Kasey Chambers

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Kasey Chambers
Kasey Chambers.jpg
Chambers, ARIA Hall of Fame 1 July 2008
Courtesy Mandy Hall
Background information
Born (1976-06-04) 4 June 1976 (age 38)
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Genres Country, Country pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1993–1998 (Dead Ringer Band)
1999–present (solo)
Labels EMI, Liberation Music (Aus)/Sugar Hill Records (U.S.)
Associated acts The Dead Ringer Band, Shane Nicholson
Website www.kaseychambers.com

Kasey Chambers (born 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of singer and musician Bill Chambers, and the sister of musician and producer Nash Chambers.

Solo success[edit]

Chambers and Shane Nicholson ARIA Hall of Fame

Chambers recorded her solo album The Captain on Norfolk Island over a few weeks in late 1998 with Nash Chambers producing the album and Bill Chambers on guitar. US country musicians Buddy Miller and Julie Miller added guitars and vocals to four tracks. The Captain was released in 1999 in Australia and in 2000 in the US. Chambers won the 1999 ARIA Award for "Best Country Album" for The Captain and a year later she would win "Best Female Artist". The strong word of mouth would eventually lead to The Captain going double platinum in Australia. The Captain would eventually reach the top 50 of the Billboard country albums in 2001 with Chambers touring the US as support act to Lucinda Williams. Subsequently, she supported Emmylou Harris on her Australian tour. Chambers would receive further exposure when "The Captain" was played on episode 8 of the third season of HBO's The Sopranos titled "He Is Risen".

Chambers' second album Barricades & Brickwalls was released in late 2001 debuting at No. 4 in the ARIA album charts. The record really took off in early 2002 with lead single "Not Pretty Enough" going to No. 1 on the ARIA singles charts. Chambers became the only Australian country artist to have a No. 1 single and album on the charts in that country simultaneously. Subsequent singles "Million Tears" and "If I Were You" also made the Australian Top 40 singles charts in 2002.

Commercial success[edit]

While "Not Pretty Enough" eventually went double platinum, Barricades & Brickwalls would achieve sales of 7x platinum in Australia meaning Chambers had the second best selling single and album by an Australian artist in 2002 behind Kylie Minogue whose single Can't Get You Out of My Head and album Fever became the biggest successes of the year. At the 2002 ARIA Awards, Chambers won "Album of the Year", "Best Female Artist" and "Best Country Album". Barricades & Brickwalls was released in the US in 2002 peaking just outside the top 100 of the Billboard 200 album charts, topping the Billboard Heatseeker Charts and reaching the top 20 of the Billboard country charts. The album also received a generally positive critical response.[1]

She recorded a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "True Colours" which became the theme song of the 2003 Rugby World Cup and reached the top 5 in Australia in May 2003.

Chambers released her third solo album Wayward Angel in Australia on 31 May 2004. It debuted at No. 1 on the Australian charts and went platinum in its first week of release. Singles from the album include "Hollywood", "Pony" and "Saturated". Following the Boxing Day Tsunami, Chambers appeared at the Wave Aid fundraising concert in Sydney, to raise funds for aid organisations working in disaster affected areas.

Chambers's next album, Carnival, debuted in the No. 1 position on the ARIA album charts in late August 2006. The lead single, "Nothing at All" also reached the top ten of the singles chart.

Chambers and Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daley played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 March 2009 for Sound Relief, a multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.[2][3] The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[2] All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief.[2][3] Appearing with Chambers in Melbourne were, Augie March, Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters & Collectors, Jack Johnson, Jet, Kings Of Leon, Liam Finn, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Split Enz and Wolfmother.[4]

In 2010 the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for 'Best Independent Country Album' went to the Australian country family dynasty - Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies - for their Lost Music Blues album. A unique[citation needed] collaboration of 3 generations - the 16 original songs were crafted together by Kasey, her father Bill, brother Nash and their collective brood of Little Hillbillies.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Chambers was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia.[6] She has an older brother, Nash Chambers. She grew up on the Nullarbor Plain where her family lived seven to eight months a year until 1986.[7]

In late 2005, Chambers married Australian singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson. Chambers and Nicholson have two children, son Arlo Ray (2007) and daughter Poet Poppin (2011). Chambers has an older son, Talon, from a previous relationship.[8] In April 2013, Chambers and Nicholson announced their separation after eight years of marriage.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
AUS
[10]
US Country
[11]
US
[12]
US
Heat

[13]
US
Folk

[14]
US
Indie

[15]
The Captain 11 49
Barricades & Brickwalls 1 13 104 1
  • AUS: 7× Platinum[17]
Wayward Angel
  • Release date: 31 May 2004
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 31 15
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[18]
Carnival
  • Release date: 19 August 2006
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: EMI Records
1 22
Rattlin' Bones
(with Shane Nicholson)
1 21
Little Bird
  • Release date: 17 September 2010
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
3 32 6 9 39
Storybook
  • Release date: 23 September 2011
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
21 53 16 19
Wreck & Ruin
(with Shane Nicholson)
  • Release date: 23 October 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Liberation Music (Aus/NZ), Sugar Hill Records (US/Worldwide)
6 35 15 10
Bittersweet
  • Release date: 29 August 2014
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Warner Music Australia
2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[22]
NZ
[23]
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" 71 The Captain
"The Captain" 68
2001 "Runaway Train" 86 Barricades & Brickwalls
"On a Bad Day"
2002 "Not Pretty Enough" 1 4
  • AUS: 2× Platinum[24]
"Million Tears" 32
"If I Were You" 32
2003 "True Colours" 4 Non-album song
2004 "Hollywood" 28 Wayward Angel
2005 "Pony" 10
"Saturated" 75
2006 "Nothing at All" 9 Carnival
"Surrender" 74
2008 "Rattlin' Bones" (with Shane Nicholson) 55 Rattlin' Bones
"Monkey on a Wire" (with Shane Nicholson)
"Wildflower" (with Shane Nicholson)
2010 "Little Bird" 82 Little Bird
2011 "Beautiful Mess"
"Luka" Storybook
2012 "Adam and Eve" (with Shane Nicholson) Wreck & Ruin
"The Quiet Life" (with Shane Nicholson)
2014 "Wheelbarrow" Bittersweet
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" Paul Elliott
2002 "Not Pretty Enough" Danny Passman
2004 "Like a River" Sean Gilligan
2008 "Rattlin' Bones" (with Shane Nicholson) Helen Clemens
2011 "Little Bird" Gemma Lee
2012 "Adam & Eve" (with Shane Nicholson) Duncan Toombs
2013 "The Quiet Life" (with Shane Nicholson)[26]
2014 "Wheelbarrow" Renny Wijeyamohan

Other contributions[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
1999 ARIA Award Best Country Album (The Captain) Won
1999 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist (The Captain) Nominated
2000 ARIA Award Best Female Artist (The Captain) Won
2000 ARIA Awards Single of the Year (The Captain) Nominated
2000 APRA Awards Song of the Year (Cry Like A Baby) Nominated
2000 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work (Cry Like A Baby) Nominated
2000 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2001 APRA Awards Song of the Year (The Captain) Nominated
2001 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work (The Captain) Won
2002 ARIA Awards Best Cover Art (Barricades & Brickwalls) Nominated
2002 ARIA Awards Best Country Album (Barricades & Brickwalls) Won
2002 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist (Barricades & Brickwalls) Won
2002 ARIA Awards Highest Selling Single (Not Pretty Enough) Nominated
2002 ARIA Awards Highest Selling Album (Barricades & Brickwalls) Nominated
2002 ARIA Awards Single of the Year (Not Pretty Enough) Nominated
2002 ARIA Awards Album of the Year (Barricades & Brickwalls) Won
2002 APRA Awards Songwriter of the Year Won
2002 APRA Awards Song of the Year (On A Bad Day) Nominated
2002 APRA Awards Song of the Year (Runaway Train) Nominated
2002 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work (On A Bad Day) Nominated
2002 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work (Runaway Train) Nominated
2002 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2003 ARIA Awards Highest Selling Album (Barricades & Brickwalls) Nominated
2003 APRA Awards Song of the Year ("Not Pretty Enough")[27] Won
2003 APRA Awards Most Performed Australian Work ("Not Pretty Enough")[28] Won
2003 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("If I Were You")[29] Nominated
2003 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("A Million Tears")[29] Nominated
2003 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Not Pretty Enough")[28] Won
2004 ARIA Awards Best Cover Art (Wayward Angel) Nominated
2004 ARIA Awards Best Country Album (Wayward Angel) Won
2004 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist (Wayward Angel) Won
2004 ARIA Awards Album of the Year (Wayward Angel) Nominated
2005 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Hollywood")[30] Nominated
2005 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Like a River")[31] Won
2006 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist (Nothing at All) Nominated
2006 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Hollywood")[32] Nominated
2006 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Pony")[33] Won
2006 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work (Saturated)[32] Nominated
2007 APRA Awards Most Performed Country Work ("Nothing at All")[34] Won
2007 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist (Carnival) Nominated
2008 ARIA Awards Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Nominated
2008 ARIA Awards Best Country Album (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2008 ARIA Awards Best Cover Art (Rattlin' Bones) Nominated
2009 APRA Awards Country Work of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones")[35] Won
2009 APRA Awards Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones")[36] Nominated
2009 CMAA Awards Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 CMAA Awards APRA Song of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 CMAA Awards Group or Duo of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson) Nominated
2009 CMAA Awards Single of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 CMAA Awards Video Clip of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 CMAA Awards Highest Selling Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 Americana Music Awards Best Duo/Group of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson) Nominated
2009 Americana Music Awards Song of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Nominated[37]
2009 ARIA Awards Best Music DVD (Rattlin Bones Max Sessions) Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards Female Artist Of The Year (Kasey Chambers) Won
2010 CMAA Awards Album Of The Year (Little Bird) Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards APRA Song of the Year (Little Bird) Won
2010 CMAA Awards Video Clip Of The Year (Little Bird) Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards Single of the Year (Little Bird) Won
2010 CMAA Awards Toyota Heritage Song Of The Year (Nullabor (The Biggest Backyard)) Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards Vocal Collaboration Of The Year (Love Like A Hurricane – Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett) Won
2011 ARIA Awards Best Country Album (Little Bird) Won
2011 ARIA Awards Best Female Artist Artist (Little Bird) Nominated
2012 APRA Awards Country Work of the Year ("Beautiful Mess")[38] Nominated

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