Sheppard (band)

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Sheppard performing at the Crystal ballroom.jpg
Sheppard performing at the Crystal ballroom in Portland, Oregon.
Background information
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Members Jay Bovino
Michael Butler
Amy Sheppard
Emma Sheppard
George Sheppard
Dean Gordon
Past members Jared Tredly (retired January 2013)

Sheppard is a Brisbane-based indie-pop band. Originally formed in 2009 as a duo consisting of siblings Amy and George Sheppard, they expanded by adding Jay Bovino in April 2011 before reaching their current six member state, including the third Sheppard sibling Emma.[1] They have released two singles to date and one extended play under their own label entitled Empire of Song. Their second single "Geronimo" has spent three weeks (as of 28 April 2014) at number one, putting an end to the 12 week run for Pharrell Williams' single "Happy" for top spot honours.[2] Sheppard are the first independent act to hit the top of the ARIA singles chart in a decade with ‘Geronimo,’ and its 3-week reign makes it the longest independently released #1 ever.[3] Geronimo was accredited by Aria as a platinum single in April 2014.[4] Geronimo is the first #1 single actually recorded in Brisbane.

In March 2014, Sheppard became the first Australian band to sign a contract with Decca Records; within Australia, however, the band's material will continue to be released under Empire Of Song/Chugg Music.[5]

Sheppard performed at the 2013 Aria Awards Show,[6] and were nominated for an Aria Award at that ceremony in the category of Best Independent Release.[7] They also played at the Sonic Bang festival in Bangkok on 24 August 2013, sharing the line up with Placebo, Pitbull, Far East Movement, Mraz, and Owl City.[8] Sheppard also performed at Sullivan Hall in New York City on 18 October 2013 for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon showcases[9] Sheppard opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead in Sydney’s Metro Theatre (15 April 2014) and Melbourne’s Prince of Wales Ballroom (16 April 2014)[10] April 2014 saw the band announced as the main support act for Australian dates on Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour in June.[11]

Early life[edit]

The Sheppard siblings grew up in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. They had gone to a local high school and began singing in their childhood. Their father is a laywer in Papua New Guinea


Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
Bombs Away 2014[13] 2 Gold

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
"Sheppard EP" 2012 18 Platinum [14]


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Hold My Tongue" 2013 - Sheppard - EP
"Geronimo" 2014 1 3x Platinum Bombs Away
"Something's Missing" 35

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Let Me Down Easy"[15] 2013
"Hold My Tongue"[16]
"Geronimo"[17] 2014


  1. ^ Dunn, Matthew (28 February 2012). "Sheppard: The Good Sheppard". G&T Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Byron, Tim (17 April 2014). "Number Ones: Sheppard 'Geronimo'". Vine Music. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Newstead, Al (28 April 2014). "This Aussie Band Just Scored The Longest Local Independent #1 Ever". Tonedeaf. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Accreditations - 2014 Singles". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Staff Writer (21 March 2014). "Exclusive: Sheppard-sign-worldwide-deal-with-the-legendary-Decca-Records". Street Press Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Announcing the performers at the 2013 ARIAs!". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014
  7. ^ "ARIA Noms + Fine Arts & Artisan Winners".Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 14 October 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  8. ^ Marie "Music Weekly" (2 September 2013) Retrieved 8 May 2014
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  10. ^ Al Newstead (20 November 2013). "Michael Franti & Spearhead Australian Tour 2014 Announced". Tonedeaf. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Staff Writer (22 April 2014). "Sheppard to support Keith Urban on National Tour". Street Press Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Discography Sheppard". Australian Charts Portal. 
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  15. ^ Sheppard - Let Me Down Easy. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  16. ^ Sheppard - Hold My Tongue. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  17. ^ Sheppard - Geronimo. YouTube. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 

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