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Aleyce Simmonds isn’t afraid to lay her soul bare in her award-winning songs. His fourth and most recent album, Here and Now, contains multiple tributes to his late father-in-law. “I wanted him to live forever, so I wrote a lot of songs for him and about him,” Simmonds said. “I was helping to occupy myself [him]. He was terminally ill … we lost him right before the album was released. ”His lyrics on songs like All or Nothing at all give a glimpse of his loyalty and his pain: your dreams by heart / I’ll love you through the dark / I’ll give all I’m worth … “A previous album, Believe, recorded six years ago, also records pivotal moments in Simmonds’ life. “The inspiration came from childhood. There is (I hope) a beautiful song about my brother who passed away as a baby.” Family is a common theme throughout her work. Here and Now features a collaboration with country music legend John Williamson on Three Sons, a song Williamson originally released in 1998, about the bonds between generations of a family. Here and Now was recorded just before the pandemic, and while it quickly became the No. 1 country album on the iTunes charts, the lockups forced Aleyce to cancel a scheduled nationwide tour in which she “put so much on. efforts in Here and Now and the cancellation of my Australian tour was absolutely devastating, ”she said. Simmonds had hoped to perform at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival. Organizers made the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the increase in coronavirus cases. But you can hear some of his music and hear a full interview with the rising country star on a new podcast, Celebrating Aussie Country, produced by ACM (publisher of this site) and available now on Spotify. . During the interview, Simmonds talks about her Golden Guitar victory in 2018. “A Golden Guitar award is the absolute pinnacle for a country music artist,” she said. That year, facing Casey Chambers, Simmonds didn’t think she would win. Even when her name was read on stage, it took a few minutes for reality to sink in. “My mom nudged me and said ‘it’s you’,” she said. “I was in disarray. I got up, everyone was applauding, and I went to receive this Golden Guitar, it was a dream come true.” Simmonds had dreamed of holding the Golden Guitar statuette since she was 12, when her parents let her attend a Golden Guitars awards party. “We were at the showground, I was watching the country music stars on stage and I was like, maybe one day I could be like one of them.” The Tamworth Country Music Festival has been rescheduled for April 18-24. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival, ACM (publisher of this website) has created a new podcast, Celebrating Aussie Country. The podcast was recorded and released ahead of the recent spike in coronavirus cases that forced the festival to be postponed. We are sure that you will always enjoy the interviews and the music. Remember that references to performance dates are no longer relevant. In the 10-part series, available only on Spotify, you’ll hear both established and emerging artists and their music. To listen, you will need to download the Spotify app on your mobile phone and search for Celebrating Aussie Country. If you already have Spotify – and you’re reading this story on your mobile – click on the banner below and your phone will take you straight to the podcast. Each podcast episode includes an interview with the artist and some of his music. People with free Spotify subscriptions will hear a 30-second preview of the song, while those with premium Spotify subscriptions will be able to enjoy the full version.




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