Sara Storer

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Sara Storer
Born 06 October 1973
Mallee, Victoria, Australia
Genres country
Labels ABC Music
Website Official site

Sara Storer is an Australian country music singer. She won a record breaking seven Golden Guitars in the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2004 awards in Tamworth [1] and as of 2016, had won 18 in total.[2]

Early career[edit]

She was born in the Mallee district of Victoria where her parents grew wheat. She studied to be a teacher in Melbourne and then headed north in the mid-1990s. Living in Camooweal, she met a retired water buffalo shooter whose stories inspired her to write Buffalo Bill, her first song.

Nine months later, she moved to Katherine in the Northern Territory, where she worked as a schoolteacher, she taught at Casuarina Street Primary School teaching Kindergarten. She then started to play at parties all over the Northern Territory.

Having been talked into entering a talent quest at Adelaide River by a friend, she won the Encouragement Award giving her automatic entry into the College of Country Music held in Tamworth two weeks before the Country Music Festival in 2000. While attending the College, she met Garth Porter, former keyboard player with Sherbet, and a producer of Australian country singers Lee Kernaghan and Gina Jeffreys.

Garth Porter was keen to produce her work and he recorded six tracks which he played to ABC Music who agreed to sign her on the spot.

Recording career[edit]

Sara released her first album "Chasing Buffalo" in August/September 2000. She won the Best New Talent award at the 2001 Country Music Awards.

Her second album "Beautiful Circle" was released in November 2002. Storer promoted the album by extensive touring with Australian country singer Troy Cassar-Daley and UK singer Charlie Landsborough, including playing to any audience of over 40,000 people at the Gympie Muster in Queensland.

In January 2004, she was nominated for eight Golden Guitars, and won seven of them, including Song of the Year for "Raining on the Plains", Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. In addition, she won the Vocal Collaboration for "Raining on the Plains", Bush Ballad of the Year and Heritage Song of the Year. This success helped "Beautiful Circle" into the ARIA Album Charts on 8 March 2004.

Firefly was released in 2005 and peaked at number 24 on the ARIA Charts.

In 2005, Deborah Conway established the Broad Festival project, Storer and three other Australian female artists were invited to perform their own and each other's songs.[3] With Conway and Storer were Katie Noonan, Ruby Hunter and Clare Bowditch.[4]

In 2006, Sara Storer played at the Queens' Lunch during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

From 2007-2009, Storer joined Beccy Cole and Gina Jeffreys to form Songbirds. The group released a gold selling DVD in 2009.

Sara encouraged her brother Greg Storer to write music and has performed his songs and in duets with the cropping farmer from Central Western New South Wales, including the 2009 hit "When I was a Boy".[5]

Storer released her first greatest hits album in April 2010, titled Calling Me Home - The Best of Sara Storer.

In 2015, Storer recorded "Song For Grace", a duet with Lee Kernaghan for his album Spirit of the Anzacs.

In March 2016, Storer released her sixth studio album, Silos. The album peaked at number 30 on the ARIA Charts and earned Storer her first ARIA Award for Best Country Album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[6]
AUS Country
2000 Chasing Buffalo
  • Released:2000
  • Label: ABC Music
99 6
2002 Beautiful Circle
  • Released: November 2002
  • Label: ABC Music
50 2
  • AUS: Gold
2005

Firefly

  • Released: July 2005
  • Label: ABC Music
24 1
  • AUS: Gold
2007 Silver Skies
  • Released: November 2007
  • Label: ABC Music
60 3
2013 Lovegrass
  • Released: 23 August 2013
  • Label: ABC Music / Universal Music Australia
25 5
2016 Silos
  • Released: 11 March 2016
  • Label: ABC Music / Universal Music Australia
30 3
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[7]
AUS Country
2010 Calling Me Home – The Best of Sara Storer
  • Released: 30 April 2010
  • Label: ABC Music/ Universal Music Australia
28 1
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.

Awards[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Storer had been nominated for six ARIA Music Awards, winning one.[8]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 Chasing Buffalo ARIA Award for Best Country Album Nominated
2003 Beautiful Circle Best Country Album Nominated
2005 Firefly Best Country Album Nominated
2008 Silver Skies Best Country Album Nominated
2013 Lovegrass Best Country Album Nominated
2016 Silos Best Country Album Won

Country Music Awards (CMAA)[edit]

Storer has won 19 Golden guitar awards at the Tamworth Country Music Awards of Australia. [9][10]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 "Buffalo Bill" New Talent of the Year Won
2004 Beautiful Circle Album of the Year Won
2004 Beautiful Circle Female Vocalist of the Year Won
2004 "Raining on the Plains" (with John Williamson) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
2004 "Drover's Call" Heritage Song of the Year Won
2004 "Raining on the Plains" (with John Williamson) Single of the Year Won
2004 Boss Drovers Pride Bush Ballad of the Year Won
2004 "Raining on the Plains" APRA Song of the Year Won
2006 Firefly Female Vocalist of the Year Won
2008 "Land Cries Out" Heritage Song of the Year Won
2008 "Land Cries Out" APRA Song of the Year Won
2010 "When I Was a Boy" (with Greg Storer) Video of the Year Won
2011 Sara Storer - "Calling Me Home" Video of the Year Won
2012 "Children Of The Gurindji" (with Kev Carmody) Video of the Year Won
2013 "Women in Song" (with Tamara Stewart and Felicity Urquhart) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
2014 Lovegrass Album of the Year Won
2014 Lovegrass Female Vocalist of the Year Won
2014 "Pozie" (with John Williamson) Vocal Collaboration of the Year Won
2015 "Canoe" Video Clip of the Year Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARIA Report issue 804" (PDF). ARIA. 25 July 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sara Storer The Silos Tour". Sara Storer. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Tim (19 August 2008). "Lady's Night at the Beckoning Microphone". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Broad 2005". Broad Festival. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Warren's singing farmer; The Land; 27 December 2009
  6. ^ Peak positions for singles in Australia:
  7. ^ "Australian Album Chart > Sara Storer". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.ariaawards.com.au/history/search?q=Sara+Storer
  9. ^ "Golden Guitar Winners 2010s". Country. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Golden Guitar Winners 2000s". Country. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 

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