Beautiful Circle

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Beautiful Circle
Studio album by Sara Storer
Released November, 2002
Genre Country
Label Universal Records
Producer Garth Porter
Sara Storer chronology
Chasing Buffalo
(2000)Chasing Buffalo2000
Beautiful Circle

Beautiful Circle is the second studio album by Australian country music singer Sara Storer. It was released in November 2002.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2003, the album was nominated for ARIA Award for Best Country Album, losing to Golden Road by Keith Urban.[1]

At the Country Music Awards of Australia in 2004, Storer received eight nominations and won a record awards. [2]

  • APRA Song of the Year for Raining on the Plains;
  • Female Vocalist of the Year for her work on Beautiful Circle;
  • Album of the Year;
  • Vocal Collaboration with John Williamson for Raining on the Plains;
  • Bush Ballad of the Year for Boss Drovers Pride;
  • Heritage Song of the Year for Drover's Call; and
  • Single of the Year for Raining on the Plains.

Making of the album[edit]

It was recorded in the second half of 2002 with Garth Porter at the controls. The first single "Raining on the Plains" was written by Storer's brother Doug Storer who lives near Gulargambone, New South Wales on a property facing the Warrumbungles. Sara Storer and Garth Porter also received songwriting credits for the track. It was sung as a duet with John Williamson.[citation needed]

In January 2004, she recorded a DVD called "Stories to Tell" on a family property near Dubbo where she tells the stories behind her songs. It was released as a bonus to the album in April 2004 and was also available separately.


"Raining on the Plains" reached number one on the country singles charts. Leading Australian radio presenter John Laws helped promote sales of the song by playing it repeatedly and she appeared on his Australia wide radio program. "These Hands" was also a successful single off the album.[citation needed]

Storer promoted the album with extensive touring with Australian country singer Troy Cassar-Daley and British singer Charlie Landsborough. One of the highlights in her touring was playing at the Gympie Muster in Gympie, Queensland where she played to an audience over 40,000.[citation needed]

Critical success[edit]

The Age newspaper in Melbourne gave the album a five star rating describing her as "a rare commodity". The UK publication Country Music People also gave her a five star review saying "As we lament the death of Slim Dusty, here is evidence that authentic, yet contemporary Australian bush country has not died with his passing."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tell These Hands"
  2. "Back Out Back"
  3. "Drovers' Call"
  4. "Beautiful Circle"
  5. "Night after Night"
  6. "Old Piece of Tin"
  7. "Raining on the Plains" (Duet with John Williamson)
  8. "Back on the Grader"
  9. "Sweet Dreams"
  10. "Kiss A Cowboy"
  11. "Kurrajong Tree"
  12. "Better Next Year"
  13. "Boss Driver's Pride"
  14. "Tell These Hands" (Reprise)
  15. "I'll Be Home Soon" (Duet with Travis Sinclair)


Weekly charts[edit]

Beautiful Circle peaked at No.50 on the ARIA Album chart in March 2004.

Chart (2002–04) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 50
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA)[4] 11
Australian Country Albums (ARIA)[5] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
ARIA Country Albums Chart[6] 9


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2003: 17th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Report issue 804" (PDF). ARIA. 25 July 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  3. ^ " – Sara Storer – Beautiful Circle". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "The ARIA Report/ Week Commencing 8th March 2004" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 8 March 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "The ARIA Report/ Week Commencing 8th March 2004" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 8 March 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Country Albums 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 

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