THE connection Felicity Urquhart felt was so strong she wanted to share it everywhere.
As a new musical partnership blossomed with The Waifs’ Josh Cunningham, so did love and ultimately, The song club was born.
The artistic duo are now taking their first duet album on the road for the first time as partners in life and work.
“It’s bliss, it’s absolute heaven,” Cunningham told ACM.
“He’s the person I love spending time with the most, so what better way to spend time than playing music too.”
In January 2020, the pair were invited to join Song Club, a creative collective that tasked members with writing one song per week.
Urquhart said the relationship flowed naturally.
“As the Song Club year went on, there were these songs that Josh was playing where I heard the second verse and I thought ‘this kinda sounds like my story,'” she said. .
The song club is the first album Urquhart has recorded since her late husband, respected musician and producer Glen Hannah, committed suicide in May 2019.
The Tamworth-born artist says she has found her strength through music and hopes the album can help others do the same.
“We recorded it all ourselves, engineered it, produced it and performed it all. So it’s not just our songs, but we touched every part of it,” she said.
“It was fun getting into the studio and recording, pitching. Kids would come in and bring lunch and just share the joy.
“We didn’t shy away from the story in any way, shape or form and we hope it might make others think that something good is out there for you if you’ve been through a tough time because it That’s what happened for us. We were happy to share that joy with other people.”
For Cunningham, the new relationship helped him find his voice.
“I’ve been playing with The Waifs for 30 years, and vocally the girls take care of things most of the time,” he said.
“I sing a few songs here and there, and I write a lot of songs, but Fliss was very clear on this project that everything was going to be a duet and I was going to sing every song.
“I absolutely loved it.”
The collection of inspirational songs earned them four Golden Guitar nominations this year, including Duo of the Year, Alternative Country Album of the Year, Toyota Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year.