Her current album “Shake Up” won a prestigious Tui Award for Best Country Album of the Year at the 2017 NZCMA’s alongside Kiwi sensation, Lorde. She has completed two Australian tours with The Wolfe Brothers and supported Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and most recently LeAnn Rimes and Scotty McCreery.