Australian country singer Lee Kernaghan performs during the Star Maker talent quest during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Australian country singer Lee Kernaghan performs during the Star Maker talent quest during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Tracey Nearmy

Lee is ultimate country star

IN September last year, Lee Kernaghan released his 42-track Ultimate Hits through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia, marking a major milestone in a music career that has produced 30 No.1 chart hits and record sales approaching 2,000,000 units in Australia alone.

Following the chart-topping success of his Ultimate Hits CD, Lee has now released his Ultimate Video Hits DVD, which debuted last week at No.5 on the ARIA DVD chart.

And 2012 marks another anniversary for Lee; it is 20 years since his hit Boys from the Bush was released.

The Ultimate Video Hits DVD captures Lee's entire musical journey from his debut ARIA Award winning The Outback Club album (1992), right through to his latest Golden Guitar award winning album, Planet Country.

It features 19 music videos as well as live performances from CMC Rocks and the Gympie Muster.

At the age of 27, Kernaghan exploded onto the Australian music scene with a new brand of rural rock that redefined contemporary country music in Australia.

His music was undeniably country, but Kernaghan had learnt how to rock in the pubs and clubs of regional NSW; it cut through to a younger generation of Australians and paved the way for an unprecedented string of hits that has made him one of Australia's most loved artists.

Videos include The New Bush, Love Shack, Planet Country, Australian Boy, Goondiwindi Moon, Southern Son and more.

The DVD also includes Live at CMC Rocks and Live at the Gympie Muster.

Meanwhile, the follow-up to McAlister Kemp's award-winning debut album All Kinds of Tough is titled Country Proud.

Country Proud continues to touch on the themes typified on All Kinds of Tough, but this time with bigger, fresher, bolder and more ambitious sound quality and production.

The album kicks off with the title track Country Proud - an anthemed celebration of the pride associated with being both Australian and from the country. With its powerful core message, gospel backing singers and even a hint of reverse banjo, Country Proud has become the Australian country hit of the summer.

Of the 13 tracks on the album, 11 of them are written or co-written by one or both of McAlister Kemp's members - Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp.

Country Proud's other highlights include After Midnight, which features multi-Canadian Country Music Awards and Juno Award winners Doc Walker, as well as Home, written by Cold Chisel legend Don Walker.

Country Proud was recorded in both Australia and the US with 2011 Country Music Awards of Australia Album of the Year-winning producer Matt Fell. Release date is March 16.

And Christie Lamb has recently returned from a very successful Tamworth Country Music Festival, including the finals of Star Maker.

Christie has released her debut EP. The self-titled debut EP was produced by Rod McCormack and features four tracks co-written by Christie and fellow songwriters Jay Collie, Jasper Somerville-Collie, Gina Jeffreys and Rod.

The current single Mr Wrong - co-written by Christie and sibling songwriting team Jay and Jasper - has just entered the Top 30.

An accompanying video clip is currently in production by multiple Golden Guitar winning director Duncan Toombs.

The very talented Ray Kernaghan, the head of the Kernaghan clan, has joined forces with his daughters Tania and Fiona and youngest son Greg on a new song calling upon all Australians to support Australian made, Australian grown.

Written as a collaborative effort by Ray and Greg, Is It Goodbye Aussie Farmer sends a message and one that is sure to resonate across the nation.

Currently gaining national airplay, the song is available now from iTunes and CD Baby or go to


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