On Monday, July 3 at 7pm, KIX Live will feature performances from our current 'Centre Stage' artist Seaforth, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Ashleigh Dallas, Loren Ryan, Ella & Sienna and Brook Chivell.
Childhood friends from three-years-old, Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson found themselves drawn to similar music, listening to modern songwriters like Keith Urban one minute and old-school acts like The Beatles the next. The duo grew up in the suburb of Seaforth in New South Wales and moved to Nashville in 2017 to develop their songwriting.
They released their debut EP, Love That, in 2019 and What I Get For Loving You, in 2022. In 2020, they were awarded the APRA Award for ‘Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year’.
Seaforth’s latest single, Get The Girl was co-written with Rocky Block and Jordan Dozzi. Blending country, pop and ‘80s elements, Get The Girl was born from personal experiences with a twist on love. This self-produced track marks the popular duo’s first independent release after leaving Sony Nashville, a milestone in their journey.
Caitlyn Shadbolt’s big break came when she auditioned with Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway on the sixth season of The X Factor Australia in 2014. She was mentored by Ronan Keating throughout the competition up until she was eliminated from the singing competition series, placing fifth overall.
She released her six-track self-titled debut EP in 2015, which peaked at #50 on the ARIA chart. In 2016, she was nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the Golden Guitar Awards, which went to Christie Lamb, and was awarded the ‘New Oz Artist of the Year’ Award at the fan-voted CMC Music Awards.
In 2017, she released her 2017 debut album Songs On My Sleeve, which hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album Chart. The release earned her a ‘Female Oz Artist of the Year’ nomination at the CMC Awards.
Her latest album, Bloom & Surrender explores the two sides of Caitlyn as an artist – the extroverted and introverted. Produced by Caitlyn and her partner, Matt Smith, other collaborators include Sarah Buckley, Melanie Dyer, Matt Fell and Stuart Stuart. The album overall reflects Caitlyn’s contemporary country roots, tinged with her growth as a songwriter.
Ashleigh Dallas is third generation in a country music family dynasty. Born in Australia’s Country Music Capital of Tamworth NSW, the CMAA graduate grew up listening to the musical sounds of her family – Roll of Renown recipient and Golden Guitar winner, Rex Dallas and Golden Guitar winner, producer and multi-instrumentalist father, Brett Dallas.
Her latest album, In The Moment, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #6 on the All Genres Chart. It follows 2019’s Reflection, her award-winning 2017 album Lighthouse (which debuted at #2 on the ARIA Country Charts just below Keith Urban), 2016’s The Beginning, 2015’s Otherwise of Town and her 2014 debut, Dancing With A Ghost.
Since the age of 16, Ashleigh has been a proud ambassador for the music festival Tunes In The Tropics, held on Fiji’s Coral Coast. In the 10 years of the trip, Ashleigh has been a part of raising money for the local Fijian Community and local schools while sharing her songs to the festival goers and local families.
Hailing from Tamworth in NSW, 2023 Toyota Star Maker, Loren Ryan was also a Toyota Star Maker Finalist in 2022. Having shared the stage with Jessica Mauboy and Kelly Rowland, Loren was known as an R&B artist before making the switch to country music.
The First Nations singer-songwriter, proudly from the Gamilaraay Nation, writes original songs and translates well known Australian songs into her traditional language. In 2022, she released Songs for Charlie, a kid’s country album which incorporates words and verses in the Gamilaraay language and the musical backing of the didgeridoo and clapsticks.
Her latest single, Suddenly was one of two songs Loren performed in Tamworth this January at the Toyota Star Maker Grand Final. Written with Melanie Dyer and Gavin Carfoot at APRA AMCOS SongHubs Country writing event, Loren admits that the core theme of the song is nostalgia, stating that shared moments with her five-year-old daughter are the most valuable things she possesses.
Ella & Sienna
Ella & Sienna, a sister duo from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, have been making waves in the country music scene. With diverse influences from artists including Missy Higgins, Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift, the multi-instrumentalist siblings have formed a pop/country/folk sound that is all their own. Their voices alone command the crowd, and their harmonies weave deeply heartfelt lyrics with such effortlessness that they never fail to leave a lasting impression.
In 2022, Ella & Sienna auditioned for The Voice. They joined Rita Ora’s team and were eliminated during the battle rounds. That same year, they won the Groundwater Kix-Start competition and were crowned the winners of NQ's Rock'n Country’s 2022 Reboot Competition.
Following their debut EP, Seven Ways To Say You're Fine, Ella & Sienna's latest single, It’s Not Me, It’s You, co- written with Phil Barton and produced by Rod McCormack.
Brook Chivell grew up with country music in his blood and started playing guitar at 17. He performed in cover bands for over ten years and was the driving force and frontman behind The Brook Chivell Band before he went solo.
Since the release of his self-titled album, the Toyota Starmaker finalist has been a regular performer at many country music festivals including Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, Sydney Country Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival as well as touring nationally. His contemporary country rock sound combined with powerhouse vocals has also seen him open for artists such as Adam Brand, Morgan Evans, McAlister Kemp, Travis Collins and The Wolfe Brothers.
His latest single, Blue Eyes is Brook’s second single release for 2023. Produced by Jared Adlam at Machine Lab Studio and mastered by Paul Blakey, the heartfelt ballad showcases Brook’s exceptional songwriting ability and vocal range.