Shane Nicholson (singer)

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Shane Nicholson
Shane Nicholson in May 2012.jpg
Background information
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupations Musician
Labels Virt Records, Liberation Records, EMI Records, Warner Bros. Records, WEA
Associated acts Pretty Violet Stain, Kasey Chambers
Website Official website

Shane Nicholson is an Australian singer-songwriter from Brisbane in Queensland.

Nicholson first appeared on the music scene through a band, called Freak, which formed in his last year of high school. The band went on to win the first round of the Triple J Unearthed competition in the Sunshine Coast division. Shortly after this, the band name changed to Pretty Violet Stain and released an EP in 1997 called Blush and the album Parachutes and Gravity in 2000. Both releases had minor hit songs on radio stations around the country, such as "Blush" and "Never Come Down".

The band split shortly after a lengthy delay in releasing the album and Nicholson decided to pursue a solo career and released the critically acclaimed It's a Movie in 2002. It was during the recording of this album with Nash Chambers that Nicholson met Kasey Chambers, who duetted with him on the lead single, "Designed to Fade". Nicholson and Chambers later married.

He toured in Australia and made his United States debut at the South by Southwest Festival, which prompted his signing with Virt Records and a more extensive American tour.[1] USA Today named It's a Movie one of the top pop albums of 2004.[2] A second solo album, Faith and Science, was released in 2006.

In 2008, Nicholson joined with wife Kasey Chambers for the critically acclaimed Rattlin' Bones roots/country album, which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts, achieved platinum-plus sales and eventually won an ARIA Award for Best Country release in Australia in 2008 and also receive five Golden Guitar Awards in Australia in 2009. Between tours he recorded a third solo album, Familiar Ghosts, which was released in November 2008 and also nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Country Album in 2009.

In more recent years, Nicholson has also moved into music production, working on albums for artists such as Angie Hart (Frente), Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Sarah Humphreys, Nikki Jensen, Israel Cannan, and the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats.

In March 2011, Nicholson released his sixth solo album, Bad Machines, which received an ARIA Country Album of the Year nomination and six CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia nominations in the awards held in Tamworth on 28 January 2012.

Nicholson and his wife welcomed a baby girl on 6 October 2011, named Poet Poppin Nicholson.[3]

On 28 January 2012, Nicholson won the APRA Song of the Year Golden Guitar Award for his song, "Bad Machines". Also in 2012 Nicholson won the APRA Country Work of the Year award for "Famous Last Words". In September that year his latest collaboration with his wife, the album Wreck & Ruin was released, receiving 5 Golden Guitar nominations, ultimately winning the couple the award for "Group/Duo of the Year" in January 2013.

Nicholson was named Producer of the Year at the 2013 Country Music Awards of Australia.

On 23 April 2013, it was announced that Nicholson and Kasey Chambers had decided to separate.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Parachutes & Gravity (2000, Pretty Violet Stain, Warner Music)
  • It's a Movie (2002, Warner Music)
  • Faith & Science (2006, EMI/Essence)
  • Rattlin' Bones (2008, Liberation/UMA) No. 1 Australia
  • Familiar Ghosts (2008, Liberation/UMA)
  • Bad Machines (2011, Liberation/UMA[5]) No. 29 Australia
  • Wreck & Ruin (2012, Liberation/UMA)[3]

EPs[edit]

  • Blush (1997, Pretty Violet Stain, Independent)
  • If the Money's Right (1998, Pretty Violet Stain, Warner Music)
  • It's a Home Movie (2002, Warner Music)

Singles[edit]

  • "Blush" (1997, PVS – radio only)
  • "She Keeps Souvenirs" (1997, PVS – radio only)
  • "Tastes Like a Lemon" (1998, PVS – radio/TV only)
  • "Talk" (2000, PVS)
  • "Never Come Down" (2001, PVS)
  • "Designed to Fade" (2002)
  • "I Wish I Was You (Sometimes)" (2003, radio only)
  • "I Know What You Need" (2006)
  • "Safe and Sound" (2007)
  • "Rattlin' Bones" (2008, radio/TV only)
  • "Monkey on a Wire" (2008, radio/TV only)
  • "Summer Dress" (2008, radio/TV only)
  • "Where the Water Goes" (2009, radio only)
  • "Bad Machines" (2011, radio/TV only)
  • "Famous Last Words" (2011, radio/TV only)
  • "Jimmie Rodgers Was A Vampire" (2011, radio/TV only)
  • "Whistling Cannonballs" (2012, radio/TV only)
  • "Adam & Eve" (2012, radio/TV only)
  • "The Quiet Life" (2012, radio/TV only)

DVDs[edit]

  • Rattlin' Bones: The MAX Sessions (2009)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Best Country Album (Rattlin' Bones) – ARIAWon, 2008
  • Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) – ARIA – Nominated, 2008
  • Single of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") – Golden GuitarWon, 2009
  • Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) – Golden Guitar – Won, 2009
  • APRA Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") – Golden Guitar – Won, 2009
  • Video of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") – Golden Guitar – Won, 2009
  • Highest Selling Album (Rattlin' Bones) – Golden Guitar – Won, 2009
  • Group/Duo of the Year (Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) – Golden Guitar – Nominated, 2009
  • Producer of the Year (Rattlin' Bones, Nash Chambers & Shane Nicholson) – CMAA Achiever Award – Won, 2010
  • Best Country Work (Rattlin' Bones) – APRA Award – Won, 2009
  • Best DVD (Rattlin' Bones: The MAX Sessions) – ARIA – "Nominated", 2009
  • Duo/Group of the Year (Kasey & Shane) – Americana Awards, USA – "Nominated", 2009
  • Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") – Americana Awards, USA – "Nominated", 2009
  • Best Country Album (Familiar Ghosts) – ARIA – "Nominated", 2009
  • Country Album Of The Year (Bad Machines) - ARIA - '"Nominated", 2011
  • Album of the Year (Bad Machines) - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • Single of the Year ("Bad Machines") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • APRA Song of the Year ("Bad Machines") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Won", 2012
  • Male Artist of the Year (Shane Nicholson) - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • Video clip of the Year ("Famous Last Words") - Directed by Duncan Toombs - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • Vocal Collaboration of the Year ("Whistling Cannonballs" with Paul Kelly)- The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • Producer of the Year (Songs & Pictures album by Beccy Cole) - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2012
  • APRA Country Work of the Year ("Famous Last Words") - APRA Award - "Won", 2012
  • Album of the Year ("Wreck & Ruin") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2013
  • APRA Song of the Year ("Adam & Eve") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2013
  • Video of the Year ("Adam & Eve") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2013
  • Single of the Year ("Adam & Eve") - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia "Nominated", 2013
  • Group/Duo of the Year ("Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) - The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia - "Won", 2013
  • Producer of the Year ("Shane Nicholson") - CMAA Achiever Award "Won", 2013


Productions[edit]

  • Eat My Shadow – Angie Hart (ARIA nominated, 2010)
  • Catherine Britt – Catherine Britt (ARIA nominated, 2010)
  • La La La Not Listening – Lou Bradley
  • Youth Skin – Steve Grady
  • Autumn EP – Sarah Humphreys
  • Under the Rain Tree EP - Nikki Jensen
  • Songs & Pictures - Beccy Cole (ARIA nominated 2012)
  • Bloodhound Killed My Squeezebox - Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
  • February - Josh Rennie-Hynes (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bledsoe, Wayne (23 July 2004). ""Just one person": Songwriter seeks stray successes in shine of solitary spotlight". Knoxville News Sentinel. p. 5. 
  2. ^ Gundersen, Edna; Steve Jones; Elysa Gardner; Brian Mansfield; Ken Barnes (28 December 2004). "Critics gang up on the world of music". USA Today. p. D6. 
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark (2012-09-11). "Wreck & Ruin - Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.shanenicholson.com/
  5. ^ Cashmere, Paul (2011-01-18). "Shane Nicholson Preps Bad Machines - Undercover.fm News". Undercover.fm. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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