Sheppard (band)

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Sheppard
Sheppard 2014.jpg
Sheppard from left: George Sheppard, Amy Sheppard, Emma Sheppard, Jason Bovino, Dean Gordon, Michael Butler
Art Gallery, NSW, October 2014
Background information
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels
Website wearesheppard.com
Members
  • Amy Sheppard
  • George Sheppard
  • Jason Bovino
  • Michael Butler
  • Emma Sheppard
  • Dean Gordon
Past members
  • Jared Tredly

Sheppard are an Australian indie pop band formed in Brisbane in 2009. Their debut studio album, Bombs Away, was released on 11 July 2014 and peaked at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart. While their second single, "Geronimo", from February that year spent three weeks at number one on the related ARIA Singles Chart, and was certified as 4× platinum by ARIA in September.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013 Sheppard were nominated for Best Independent Release for "Let Me Down Easy" (August 2012). At the 2014 ceremony they were nominated for Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Best Video.

Early life[edit]

The Sheppard siblings grew up and attended a local primary school in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.[1] Their father, Greg Sheppard, is a lawyer in Papua New Guinea.[2] The family relocated to Brisbane where Amy attended Somerville House for secondary education and, by 2009, she was studying a music course at a Technical and further education institute.[1] After attending Brisbane Boys College in 04, George had shifted to Sydney where "he was toying with a career in acting" before returning back to brisbane after 6 years and bringing friend and songwriter Jay Bovino with him.[1] Emma started learning bass guitar to join the band after graduating from Somerville House in 2011.[3][1]

History[edit]

In 2009 Sheppard were formed as a duo by Amy and George Sheppard – Amy had asked for help on a music assignment, "I had to write a song, and I really wanted to put in harmonies, but I'd left it to the last minute. George was the only one at home".[1] In 2011 Jay Bovino joined as the third songwriter and rhythm guitarist, before forming their six-member line-up, with Emma on bass guitar and backing vocals, Michael Butler on guitar, and Jared Tredly on drums (ex-A Year to Remember).[4][5] Greg was their talent manager and Linda their tour manager, the parents funded the group's early career and established their own record label, Empire of Song.[1][2][6]

Sheppard released a five-track extended play of the same name on 17 August 2012 on Empire of Song label and distributed by MGM.[7] By September that year they had performed at festivals in South Africa, London and United States.[8] The EP peaked at No. 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart in July of the following year.[7] Its lead track, "Let Me Down Easy", was nominated for Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2013.[9] Its second track, "Hold My Tongue", was issued as the group's debut single in August but it did not reach the top 50.[7] All five tracks were produced by Stuart Stuart at Analog Heart Studios, and co-written by Amy, George & Bovino.[10] Kat Hunter of The AU Review felt that the EP "serves up a delicious helping of pop goodness filled with danceable melodies, catchy sing-along lyrics in addition to light and perfectly whipped harmonies and group vocals".[8]

The group played at the Sonic Bang festival in Bangkok on 24 August 2013, sharing the roster with Placebo, Pitbull, Far East Movement, Jason Mraz, and Owl City.[11] The band appeared at Sullivan Hall in New York City on 18 October for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon showcases.[12] On 1 December they performed and presented an award at that year's ARIA Music Awards ceremony.[13] By that time Tredly had been replaced on drums by Dean Gordon.[14]

Sheppard's second single, "Geronimo", was issued in February 2014 on Empire of Song/Chugg Music. It was recorded and produced at Analog Heart Studios in Brisbane with Stuart Stuart and written by George, Jay & Amy.[15] Brendan Plowman of AdamNotEve noted that the "lyrics throughout the song suggest an idea of taking the plunge together. Risking it all in the hope of something bigger and better that lies ahead, even if it is 'through the curtain of a waterfall' and you don't know what's on the other side" while "the music and repetitive chorus are uplifting and exciting and everyone still can't get enough of it. But it appears this is no accident".[16] George told Plowman how he wrote songs with Amy and Bovino "We all have very different music tastes ... the important thing to remember when collaborating with two other writers is compromise ... You have to work together to find the common ground ... All of us being happy with it means it will have the widest appeal, if that makes sense".[16]

From late April to early May, "Geronimo" spent three weeks at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart,[7] knocking Pharrell Williams' single "Happy" from the top spot after its 12-week run.[15] It is the first single, which had been recorded in Brisbane, to reach number one. Internationally the track reached the top 10 in Austria,[17] Germany,[18] Italy,[19] New Zealand,[20] and Poland.[21] In September Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified it as 4× platinum – for shipment of over 280,000 units.[22]

In March 2014 Sheppard became the first Australian band to sign with Decca Records for their international releases; within Australia, however, the band's material continued to be issued under Empire of Song/Chugg Music label and distributed by MGM.[23] By that time they were recording their debut album, Bombs Away, at Analog Heart with Stuart producing, again.[24] It was released on 11 July 2014 and peaked at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart.[7] Toby Creswell of Rolling Stone (Australia) felt it had "beautiful and sweet songs dripping with emotion and more hooks than a tuna fleet" which contained "sturdy pieces that could have been made any time since the Brill Building opened its doors".[25]

In mid-April Sheppard opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead in Sydney's Metro Theatre and Melbourne's Prince of Wales Ballroom.[26] The band were the support act for Australian dates on Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour in June.[27] The album's second single, "Something's Missing", was issued to coincide with that tour, which peaked at No. 35 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[7] In October, for the ARIA Music Awards of 2014, Sheppard received seven nominations: Bombs Away for Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release and Producer of the Year (for Stuart's work); while "Geronimo" was nominated for Song of the Year, and Best Video (directed by Toby Morris) – the announcement of the winners is due on 26 November.[9] The album's third single, "Smile", appeared in mid-October – they premiered the track on Seven Network's morning program, Sunrise.[28]

Members[edit]

Credited to:[3][4]

  • Amy Sheppard – lead vocals, harmonica, songwriter (2009–present)
  • George Sheppard – lead vocals, keys, songwriter (2009–present)
  • Jason Bovino – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, songwriter (2011–present)
  • Michael Butler – lead guitar (2011–present)
  • Emma Sheppard – bass guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Jared Tredly – drums (2012–13)
  • Dean Gordon – drums (2013–present)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[7]
Bombs Away 2014 1

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[7]
Sheppard 2012 18
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[22]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[7]
AUT
[17]
BEL (Vl)
[29]
BEL (Wa)
[30]
GER
[18]
IRE
[31]
NZ
[20]
SWI
[32]
"Hold My Tongue" 2013 Sheppard
"Geronimo" 2014 1 2 9 11 3 54 8 15 Bombs Away
"Something's Missing" 35
"Smile" [34]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Reference(s)
"Let Me Down Easy" 2013 Sheppard [35][36]
"Hold My Tongue" Sheppard [35][37]
"Geronimo"
(Australian version)
2014 Sheppard [35]
"Geronimo"
(International version)
Toby Morris [35][38]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

Since 2006 the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) have run their annual AIR Awards.[39][40]

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 Sheppard Breakthrough Independent Artist Won
"Geronimo" Best Independent Single/EP Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[41]

Year Recipient Award Result
2014 "Let Me Down Easy" (Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard, George Sheppard) – Sheppard Most Played Australian Work[42] Nominated
Pop Work of the Year[43] Nominated

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are presented annually from 1987 by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Sheppard have received a total of eight nominations.[9]

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 "Let Me Down Easy" Best Independent Release Nominated
2014 Bombs Away Album of the Year Pending
Best Group Pending
Best Independent Release Pending
Best Pop Release Pending
Bombs Away – Stuart Stuart Producer of the Year Nominated
"Geronimo" Song of the Year Pending
"Geronimo" – Toby Morris Best Video Pending

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Greg Sheppard in Music". EM TV. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Sheppard Q&A". Kidzworld. 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Sheppard". Unearthed (Triple J). Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Matthew (28 February 2012). "Sheppard: The Good Sheppard". G & T Magazine (Gifted and Talented (Jonathan Garde)). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Member List" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 25 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
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  12. ^ Augello, Stephanie; Becker, Chris (22 October 2013). "Big Picture: Quiet Company, Sheppard, Maria Taylor, Sol Cat, NGHBRS @ Sullivan Hall: October 18, 2013". CMJ (Lisa Hresko). Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
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  23. ^ Staff Writer (21 March 2014). "Exclusive: Sheppard Sign Worldwide Deal with the Legendary Decca Records". themusic.com.au. Street Press Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
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  36. ^ Sheppard - Let Me Down Easy. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  37. ^ Sheppard - Hold My Tongue. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  38. ^ Sheppard - Geronimo. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  39. ^ "History". Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  40. ^ Staff Writer (8 September 2014). "Violent Soho Lead Carlton Dry Award Nominations". themusic.com.au (Street Press Australia Pty Ltd). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  41. ^ "Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  42. ^ "Most Played Australian Work". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  43. ^ "Pop Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

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