Kasey Chambers

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Kasey Chambers
A stage shot of a performance. At left a 40-year-old woman is singing into a microphone while playing a guitar. She is turned to her left where a 47-year-old man is also singing and playing his guitar while facing her. Obscured between them and at the back is a drummer behind his kit.
Chambers and Bernard Fanning duet
Bluesfest April 2017
Background information
Born (1976-06-04) 4 June 1976 (age 42)
Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitars
Years active1987–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitekaseychambers.com

Kasey Chambers (born Mount Gambier, 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter and musician. She is the daughter of fellow musicians, Diane and Bill Chambers, and the younger sister of musician and producer, Nash Chambers. All four were members of a family country music band, Dead Ringer Band from 1992 to 1998. Five of Chambers' twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, Barricades & Brickwalls (September 2001), Wayward Angel (May 2004), Carnival (August 2006) Rattlin' Bones (with her then-husband, Shane Nicholson) (April 2008) and Dragonfly (January 2017). In November 2018 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and has won an additional thirteen ARIA Music Awards with eight for Best Country Album.

Dead Ringer Band[edit]

Kasey Chambers was born in 1976 in Mount Gambier, South Australia to Diane and Bill Chambers.[1][2][3] Her older brother, Nash Chambers was born in 1974.[4] From July 1976 the Chambers family travelled around the Nullarbor Plain, where the parents hunted foxes and rabbits for pelts during seven or eight months a year, spanning nine years.[5][6] During the "hot months" (generally from November to March) they returned to Southend, South Australia,[4][5] where her family owned a fish and chip shop for a time.

From 1986 Bill and Diane began performing as a country music duo, while their children attended school.[4] In the following year their parents added first Chambers and then Nash to their act, which became the Dead Ringer Band – named for the children looking like their parents.[1][6][7] Chambers was recorded on two albums released under Bill's name, Sea Eagle (1987) and Kindred Spirit (1991). From 1992 Dead Ringer Band released an extended play and four albums.[1][8] For their first album, Red Desert Sky (November 1993), she was named as Kasey Jo Chambers and provided vocals and wrote four of its tracks.[9][10] It was co-produced by the group with Eddie Sikorski at John Reynolds Recording Studio, Adelaide.[9][10] Chambers cited Emmylou Harris as one of her primary influences, recalling that Harris' music was frequently played by her parents, ever since she was a child.[11] The group ended as Chambers' parents divorced in the late 1990s.[8]

1998–2002: First two albums[edit]

Chambers recorded her debut solo album, The Captain, on Norfolk Island over a few weeks in late 1998 with her brother Nash producing and father Bill on guitar. United States country musicians, Buddy Miller and Julie Miller added guitars and vocals to four tracks. The Captain was released in May 1999 via EMI Music Australia and in June 2000 in the US by Asylum Records. It peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 1 on the related ARIA Country Albums chart.[12] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 she won Best Country Album and in the following year she won Best Female Artist for its title single, which was issued in 2000.

The Captain was certified double platinum for shipment of 140,000 copies by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in 2001.[13] It reached the top 50 of the Billboard Top Country Albums in 2001.[14] She toured the US as a support act to Lucinda Williams and later supported Emmylou Harris on the Australian leg of her tour. "The Captain", was played in episode 8 ("He Is Risen") of the third season of The Sopranos, in April 2001.

Chambers' second album, Barricades & Brickwalls, was released in September 2001 and debutted at No. 4 in the ARIA Albums Chart and peaked at No. 1 in March of the following year.[12] Its lead single, "Not Pretty Enough" (January 2002), also peaked at No. 1 on the related ARIA Singles Chart.[12] She is the first Australian country music artist to have similtaneous No. 1 single and album. Subsequent singles "Million Tears" and "If I Were You" also made the Australian Top 40 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.[15]

She recorded a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "True Colours" which became the theme song of the 2003 Rugby World Cup[16] and reached the top 5 in Australia in May 2003. It was the 76th best-selling single in Australia that year[17] and won gold accreditation in the Australian ARIA charts.[18]

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.[19][20] The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[19] All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief.[19][20] 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.[21]

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 album. A 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.[22] Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, released in late 2015 on Austin, Texas-based Eight 30 Records, features Chambers singing the title track.

Personal life[edit]

Chambers and Shane Nicholson, at the ARIA Hall of Fame, July 2008

From 2000 Kasey Chambers' domestic partner was Cori Hopper, a Perth-born actor, film and music video maker, later based in Sydney.[23][24] The couple have a son, Talon (born 2002);[23][25] they separated in November 2004.[24] Hopper was a presenter on Australia's Funniest Home Videos from January to December of that year and was a regular cast member on The Wedge during 2006.[24]

On 17 December 2005 Chambers married fellow country music singer-songwriter, Shane Nicholson.[24] Chambers had sung a duet, "Designed to Fade", with Nicholson on his debut solo album, It's a Movie (2002), which was produced by Nash Chambers.[26] Subsequently they co-released two albums, Rattlin' Bones (2008) and Wreck & Ruin (2012). Chambers and Nicholson have two children: son Arlo Ray (2007) and daughter Poet Poppin (2011). In April 2013 the couple announced their separation.[27]

As of March 2017 Chambers lived in Copacabana, New South Wales Central Coast.[28]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

APRA Music Awards[edit]

Chambers at the APRA Awards, Sydney, May 2012

These awards were established by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in 1982 to honour the achievements of songwriters and music composers, and to recognise their song writing skills, sales and airplay performance, by its members annually. Since 1997 the association has formed an alliance with Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), which manages mechanical royalties, to present the awards.[29][30] Kasey Chambers has won 10 APRA Music Awards out of 27 nominations.[31]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 "Cry Like a Baby" (Kasey Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2001 "The Captain" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2002 Kasey Chambers Songwriter of the Year Won
"On a Bad Day" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
"Runaway Train" (Chambers, Steven Werchon) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2003 "Not Pretty Enough" (Chambers) Most Performed Australian Work Won
Most Performed Country Work Won
Song of the Year Won
"A Million Tears" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"If I Were You" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2005 "Hollywood" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"Like a River" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
2006 "Hollywood" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
"Pony" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
"Saturated" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Nominated
2007 "Nothing at All" (Chambers) Most Performed Country Work Won
2009 "Rattlin' Bones" (Chambers, Shane Nicholson Country Work of the Year Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2011 "Little Bird" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2012 "Beautiful Mess" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Nominated
2015 "Bittersweet" (Chambers, Bernard Fanning) Song of the Year Nominated
2016 "Is God Real?" (Chambers) Country Work of the Year Nominated

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The 32-year-old Chambers wears a white dress with bare shoulders. She has numerous brown necklaces and a silver one. She has a chin stud below her lower lip and is looking to her right with a smile as she speaks.
Chambers at the ARIA Hall of Fame, July 2008

These awards have been presented by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) since 1987. Kasey Chambers has won 13 ARIA Music Awards from 33 nominations (1 pending), including her first win in 1999 for the Best Country Album for Captain.[32] As from November 2017, she has won that category eight times.[32] In November 2018 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[33]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 The Captain Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2000 "The Captain" Best Female Artist Won
Single of the Year Nominated
2002 Barricades & Brickwalls Album of the Year Won
Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Won
Highest Selling Album Nominated
Barricades & Brickwalls – Campbell Murray Creating Best Cover Art Nominated
"Not Pretty Enough" Highest Selling Single Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
2003 Barricades & Brickwalls Highest Selling Album Nominated
2004 Wayward Angel Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Won
Wayward Angel – Mathematics Best Cover Art Nominated
2006 "Nothing at All" Best Female Artist Nominated
2007 Carnival Best Female Artist Nominated
CarnivalNash Chambers Producer of the Year Nominated
2008 Rattlin' Bones (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Country Album Won
Rattlin' Bones (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) – Aaron Hayward & David Homer (Debaser) Best Cover Art Nominated
2009 Rattlin' Bones Max Sessions (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Best Music DVD Nominated
2010 Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies (by Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and other family members) Best Children's Album Nominated
2011 Little Bird Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2013 Wreck & Ruin (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) Best Country Album Won
Wreck & Ruin (by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson) – Glen Hannah Best Cover Artist Nominated
2014 Bittersweet Best Country Album Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2017 Dragonfly Best Country Album Won
2018 Kasey Chambers ARIA Hall of Fame inductee
Campfire Best Country Album Pending

Other awards[edit]

Year Award-giving body Award Result
2000 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2002 Mo Awards Female Country Performer of the Year Won
2009 CMAA Awards Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
APRA Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Group or Duo of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson) Nominated
Single of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Video Clip of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones") Won
Highest Selling Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones) Won
2009 Americana Music Awards Best Duo/Group of the Year (Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson)[34] Nominated
2010 Song of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones" – Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson)[35] Nominated
2010 CMAA Awards Female Artist of the Year (Kasey Chambers) Won
Album of the Year (Little Bird) Nominated
APRA Song of the Year ("Little Bird") Won
Video Clip of the Year ("Little Bird") Nominated
Single of the Year ("Little Bird") Won
Toyota Heritage Song of the Year ("Nullabor (The Biggest Backyard)") Nominated
Vocal Collaboration of the Year ("Love Like a Hurricane" – Kasey Chambers & Kevin Bennett) Won
2017 Americana Music Awards Vanguard Award Won
2018 Australian Roll of Renown herself[36] Won

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