With the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards right around the corner, we’ve taken a deep dive into a category very close to our hearts (so much so that we put our name to it!) – the CMC Video Clip of the Year Award. There are five incredibly strong finalists in this category, all of whom you’ll be familiar with from our programming on air. Keep reading to meet not just the artists, but the directors who are the driving force behind these amazing videos.
Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride) – Fanny Lumsden; directed by Dan Stanley Freeman & Fanny Lumsden
|Western NSW born and raised Fanny Lumsden is taking her music to the people one small town at a time, telling their stories, and through her songs and film clips is dealing head on with issues such as suicide and depression in the bush. ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)’ has reached the hearts of many with its poignant and straight to the point film clip that features everyday Australians sharing their take on opening up about hard times.|
The clip featured as CMC Pick of the Week and went on to take the #1 spot on CMC in early 2019. It racked up over 100,000 views in the first few weeks, and prompted an outpouring of stories and love being shared by people connecting with it across the country.
Fanny has co-directed all of her clips in the past and worked very closely on the filming and editing process for ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War on Pride)’, along with her husband and business partner Dan Stanley Freeman.
No stranger to the road her and her husband have clocked up hundreds of thousands of kms driving all over Australia selling out their annual Country Halls Tour, currently in its eighth year, and shows no signs of stopping. It’s no wonder ‘I Love Fanny’ is on everybody’s lips.
|Multidisciplinary creative force, Freeman is a Dan-of-all-trades in the design sphere and is a vital half of the Fanny Lumsden and Red Dirt Road productions world.
Directing and editing film came out of necessity to begin with, however, showing a natural flare for directing and editing emotive, direct content, this self-taught side hustle has progressed into a higher priority pursuit.
Specialising in using mixed format media, Dan has worked on the past nine of Fanny Lumsden’s film clips as a co-director and took the rains as the director, DOP and editor of her striking clip ‘Real Men Don’t Cry (War On Pride)’.
Dan is also a full time graphic designer, bass player and dad.
Chain of Joy – Felicity Urquhart; directed by Glen Hannah
|A soulful, wistful songbook aglow with warmth and welcome, Frozen Rabbit reaffirms Felicity Urquhart’s status as one of the nation’s best-loved and most respected singer-songwriters, showcasing her celebrated vocal poise, captivating lyricism, and reverence for country music tradition as never before.
“The gathering, the song-collecting for this album has taken a few years,” Urquhart relates. “It comes with 10 years of life experience. It’s about finding out that there needs to be truth in everything you do.”
Across six studio albums, two EPs, and countless sold-out headlining shows and festival appearances, Urquhart has garnered, among other accolades, eight Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album and a Centenary Medal. She’s been named Best Country Artist at the Musicoz Awards, and received the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award. Urquhart has opened for the incomparable Willie Nelson and late, great Waylon Jennings, supported John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow, and toured with the iconic Kenny Rogers, while her commitment to the timeless craft of songwriting has seen her collaborate with masters including Kim Richey, Randy Scruggs, Mark Seymour, and James Reyne.
|Glen Hannah was best known for his guitar skills, having worked for many years at the top of the music industry as a touring band member and session player for a ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian country music artists.
A true ‘renaissance man’, Glen was also an extremely talented songwriter, producer, photographer, graphic artist, website designer and videographer.
With Felicity Urquhart, he was not only an amazing husband and incredible father to their two girls, Tia and Ellie, Glen produced, played, photographed and designed the album cover art for Frozen Rabbit.
Glen also filmed, directed and edited the videos for both ‘Chain Of Joy’ and ‘New Harmony’.
Backroad Nation – Lee Kernaghan; directed by Jay Seeney, Blacklist Productions
|Thirty-seven-time Golden Guitar winner, Lee Kernaghan, has released his fifteenth studio album, Backroad Nation. The highly-anticipated album was produced by Grammy nominated producer and songwriter Lindsay Rimes (Kane Brown, Kylie Minogue, LoCash) is released through ABC Music/UMA. Currently the album has held the #1 ARIA Country Album chart for multiple weeks and has the hit tracks: ‘Wheels’, ‘Backroad Nation’ and the new single, ‘Where I Wanna Be’ featuring Robby X.|
Lee said, “Backroad Nation is about feeling that good vibration when you get off the beaten track and the country wraps itself around you. I’m so excited to be bringing out this new music”
Lee has sold over 2 million albums in Australia and had 35 number 1 hits on the Australian Country Charts. He has won 36 Golden Guitar Awards, 4 ARIA Awards and was a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement ARIA Award in 2015. In 2004 Lee received the Order of Australia Medal and in 2008 he was named Australian of the Year, and in 2017, Lee celebrated the Silver Anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club (1992), marking 25 years in the record industry.
|Jay Seeney is the founder of media company Blacklist Productions, a company started to create cinematic videos and beautiful imagery. In just two short years since inception, Jay Seeney has filmed with the best in the Australian country music business, directing clips for Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers, Andrew Swift, Troy Kemp, Drew McAlister, Benn Gunn, Matt Cornell, Mike Carr and countless other artists.
Jay’s video style revolves around highlighting Australia’s best artists in some of the most desirable locations around the country.
Raindance – Sara Storer; directed by Duncan Toombs, The Filmery
|Writing from the heart and singing from the soul, surveying the people and land around you and letting stories inspire your creativity and guide your craft. That’s what makes a songwriter genuine and honest, and 21-time Golden Guitar winner Sara Storer has consistently shown she personifies those qualities. In fact, she’s done that right from the start, nearly 20 years ago when she released her first album Chasing Buffalo. Now she has a brand-new collection of songs that comprise her 2019 album Raindance, another fascinating musical chapter in the life of Australian songwriter Sara Storer.|
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved the rain. I’m always in a good mood when I hear a storm coming in or it’s raining,” she reflects, before revealing the inspiration behind the song ‘Raindance’. “It’s just what everyone talks about everyday where we live – talking with family, friends and neighbours, we live and breathe that topic and I love what rain does to me. I just thought we need an Aussie rain-dance song and started working on it.”
If ‘Raindance’ proves one thing, it’s that Sara Storer continues to be one of the most assured and honest songwriters that this country has produced. She chronicles the weathered ground beneath our feet and the joy and tribulations of love and devotion. The best country music documents real life in vivid poetic terms and built on honesty and well-honed songwriting. ‘Raindance’ does just that.
|Duncan has always been captivated by the incredible connection between music and film.
Over the last decade Duncan has proved his understanding of their powerful relationship time and again, creating stunning visual stories that match the heart and true spirit of the Song.
Duncan is the creative director at one of Australia’s most awarded filming teams – THE FILMERY.
Hey Brother – The Wolfe Brothers; directed by Jay Seeney, Blacklist Productions
About The Wolfe Brothers:
|The Wolfe Brothers are the most exciting country rock bands to emerge out of Australia. Upon release of their highly-anticipated new album, Country Heart, the release shot straight to the top of the iTunes country chart (#1) and #4 on the iTunes main (all genre) chart. Country Heart also landed at #9 on the ARIA Main Album chart on debut, sitting behind the then recent stadium touring artists Ed Sheeran (3x albums) and Bruno Mars.|
More accolades followed with The Wolfe Brothers picking up 4 x Golden Guitars. This included Album of The Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and APRA AMCOS Song Of The Year for ‘Ain’t Seen It Yet’, co-written by the band with Erik Dylan. After the success of their previous albums – It’s On, Nothing But Trouble and This Crazy Life – Country Heart is The Wolfe Brothers’ fourth studio album and their highest ARIA main chart debut to date.
|This is Jay‘s second nomination in this category, directing ‘Backroad Nation’. His many credits in the music industry include:
#1 Music Video on CMC ‘Backroad Nation’ – Lee Kernaghan
#2 – ‘Storm Rollin’ In’ – The Wolfe Brothers
Over 30 music videos on the Country Music Channel
His videos have received over one millions views online.